Sunshine Coast – A Hidden Gem Waiting To Be Discovered
A little over an hour’s drive north of Brisbane, Queensland’s capital, lies Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Mother Nature has blessed it with a spectacular coastline of approximately 90 kilometres on one side. And a hinterland with much less hustle and bustle on the other side.
Australians head to the Sunshine Coast to relax to soak up year-round sunshine (hence its name). Tropical warm sea and endless golden beaches ensures it’s a favourite to unwind.
The casual, yet glamorous, Noosa quietly fuses easily with Caloundra’s more lively family setting. And both blend so comfortably with the hinterland’s artistic flair. Noosa Heads is arguably the Sunshine Coast’s most popular town. Its indulgent and chic charm attracts tourists and celebrities from all over the world.
Noosa’s exquisite powder white beach is only a handful in the world that boasts a national park on its boundaries. With approximately 4,000 hectares of unspoiled bushland, you’re spoil for choice what to do. Stroll along its winding footpaths and spot a koala clinging slothfully to its favourite Eucalyptus tree. If you’ve worked up a sweat, cool off in its warm crystal-clear waters. The more adventurous may prefer carrying their surf boards for a short stroll to one the local surf beaches.
When night falls and the sun slowly fades, Noosa comes alive with is decadent lifestyle that shines just as brightly as the moonlit sky. It’s luxurious apartments and hotels, swish boutique stores, and fine dining offers a romantic getaway.
If you’re not seeking limelight and need something more low-key than Noosa, travel a short distance south. The quaint villages of Peregian, Sunshine Beach and Coolum await you. They all offer a coastline that you’ll want to soak up some vitamin D that the Sunshine Coast is famous for. Enjoy a leisurely coffee or unhurried seafood platter caught that morning.
With more than 100 surf breaks in the area, slip into your wetsuit and blend in and surf like a legend with the locals. Australia’s surf lifesaving clubs have been operating for more than a hundred years. But did you know that some of the region’s most scenic restaurants are found at these clubs? Pull up a chair at clubs in Noosa, Mooloolaba or Maroochydore. Tuck into another mouth-watering seafood platter with a chilled beer and be hypnotised with the stunning views.
Create memories with the children that will last a life-time at Mooloolaba Beach. Discover life beneath the ocean at Underwater World and let the little ones explore the rock pools.
Steve Irwin’s, a.k.a The Crocodile Hunter, legendary Australia Zoo is only a short drive from Mooloolaba. Hold a baby snake or crocodile or watch some of their bigger family members from the safety of their glass houses or the Crocoseum. Feeding time is intense!
The Sunshine Coast boasts more than its beaches. The impressive Glass House Mountains dominate the area’s green hinterland. Craggy volcanic peaks tower above the surrounding landscape like sentries protecting the region. The area is popular for hikers and family picnics.
Eumundi Market showcases the region’s vibrant artists and craftsmen’s community. An idea conceived by two friends almost 40 years ago has grown into one of Australia’s biggest markets. Twice weekly, on Saturday and Wednesdays, more than 600 stall-holders sell their local produce and crafts.
The cooler mountainous air in Montville, Mapleton and Maleny is popular with visitors seeking some relief from the sun. Nestled in the rolling Blackall Ranges, these small historical towns were built to support the logging industry. They are now better known for their stunning vistas and small boutique shops.
When the sound of the ocean entices you to return to the coast, the Sunshine Coast’s most southerly city awaits you. Caloundra has always been popular as a very family friendly holiday destination.
You’ll be spoilt for choice on The Sunshine Coast. Its diversity of enviable beach culture, natural wonders, fresh local produce, wildlife experiences, are all abundant. It’s easily accessible and easy to navigate around. Explore the wonders that Sunshine Coast offers.