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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

Oaks Oasis Resort

Oaks Oasis Resort

2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD
    4.5 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.3 out of 5 (986 reviews)

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

    from NZ$156

    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$133

      Oaks Seaforth Resort

      Oaks Seaforth Resort

      98-110 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland, QLD
        4.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.4 out of 5 (988 reviews)

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

        from NZ$208

        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 (841 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$149

          The Sebel Pelican Waters Golf Resort & Spa

          The Sebel Pelican Waters Golf Resort & Spa

          38 Mahogany Drive, Pelican Waters, QLD
            4.5 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.3 out of 5 (807 reviews)

            Situated on a lake, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Pelican Waters Golf Club, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Queensland Air Museum and Bulcock Beach. Caloundra ...

            from NZ$245

            Mantra French Quarter Noosa

            Mantra French Quarter Noosa

            62 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.4 out of 5 (904 reviews)

              This family-friendly Noosa Heads resort is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Hastings Street and Noosa Beach. Noosa National Park ...

              from NZ$284

              Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

              Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

              Cnr Mooloolaba Esplanade & Venning St, Mooloolaba, QLD
                4.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.5 out of 5 (995 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$234

                The Sebel Noosa

                The Sebel Noosa

                32 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
                  4.5 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.6 out of 5 (832 reviews)

                  Offering direct access to the beach, this Noosa Heads apartment building is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Hastings Street and Noosa Beach. ...

                  from NZ$254

                  Beach Retreat Coolum

                  Beach Retreat Coolum

                  1750 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
                    4.0 out of 5.0
                     
                     
                    4.0 out of 5 (758 reviews)

                    This family-friendly Coolum Beach hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Coolum Beach and Yaroomba Beach. Mount Coolum National Park is 2.8 mi ...

                    from NZ$123

                    Currimundi Hotel Motel

                    Currimundi Hotel Motel

                    32 Buderim Street, Battery Hill, QLD
                      2.5 out of 5.0
                       
                       
                      3.6 out of 5 (564 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$84

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