Just over an hour north of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, lies Australia’s Sunshine Coast, blessed by mother nature, one side offers miles of spectacular coastline – the other, tranquil hinterland.
Endless golden beaches, year-round swimming and an easygoing attitude, make this the perfect place to slow down and unwind. In this beautiful region, the casual glamour of Noosa, merges into the family fun of Caloundra and blends with the artistic flair of the hinterland.
The most famous town is Noosa Heads – an indulgent and stylish getaway that attracts many of the world’s A-list. Its white beach is almost completely surrounded by national park. Follow winding tracks to unspoilt headlands then cool off in crystal clear waters. Step straight from the beach into a luxurious lifestyle that shines just as brightly at night. Noosa is the place to enjoy 5 star accommodation, designer stores and of course, romance.
For more low-key relaxation, head further south to the villages of Sunshine Beach, Peregian and Coolum.
For more action, join surfers drawn here from all over the world. There are more than 100 surf breaks in the region so there are waves to suit everyone. Surf life saving clubs have been keeping beaches safe since the early 1900’s; visit Mooloolaba surf club to enjoy local seafood overlooking the ocean.
Explore rock pools at Mooloolaba Beach or learn more about ocean life at Underwater world – Sea life. Wildlife experiences don’t come much more intense than the legendary Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo, come touch a snake, see big cats and of course watch the crocodiles be fed.
In the Sunshine Coast’s green hinterland are the Glasshouse mountains, an important gathering place for the area’s traditional owners and still considered spiritually significant. Offering sweeping views of the coast, they are ideal for hiking and picnicking.
The area has long attracted a vibrant community of artists and the Eumundi Markets showcase their work. Since 1970’s, it has become one of the biggest and most beautiful markets in the country. Now more than 600 stalls offer local produce and crafts created in the nearby hills.
The small towns of Montville, Maleny and Mapleton, originally built around the logging industry, are now known for their fine local produce, beautiful buildings and breathtaking views. The Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World offer the chance to learn about the local wildlife.
Head to Caloundra, where families have been holidaying for generations and relaxation is down to a fine art.
In a country famous for its beaches and its laid back attitude, the Sunshine Coast is where Australians go to relax, so follow the footprints and make a few of your own in this beautiful place.