Getting there & around
Greyhound Australia (13 14 99; www.greyhound.com.au) and Premier Motor Service (13 34 10; www.premierms.com.au) have daily services from Brisbane to Maroochydore ($23, 1½ hours), which continue to Noosa ($27, 2½ hours). Premier also offers a hop-on hop-off backpacker bus that covers the entire length of coastline between Brisbane and Cairns – check the website for up-to-date routes and prices.
Suncoast Pacific (www.suncoastpacific.com.au; Brisbane 07-3236 1901; Caloundra 07-5491 2555; Maroochydore 07- 5443 1011) runs between Brisbane’s Roma St Transit Centre, its airport and to points along the Sunshine Coast. One-way trips from Brisbane include Caloundra ($30, two hours), Maroochydore ($30, two hours) and Noosa ($30, three hours).
The blue minibuses run by Sunbus (5492 8700) buzz frequently between Caloundra and Noosa ($6, 1½ hours), stopping along the way. Sunbus also has regular buses from Noosa to the train station at Nambour on the Bruce Hwy ($5, one hour), via Eumundi and Yandina.
Henry’s (5474 0199), Noosa Transfers & Charters (5449 9782; firstname.lastname@example.org) and Col’s Airport Shuttle (5450 5933; www.airshuttle.com.au) offer transfers from Maroochydore airport and Brisbane to Sunshine Coast locations. The cost per adult/child is around $45/25.
Jetstar (13 15 38; www.jetstar.com.au) and Virgin Blue (13 67 89; www.virginblue.com.au) have multiple daily connections between the Sunshine Coast Airport (07-5453 1500; www.sunshinecoastairport.com; Friendship Ave, Marcoola), near Maroochydore, and Sydney and Melbourne. At the time of research Virgin Blue was consistently cheaper, but this can always change. Both airlines also offer a twice weekly service to Adelaide.