When it comes to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the name says it all, really! This gorgeous metropolis is just as sun-soaked and idyllic as it sounds, making it the perfect holiday destination for family, friends and couples alike.
There’s no end of interesting and exciting things to see and do on a visit to the Sunshine Coast – it’s a region that prides itself on its chameleon-like ability to offer up versatile attractions and activities that can satisfy whatever mood its visitors are in. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that the region draws in hundreds of thousands of international and local tourists every year. Whether you’re keen to hit the thriving city streets or content to just sprawl on sandy white beaches, the Sunshine Coast can cater to your every whim. Not sure where to start first? No worries – we’ve sussed out some of the Sunshine Coast’s top spots for you.
Clear skies, blue water
If you’re looking to kick back and relax on your holiday, you’ve come to the perfect place. The plethora of beautiful beaches spread across the Sunshine Coast are some of the best in the world. Not only do they feature the prerequisite dazzling soft sands and sparkling blue waves, but they also offer a range of exceptional recreational facilities and are highly safety-conscious and litter-free. Listed below are a few different beaches to suit every kind of holidaymaker:
- Marcoola and Coolum offer fantastic waves, thus are perfect for both novice and expert surfers
- Kings and Bulcock, with their accompanying playgrounds, are well-suited for families with children
- For those seeking peace and quiet, Warana and Buddina are two much less frequented beaches
- For something a little more risqué, head to Alexandra Bay, a popular nudist or “clothes optional” beach
Relax and rejuvenate
It’s not easy to find a calm, quiet retreat in the hustle and bustle of modern city life, but that’s exactly what the hinterland of Sunshine Coast is – a beautifully serene area that allows its visitors to slow down, take a deep breath, enjoy the magnificent surrounding scenery, and spend quality time with loved ones. Hop into a car from Europcar and weave your way between the handful of picturesque villages sprinkled across the hinterland. Maleny, Flaxton and Montville are particularly popular; each of these villages boasts a unique collection of eclectic art galleries, quaint boutique shops, cosy organic cafes and stunning forest walks.
Fun times for everyone
It’s a universal truth that adults are more inhibited than children, but that doesn’t mean we don’t freak out over theme parks just as much as kids do. We simply express our excitement in a more dignified manner… at least, that’s what we tell ourselves! Luckily, the Sunshine Coast is far from lacking in amusement parks that cater to both young, old, and in-between visitors. Aussie World, as one of the more traditional theme parks, offers old favourites such as a Ferris wheel and swooping rollercoaster rides, while Australia Zoo and UnderWater World provide a delightful treat for animal lovers. If you’re after something a little different, however, try to figure your way out of the complex Bellingham Maze, or explore the spooky medieval dungeons of Sunshine Castle Bli Bli.
Cash burning a hole in your pocket? The retail areas of the Sunshine Coast are a great place to splurge, with their dazzling array of unique artworks, handmade souvenirs, precious jewellery and artisan furniture pieces. Invest in some brand new or well-loved threads by perusing through the diverse assortment of markets, vintage shops, popular retail brands and high-end boutique stores across the region. If you have a car handy, your own or one from Europcar, it’s easy to have a thorough browse by popping between Eumundi, Caloundra and Noosa.
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed beach bum or a sophisticated city-slicker, there’s one thing that will appeal to both personality types: the amazing holiday experience awaiting you in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Round up your family members or closest friends, and spoil yourself rotten by indulging in all the wonderful aspects of this stunningly sunny metropolis.
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