The Sunshine Coast is a tourism hub and is home to a number of attractions such as Australia Zoo, UnderWater World, Aussie World and the Ettamogah Pub, The Buderim Ginger Factory, The Big Pineapple and more. A number of national parks and stunning beaches can also be found in the Sunshine Coast.

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The Sunshine Coast is a region on the Pacific Ocean coastline of South East Queensland, north of the state capital of Brisbane.

The Sunshine Coast is a tourism hub and is home to a number of attractions such as Australia Zoo, UnderWater World, Aussie World and the Ettamogah Pub, The Buderim Ginger Factory, The Big Pineapple and more. The area also contains a number of national parks, including the Mapleton Falls National Park, Kondalilla National Park, The Glasshouse Mountains National Park, Noosa National Park and the Great Sandy National Park.

Popular tourist destinations include:


Noosa is one of the three major centres on the Sunshine Coast. It is located 136 kilometres north of Brisbane. Noosa Heads is the tourist heart of Noosa district, with many restaurants and hotels. The main street is Hastings Street, which lies directly behind the seashore.

Noosa Heads hosts a population of koalas, which are often seen in and around Noosa National Park. Noosa Heads' main attraction is its beaches. Its main beach and its small bays around the headland are common surfing locations which are known on world surfing circuits.


Maroochydore is an urban centre on the Sunshine Coast. Maroochydore is a major commercial area of the Sunshine Coast with most shopping precincts located in the central business district. It is home to the Sunshine Plaza shopping centre and the Sunshine Coast's major bus interchange for TransLink services.

It is also a venue of major surf sport carnivals, and is a popular holiday point from which to travel the rest of Queensland.


Mooloolaba is a suburb and tourist resort township on the Sunshine Coast. It is located 97km north of the state capital, Brisbane.

Mooloolaba Harbour is the home of a large fleet of fishing vessels, as well as being the northern base for the pilot vessels that control shipping through Moreton Bay and the Port of Brisbane. Due to its sheltered location in the lee of Point Cartwright, it is an all-weather harbour favoured by recreational sailors.

The esplanade facing Mooloolaba beach is a centre for tourist activity, containing the UnderWater World marine park, as well as many souvenir and clothing shops, bookshops, galleries and restaurants.

Mooloolaba is serviced by coach from Brisbane, by train via Landsborough station, and by air from Sunshine Coast Airport.

Alexandra Headland

Alexandra Headland is a suburb of the Sunshine Coast. The suburb consists of several restaurants, a bowling alley, resorts and the shortest beach in the Maroochy district.

Alexandra Headland's main attraction is its magnificent coastal frontage of beach, headland and parks extending for kilometres north and south. The swimming beach is patrolled by the Alexandra Headland Surf Club.

On any day, visitors can enjoy watching the surfers, or better yet join them. There are many places to sign up for surf lessons and rent boards. For the skaters and bikers, there is an outdoor skate park right alongside the beach. Also provided are picnic and barbecue facilities; so why not enjoy lunch on the barbie with family and friends.

While Alexandra Headland has maintained its small town charm, it is only minutes from major Sunshine Coast shopping centres and attractions and 98km from Brisbane.

Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach is a beachside town on the Sunshine Coast. Coolum Beach is a popular day trip and holiday destination. The town is focused around the beach which is patrolled by life savers and offers swimming and surfing, in its day it is known as one of the best breaks in Queensland.

Parks, a boardwalk, esplanade shops, and the surf life saver club surround the beach. Over the last five years Coolum Beach has seen heavy development, with new buildings for retail business and holiday apartments. It is popular with day trippers from Brisbane and is very popular for tourists visiting the Sunshine Coast.


Caloundra is the southernmost community on the Sunshine Coast. It is located 90km north of Brisbane. Caloundra has a variety of popular beaches, providing amenity to the local residents and tourists. These include Golden Beach, Bulcock Beach, Kings Beach, Shelly Beach, Moffat Beach and Dicky Beach.

Explore the coastline on a cycling or walking tour, on a cruise, by kayak or hop on a jet ski. If you love a round of golf then tee off at the challenging Greg Norman designed Club Pelican. Nearby Corbould Park is one of the finest regional thoroughbred racing facilities in the country.

Major attractions in the area include Australia Zoo, Aussie World and the Ettamogah Pub, Big Kart Track and the Queensland Air Museum. It only takes one look and you're hooked on Caloundra as the place to refresh and rejuvenate.

For more information on where to stay and what to do, see our Caloundra directory.

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