The Sunshine Coast is located in eastern
Queensland and stretches along the coastline from
Caloundra to Cooloola, and extends inland encompassing
the lush, farmland and hills of the hinterland.
The Sunshine Coast is probably best
known for its beaches ranging from gentle family
beaches to to huge powerful surf beaches ideal for
the avid surfer. There are long sandy stretches opening
onto the Pacific Ocean and quite sheltered bays.
Popular beaches include Rainbow Beach, Kawana Waters,
Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headlands, Maroochydore, Coolum
Beach, Peregian, Marcus Beach, Sunshine Beach and
Because of the Sunshine Coast numerous
beaches it hosts many major water sports events each
year including surfing and triathlon carnivals.
Contrasting the stretches of sand are
the rolling lush farmlands and hills of the hinterland.
This inland area includes the spectacular volcanic
peaks of the Glass House Mountains and the hills
of the Blackall Range as well as numerous country
villages such as Montville and Eumundi.
Caloundra is located in the south of the Sunshine Coast and only a one hour drive
from Brisbane. Enjoy uncrowded beaches, swimming in the sheltered waters of
the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park or bush walking in the magnificent Glass
House Mountains and Blackall Range.
Eumundi was settled in 1873 and offers a blend of old and new with art galleries,
restaurants and shops. It is known for the famous Eumundi markets which operate
every Saturday and Wednesday morning. There are more than 250 stalls offering
everything from local art and crafts to fresh farm produce.
Glass House Mountains
The Glass House Mountains are located on the western side of the Bruce Highway
near Beerwah. The Glass House Mountains provide numerous bush walking and
climbing opportunities for all levels of experience including; Mt Ngungum
253m (the easiest Glass House mountain to climb), Mt Tibrogargan 364m a challenging
3-4 hours walk and climb and Mt Beerwah 556 m a 2.6km climb (recommended
for experienced climbers only).
Built around a once successful gold mine, Gympie is a large and rambling township.
The Gold Mining & Historical Museum is a must see.
Located 11km from Imbil, Lake Borumba provides some excellent fishing opportunities.
The lake is stocked with Golden Perch, Australian Bass, and Saratoga. Water
skiing and boating are also very popular on the lake.
Maroochydore is a popular Sunshine Coast beach resort town. With almost continuous
development along its coast it is a classic Queensland coastal holiday destination.
Noosa consists of a group of villages which are surrounded by the ocean, a
river, rainforest and natural bush of the National Park. Noosa is an ideal
destination offering great shopping and restaurants and a diverse range of
outdoor activities including Scuba diving, surfing, fishing and golf. Read
For Four wheel drive enthusiast Rainbow Beach is ideal with driving along the
beach allowed. Coloured Sands is a magnificent natural structure well worth
a visit. Whales are often sighted during their migration off Double Island
Some of Queensland's most picturesque country side is located beyond beaches,in
lush green rolling hills of the Hinterland. Panoramic views of the distant
coast, wooded valleys, country lanes, lakes, waterfalls and historic villages
Tin Can Bay
Tin Can Bay has an environmental walkway located along the foreshore to allow
visitors to enjoy the beautiful environment without causing damage to the
The Sunshine Coast region is well known
for its fresh seafood which is almost on every menu.
Many restaurants on the Sunshine Coast feature local
the produce grown in the hinterland.
Fresh Farmers Markets, are a feature
in many communities with one of the best known being
the Eumundi Markets. There are also local cooking
schools and a local wine industry.
Numerous craft centres can be found
on the Sunshine Coast. Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and
Noosa are a shoppers paradise. The shopping is quite
diverse and includes antiques, locally crafted jewellery,
art, fashion, bric-a-brac and home made gourmet foods.
The Sunshine Coast offers a range of
spectacular national parks including rugged mountains,
pristine beaches, everglades, rainforests, lakes,
rivers, waterfalls and wetlands teeming with bird
The Glass House Mountains which are
located at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast
are dramatic volcanic crags and offer scenic drives,
bush walking and rock climbing.
For keen bird watchers Buderim Forest
Park located in the heart of the hinterland village
of Buderim offers excellent bird watching opportunities.
The Pumicestone Passage Marine Park
is located offshore from Caloundra and it is a haven
for dugong, dolphins and bird life. The marine park
has ideal conditions for sailing, sea kayaking, and
Cooloola National Park stretches from
Lake Cootharaba to Rainbow Beach and contains diverse
landscapes from massive dunes to mangroves, rainforests
and plains of wildflower as well as eucalyptus forest.
Mount Coolum, Australia's third largest monolith
after Mt Augustus and Uluru is located here.
The Sunshine Coast experiences a
sub tropical climate and averages seven hours of
The climate is generally mild
Average temperatures range from 21 to 27 degrees Celsius in Summer and 11 to
20 degrees Celsius in winter.
The Sunshine Coast is serviced by Brisbane's International airport which is 75kms
away and frequent coach and train services are available to the sunshine coast.
The Sunshine Coast also has its own
domestic Airport and is is easily accessed by taxis
Regular train services from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast are available.
By Coach / Bus
Coach services operate out of Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Coast is any easy drive along the Bruce highway North from Brisbane.
Car rental services are available in Brisbane and at the airport.
Sunshine Coast Tourism Bureau - www.tourismsunshinecoast.com.au
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