Australias Sunshine Coast is just over
an hour north of Queenslands capital, Brisbane. Generously blessed by mother nature, one side
offers 60 miles of spectacular coastline the other, tranquil hinterland. The Sunshine Coast is where Australia goes
to relax. Endless golden beaches, water warm enough to swim year-round and an
easygoing attitude, make this the perfect place to slow down, unwind and simply enjoy yourself.
In this beautiful region, the casual glamour of Noosa, gently merges into the family fun of Caloundra and blends with the artistic flair of the
hinterland. The Sunshine Coasts most famous town is
Noosa Heads an indulgent and stylish getaway that attracts
many of the worlds A-list. Noosas powder white beach is one of the
few in the world that is almost completely surrounded by national
park almost 4,000 hectares of classic Australian
bushland. Spend your day following winding tracks to
the unspoilt headlands and then cool off in crystal clear waters.
As the sun fades, 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. If you prefer your relaxation a little more
low-key, head further south to the villages of Sunshine Beach, Peregian and Coolum. Choose your own stretch of ocean and cast
a line, enjoy relaxed dining and a leisurely coffee or just soak up the sunshine for which the
area is named.
For a little more action, join the surfers who are 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 and their volunteers have been keeping Australias magnificent
beaches safe since the early 1900s. Today, they also offer some of the most scenic
dining in the country, such as the Mooloolaba surf club where you can enjoy local seafood overlooking
Create timeless family memories at Mooloolaba
Beach, one of the most protected beaches in the region. Explore the local rock pools or learn more about life in the ocean life
at Underwater world Wildlife experiences dont come much more
intense than the legendary Crocodile Hunters Australia
Zoo, just a half hour drive from Mooloolaba into
the hinterland. One of the largest conservation and wildlife
facilities in the world, this is the place to come to touch a snake, see the big cats and of course watch the crocodiles
be fed. At the edge of the Sunshine Coasts green
hinterland are the Glasshouse mountains, craggy volcanic peaks that stand like a gentle
grandfather protecting the entire region.
Criss-crossed with trails and offering sweeping
views of the coast, they are ideal for hiking and picnicking. The areas natural beauty has long attracted
a vibrant community of artists and craftspeople and the Eumundi Markets showcase the very
best of their work. What started as a simple idea dreamt up by
2 friends in the 1970s, has become one of the biggest and most beautiful
markets in the country. There are now more than 600 stalls each Wednesday
and Saturday, offering local produce and crafts created in the nearby hills.
Enjoy the cooler air of the small towns of
Montville, Maleny and Mapleton, snuggled into the rolling Blackall Ranges. Originally built around the logging industry, these historic towns are now known for their
fine local produce, beautiful buildings and breathtaking views. The Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World offers the chance to learn about the local
wildlife along miles of meandering walking paths. When the call of the ocean, draws you back
to the coast, head to Caloundra the Sunshine Coasts most southerly city.
Families have been holidaying here for generations and this comfortable city has relaxation down
to a fine art. Wise travellers know that to discover the
best destinations, you should always follow the locals. 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..