Destination Guide: Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Travel Tips

Things to do on the Sunshine Coast

THINGS TO DO ON THE SUNSHINE COAST

The superb beaches, stunning scenery and must-do attractions of the Sunshine Coast have made it Queensland’s most popular holiday destination.

Tours & Experiences

Surfing, hiking, shopping, dining and animal encounters – the Sunshine Coast has got it all!

 

Australia Zoo from Noosa

from $89

Features
  • Return coach transfers from Noosa
  • Entry ticket to Australia Zoo
  • Child tickets from $62
 

Australia Zoo Tickets

from $61

Features
  • Animal shows throughout the day
  • Sneak peek at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
  • Child tickets from $37
 

Sea Life Sunshine Coast Tickets

from $40

Features
  • Explore 11 unique zones
  • See the world-famous seal show
  • Child tickets from $28

Places to visit on the Sunshine Coast

Endless Beaches

The Sunshine Coast’s beaches are among the best in the world, and offer a huge range of choices for visitors – from calm bays and clear waters to world-class surf breaks, you’ll find a beach to suit you.

Noosa National Park

The most popular national park in the country, Noosa National Park offers secluded beaches, lush rainforest and unforgettable coastal views, with 15km (9mi) of walking tracks to explore. Keep your eyes peeled for koalas and dolphins!

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Go for a hike amongst the grand rainforests, ancient volcanic peaks and awe-inspiring waterfalls of the Hinterland. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, try some of Montville’s famous fudge!

Hastings Street

Walk straight off Noosa Main Beach onto Hastings Street, the internationally renowned thoroughfare known for its high-end international fashion labels, boutique shopping and five-star dining.

Accommodation on the Sunshine Coast

Our buses are just the beginning. We’ve teamed up with the best hostel providers in Australia to offer flexible passes and packages that make it a breeze to secure quality accommodation that won’t break the bank, no matter where your journey takes you!

Popular accommodation options on the Sunshine Coast include the YHA and Base & Nomads backpacker hostels. Bookings can be made directly on partner websites.

YHA Dreamcatcher Pass

Available from 7 to 28 nights, the YHA Dreamcatcher pass allows you to pre-purchase your accommodation without locking in the dates. It can be used to book dorm-style accommodation at Noosa Heads YHA and more than 70 other YHA hostels around Australia.

Noosa Heads YHA
2 Halse Ln,
Noosa Heads QLD 4567

 

Bed Hopper Pass

The Bed Hopper Pass, available from 7 to 60 nights, is a flexible multi-night accommodation voucher that can be used to book dorm-style accommodation at Nomads Noosa Hostel and more than 20 Base, Nomads and Base-affiliated hostels throughout Australia.

Nomads Noosa Hotel
44 Noosa Dr,
Noosa Heads QLD 4567

 

Travel & Accommodation Packages

Want more travel and accommodation options? Packaging our Whimit Travel Pass with two of the best hostel providers in Australia, we’ve created the perfect Travel & Accommodation packages for any traveller!

 

How to get to the Sunshine Coast

With more than 180 stops across the country and services in all mainland states and territories, Greyhound is Australia’s largest coach network. Here are our most popular routes to the Sunshine Coast!

How to get around the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast covers a large area and encompasses a number of scenic suburbs. As a result, our buses will drop you at a number of stops throughout the Sunshine Coast, including Australia Zoo (in Beerwah); Mooloolaba (outside the Mooloolaba Bowls Club); Alexandra Headland (opposite the Alexandra Headland Surf Club); Maroochydore (in front of the Visitor Information Centre on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Melrose Place); Coolum; Peregian (in front of the IGA next to Peregian Beach Hotel); Noosa Junction Bus Station; and Noosa Heads (at the Noosa Transit Area on the corner of Noosa Parade and Noosa Drive).

Once you arrive at your chosen stop, you’ll soon see exactly why it’s called the Sunshine Coast – the sunny subtropical climate ensures that this part of the world is blessed with great weather all year ‘round, making it a pleasant experience to walk or cycle to local attractions. There are bike paths all over the Sunshine Coast, especially in Noosa, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba.

That said, with a sprawling 60km (37mi) coastline, as well as the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland nestled inland, there are plenty of places to visit on the Sunshine Coast, and it won’t always be possible to walk or cycle to all of them!

TransLink operates public transport throughout the Sunshine Coast, primarily in the form of buses. TransLink’s ‘Go Explore’ card is perfect for visitors and tourists to the Sunshine Coast – for a small daily fee, you can enjoy unlimited daily travel on TransLink services throughout the Sunshine Coast, including to popular tourist destinations. You can also use your Go Explore card on the Gold Coast.

Go Explore cards can be purchased from selected retailers throughout the Sunshine Coast (including 7-Eleven and NightOwl convenience stores and most newsagents), as well as at select hotel booking desks. To plan your use of public transport on the Sunshine Coast, use the TransLink Journey Planner.

A number of taxi services operate throughout the Sunshine Coast, and can be pre-booked or hailed on the street and at taxi ranks. There are also a number of rental car operators on the Sunshine Coast, should you wish to hire a vehicle.

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