The Sunshine Coast is undoubtedly one of Australia's most scenically beautiful regions. At the centre of the Sunshine Coast region lies a popular area where holiday opportunities are endless. This area includes Coolum, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, and the vast expanse into the Blackall Range.
The four surfing beaches of Coolum, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba combine to produce a fantastic holiday destination for families with children of all ages as well as young people looking for adventure.
Blessed with a heady mix of ocean beaches, riverfront, variety of restaurants and nighteries, Mooloolaba is a popular, central Sunshine Coast resort town. It also has an all-weather port which is not only home to a large trawling fleet, but the finishing point for blue-water sailing races from both Sydney and Auckland.
Situated on Australia's Sunshine Coast, just north of Brisbane, is Noosa. This town, which incorporates three separate areas (Noosa Heads, Noosa Junction and Noosaville), has a reputation as the destination for all of Australia's hot shots and jet-setters. But beneath the glitz and glamour of the town's central Hastings Street is a town which has loads to offer for all types of travellers, particularly surfers.
Noosa is one of the few places in Australia that is famous for preserving the natural environment and integrating it with the most modern holiday accommodation and amenities that subsequently attracts over a quarter of a million visitors each year.
If you're after a day of fun and adventure, there are many attractions that will keep you and the kids enthralled. Experience the ultimate wildlife adventure with Australia Zoo, or take in the Aussie icons with a tour of the Big Pineapple, Opals Down Under, the Ettamogah Pub and Aussie World.
There is a large number of tours available on the Sunshine Coast ranging from rainforest safaris to ecotourism tours and cruises, four wheel drive tours and tours to Fraser Island. Not to be missed is a trip up the Noosa River through the Everglades. The riverbanks are home to all manner of birdlife including cormorants, osprey eagles, ibises and cockatoos.
The Sunshine Coast offers all types of water activities including jet-skis, parasailing, yachting Sunshine Coast, fishing charters, diving, you can learn to surf or just relax on the many beautiful beaches.
Shopping is diverse and an attraction in itself on the Sunshine Coast. Choose from boutique shops in Noosa's Hasting Street, art and craft galleries and stores in the Blackall Range and the Eumundi Markets are a must for that something different. For those who want something more traditional there are large shopping complexes throughout the region such as the Sunshine Plaza.
If it's nature you're more interested in, there are plenty of bushwalks in the Blackall Ranges or visit Fairhill Native Plants and Botanical Gardens. Take a leisurely drive into the Blackall Range and visit the quaint village of Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton.
Flights arrive at Brisbane Airport from many international locations. There are excellent Sunshine Coast based bus operators who have a door to door service that departs from the city on a regular basis.
Daily services from Sydney and Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast airport are met by a local bus operator that will bring you to your accommodation from the airport.
It is approximately 60 minutes drive form Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast. Take a Bruce Highway from Brisbane and then turn on onto the Sunshine Coast motorway extension that will bring you to the coast itself.
Several operators offer a coach service that will drive you to the door of your accommodation as part of their service with pickups from Brisbane. Most interstate coach services pass through the Sunshine Coast travelling north and south.
Services run several times a day from Brisbane to Nambour with road services that connect to the remainder of the Sunshine Coast.