The amazing Sunshine Coast continues to grow in popularity as both a permanent place to live and a holiday destination.
This is the third most populated region in Queensland and one of the state’s key tourist centres. However, there’s rarely (if ever!) an issue with overcrowding. The Sunshine Coast is a destination where you can still find space to unwind away from the holiday hordes. It offers visitors easy access to unspoilt beaches and stunning Hinterland scenery.
Here are some top tips for travelling to the Sunshine Coast.
How to get there
The Sunshine Coast is located an hour and a half’s drive north of Brisbane (depending on the traffic). You can fly to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The Sunshine Coast Airport is 10km from the centre of tourist hub Maroochydore.
The Sunshine Coast is a destination where you will need your own transport. There is some public transport, but hiring a car is the easiest way for holidaymakers to get around. Several hire car companies operate from the airport. Door-to-door transfers are also available. Organised Sunshine Coast tours are another option for seeing the best of the region.
Australia Zoo is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular tourist attractions. It’s home to many unique animals and is a ‘must-do’ during your stay – particularly if you are travelling with children.
The Ginger Factory at Yandina is a tourist facility that revolves around ginger. There are rides and lots of other cool activities on offer.
The Aussie World theme park is located right on the main highway as you approach the Sunshine Coast. It provide lots of fun for families, with more than thirty rides and attractions to enjoy.
Kondalilla National Park is home to lush rainforest and the famous Kondalilla Falls, which drop about 90 metres to the forest floor. The park has plenty of picnic facilities.
Top things to do
There’s no shortage of things to see and do on the Sunshine Coast, but here are a few suggestions.
- Head out onto the open ocean on a jet boat ride from Mooloolaba.
Take a surfing lesson at the popular resort town of Noosa.
Go on a deep-sea fishing trip.
Put the pedal to the metal on a go-kart ride in Landsborough.
Top places to eat
These days the Sunshine Coast is as much a culinary destination as anything else. Here are some of the top spots to eat during your stay.
India Today serves up some of the best Indian cuisine to be found anywhere on the Sunshine Coast. Tandoori chicken is their specialty, which always leaves guests wanting more. You’ll find them on Aerodrome Road in Maroochydore.
Thai Street in Alexandra Headland is the locals’ pick for great Thai food. It’s on the main road near the beach.
For amazing pizzas, book a table at Bradman River House at Maroochydore. It’s located opposite the Maroochydore River and offers a really friendly ambience.
Located not far from the Sunshine Coast Airport, the Surfair Beach Hotel in Marcoola is renowned for its amazing steaks. Check out the extensive menu of Aussie favourites.
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