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Sunshine Coast Travel Guide

The Sunshine Coast is a coastal region of south-east Queensland, north of the capital of Brisbane. It stretches along the coastline from Caloundra to Rainbow Beach.

One of the main reasons visitors come to the region is for the world famous beaches, such as Noosa Heads, Mooloolaba, Coolum and Kings Beach. Here you can swim, snorkel, jet ski, scuba dive around the shipwrecked HMAS Brisbane and even take a ride on camel.

Other attractions of the region include the late Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo, Underwater World marine park, and The Big Pineapple plantation, where you can take a train ride through a working pineapple farm. The Bellingham Maze offers fun for all ages, and many people enjoy an interesting trip to the Ginger Factory to witness the ginger production process and to buy produce from the ginger shop. 

There are several separate parks in the region, including Mapleton Falls National Park and Kondalilla National Park. Some are inland and some on the coast, meaning they all experience very different climates and conditions. Visitors to Noosa National Park can see koalas and the rare black cockatoo.  

The Sunshine Coast is popular with golfers as it provides numerous golf courses including Headland Golf Club, Pelican Waters and Horton Park.


The highlight of the natural landscape of the Sunshine Coast is the Glasshouse Mountains. The surrounding rainforests, waterfall and wild flowers add to the attractive setting. 

The Sunshine Coast is one of the most popular and well-known regions in Australia, and with good reason. Download our free travel guide to find out what else the region has to offer. 

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