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About Sunshine Coast

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 Noosa Heads.

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.

Places to visit

Caloundra
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
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).

Gympie
Built around a once successful gold mine, Gympie is a large and rambling township. The Gold Mining & Historical Museum is a must see.

Lake Borumba
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
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
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 More

Rainbow Beach
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 Point Lighthouse.

The Hinterland
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 all await.

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 natural vegetation.

Food and Wine

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.

Shopping

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.

National Parks

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 life.

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 fishing.

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.

Climate

The Sunshine Coast experiences a sub tropical climate and averages seven hours of sunshine daily. The climate is generally mild
Average temperatures range from 21 to 27 degrees Celsius in Summer and 11 to 20 degrees Celsius in winter.

Getting there

By Air
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 and coaches.

By Train
Regular train services from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast are available.

By Coach / Bus
Coach services operate out of Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast.

By Car
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.

More information

Sunshine Coast Tourism Bureau - www.tourismsunshinecoast.com.au

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