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The Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. With its pristine coastline & lush hinterland, the Sunshine Coast is a diverse region, the perfect mix of coast & country.

At its southern end, the Sunshine Coast officially begins at Caloundra, just 1 hour’s drive north of Brisbane, & extends north to the Cooloola Coast, gateway to Fraser Island. It also takes in tranquil hinterland including the Glass House Mountains, Blackall Range, Noosa Hinterland & the Mary Valley; as well as more than 100 km of beaches, stretching through the coastal towns of Caloundra, Kawana, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum Beach & Noosa all the way north to Rainbow Beach. Whether you enjoy the buzz of the large coastal holiday centres or like to venture further afield & explore our other interesting towns, villages & hamlets, you’ll find information here on every location on the Sunshine Coast, large or small.

If you’d like to know more about a specific region of the Sunshine Coast, we have handy links here that take you to comprehensive local websites for Buderim, Caloundra & Nambour with others coming online very soon.pt s

Alexandra Headland | Beerburrum | Beerwah | Buderim | Caloundra | Coolum Beach | Cooroy | Eudlo | Eumundi | Glasshouse Mountains | Gympie | Kawana Waters | Kenilworth | Landsborough | Maleny | Marcoola | Maroochydore | Montville| Mooloolaba | Nambour | Noosa Heads | Noosaville | Palmview | Palmwoods| Pomona | Sunshine Beach | Tewantin | Woodford | Woombye | Yandina | Brisbane | Gold Coast | Hervey Bay

SUNSHINE COAST LOCATIONS (in postcode order)

Woodford Sunshine Coast

Woodford 4514
Home of the Woodford Folk Festival.
45 min drive WEST of the Sunshine Coast & 20 mins drive from Caboolture, Woodford’s wide tree-lined streets & colonial shops offer a variety of goods from antiques to fashion, home wares to eateries. Say G’day to Elvis at Grapeland!

Beerburrum Sunshine Coast

Beerburrum 4517
Exotic pine plantations, open eucalypt forest & rainforest patches surround the peaks of the Glass House Mountains, offering visitors great lookouts, walking tracks, a camping area & picnic areas. Allow an hour to climb Mt Beerburrum (278m) where there’s great views from the fire tower at the top.

Glasshouse Sunshine Coast

Glass House Mountains 4518
Named by Cook during his epic voyage along Australia's east coast, the Glass Houses are rhyolite plugs formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.
The Glass House Mountains area was a special meeting place where many Aboriginal people gathered for ceremonies & trading. This place is considered spiritually significant with many ceremonial sites still present & protected today.
Visit the charming township of Glass House & take a drive to the lookouts for awesome views & astounding scenery.
Also: Glass House Township

Beerwah Sunshine Coast

Beerwah 4519
Home of the world-famous Australia Zoo on Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah is the commercial hub of the Glass House region. A bustling & growing town that is currently listed as a real estate hot spot well placed with easy rail access to Brisbane & only 20 mins drive to Caloundra & the beaches.
Also: Coochin Creek, Crohamhurst, Peachester

Landsborough Sunshine Coast

Landsborough 4550
Close to Australia Zoo & the Big Kart Track, Landsborough is a scenic & very historic town with many lovely old homes & buildings still intact—a rarity on the Sunshine Coast! Their fantastic museum is a must-see, brimming with interesting local memorabilia all beautifully displayed & maintained. Shopping & a good ol’ pub plus a fabulous playground & park for the kids.

Caloundra Sunshine Coast

Caloundra 4551
Known as the ‘City of Beach Days’, Caloundra has magnificent beaches wrapping around its coastline from the pristine Pumicestone Passage all the way north to Point Cartwright. Family-friendly, this vibrant city has it all; both surf & calm swimming beaches, a wide variety of Caloundra accommodation, superb ocean views, specialty shopping, markets, events & entertainment.
A great family holiday spot! Visit CaloundraCity.com.au >>
Also: Aroona, Battery Hill, Bells Creek, Currimundi, Diamond Head, Dicky Beach, Golden Beach, Kings Beach, Little Mountain, Meridan Plains, Moffat Beach, Pelican Waters, Shelly Beach

Maleny Sunshine Coast

Maleny 4552
A captivating mix of rural life, commerce, the arts & cooperative ventures, Maleny boasts a strong community spirit and a relaxed happy way of life. It is home to many talented artists, musicians, writers, sculptors & wood workers.
Experience Maleny’s boutique shopping, award-winning restaurants, beautiful cafes & eateries, winery, Sunday markets, alternative health practitioners, cheese factory & art galleries. Maleny accommodation ranges from getaway cottages to rural resorts. The rolling green hills and rural views will charm you into relaxation.
Also: Bald Knob, Balmoral Ridge, Baroon Pocket, Booroobin, Cambroon, Conondale, Crystal Waters, Curramore, Elaman Creek, Harper Creek, Mountain View, North Maleny, Reesville, Witta, Wootha

Palmview Sunshine Coast

Palmview 4553
Only 10 mins from Buderim, Palmview is the home of Aussie World & the Ettamogah Pub, iconic attractions situated on the Bruce Highway between the Caloundra turnoff & the Sunshine Motorway turnoff. Palmview has many other attractions including a Strawberry Fields strawberry farm, Opals Down Under, The Skin Thing & Skirmish.
Also: Diamond Valley, Glenview, Mooloolah, Mooloolah Valley

Eudlo Sunshine Coast

Eudlo 4554
20 mins from Nambour, hidden in a lush rural valley close to Palmwoods, Eudlo is like the little town time forgot. It has a school & a quaint old style general store & is the closest town to the Chenrezig Institute & Buddhist Retreat. A serene spot to get away from it all.
Also: Ilkley

Palmwoods Sunshine Coast

Palmwoods 4555
15 mins from Nambour, Palmwoods is a peaceful, historic country hamlet with a patchwork of scenic farms & residential estates set against the splendid backdrop of the Blackall Range. It is home to growing businesses such as Tropico, Gourmet Garden, a range of cottage industries & a variety of local business & services.
Also: Chevallum, Hunchy, Landers Shoot

Buderim Sunshine Coast

Buderim 4556
Buderim is the nexus of the Sunshine Coast—like our waterfall everything flows from here; the mountain to the hinterland, the mountain to the sea. Buderim is the gateway to your Sunshine Coast experience. Buderim accommodation ranges from luxury cottages & B & B’s, to motels, cabins & camping. Enjoy the serene heights & lifestyle of this contemporary village community with its scenic views, art galleries, boutique shopping & dining as well as the natural beauty of Buderim Forest Park, Foote Sanctuary & the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens.
Buderim is an educational hub & close by is Sippy Downs, a major, growing residential community & home of the University of the Sunshine Coast. Forest Glen & Tanawha are in the foothills of Buderim with a winery, function venue, rainforest resort & maze, while Kunda Park is a thriving hub of light industry for the area. Visit BuderimVillage.com.au >>
Also: Forest Glen, Kunda Park, Mons, Sippy Downs, Tanawha

Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast

Mooloolaba 4557
Fabulous Mooloolaba Beach is the perfect place to start the day—swimming, surfing, walking, sunbathing, people-watching or just full-on relaxing. When it comes to Mooloolaba accommodation with ocean views, you are spoilt for choice with a range of luxury apartments lining the Esplanade. Alfresco cafes & gourmet restaurants are also dotted along this famous beachfront with designer fashion & boutique shopping. The atmosphere is fun, the mood sultry, the attitude laidback, the fashion statements abound. Ahh…Mooloolaba! A little piece of paradise where the weekend never ends.
Also: Mountain Creek, Kawana Island

Maroochydore Sunshine Coast

Maroochydore 4558
At the centre of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore is literally everything to everyone. The bustling CBD caters for shopping, business, dining & entertainment, while right alongside where the river meets the sea, Maroochydore accommodation hugs the shoreline from apartments to caravan parks, blending seamlessly with its fabulous surf & swimming beaches as they stretch along the coastline. You can be on the beach one minute & shopping in Sunshine Plaza the next. For visitors looking for the best of both worlds—rest & relaxation, as well as plenty to see & do—you’ll find all this & more in Maroochydore.
Also: Cotton Tree, Kuluin, Maroochydore South

Woombye Sunshine Coast

Woombye 4559
Tucked away just off the Nambour Connection Road, 5 mins south of Nambour is the thriving little hamlet of Woombye. Compact & cute, with loads of old-world charm, steeped in history, Woombye Village is a wonderful environment to shop & mingle in, with its famous pub & popular bowls club providing a relaxed & social lifestyle. Woombye accommodation nearby ranges from B & B’s to motels & caravan parks
Also: Diddillibah, Kiels Mountain, West Woombye

Nambour Sunshine Coast

Nambour 4560
As the historic heart of the Sunshine Coast, Nambour is a hinterland town with all the essentials & loads of extras. Set in a semi-rural environment with the facilities & comforts of a regional centre, Nambour is where the ‘green-change‘ is happening. This interesting town is the gateway to the Blackall Range & a shopping hub for the region. Nambour accommodation ranges from B & B’s to motels & caravan parks. Check out the Showgrounds, RSL Club, Civic Centre or Lind Lane Theatre for events & entertainment & don’t miss the Nambour Museum, a treasure-trove of memories from a bygone era. For more info, visit NambourTown.com.au >>
Also: Bli Bli, Burnside, Coes Creek, Cooloolabin, Dulong, Highworth, Image Flat, Kiamba, Kulangoor, Kureelpa, Nambour West, Parklands, Perwillowen, Rosemount, Towen Mountain

Montville Sunshine Coast

Montville 4560
Known as 'The Creative Heart of the Sunshine Coast', Montville has a true village charm with a pleasant blend of Tudor, Irish & English cottages of log or stone, Swiss & Bavarian chalets, an old mill water-wheel, colonial & old Queenslanders plus the most spectacular panoramic views you could imagine.
Explore the myriad of art galleries, pottery studios, craft cottages, fashion boutiques, specialty gift & antique shops, as well as award-wining restaurants, tea rooms & cafes.
A diverse range of Montville accommodation is available offering well-appointed motel suites, Bed & Breakfast cottages & villas, cosy guest houses & luxury private cabins perfect for family stays or unforgettable honeymoons.
Experience scenic walks, waterfalls & lush rainforest just north at Kondalilla National Park. Or just south visit the tranquil waters of Baroon Pocket Dam offering picnic areas, walking tracks, fishing, sailing & canoeing.

Also: Flaxton, Mapleton

Yandina Sunshine Coast

Yandina 4561
With its lovely mix of tourist, local & rural focus, Yandina is transforming into one of the most sought-after communities on the Sunshine Coast. Soak up some local history & trek off on the Yandina Heritage Trail. Yandina is famous as the home of The Ginger Factory, the award-winning Spirit House Restaurant, Fairhill Native Plant Nursery & Wappa Falls Observatory with Wappa Falls & Wappa Dam only a short drive away. Yandina shopping is a vibrant & friendly experience & the Yandina Markets on Saturday morning always attract a good crowd. Yandina accommodation ranges from B & B’s to caravan parks. Only 20 mins from the rustic charm of Yandina to the beach at Coolum. Mt Ninderry & Dunethin Rock on the Maroochy River are also close by.
Also: Bridges, Maroochy River, Ninderry, North Arm, Valdora, Yandina Creek,

Eumundi Sunshine Coast

Eumundi 4562
About 20 mins from Noosa, this gorgeous historic town of Eumundi is usually quite a sleepy little hamlet. Then it comes to life & completely transforms itself into a bustling marketplace with the world-famous Eumundi Markets every Saturday & Wednesday. An absolute must-see. After the markets there are lovely examples of rare historic buildings left to explore. A little town with a lotta soul. Eumundi accommodation has a range of luxury B & B’s.
Also: Belli Park, Doonan, Eerwah Vale, Verrierdale, Weyba Downs

Cooroy Sunshine Coast

Cooroy 4563
About 15 mins from Noosa, Cooroy is an urban village with hinterland charm. Cooroy is home to Cooroy Mountain Spring Water & the Cooroy Butter Factory which is now a gallery showcasing quality art. Cooroy boasts an eclectic range of shops, gourmet cafes & restaurants. Mt Tinbeerwah & Lake Macdonald with its stunning amphitheatre surrounded by the Noosa Botanic Gardens are also nearby. Cooroy accommodation ranges from motels to cottages & B & B’s.
Also: Black Mountain, Carters Ridge, Cooroy Mountain, Lake Macdonald, Ridgewood, Sunrise Hills, Tinbeerwah 

Marcoola Sunshine Coast

Marcoola 4564
15 mins north of Maroochydore & 10 mins south of Coolum, Marcoola accommodation offers absolute beachfront luxury apartments or motels closest to the Sunshine Coast airport with Mt Coolum as a scenic backdrop. Pacific Paradise is a small shopping hub & Mudjimba offers a lovely relaxed atmosphere, cafes & plenty of space to yourself on pristine sandy stretches of North Shore beachfront. Twin Waters Resort & Golf Club are nearby, surrounded by Twin Waters luxury residential homes & villas.
Also: Mudjimba, Pacific Paradise, Twin Waters

Tewantin Sunshine Coast

Tewantin 4565
The riverside town of Tewantin offers fishing, boating, golf & a laidback lifestyle with RSL & Bowls Clubs for entertainment. Tewantin accommodation is limited to hotel, B & B’s & caravan parks. For a wider range of accommodation, Noosaville is only 5 mins away & Noosa 10 mins. For camping & boating on Lake Cootharaba head to Boreen Point a relaxing hideaway about 20 mins north of Tewantin.
Also: Boreen, Boreen Point, Cooroibah, Cootharaba, Lake Cootharaba, North Shore, Ringtail Creek, Teewah

Noosaville Sunshine Coast

Noosaville 4566
Stroll along the Esplanade at Noosaville & watch the boats on the river, holiday makers having fun & locals fishing off jetties. A great place to have fish & chips on the water’s edge.
Gympie Terrace Noosaville is a gastronomic delight & a great place to dine Friday nights & weekends coming alive with music, gatherings, weddings & water sports throughout the weekend. Noosaville accommodation is relaxed & laidback from resorts, apartments & villas to motels & caravan parks.

Also: Munna Point

Noosa Heads Sunshine Coast

Noosa Heads 4567
What can we say? Noosa is the pinnacle of Sunshine Coast style, the ultimate destination, the place everyone talks about & the place everyone wants to see. North-facing Noosa beach is just like a postcard; picture perfect. One look & you’re hooked. Noosa Heads accommodation offers everything from luxury beachfront resorts & apartments, to units, villas, motels, caravan parks & backpackers. Stay right on the beach or nestle into Noosa Hill. The choice is yours.
Go for a swim, laze in the sun, kick off your shoes & stroll along the boardwalk, sample the cuisine at the myriad of cafes & restaurants or simply shop & browse for hours among the upmarket retailers, designer boutiques & galleries that line world-famous Hastings Street. It really is another world…
Also: Noosa, Noosa Springs, Castaways Beach, Little Cove,  Sunrise Beach, Sunshine Beach

Sunshine Beach Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Beach 4567
The quiet achiever, Sunshine Beach is a well-kept secret located just south of Noosa that feels miles away from the activity of Hastings Street. This gorgeous beachside hamlet boasts superb Sunshine Beach accommodation, boutique shopping, cafes & restaurants & a friendly surf club but most of all it’s a place for thorough relaxation away from the everyday. Close enough to Noosa for shopping & dining, yet far enough away to hear nothing more than birdsong by day & the roar of the ocean by night. A very pleasant beach getaway bordering Noosa National Park.

Pomona Sunshine Coast

Pomona 4568
Nestled at the foot of Mt Cooroora, picturesque Pomona is a living heritage town just north of Noosa. Explore Pomona’s history on the Pomona Heritage Walk taking in the charming timber houses, public buildings, old hotel & village atmosphere. Pomona is famous as the home of the internationally renowned Majestic Theatre, the oldest, authentic, continuously-operating silent movie theatre in the world. The Pomona King of the Mountain Race, Festival & Fun Run is held annually on the 4th Sunday in July & attracts runners from around the world.
Also: Federal

Gympie Cooloola Coast

Gympie 4570
45 mins drive NORTH of the Sunshine Coast
Gympie is an historic gold mining town, which after a long period of little change, is now catching up, rapidly transforming itself into a pleasant, contemporary semi-rural, yet cosmopolitan township. Gympie is famous for the Toyota National Country Music Muster held annually in August at Amamoor & the Gold Rush Festival in October. There’s a Woodwork & Timber Museum, parks & gardens & plenty of historic architecture to admire in the lovely old buildings throughout the town. The cafe culture has arrived & Gympie now has a variety of cafes & restaurants to choose from. Gympie accommodation mainly consists of motels, hotels, caravan parks, B & B’s or farmstays.
Rainbow Beach & Tin Can Bay are a short drive away where you can feed dolphins or hop across to Fraser Island. Both offer resort & apartment accommodation as well as caravan & camping.
Also: Amamoor, Glenwood, Gunalda, Imbil, Kandanga, Kybong, Monkland, Traveston

Alexandra Headland Sunshine Coast

Alexandra Headland 4572
Alexandra Headland, known by the locals as 'Alex', has a relaxed, laid-back holiday atmosphere complimenting its rolling surf & inviting beaches. Adjoining Mooloolaba, Buderim & Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland's main attraction is its magnificent coastal beach frontage & scenic headland. Alexandra Headland accommodation is right opposite the beach with plenty of family resorts, units & luxury apartments to choose from.
The beach has a safe swimming area patrolled by Alex Surf Club lifesavers. On any day, visitors can enjoy watching the surfers, or better yet join them.
There are a number of places to sign up for surf lessons & rent boards. For skaters & bikers, there is an excellent skate park right alongside the beach. Picnic & BBQ facilities are in abundance, so “throw a prawn on the barbie” with catch up with family & friends.

Coolum Beach Sunshine Coast

Coolum Beach 4573
Popular with families, couples & anyone who loves a surf, Coolum Beach is a favourite holiday spot & the ultimate surfing destination on the Sunshine Coast. Coolum accommodation ranges from the Hyatt Coolum with its fabulous golf course, beachfront apartments to units, villas, motels & caravan parks. Coolum has great shopping & dining choices, a great surf club & hotel & beachfront twilight markets in the summer months.
For those desiring a slightly more relaxed pace with Pacific Ocean views & wide expansive beaches, Peregian Beach accommodation or Marcus Beach accommodation will suit. Peregian Beach is about 10 minutes’ drive from Hastings Street. Buses run along the coast at regular intervals. Peregian is characterised by a wide beach ideal for walking, surfing & swimming when lifeguards are on duty. Peregian has restaurants, a surf life saving club, hotel & boutique shops. Marcus Beach is just north of Peregian Beach, slightly closer to Noosa.
Also: Marcus Beach, Mount Coolum, Peregian Beach, Peregian Springs, Point Arkwright, Yaroomba

Kenilworth Sunshine Coast

Kenilworth 4574
Kenilworth is a small town, with a population of less than 300, in the beautiful upper Mary Valley Country, behind the Blackall Ranges, only about 1.5 hrs drive north of Brisbane. The Mary River flows North from Maleny, through Conondale, Kenilworth, Gympie, Tiaro, Maryborough, &  then into the sea opposite Fraser Island.
The town retains its 1920's atmosphere & has a surprising amount of interest with a very engaging historical museum, a good range of shops, stunning art gallery plus a cheese, yoghurt & ice-cream factory.
The Kenilworth State Forest provides excellent opportunities for horse riding, walking & fishing. Kenilworth accomodation options vary from basic camping to luxury retreats.
A drive taking in Eumundi, Kenilworth and Maleny provides a stunning variety of scenery, great opportunities for shopping & a wonderful choice of eateries.
Also: Echidna Creek, Obi Obi

Kawana Waters Sunshine Coast

Kawana Waters 4575
Kawana Waters has over 12kms of unspoilt sandy beaches. Kawana Waters is located between Currimundi Lake & the Mooloolah River between Caloundra & Mooloolaba, joined by a network of 160 hectares of canals & waterways with ocean access, bikeways & waterside pathways. Kawana Waters is a mixture of residential, tourism, commercial & light industry precincts & is one of Australia’s largest master-planned communities. Lake Kawana is a vibrant, exciting & stylish place for people who enjoy an affinity with water & outdoor lifestyle. Kayaking, canoeing & rowing are just some of the leisure activities to be enjoyed on this wide lake, which features its own 2km rowing course. Stockland Stadium is nearby with sporting events, expos, concerts & festivals held during the year.
Located right in the heart of Kawana Waters, Lake Kawana is close to all of the services & facilities, schools & sporting clubs of the area, as well as its great restaurants, cafes & shopping. Double Bay Kawana Island is an exclusive residential precinct in the heart of Kawana Waters. Population expected to double by 2015.

Also: Kawana, Birtinya, Bokarina, Buddina, Minyama, Parrearra, Point Cartwright, Warana, Wurtulla

BRISBANE

Brisbane 1 hr south of the Sunshine Coast

1+ hr drive SOUTH of the Sunshine Coast
Capital City of Queensland, Brisbane is a great spot for business, leisure or pleasure. Brisbane accommodation covers the whole gamut from luxury city high rise apartments & hotel resorts to units, motels & caravan parks. Catch a City Cat across the Brisbane River & explore Southbank, visit galleries, cafes, restaurants, theatres, nightclubs, sporting events & head to Queen Street Mall for some serious city shopping.

GOLD COAST

Surfers Paradise Gold Coast 2 hrs south of the Sunshine Coast

2+ hr drive SOUTH of the Sunshine Coast
Fun central, the Gold Coast is where you go for an exciting, full-on, active beach holiday with Australia’s best theme parks all close by to keep the kids occupied. Movie World, Dream World, Sea World & Wet ‘n’ Wild. Gold Coast accommodation covers the whole gamut from luxury beachfront high rise apartments to resorts, motels, caravan parks & B & B’s. For a completely different experience head for the hills. The Gold Coast Hinterland is lush, beautiful & easily accessible.
Also: Ashmore, Benowa, Bundall, Burleigh Heads, Broadbeach, Canungra, Chevron Island, Coolangatta, Coomera, Currumbin, Gaven, Helensvale, Hollywell, Hope Island, Isle of Capri, Kirra, Labrador, Main Beach, Mermaid Beach, Miami, Mount Tamborine, Natural Bridge, Nerang, Oxenford, Palm Beach, Paradise Point, Robina, Runaway Bay, Sanctuary Cove, Southport, Springbrook, Surfers Paradise, Tugun

HERVEY BAY

Hervey Bay Fraser Coast 2 hrs north of the Sunshine Coast

2+ hr drive NORTH of the Sunshine Coast
Whale Watching capital of Australia, Hervey Bay is a booming seaside city sheltered by Fraser Island. Hervey Bay accommodation ranges from beachfront resorts & apartments to motels, caravan parks & backpackers.
Also: Maryborough, Booral, Craignish, Dundowran, Eli Waters, Ghost Hill, Pialba, Point Vernon, River Heads, Scarness, Torquay, Urangan, Urraween, Wondunna

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