Sunshine Coast, QLD: Destination Guide

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The regions which make up the central coast of Queensland are often referred to as the Sunshine Coast. The regions include Noosa through to Coolum, Caloundra to Kawana, Mooloolaba to Marcoola and the hinterland located just inland of the coast. Take in the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast by visiting one of the many subtropical rainforests, immaculate beaches and freshwater rivers and lakes.

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Sunshine Coast attractions

The Sunshine Coast offers a range a family-friendly attractions. A visit to the internationally-renowned Australia Zoo is a must, but kids will also enjoy UnderWater World and Aussie World. GoWake Watersports complex offers the chance to learn how to wakeboard or simply enjoy a picnic while you watch the water sports enthusiasts wakeboard, kneeboard and skurf. For the arty-types, head to Noosa which boasts many galleries and performance spaces. Get lost in Bellingham Maze set in a lush tropical environment on the Tanawha Tourist Drive. And wine lovers should head to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland wine region to sip and sample some of the area’s premium wines.

For a full list of our top places to visit on the Sunshine Coast, see our guide to the best beaches and towns.

Sunshine Coast events

Picture perfect weather makes the Sunshine Coast a preferred host for many major outdoor events and festivals. Music lovers won’t want to miss the Caloundra Music Festival featuring international and Australian musicians or the Gympie Music Muster for those who enjoy country and contemporary music. For an unforgettable culinary experience check out the Maleny Real Food Festival or the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival to gorge on samples and watch live cooking demonstrations. While the green-thumbed should not miss the Queensland Garden Expo held in July.

Free things to do on the Sunshine Coast

Enjoy a day out on the Sunshine Coast which won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Take in the natural beauty on offer by spending time in one of the great parklands many of which offer free barbecue facilities or by visiting one of the many pristine beaches which make up the coastline. Finally, some of the most popular attractions on the Sunshine Coast are The Ginger Factory and The Chocolate Factory and entry to either won’t cost you a cent.

Family-friendly places to visit on the Sunshine Coast

  • Australia Zoo: 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah QLD 4519
  • Aussie World: 73 Frizzo Road, Palmview QLD 4553
  • UnderWater World: Parkyn Parade, The Wharf, Mooloolaba QLD 4557
  • Bellingham Maze: 25 Tanawha Tourist Drive, Tanawha QLD 4556
  • The Ginger Factory: 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina QLD 4561 [FREE*]
  • Noosa Main Beach: Noosa QLD 4567 [FREE]

*Some paid attractions

Sunshine Coast weather: when to visit

The Sunshine Coast is a tropical region of Queensland. Thus, the summer months are prone to be very wet with regular afternoon storms. Winter is much dryer; the skies are blue and the waters are very clear. August is renowned to be windy on the Sunshine Coast and a popular time to visit for kite surfers. Have a look at the mean monthly temperatures and mean monthly rainfall to plan your next trip to the Sunshine Coast here.

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