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Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast of Queensland is the region just to the north of Brisbane and the Great South East. It sits between Bribie Island and Fraser Island and includes the iconic locations of Noosa, Perigian Beach, Coolum, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maleny and the Glass House Mountains.

The Sunshine Coast is favoured by many Brisbane residents for its less crowded holiday opportunities and varied choice of beaches. The region is extremely popular  with families.Also a favourite wedding and conference destination. 

Just a 1 hour drive north of Brisbane the sunshine coast offers many varied accommodation choices close to the differnt communities that have evolved in recent years. Al centre around their respective beaches which are safe and offer great surfing and sunbaking.

The glamour crowd hangs out in Noosa's Hastings Street where you can mix and mingle among myriad cafes and restaurants and designer shops.

A Beach-lover’s Guide to Australia’s Awesome Sunshine Coast

Australia’s Sunshine Coast in Queensland is world-famous for a reason. It is quite simply a fantastic destination which has something for everyone. It caters to adrenaline junkies looking for their next water-themed fix, surfers in search of some serious waves, young families who want to their children to experience the joys of the beach in a safe environment and people on a quest for some respite in a secluded and tranquil getaway. The Sunshine Coast also offers pretty much every outside activity that you could imagine a beach resort should- from golf and boating to fishing and cycling.

The Sunshine Coast has some of the best beaches in the world. With white sand, soft like baby powder between your toes and sparkling clean water for miles, you would be forgiven for mistaking this stretch of Australia’s coast for paradise. Despite the appeal of these beaches, they do not get overcrowded too often so there is plenty of space to enjoy the surroundings and feel like you have truly escaped from the noise and bustle of ordinary life. The beaches on the Sunshine Coast also have some top-rate facilities to meet the needs of all its visitors, from children’s playgrounds and covered barbecue areas to showers, toilets and parking. As a result, visitors need only worry about whether to go for a swim, venture out for a surf or spend time sunbathing while reading a great book. It’s no wonder then that the Sunshine Coast is a popular holiday home destination for holidaymakers who are truly committed to making the Sunshine Coast their home away from home.

The Sunshine Coast has a vast number of beaches and different beaches may be more suitable depending on your needs. So here is a guide to which beaches cater well to which sort of tourist. If you are travelling with children then the best beaches on the Sunshine Coast include Noosa Beach because of the calm, safe waters for swimming. Golden Beach, Bulcock Beach, Mooloolaba Spit and Cotton Tree are also highly recommended as they have playgrounds on the coast- great for keeping the little ones entertained when they are tired of making sandcastles! Surfers should head out to Sunshine Beach, Point Cartwright or Alexandra Headland among others as they are have some great waves.If you are really looking for some peace and to get away from the crowds then Marcoola, Buddina and Mudjimba beach tend to be quieter.

Wonderful Water sports to Great Golf

If trying exhilarating new sports and activities is your thing then you will be spoilt for choice on the Sunshine Coast. If you have always fancied parasailing, skydiving or abseiling, they are all possible at various beaches. If you are feeling even more daring, why not try going on a shark dive at UnderWater World? Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo is also a popular choice for visitors. The options for water sports are also extremely diverse on the Sunshine Coast. Take your pick from jetskiing, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing, and kite boarding and much much more. There is also cable skiing on offer at the Go Wake Cable Ski Park in Bli Bli for those who dare! Hiring boats is popular too as it offers the opportunity to get some wonderful views of the coast and, with the wind whipping through your hair, feel like you have truly escaped! Many people choose to hire a boat for the day then stop off for lunch at a barbecue area on the coast where they enjoy some great steak or sausages followed by a swim and some sunbathing before heading back out to see.

If your idea of combining sport with holiday is a bit less adrenaline-fueled, then you might want to consider one of the many cycling trails around the Sunshine Coast beaches. Motorcyclists can also find trips through the countryside surrounding the coast extremely rewarding. The Sunshine Coast is also packed with great golf courses if playing a great game against a wonderful coastal backdrop is your idea of heaven. Many of the courses in the area are five-star quality, including the Twin Waters Golf Club, which comes in as one of the six best courses in the whole of Australia. Palmer Resort Coolum also has a championship-level golf course. Finally, venturing inland to visit one of the Sunshine Coast's national parks is well worth it. They include Mapleton Falls National Park and The Glass House Mountains National Park. 

Content above courtesy of Melissa Turner.