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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

The Sebel Noosa

The Sebel Noosa

32 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
    4.5 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.6 out of 5 (847 reviews)

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Noosa Heads aparthotel is in the city centre, steps away from Hastings Street and Noosa Beach. Noosa National Park ...

    from NZ$252

    Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort

    Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort

    2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD
      4.5 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.3 out of 5 (988 reviews)

      Situated by the ocean, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bulcock Beach, Caloundra Events Center and Queensland Air Museum. Kings Beach and Moffat ...

      Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis ResortGet Rates

      Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

      Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

      Cnr Mooloolaba Esplanade & Venning St, Mooloolaba, QLD
        4.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.4 out of 5 (1004 reviews)

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

        from NZ$206

        Ramada By Wyndham Marcoola Beach

        Ramada By Wyndham Marcoola Beach

        923 David Low Way, Marcoola Beach, QLD
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          3.9 out of 5 (560 reviews)

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

          from NZ$147

          Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel

          Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel

          270 Ocean Drive, Sunshine Coast, Twin Waters, QLD
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.0 out of 5 (504 reviews)

            Located in Twin Waters, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Mudjimba Beach and Twin Waters Golf Club. Marcoola Beach ...

            from NZ$168

            Beach Retreat Coolum

            Beach Retreat Coolum

            1750 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              3.6 out of 5 (480 reviews)

              This family-friendly Coolum Beach hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Noosa National Park and Coolum Beach. Yaroomba Beach and Yinneburra ...

              from NZ$133

              Landmark Resort

              Landmark Resort

              11 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QLD
                4.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.5 out of 5 (1000 reviews)

                Situated on the boardwalk, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Mooloolaba Beach and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.

                from NZ$263

                Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort

                Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort

                98-110 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland, QLD
                  4.5 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.4 out of 5 (995 reviews)

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

                  from NZ$147

                  BreakFree Alexandra Beach

                  BreakFree Alexandra Beach

                  Cnr. Alexandra Parade & Pacific Terrace, Alexandra Headland, QLD
                    3.5 out of 5.0
                     
                     
                    4.3 out of 5 (494 reviews)

                    This family-friendly Alexandra Headland apartment building is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Alex Beach and Mooloolaba Esplanade. Mooloolaba ...

                    from NZ$188

                    Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

                    Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

                    Little Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
                      5.0 out of 5.0
                       
                       
                      4.5 out of 5 (484 reviews)

                      Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury resort is within a 5-minute walk of Yunaman Bushland Reserve and Hastings Street. Noosa Beach is 0.5 mi (0.8 ...

                      from NZ$238

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