Introducing Sunshine Coast
Splash in the surf and soak up the light on the sun-drenched Sunshine Coast. The Irwin family’s home turf is not only a popular weekend getaway from the Queensland capital, but it also serves as home to surfers, singles, families and grandparents. The line of beaches stretching north from Brisbane is less developed than its southern neighbour, the Gold Coast, and offers a mix of low-rise resorts, surf shops, alfresco bars and residential homes – many fronting miles of golden beaches backed by a turquoise and navy striped sea.
If your idea of the perfect holiday is morning surf lessons and afternoon café wine-drinking sessions, head to swanky Noosa, the antipodean answer to France’s Nice. If you’d rather stay cheaply in a funky seaside backpackers and devote your days to skydiving, sunbathing or body-boarding with the locals, then opt for Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland or Maroochydore – all three fit the profile of a fabulous, laid-back Aussie beach town.
Filling the space between the beach and the vast emptiness of Queensland’s interior is the Sunshine Coast’s undulating hinterland, where charming villages linger on the outskirts of national parks. Here you’ll find the magnificent Australia Zoo, a Queensland must-see for foreigners.
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Sunshine Coast including Underwater World
Spend a day discovering the many attractions of the Sunshine Coast. Travel past the scenic Glass House mountains before following the coast to Mooloolaba. Browse the boutiques or take a swim in the warm waters of the pristine beaches and explore the underwater world aquarium on this fun-filled full-day tour.
Sunshine Coast Flexi Attraction Pass
See the best of the Sunshine Coast with a Flexi Attraction Pass and sightsee at leisure, enjoying free or discounted entrance fees and activities at your choice of three or five sites. Select from a range of top attractions like UnderwaterWorld in Mooloolaba or Aussie World in Palmview, and enjoy additional savings on a meal at the iconic Ettamogah Pub.