When choosing a holiday destination, great weather is always important and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has that and so much more – the name is not just a coincidence. Ideally located between Brisbane and Fraser Island, it’s really one of Queensland’s best kept secrets and a favourite spot for Australian holidaymakers all year round. The Sunshine Coast covers just under 200 kilometres of coastline and is home to numerous towns and villages, all offering great attractions and hospitality to the visitor.
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a great starting point with easy and relaxing ways to explore the region’s mountains, forests, waterfalls and valleys. The ancient volcanic landscape that forms the Glass House Mountains offers spectacular views and countless spots to picnic and unwind.
Australia Zoo in the west of the region is an internationally renowned attraction for animal lovers and the Sunshine Coast is a great base for those visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island to the north. Noosa – a locals-only secret for decades – now caters to a wide range of tourists, yet somehow still retains its natural beauty and charm. You can explore its beaches, rivers and national parks or enjoy the shopping and dining in the chic surrounds of Hastings Street.
Some of Queensland’s best beaches can be found on the Sunshine Coast, from the spectacular coloured sands of Rainbow Beach to the sparkling waters of Coolum Beach further south. Throughout the region you will see the best of Australian coastal vegetation and wildlife, and experience unique friendly seaside communities that are quintessentially Australian.
The Sunshine Coast has plenty to offer the visitor from golf to horse-riding, bushwalking to diving. It’s one of the few places where you can explore vast stretches of empty beach and feel like it all belongs to you alone.