Sunshine Coast Region
Discover Maroochydore & all it has to offer
Maroochydore is a central base to discover all the
Sunshine Coast has to offer. With over 100kms of pristine beaches, the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, is
spoilt for choice when it comes to world-class beaches. On the Sunshine Coast you can still find a spot on the
beach along the coast, where you may have the beach to yourself as far as the eye can see! In today’s
crowded world that's something to savour & enjoy.
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Explore the Sunshine Coast & beyond...
The Sunshine Coast is so much more than just beaches. Each town,
village & suburb has its own unique identity & charm, which makes it such an interesting & delightful
place to explore. The locals are friendly; many were visitors themselves at some point, so don’t hesitate to ask
for assistance with directions or strike up a conversation with a local person. You can find out just about
anything you need to know, plus a whole bunch of local knowledge pretty quickly when you do!
From Caloundra & Kawana south of Maroochydore to Noosa &
Eumundi in the north, with Buderim, Alexandra Headland & Mooloolaba being Maroochydore’s closest neighbours,
you can also head west & visit the lush Hinterland towns of Maleny, Montville & Mapleton for a completely
different experience. There are weekend markets, attractions, shows, festivals, expo’s & entertainment right
throughout the year — there’s always something enjoyable happening on the Sunshine Coast!
SUNSHINE COAST LOCATIONS (in postcode order)
Home of the Woodford Folk
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
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.
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
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
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.
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! For more info, visit CaloundraCity.com.au website
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
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
Also: Bald Knob, Balmoral Ridge, Baroon Pocket, Booroobin, Cambroon, Conondale,
Crystal Waters, Curramore, Elaman Creek, Harper Creek, Mountain View, North Maleny,
Reesville, Witta, Wootha
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
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
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 &
Also: Chevallum, Hunchy, Landers Shoot
Buderim Village 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 Village is the
gateway to your Sunshine Coast experience. Buderim Village 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 Village 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. For more info, visit
BuderimVillage.com.au website >>
Also: Forest Glen, Kunda Park, Mons, Sippy Downs, Tanawha
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
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
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
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 website
Also: Bli Bli, Burnside, Coes Creek, Cooloolabin, Dulong, Highworth, Image Flat,
Kiamba, Kulangoor, Kureelpa, Nambour West, Parklands, Perwillowen, Rosemount, Towen
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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.
45 mins drive NORTH of the
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,
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 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
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
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
A drive taking in Eumundi, Kenilworth and Maleny provides a stunning variety of
scenery, great opportunities for shopping & a wonderful choice of
Also: Echidna Creek, Obi Obi
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
Also: Kawana, Birtinya, Bokarina, Buddina, Minyama, Parrearra, Point Cartwright,
1+ hr drive SOUTH of the Sunshine
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.
2+ hr drive SOUTH of the Sunshine
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
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
2+ hr drive NORTH of the Sunshine
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