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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.

Top Sunshine Coast Hotels

Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel

Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel

270 Ocean Drive, Sunshine Coast, Twin Waters, QLD
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.2 out of 5 (985 reviews)

    Located in Twin Waters, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Aqua Fun Park Twin Waters and Mudjimba Beach. Twin Waters ...

    from NZ$140

    Oaks Oasis Resort

    Oaks Oasis Resort

    2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD
      4.5 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.3 out of 5 (985 reviews)

      Situated by the ocean, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bulcock Beach and Caloundra Events Center. Kings Beach and Queensland Air Museum ...

      from NZ$152

      Ramada By Wyndham Marcoola Beach

      Ramada By Wyndham Marcoola Beach

      923 David Low Way, Marcoola, QLD
        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.0 out of 5 (862 reviews)

        Nestled on the beach, this Marcoola hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marcoola Beach and Mudjimba Beach. Aqua Fun Park Twin Waters and Twin Waters Golf Club ...

        from NZ$130

        Ocean Views Resort

        Ocean Views Resort

        115 Bulcock Street, Caloundra, QLD
          4.5 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.5 out of 5 (867 reviews)

          Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Caloundra Events Center, Bulcock Beach and Kings Beach. Moffat Beach and Shelly Beach ...

          from NZ$140

          Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

          Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

          Little Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
            5.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.6 out of 5 (995 reviews)

            Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury resort is within a 15-minute walk of Noosa Beach and Noosa National Park. Hastings Street is 1.2 mi (1.9 ...

            from NZ$217

            Ramada Resort by Wyndham Golden Beach

            Ramada Resort by Wyndham Golden Beach

            75 Esplanade, cnr Jellicoe Street and Esplanade, Golden Beach, QLD
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.5 out of 5 (936 reviews)

              This family-friendly Golden Beach aparthotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Caloundra Health Service and Bulcock Beach. Kings Beach is 2.2 ...

              from NZ$158

              Currimundi Hotel Motel

              Currimundi Hotel Motel

              32 Buderim Street, Battery Hill, QLD
                2.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                3.6 out of 5 (602 reviews)

                Situated by the sea, this motel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Dickey Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Moffat Beach and Shelly Beach. Kings Beach and Bulcock Beach ...

                from NZ$114

                Oaks Seaforth Resort

                Oaks Seaforth Resort

                98-110 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland, QLD
                  4.5 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.4 out of 5 (991 reviews)

                  Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Alex Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Mooloolaba Beach and Sunshine Plaza ...

                  from NZ$191

                  Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

                  Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

                  14-16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
                    5.0 out of 5.0
                     
                     
                    4.4 out of 5 (87 reviews)

                    Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hastings Street and Noosa Beach. Noosa National Park is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

                    from NZ$286

                    Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

                    Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

                    Cnr Mooloolaba Esplanade & Venning St, Mooloolaba, QLD
                      4.5 out of 5.0
                       
                       
                      4.4 out of 5 (993 reviews)

                      Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Mooloolaba Esplanade and Mooloolaba Beach. Kawana Beach and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast are also ...

                      from NZ$215

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