Family friendly. Local. Scenic. Three words to capture the quintessence of the coast. North of Brisbane and stretching from Caloundra to Noosa Heads, it’s a region characterised by stunning beaches, subtropical sunshine coast hinterland and charming seaside villages with boutique shopping. Whether you’re a new-age traveller in search of locally-grown food and hand-crafted goods, or a family just wanting to sun-tan and swim, the Sunshine Coast has a casual appeal that’s perfect for a quick getaway or something longer.
An often-overlooked aspect of the coast’s appeal are its designated tourist attractions; from wildlife sanctuaries like Underwater World Mooloolaba and Australian Zoo, to theme parks like Ginger Factory, Aussie World and Eumundi markets both adults and kids are catered to. For international visitors, Australia Zoo is a particularly great destination – it was founded by Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, and remains a beloved Australian icon.
The Sunshine Coast is also famous for two of Queensland’s most spectacular natural attractions: Fraser Island and the like the Glasshouse Mountains national parks. For locals, Fraser Island is their long weekend getaway – go four-wheel-driving, sprawl on the alabaster sand, and spot native Australian wildlife, like freshwater turtles and purebred dingoes. The Glass house Mountains are equally breathtaking. Surging sharply out of the bushland, these granite-flanked titans form dramatic silhouettes against the horizon, and make for amazing photography or challenging climbing.
Ultimately, though, the Sunshine Coast’s most-visited locations are its beaches. Thanks to the region’s booming tourism industry, virtually all its popular beaches are family-friendly, with dedicated surf patrols, safe swim zones and a great range of nearby eateries and amenities. Whether you’re visiting the eponymous Sunshine Beach, Rainbow Beach, Alexandra headlands, serene Peregian Beach, Noosa Heads or Caloundra’s Kings Beach, you’ll be able to experience some of the best swimming in the state.
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