Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is a popular local holiday destination fringed by several continuous stretches of white sand beaches to the east and flanked by agricultural plantations and forested volcanic peaks to the west.
The Sunshine Coast is technically a collection of diverse towns and villages rather than one single destination. City folk from Brisbane have flocked here for their holidays since the 1940s, attracted by the region’s brilliant beaches and natural beauty. As such, the Sunshine Coast is well set up for tourists, with plenty of shops, restaurants and terrific lodges and hotels. There are also many popular attractions such as the family-run Australia Zoo, SEALIFE Aquarium and the iconic Big Pineapple at Nambour.
For its relatively small size, the Sunshine Coast has a disproportionate number of national parks ranging from the popular coastal Noosa National Park, which boasts both native bushland and spectacular ocean views, to the heritage-listed Glass House Mountains National Park which is dotted with distinctive steep-sided peaks. Make the most of sunny conditions by spending your time here outdoors.