Sunshine Coast Holiday Destinations
The Sunshine Coast is a holiday maker's dream. The region is made up of sweeping beaches with small towns dotted up and down the coastline and picturesque Hinterland valleys with pretty villages great for exploring. Choose from one of the locations below and read up on all the Sunshine Coast accommodation options from family friendly resorts, rooms with a view, hostels and luxury hotels.
We've also tried to include all the fun activities the Sunshine Coast has to offer, one day you can be hunting around the historic Eumundi Markets and the next day enjoying a 5 star meal overlooking Noosa Beach. There's so many different things to do and places to stay on the sunny Sunshine Coast.
Alexandra Headland, known to the locals as 'Alex', is a coastal community situated on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. The community is located on a beautiful spot on what is known as the Sunshine Strip - it sits between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore. The town with its laid back atomosphere and inviting beaches has become a popular spot for surfers
Caloundra is fast becoming recognised as one of Australia's fastest growing holiday destinations. The township is located at the southern end of Queensland's stunning Sunshine Coast. The region stretches from the cool green of the hinterland mountains to the crisp blue and white of the beaches.
Coolum is the largest beach side resort on Queensland's southern Sunshine Coast. The area is fast growing with a population of 18 000. Although visitors will always be welcome to this beautiful town, the population may be capped to preserve the resources and standard of the living in the area.
Just 90 minutes drive from Brisbane or 20 minutes drive inland from Noosa are the hinterland towns of Eumundi and Yandina. Traditionally farming centres, they're now the hub of weekend markets, groovy places to stay and some of the most talked about restaurants on the Coast. There is a blend of old and new within Eumundi.
The Glass House Mountains are a series of steep-sided volcanic plugs which dominate the landscape of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. According to the geosciences, they were formed of rhylite and trachtyte, lavas which hardened inside the vents of tertiary volcanoes that have been greatly reduced by about 25 million years of erosion.
Noosa's Hastings Street is champagne territory, although a chardonnay and even a 'crownie' doesn't look out of place. Noosa is still regularly rated as one of Australia's most favoured getaway destinations. It's stylishly inspiring, yet so totally laid back. Such is its attractiveness that Queenslanders will drive for nearly 2 hours from suburban Brisbane just for coffee.
Kenilworth is a small community situated in the beautiful upper Mary Valley, behind the scenic Blackall Ranges. With a population less than 300, the township retains much of its 1920s atmosphere with colonial style houses, a range of local stores, art galleries, the Kenilworth Cheese Factory and an engaging historical museum.
Maroochydore is the geographic centre of the Sunshine Coast. Maroochy Tourism quotes, "If the Sunshine Coast had a beating heart, Maroochydore is it." The town of 17045 residents offers an ideal location, situated at the intersection between river and the ocean. It offers the blend of surf beach and the calm waters of the Maroochy River.
Mooloolaba sits on a spit of land between an international standard marina on the Mooloolah River and beautiful ocean beaches with great surf that the Pacific Ocean has to offer. This town enjoys the best of both watery worlds and is home to the Mooloolaba-Auckland and Mooloolaba-Sydney Yacht Races.
Noosa Heads is the coastal cosmopolitan town situated on the southern shore of Laguna Bay and on the far western side of Noosa headland. With a population close to 50,000, tourism is the foundation of the local economy with over 250 000 holiday makers each year. Hastings Street is a hive of activity with inumerable places to stay and eat.
Escape to the crisp air, stunning views and fascinating towns of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. There's another side to the surf and sun of the Sunshine Coast - every bit as relaxing and just a short and picturesque drive from the beach. It's the hinterland - the lusher, cooler, fertile lands and fascinating little towns that lie just behind the busy throng of the coast.