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.

Guide to Exploring Sunshine Coast

Noosa Heads

Are you looking to get out of town for…how should we say it…forever? Well, maybe not forever, but for at least a week or two on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast? You should, because Wotif’s deals on Noosa Heads holiday packages are hotter than ever.

Haven’t you ever wanted to hang ten down a wall of water so clear you can see every fish? And haven’t you ever wanted to enjoy a picnic in Noosa National Park while cute koalas lounge in the trees above? What about going for an exhilarating hike in the Glasshouse Mountains? Whatever it is you’ve dreamt of doing along this stretch of coast is in your hands. We don’t care what you decide to do—we just want you to get off your arse and enjoy holidays to Noosa Heads.

Mooloolaba

If your life has been lacking some rays of sunshine, you need a trip to a place with “sunshine” in its very title. The Sunshine Coast lives up to its name, with warm, crystal-clear waters and near-constant cloudless days. The beaches are calm and swimmable, and there are adventures to be found on both land and sea.

Also, you might see aliens! There are rumours of alien activity in the nearby Glass House Mountains. Yes, the Sunshine Coast really has it all, and holidays to Mooloolaba, with its award-winning beach, will put you right in the middle of the action.

Noosaville

Noosaville is the sophisticated cousin of family-friendly Mooloolaba and cosmopolitan Maroochydore. Being the Sunshine Coast’s northernmost town gives it a secluded feel, which is helped along by all the parks and forests that surround it. While there are beaches here (itis still the Sunshine Coast, after all), Noosaville holiday packages are especially popular with those outdoorsy types—or at least those who fancy themselves to be.

This isn’t a place where camping is required, though. In fact, when you’re not out on the trails, you’ll be browsing upscale boutiques and eating gourmet meals. Like an earthy red wine or Hugh Jackman in a suit, Noosaville is both rugged and fancy, and is sure to impress.

Hastings Street

Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations, thanks to its pristine, swimmable beaches and near-perfect weather. There’s a town here for everyone, whether you’re taking the whole family to Mooloolaba or want to party down in Maroochydore for a weekend. Up in Noosa Heads, outdoor adventures topped off with relaxing spa treatments and glittering shopping avenues reign supreme.

But you, traveller, already knew all that. You’ve narrowed down your search even further, having already chosen the luxurious-yet-adventurous Noosa Heads as your next getaway. Now, you’re investigating Hastings Street package deals—so you can be right where all the action is.

Noosa

Home to the most visited national park in Australia, Noosa is the place to go for unblemished beaches, fresher-than-fresh seafood, and koala spotting. It's also just a 140-kilometre drive north of Brisbane on Queensland's subtropical coast. Unlike other areas in Australia's sunny state, Noosa, thanks to years of campaigning on the part of the local community, blends in with nature. You won't find skyscrapers, but you'll find a laid-back atmosphere, stunning scenery and some excellent restaurants and wine bars. Nab yourself one of the great hotels in Noosa by booking one of our Noosa packages today.


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