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Holidays to the Sunshine Coast

With its golden sun-drenched beaches, breezy seaside towns, rugged mountain hikes and unique markets, the Sunshine Coast is hard to beat. 
Just one hour north of Brisbane, "the Sunny Coast" is a fave getaway for the city’s locals, but why should they have all the fun? Book your Sunshine Coast hotel with us and start hiking, swimming, surfing, adventuring and living life to the fullest in a region that lives up to its name.

History

The Sunny Coast is the third largest city in Queensland, after Brisbane and the more developed Gold Coast further south. In 1770, Captain Cook became the first European to spot the Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Over time timber and small farming industries have boosted the population and economy of the area. Today surfing and tourism are major draw cards, and for good reason! The Sunshine Coast is said to have some of the best surfing conditions in Australia with over 100 surfing hotspots.

Things to do

At Nambour’s Big Pineapple, you can take a touristy photo and then wander around the Saturday morning markets. Animal lovers and Steve Irwin fans can spend time with the crocs at the Australia Zoo. Swim with sharks, hang with seals or walk through an 80m underwater tunnel at Mooloolaba’s Underwater World, the biggest oceanarium in Queensland.

In Palmview, you get two tourist attractions in the one spot: Ettamogah Pub, a quirky-looking bar based on the cartoons of Ken Maynard, and Aussie World, a theme park packed with family-friendly rides.

The beaches are something special on the Sunny Coast. Sparkling clean and shiny white, they’re patrolled by lifesavers and often blissfully free of crowds; making things especially easy if you’re holidaying with kids! There’s the live music and bustling markets of Peregian Beach, the safe swimming and surf beaches of Noosa and the awesome breaks of Mooloolaba’s Point Cartwright. Take a swim and a rugged, rocky walk along Caloundra’s stunning Moffat Beach. If fishing, beach BBQs or bushwalks are right up your alley, maybe you’d be keen on a few days on Bribie Island?

With all of the Sunshine Coast’s national parks, forests and mountains, you’ll find no shortage of places to hike or bushwalk. Discover the hoop pine woods of Amamoor State Forest or the waterfall of Kondalilla Falls National Park, in the charming Hinterland village of Montville.

Keen hikers can take on the mountains of the Glasshouse Mountains National Park, like Mt. Tibrogargan or Mt. Beerwah. There are bushwalking routes to the summits as well as abseiling and rock climbing sites.

Shopping and dining

The best shopping on the Coast can be found at the markets, like the Eumundi Market, where handmade art meets fresh food and live entertainment. The towns are full of delicious restaurants, the Hinterland has amazing wineries, and the region’s towns have a lively nightlife scene with live music at plenty of local watering holes and surf clubs.
Getting here

If you’re convinced that the Coast has the most, bundle up your flight to Brisbane and Sunshine Coast hotel with Wotif. You can reach the Sunshine Coast by bus, train or browse our car hire options when you book your flights and accommodation. Wherever you stay on the Coast, it's sure to be a great spot for some much-needed R&R.

Need insider tips on must-see attractions in Sunshine Coast? Check out our Sunshine Coast travel guide!


Guide to Exploring Sunshine Coast

Family Hotels in Sunshine Coast

Oaks Oasis Resort AU$143
Oaks Oasis Resort

Oaks Oasis Resort

2 Landsborough Parade, Caloundra
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 1,013 reviews
    4.5 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly Caloundra hotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Bulcock Beach and Caloundra Events Center. Kings Beach and Queensland Air Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Novotel Twin Waters Resort AU$137
    Novotel Twin Waters Resort

    Novotel Twin Waters Resort

    270 Ocean Drive, Sunshine Coast, Twin Waters
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,002 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Twin Waters, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Aqua Fun Park Twin Waters and Mudjimba Beach. Twin Waters Golf Club and Marcoola Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      ULTIQA Shearwater Resort AU$150
      ULTIQA Shearwater Resort

      ULTIQA Shearwater Resort

      The Esplanade, Kings Beach
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 666 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Kings Beach, this beachfront apartment building is on the boardwalk and within a 15-minute walk of Kings Beach, Bulcock Beach, and Shelly Beach. Moffat Beach and Dickey Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Mantra French Quarter Noosa AU$233
        Mantra French Quarter Noosa

        Mantra French Quarter Noosa

        62 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 864 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Noosa Heads resort is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Hastings Street and Noosa Beach. Sunshine Beach Village Shops and Noosa National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Romantic Hotels in Sunshine Coast

          Amore On Buderim Luxury Rainforest Cabins AU$181
          Amore On Buderim Luxury Rainforest Cabins

          Amore On Buderim Luxury Rainforest Cabins

          27 Early Bird Drive, Buderim
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 163 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated near the airport, this romantic bed & breakfast is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Foote Sanctuary of Buderim and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mooloolaba Esplanade and Mooloolaba Beach. Alex Beach and Sunshine Plaza are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat AU$341
            Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat

            Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat

            78 Narrows Road, Montville
               
              4.9
              of 5, from 77 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in North Maleny, this luxury bed & breakfast is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk and 5 mi (8 km) from Kondalilla National Park. Lake Baroon is 15.6 mi (25.1 km) away.

              Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort AU$302
              Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

              Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

              14-16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 66 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hastings Street and Noosa Beach. Noosa National Park and Ed Webb Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Hunchy Hideaway AU$255
                Hunchy Hideaway

                Hunchy Hideaway

                609 Hunchy Road, Hunchy
                   
                  4.9
                  of 5, from 49 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Hunchy, this luxury bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Kondalilla National Park, Flame Hill Vineyard, and Kondalilla Falls. Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk and Queensland Zoo are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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