Getting to the Sunshine Coast
Getting to the Sunshine Coast
Getting to the Sunshine Coast

Getting to the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is a coastal region located approximately a hundred kilometers north of Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland.

The Sunshine Coast is comprised of a string of smaller towns and localities along the coast, from south to north these include: Bribie Island, Caloundra, Mooloolabah, Maroochydore, Coolum and Noosa, with smaller centres dotted in between.

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland located inland and atop a mountain range, with it's forested mountains and amazing views of the coast, is also a popular place to stay. Areas such as the Glass House Mountains, Montville and Maleny are just a short drive from the popular coastal strip.

Arriving by Rail

Queensland Rail operates regular electric train services between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. The main station for the Sunshine Coast is at Nambour, 101 kilometres north of Brisbane (which usually takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes minutes from Brisbane's Central Station).

Nambour sits half way between the sea and the Blackall Ranges and half way between Caloundra and Noosa Heads - half way from anywhere! The rail service is geared for residents and business travelers but can be useful for tourists needing transport options in the region. Use the online Jouney Planner to calculate trasit times for specific dates. 

Telephone Transinfo on 13 12 30 for route and ticket information.

Alternatively, you can look up the Queensland Rail Website or Translink for more information.

Arriving by Air & Airport Transfers

The nearest International airport is Brisbane Airport. From the Brisbane Airport, you can either hire a car or get a shuttle bus or private chauffered transport to your accommodation at the Sunshine Coast. You can also go by train however you'll need to get a taxi or local bus from the main Sunshine Coast train station (Nambour) to your accommodation. If you arrive at the Sunshine Coast Airport you also have many options to get to your accommodation.

More Transport Options

You can also get around the town quite easily, with a range of public and private transport options. Click through the below options to find out more: 

Car Rental & Car Hire Price Comparison

Read More About Car Rental & Car Hire Price ComparisonThe choice of renting a car offers the best amount of freedom for holiday makers to explore everything that the Sunshine Coast has to offer. With a rental car you can see everything at your own pace. Compare car hire rates with Vroom Vroom Vroom to get the best deal.

Bus Transport

Read More About Bus TransportThe majority of bus services are provided by Sunbus, however regional links are operated by Glasshouse Country Coaches which include the Maleny, Landsborough & Beerwah service as well as the Hinterland Connect. Find out more about Bus Travel including the Go Card and a map.


Read More About TaxisTaxis on the Sunshine Coast are generally well maintained and efficient, and are in line with State transportation regulations. View where the main taxi ranks are located at, and a guide to taxi fares for a typical ride. We've also included a list of Sunshine Coast taxi companies

Travel Distances

Read More About Travel DistancesIf you're coming from overseas or from anywhere in Australia other than Melbourne or Sydney (in which case you could fly directly to the Sunshine Coast Airport), chances are you'll be flying into Brisbane Airport. View travel distances from Brisbane to the most popular Sunshine Coast holiday locations, as well as distances between Sunshine Coast regions.

VISA Information

All visitors to Australia are required to obtain a visitor's visa before they depart their homeland. These visa's generally allow a visiting period of up to 12 weeks which we reckon is just enough time to see a great deal of what Australia has to offer.

The good news is that obtaining a visitor visa application attracts no charges, however a Form 48R must be filled out. This form can be obtained from any Australian Embassy or Consulate.

If you're thinking about visiting Australia to work or live then you might like to visit a more comprehensible source to obtain an Australian Visa such as Immigration Australia and Australia Visa Travel Services.

Further Links