The Sunshine Coast is a beautiful coastal area that starts just north of Brisbane, Queensland. Beaches, hinterland, bush, forest and villages merge to form the Sunshine Coast. An area that stretches from Caloundra in the south to Tin Can Bay in the North.
Locally called 'Alex', is a small coastal community surrounded by Mooloolaba, Buderim and Maroochydore. Alexandra Headland's main attraction is the beach, headland and parks. The beach is patrolled and good for surfing. There is an outdoor skate park on the beach.
Beerburrum is located on the Glass House Mountains Road and a major pineapple growing area. The main attractions are the Queensland Reptiles and Fauna Park, Aboriginal Bora Ring, The Big Kart Track, Glass House Mountains National Park, State Forestry Lookouts, Matthew Flinders Park and the Wild Horse Lookout.
Beerwah is a small town off the Bruce Highway on the Glass House Mountains Tourist Route. Good views of the volcanic peaks and home to Australia Zoo.
Bli Bli is a swampy area with boardwalks and home of Bli Bli castle with its drawbridge and moat, dungeon, and torture chamber. The cable water ski park is a good place to wake board, knee board or water ski and next door is a Barramundi fishing lake.
Boreen Point is a small village overlooking Lake Cootharaba with sandy beaches and pleasant picnic spots and the historic Apollonian Hotel. A good sailing spot with easy beach launching.
Buderim sits on a mountain plateau with ocean views and is about 15 minutes inland from the coast. The name is derived from Budderam, an Aboriginal word for honey suckle. The village has art and craft galleries, and is known for its floral exhibitions. Buderim rainforest park has easy walks with waterfalls and picnic areas.
Cooran is a small village located at the bottom of Mt. Cooran. A good picnic spot is at Mothar Mountain Rockpools. The origin of the name is a dialect for tall, referring to local trees.
Coolum Beach is a white beach with parkland, playground and barbecue areas. Coolum has cafes, restaurants and a variety of accommodation including the Hyatt Regency Coolum with a championship golf course. Coolum is between Noosa and Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. Coolum has a very popular beach and has a relaxed holiday atmosphere. Cafes, restaurants and shops line the main street. Coolum has plenty of good value accommodation that faces the sea. It is easy to travel north to Noosa from Coolum and to the hinterland villages behind Coolum. Golfing enthusiasts will enjoy the proximity of golf courses at the Hyatt, Noosa Springs, Novotel Twin Waters and Pelican Waters. Bushwalkers will enjoy Mt Coolum and the walks alongside the beach. Surfers will enjoy the waves and swimmers the patrolled beach.
North of Caloundra and south of Wurtulla and you will find it by driving along Nicklin Way. To access the Currimundi Lake Conservation Park, you need to be north of Currimundi. This area has a pocket of Wallum Health which once covered nearly all of the area. This type of habitat brings in amazing bird species and insects to feed and shelter.
You can walk around the lake, picnic in the picnic area or you can walk through the Coongarra Esplanade to the beach. The picnic area has BBQs, and Toilets. While you are walking you may see brown honeyeaters, fairy wrens, native finches or noisy friarbirds. You can also see the wildflowers in late winter and spring.
James Gridley in 1873 settled in what became Eumundi a town about 20 minutes drive from Noosa. On your way into Noosa, Eumundi is often missed due to the by pass that skirts the town from the Bruce Highway. Eumundi comes alive every Wednesday and Saturday with thousands of visitors attending the Eumundi markets. A market that has grown as a major Queensland attraction.
Eumundi combines old and new with its art galleries, restaurants, shops, strawberry farm and lots more. Eumundi started out as a timber and dairy town with many buildings constructed between 1890 and 1930. Some of the buildings that can still be seen are the bank building, Eumundi museum, old bakery and the School of Arts Hall. The railway came to Eumundi in 1891 which made Eumundi an important trading post. The construction of two butter factories one in Eumundi and the other in Cooroy in the 1920's established Eumundi as a dairy centre.
Flaxton a small village on the Blackall Range, with arts and crafts and a winery. The Flaxton Barn and Model Railway is a miniature railway with trains based on real German trains.
Native forest regeneration in this small park on the north east slopes of Buderim mountain. Access is from Parkview Terrace, park Street and Grant Street in Buderim.
Forest Glen is just off the Bruce Highway on Tanawha Tourist Drive and home to Forest Glen Deer Sanctuary, Super Bee Honey Factory and Buderim Forest Park.
Kenilworth is country town inland from the coast and about one hours drive from most resort areas. Kenlwortht is lovated on the banks of the Mary River. Famous for it's cheese at the Kenilworth Cheese Factory (07 5446 0144) and historical buildings. The Kenilworth Historical Museum is at Alexander Street (07 5446 0581)
Kin Kin is a small village at the corner of Noosa Shire with an old and famous pub, the Country Life Hotel. Kin Kin is the aboriginal name for a species of small black ant that is common in the area. It grew in the 1870's into a settlement for bullock drivers hauling logs to the sawmill at Elanda point. The quality of the Kin Kin timber was famous throughout Australia. In the early 1990's dairy farming flourished.
Kawana Waters is a popular residential area just south of Mooloolaba with patrolled beaches at Buddina and Wurtulla, with a large shopping centre and a marina.
Landsborough is an old inland town, just off the Bruce Highway that served the coaches running from Gympie to Brisbane. Named after William Landsborough a famous Australian explorer. The Landsborough Museum has a good social history collection and Austrlalain memorabilia.
Mapleton is a small village on Blackall Range with restaurants and cafes and Mapleton Falls National Park. Close to the village are the Mapleton Falls. The views from the car park are impressive but the water fall trickles most of the year! A pleasant circular walk of 1.3km provides a good introduction to the rain forest. This walk winds through rainforest and eucalypt forest. The Peregrine Lookout provides an excellent view of the Obi Obi valley.
Maleny is high up on the Blackall Range well inland from Maroochydore. Maleny has great views of the Glasshouse Mountains, rainforest walks at Mary Cairncross National Park and lots of arts and craft galleries and Maleny Cheese. There are many delightful places to stay in and around Maleny.
Marcoola is an area of fast developing beach resorts just north of the Maroochy river. Very easy to reach from Sunshine Coast airport which is just a few kms away. Most of the Marcoola accommodation is on the beach and there are a number of shops, restaurants and the Marcoola Surf Club.
Maroochydore is in the centre of the Sunshine Coast and acts as the commercial centre for the Sunshine Coast. The Maroochy river is a pleasant place to walk, fish or swim. The Sunshine Plaza in the centre of Maroochydore is the main shopping centre for the Sunshine Coast.
Mooloolah is located on Glass House Mountains Road and is the aboriginal expression for 'black snake'. Famous for the Ettamogah Pub, a cartoon style building viewed from the Bruce Highway. Next door is Aussie World with a number of attractions.
Montville was first settled in 1887 and sits high on the Blackwall range with shops, small art galleries, potteries and cafes on the main street. Close to Montville is the Kondalilla National Park. There are lots of small luxury retreats in Montville.
Palmwoods is a small countrey torwn at the foot of the Blackwall Range.
Tin Can Bay
Tin Can Bay is a small fishing port in the picturesque Tin Can Inlet and is well known for its fishing and boating. It is at the far northern end of the Sunshine Coast close to Gympie.
Woombye used to be called Cobb’s Camp due to the fact that it was a staging post for the Cobb & Co coaches. The local pub celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2000, and is certainly worth a visit. Myriad delights await the visitor to Woombye. It is home to luscious sub-tropical fruit - and popular Macadamia Nut. The macadamia, of course, used to be known as the Queensland nut until some generous soul introduced Hawaiians to its taste and growth potential.
Yandina was surveyed by Fryer in 1870 as a location for the metropolis of Maroochy shire. Yandina relied on timber and saw milling until the 1960's and has now become famous for Ginger and sugar. The Yandina Ginger factory was established in 1980.