The Sunshine Coast incorporates Queensland’s coastal strip between Noosa and Caloundra, just an hour drive from Brisbane. This region offers pristine beaches, mountains, food and wine, Underwater World, Australia Zoo and the iconic Ettamogah Pub.
Noosa is class and sophistication with designer and boutique shopping and an abundance of alfresco cafes, bars and restaurants line Hastings Street. The prestigious resort village overlooks Laguna Bay, boasts beautiful beaches and magnificent views from Laguna Lookout in Noosa National Park.
Maroochydoore is a gorgeous part of the Sunshine Coast with attractive beaches, plenty of surf and big high rise buildings. Town Beach is a popular surf beach with plenty of lookout points to watch all the action below. Offshore is the sunken HMAS Brisbane wreck which is utilised as a scuba diving destination. Diving charters depart from Maroochy.
Mooloolaba is home to Underwater World, where thousands of marine creatures are right before your eyes. Walk through the enormous aquarium and have sharks, stingrays and all sorts of coloured fish swim around you or for an extra fee you can swim with them. Don’t miss the hilarious seal island show as they put on a great performance and be kissed by a seal after the show. The centre is located at the Wharf on Parkyn Parade and is open daily from 9am to 4.30pm. After the show climb the observation tower and enjoy the panoramic views of Mooloolaba. The deck is open between 8am and 4pm daily.
Caloundra is centrally located to most of the region’s attractions and has the only caravan park on the Sunshine Coast which permits pets. Golden Beach Caravan Park, situated across from the calm waters of the Pumicestone Passage, is a delightfully quiet location with a beautiful beach and foreshore all pet friendly.
Caloundra’s Kings Beach is a very popular surf and swim beach and is patrolled by lifeguards daily. A free foreshore swimming pool with ocean views offers safe swimming and is also patrolled. Kings Beach has excellent facilities and plenty of eateries close by.
Moffat Beach is another great spot with northerly views towards Point Cartwright, plenty of surf and pets are permitted. This beach is unpatrolled.
Ettamogah Pub is an iconic Aussie Pub located in Palmview, just off the Bruce Highway, west of Caloundra. The impressive two-story establishment sports comical Aussie cartoons, typifies the outback Aussie pub and serves some great Aussie tucker. It’s definitely worth a gander so drop in for a coldie.
is on Steve Irwin Way in Beerwah. The zoo has a great variety of wildlife and many shows scheduled daily. The crocodile
show should not be missed as the zoo keepers entice these enormous reptiles out of the water and get surprisingly close to them. Animal handlers have feeding demonstrations throughout the day and informative wildlife discussions. You can also get up close and feed the elephants and pat the kangaroos and koalas. The Australia Zoo experience is awesome and enjoyable for all ages.
Glasshouse Mountains National Park
is located southwest of Beerwah in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
These picturesque mountains are volcanic plugs dating back an estimated 25 million years ago. The panoramic lookout is right near the car park and for the more energetic there are several mountain walking trails.
The Sunshine Coast is a delightful region with many tourist parks along the pristine coastline. You can’t beat setting up camp for a while and enjoying the beaches and attractions at your own leisure.
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Destinations in Queensland
Daintree National Park
Tin Can Bay
Undara Volcanic National Park
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