Underwater World at Mooloolaba

The Big Cow at Nambour

Noosa from the National Park

Overlooking Mooloolaba

Maroochydore from the air.

Lighthouse at Caloundra.

The Sunshine Coast is a one hour drive north of Brisbane, a 50 kilometre stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline with wide, clean beaches of golden sand that stretches from Bribie Island and Caloundra to Noosa in the north.
The waters are ideal for surfing and annually attract thousands of water enthusiasts from both within and beyond Australia's shores. Temperatures in the region range from a winter average of 21 degrees Celsius and a summer average of 28 degrees. There are around 300 days of sunshine each year. The sun sets behind the beaches over lush sub-tropical highlands that rise 1,000 metres to form a contrasting back-drop to the coastal features. The Glass House Mountains are a feature of the western horizon in the south.
Temperatures are cooler in the ranges than along the coast. Rainforests and associated flora and fauna are there to be appreciated, the scenery is breathtaking in its beauty and there are panoramic views of the plains below that can be viewed from look-outs scattered throughout. The rugged ranges are suited to the fitter and more adventurous of bush-walkers wishing to tackle some of the 100 kilometres of walking trails in the area.
The hub of the region is Maroochdore which has developed since the middle years of the twentieth century. The principal coastal towns are Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Coolum Beach and Noosa. Inland, Nambour and Eumundi are major centres. The Sunshine Coast airport is just north of Maroochydore.
A great diversity of accommodation is available to choose from - international standard five-star hotels and motels that soar above the landscape affording magnificent views in all directions; less expensive motels, hotels and guest houses; caravan parks; camping grounds and backpackers' hostels.

Holiday Hints
The Sunshine Coast has a sunny climate and I recommend you take a hat, sunglasses and a good UV and water resistant suncream. Informal dress is standard with some more formal clothes for restaurants and hotels. In winter the temperature can drop of a night so something warm to put over the top is a good idea if you are visiting between May and September.
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Bribie Island Visitor Information Centre
Benabrow Ave. Bellara QLD 4507
Ph: 07 3408 9026

The Bulcock Street Visitor Information Centre
77 Bulcock St. Caloundra QLD 4551
Ph: 07 5459 9050

Maroochdore Tourist Information Centre
Sixth Ave. Maroochydore QLD 4217
Ph: 07 5459 9050

Caloundra Visitor Information Centre
7 Caloundra Rd. Caloundra. QLD 4551
Telephone: 07 5459 9050

Coolum Visitor Information Centre
Tickle Park, David Low Way. Coolum Beach, QLD. 4573
Telephone: 07 5446 5910

Noosa Visitor Information Centre
Hastings St. Noosa Heads QLD 4567
Ph: 07 5430 5000

Gympie Visitor Information Centre
24 Bruce Hwy. Gympie QLD 4570
Ph: 07 5482 5444

Caboolture Visitor Information Centre
Bruce Hwy. Burpengary QLD 4505
Ph: 1800 833 1000

Noosa Marina Information Centre
2 Parkyn Ct. Tewantin QLD 4565
Ph: 07 5430 5000

Maleny Hinterland Visitor Information Centre
Landsborough - Maleny Rd. Maleny QLD 4552
Ph: 07 5459 9033

Rainbow Beach Tourist Centre
8 Rainbow Beach Rd. Rainbow Beach QLD 4581
Ph: 07 5486 3227

Kawana Visitor Information Centre
Jessica Park, Nicklin Way. Minyama QLD 4551
Ph: 07 5420 8006

By car along the Pacific Hwy.
The Sunshine Coast is a one hour drive north of Brisbane along a freeway
There is an airport just north of Maroochydore serviced by QANTAS, Jetstar and Virgin Blue

  • Aussie World
    Next to the Ettamogah Pub, Aussie World is guaranteed to keep everyone entertained with thrilling rides and games. Take the Redback ride.
  • Australia Zoo
    The Crocodile Hunter's world renowned Australia Zoo offers unique and exciting experiences with a full day of wildlife action and adventure.
  • Bellingham Maze
  • Big Cow - Nambour
  • Big Pineapple - Nambour
  • Bribie Island
  • Buderim Ginger Factory - Yandina
    Call into the Ginger Factory on the Sunshine Coast and see how local ginger is processed on a factory tour and be rewarded with a tasting session of ginger-inspired snacks and great cooking tips. Join the comical antics of the Gingerbread Man on an "Overboard" adventure and immerse yourself in the heritage-style village of Gingertown.
  • Ettamogah Pub
  • Eumundi Markets
    Over 600 stalls are set up each Wednesday and Saturday for an experience that has grown to be Australia's largest market.
  • Glass House Mountains
    Rising dramatically to the west of the highway, the Glass House Mountains thrust spectacularly towards the clouds, a series of steep-sided volcanic plugs formed some 20 million years ago.
  • Majestic Theatre - Pomona
    Constructed in 1921, the historic Majestic Theatre began catering for film dances, concerts, stage plays, boxing matches and other community functions.
  • River Cruise - Noosa
  • Skydiving - Rainbow Beach
    Skydive Ramblers at Rainbow Beach lets you experience the ultimate in beach tandem skydiving with amazing coastal views over Fraser Island.
  • Sunshine Castle - Bli Bli
  • The Valley Rattler
    The historic Valley Rattler does several tours through South East Queensland's scenic Mary Valley and is one of Queensland's most scenic railway lines.
  • Top Shots - Maroochydore
  • Underwater World
    Claiming the largest tropical oceanarium in the southern hemisphere, UnderWater World is one of the Sunshine Coast's premier tourist attractions.
  • Woodford Folk Festival - Woodford


    © Copyright Peter W. Wilkins


  • Bribie Island
  • Caloundra
  • Coolum Beach
  • Eumundi
  • Landsborough
  • Nambour
  • Noosa
  • Maroochdore
  • Mooloolaba
  • Tewantin