About the

Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is known for its warmth, sunshine, natural beauty and plentiful food. The only thing more refreshing than the water is the lifestyle. Here you can take time away from the hustle and bustle to rest, rejuvenate and enjoy the spectacular natural surroundings of this region. Explore the lush hinterland villages of Montville and Maleny, and the eclectic Eumundi Markets, where you can pick up some natural treasures. Enjoy family time on the pristine Caloundra beaches and savour the fresh, juicy prawns direct from the trawlers in Mooloolaba. Take in the awe-inspiring Pumicestone Passage and magnificent Glass House Mountains and indulge in the naturally stylish and effortlessly cool Noosa.

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk is a 58 kilometre circuit along the Blackall Range through some of Queensland’s most scenic ~wilderness. You can do the full four-day walk, or just take on a short section of the track. There are several cabins along the trail where you can stay overnight, but you’ll need to book them in advance.

Each year more than 8,000 humpback whales travel along the east coast of Australia as part of their migration. Due to its location, the Sunshine Coast is an ideal place to view these magnificent marine creatures as they swim past.

You will be able to see them frolicking with their young from various locations including Point Arkwright, Point Cartwright, Mount Coolum, Point Perry, Moffat Headland, Alexandra Headland and within the Noosa National

Park. Whale watching cruises operate from June to November, allowing you to get a closer look at the humpbacks and Sunreef Mooloolaba also offers the amazing opportunity to swim with the whales. Other experiences to add to your ‘to do’ list include feeding the dolphins at Tin Can Bay, diving down to the wreck of ex-HMAS Brisbane, or diving at Wolf Rock with grey nurse sharks.

You will find 100 kilometres of pristine sandy beaches on the Sunshine Coast and 17 patrolled zones where you can safely enjoy a swim in the deep blue sea.

From twilight markets where fire twirlers dance in the streets, to country markets where you can enjoy a sausage sandwich as the band plays Waltzing Matilda, you’ll find much more than just a place to do your shopping. To sample some fine local produce, head to the Noosa Farmers Market where you will find the freshest fruit and vegetables, bakery treats, pots of local honey as well as mouth-watering food stalls. Fresh produce is also the theme at the Kawana Waters Farmers Markets and the Big Pineapple Markets.

Due to the large number of highly creative people who call the Coast home, you’ll discover original artworks at many of the local markets, as well as unique jewellery, handmade clothing and talented buskers who will add a memorable soundtrack to your day. One of the most famous markets in Australia, The Original Eumundi Markets, is truly a cultural experience. Every Wednesday and Saturday, this hinterland town comes alive with quirky stalls, delicious food carts and entertaining street performers. The market, which is set under the shade of magnificent old fig trees, attracts 1.6 million visitors each year.

Mooloolaba happens to be where you will find the famous Mooloolaba Ocean King Prawns, which have an international reputation for being the highest quality available in the country and are featured on menus all over the world.