Family friendly. Local. Scenic. Three words to capture the quintessence of the sunshine coast. North of Brisbane and stretching from Caloundra to Noosa Heads, it’s a region characterised by stunning beaches, subtropical sunshine coast hinterland and charming seaside villages with boutique shopping, restaurants and cafes, as well as a myriad of accommodation options. Whether you’re a new-age traveller in search of locally-grown food and hand-crafted goods, or a family just wanting to sun-tan and swim, the Sunshine Coast has a casual appeal that’s perfect for a quick getaway or something longer.
An often-overlooked aspect of the Sunshine coast’s appeal is its designated tourist attractions; from wildlife sanctuaries like Underwater World Mooloolaba, SEALife Sunshine Coast and Australian Zoo, to theme parks like Ginger Factory, Aussie World and Eumundi markets both adults and children are catered to. For international visitors, Australia Zoo is a particularly great destination – it was founded by Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, and remains a beloved Australian icon with native wildlife through to elephants and giraffes, all whilst delivering an empowering message of conservation.
The Sunshine Coast is also famous for two of Queensland’s most spectacular natural attractions: Fraser Island, the largest sand island and the like the Glasshouse Mountains national park. For locals, Fraser Island is their long weekend getaway – go four-wheel-driving, sprawl on the alabaster sand, and spot native Australian wildlife, like freshwater turtles and purebred dingoes. The Glasshouse Mountains are equally breathtaking. Surging sharply out of the bushland, these granite-flanked titans form dramatic silhouettes against the horizon and make for amazing photography or challenging climbing.
Don’t forget, there is more to the Sunshine Coast than the Glass House Mountains for natural beauty. Take the time to explore the quaint village of Montville. With a population of fewer than 1,000 people, it has a true village charm. With a pleasant blend of Tudor, Irish and English cottages of log or stone, Swiss and Bavarian chalets, an old mill water wheel, as well as colonial and old Queensland architecture, you could be mistaken for thinking you were in Europe! Boasting one of the most panoramic and spectacular views of the sunshine coast, the hinterland is a must do entry on your itinerary.
Ultimately, though, the Sunshine Coast’s most-visited locations are its beaches. Thanks to the region’s booming tourism industry, virtually all its popular beaches are family-friendly, with dedicated surf patrols, safe swim zones, point and shore breaks for surfers and a great range of nearby eateries and amenities. Whether you’re visiting the eponymous Sunshine Beach, Rainbow Beach, Alexandra headlands, serene Peregian Beach, Noosa Heads or Caloundra’s Kings Beach, you’ll be able to experience some of the best swimming in the state.
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