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[[Queensland]]'s Sunshine Coast is broadly defined as the beachside towns to the north of [[Brisbane]]. Unlike the [[Gold Coast]], the Sunshine Coast (colloquially the "Sunny Coast") is not just one destination, but a collection of them. A travel experience in [[Noosa]], for example, is likely to be very different from one in [[Caloundra]] or [[Coolum]]. Behind the coast, in the Blackall Ranges, is the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, with the mountain towns of [[Maleny]] and [[Montville (Queensland)|Montville]].  
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[[Queensland]]'s Sunshine Coast is a collection of beachside and hinterland towns to the north of [[Brisbane]]. Unlike the [[Gold Coast]], the Sunshine Coast is not just one destination, but a collection of them. A travel experience in [[Noosa]], for example, is likely to be very different from one in [[Caloundra]] or [[Coolum]]. Behind the coast, in the Blackall Ranges, is the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, with the mountain towns of [[Maleny]] and [[Montville (Queensland)|Montville]].  
  
 
==Regions==
 
==Regions==
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* [[Kawana]]
 
* [[Kawana]]
 
* [[Kenilworth (Queensland)]]
 
* [[Kenilworth (Queensland)]]
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* [[Kilcoy]]
 
* [[Landsborough]]
 
* [[Landsborough]]
 
* [[McDowall]]
 
* [[McDowall]]
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* [[Montville (Queensland)|Montville]]
 
* [[Montville (Queensland)|Montville]]
 
* [[Mooloolaba]]
 
* [[Mooloolaba]]
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* [[Mudjimba]]
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* [[Nambour]]
 
* [[Noosa]]
 
* [[Noosa]]
 
* [[Palmview]]
 
* [[Palmview]]
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* [[Yandina]]
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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Renowned for its relaxed approach to Queensland life, the Sunshine Coast is famous for its uncrowded white sand beaches and green scenery. Stretching for nearly 70 klms, the Sunshine Coast falls within the Sunshine Coast Council's jurisdiction and provides for a great (and popular) escape from Brisbane, or the Gold Coast. A holiday mecca even for South East Queensland locals, the Sunshine Coast is a great place to relax, unwind and taste the amazing local produce.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By plane===
 
===By plane===
  
'''Sunshine Coast Airport''' is in [[Maroochydore]] and has frequent domestic flights to major Australian capital cities.  
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====Sunshine Coast Airport====
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Sunshine Coast Airport is 10km north of [[Maroochydore]] and has daily flights to [[Sydney]] and [[Melbourne]].  The airport has good facilities for an airport of its size, with multiple ATMs, rental cars, transfer services, and food and shopping outlets.
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There is a small cafe in the arrivals area, selling coffee and snacks, open from the first flight to the last.  Most of the facilities are located after clearing security in the departures area, there is a cafe, a salad store, jewellery store, bookstore and a bar.  There is an outside area next to the tarmac which can be an area to enjoy a drink while waiting for your flight.
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The Translink (Sunbus) 622 bus services the airport terminal hourly between Maroochydore and Noosa Junction, but somewhat inconveniently stops before the last flights arrive from Sydney and Melbourne.  The 620 bus runs later and with greater frequency, but only stops on David Low Way outside the airport precinct.  It is just over 1 kilometre to walk from this stop to the airport terminal, simply walk along the Friendship Drive out of the airport, turn right onto David Low way and walk the short distance to the stop.  Change at Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore for points south.  Change at Noosa Junction for Noosa Heads and Noosaville.
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The hire car chains are located in arrivals.
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Door to door transfers are available to the entire sunshine coast area, but should be pre-booked.  Henry's operates north (to Noosa and Coolum), and Sun-air operates south to Maroochydore, Caloundra.  Discounts are available for groups - expect to pay around $20 per person.  If you haven't prebooked, Henry's has a desk inside the arrivals area, where you can see if there is availability on the next shuttle.  Sun-air has no presence at the airport, and you'll have to call them to see if you can arrange a pickup.
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Sunshine Coast taxis Taxis are available and operated by Suncoast cabs (131 008).  It can cost up to $100 to get to Noosa by taxi from the airport, so if you are heading a distance from the airport make sure you have determined your onward transport before arriving.
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=== Brisbane airport ===
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See the [[Brisbane#Get in|Brisbane guide]] for how to get to Brisbane airport.  Flights to Brisbane may be more convenient for those who don't want to connect through Sydney or Melbourne to get to the Sunshine Coast.  Transfers are available with Sun-air Pick Me up Airport Transfers to the Sunshine Coast.  Cost is around $40.
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Public transport is possible, but to many points on the Sunshine Coast will involve a very circuitous route, and cost $30 or more.  See the details on the translink site for your destination.
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
  
 
Queensland Rail runs the Citytrain service[http://www.citytrain.com.au/], which runs on the North Coast rail line from [[Brisbane]] to [[Landsborough]] and [[Nambour]], with connecting buses to [[Caloundra]], [[Mooloolaba]], [[Maroochydore]] and [[Noosa]].
 
Queensland Rail runs the Citytrain service[http://www.citytrain.com.au/], which runs on the North Coast rail line from [[Brisbane]] to [[Landsborough]] and [[Nambour]], with connecting buses to [[Caloundra]], [[Mooloolaba]], [[Maroochydore]] and [[Noosa]].
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===By bus===
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It is also possible to take coach from Brisbane and/or the Gold Coast. There is a cheap, regular local bus connectiong the towns of the Sunshine Coast, with possible plans to build a tram line in the future.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
*''' East Coast Car Rentals''', [http://www.eastcoastcarrentals.com.au/location/sunshine-coast/car-rental-sunshine-coast-airport.htm] - Sunshine Coast.
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*''' All Age Car Rentals''', [http://www.surfersparadiserentalcars.com].
*''' Cut Price Car Rentals''', [http://www.cutpricecarrentals.com]
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*''' Choice Car Rentals''', [http://www.choicecarrentals.com.au].
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*''' Commodore Car Rentals''', [http://www.goldcoasthirecar.com].
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*''' Cut Price Car Rentals''', [http://www.cutpricecarrentals.com].
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*''' East Coast Car Rentals''', [http://www.eastcoastcarrentals.com.au/].
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*''' Gold Coast Car Hire ® ''', [http://www.goldcoastcarhire.com].  
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*'''Suncoast Car Rentals''', [http://www.suncoastcarrentals.com].
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*'''Select Rent A Car''', [http://www.selectrentacar.com.au].
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*'''Thrifty Car Rental''', [http://www.thrifty.com.au].
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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*'''Kondalilla National Park''' [http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/projects/park/index.cgi?parkid=104] - on Western Avenue about 4 km north of the centre of [[Montville (Queensland)|Montville]]. Tel: +61-7-5494-3983. 327 hectares of lush subtropical rainforest and tall open forest plus Kondalilla Falls dropping 90 metres from Skene Creek into water pools below. Parking area, picnic facilties, barbecues, shelter sheds, toilets, a lookout and three walking trails. No fresh water available. Can become quite crowded during peak holiday periods.
 
*'''Kondalilla National Park''' [http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/projects/park/index.cgi?parkid=104] - on Western Avenue about 4 km north of the centre of [[Montville (Queensland)|Montville]]. Tel: +61-7-5494-3983. 327 hectares of lush subtropical rainforest and tall open forest plus Kondalilla Falls dropping 90 metres from Skene Creek into water pools below. Parking area, picnic facilties, barbecues, shelter sheds, toilets, a lookout and three walking trails. No fresh water available. Can become quite crowded during peak holiday periods.
 
*<see name="Aussie World" alt="" address="73 Frizzo Road, Bruce Highway Palmview, Queensland, 4553 Australia" directions="" phone="+61-7-5494-5444" url="http://www.aussieworld.com.au/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A family fun-park, dodgem cars and the like, located next to the Ettamogah Pub. Can be accessed via door-to-door services [http://www.sunair.com.au/]</see>
 
*<see name="Aussie World" alt="" address="73 Frizzo Road, Bruce Highway Palmview, Queensland, 4553 Australia" directions="" phone="+61-7-5494-5444" url="http://www.aussieworld.com.au/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A family fun-park, dodgem cars and the like, located next to the Ettamogah Pub. Can be accessed via door-to-door services [http://www.sunair.com.au/]</see>
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*[[Rainbow Beach (Queensland)|Rainbow Beach]] and [[Fraser Island]] - can be the most beautiful daytrip
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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*Drive a go-karting at [[Landsborough]]
 
*Drive a go-karting at [[Landsborough]]
 
*Go Fishing with  Noosa's Laguna Charters [http://www.lagunachartersnoosa.com.au]
 
*Go Fishing with  Noosa's Laguna Charters [http://www.lagunachartersnoosa.com.au]
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*<do name="Noosa Kite Surfing" alt="Noosa Kite Surfing Lessons" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.noosasailing.com.au/kiteboarding/about.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Kite Surfing lessons with Mike Burrell. Noosa Kiteboarding cater for all levels of Kite surfing experience.</do>
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
Although the Sunshine Coast has about 300,000 residents, there are very few decent restaurants by average travellers' standards. The bulk of eating experience seems to be meat pies and fish and chips. No wonder Aussies now rank as the most obese population on the planet. The Esplanade on the Mooloolaba waterfront has some nice restaurant but, unfortunately, zoning officials forgot to think ahead and there are large car parking lots between the patios and the ocean. Not that it matters since most meals are quite pricey. Prepare to pay $13 for a basic breakfast of eggs, tomatoes, fatty bacon, and white toast (one slice and never whole wheat). You can bring your own food and use the free community barbecues on the beach for a better experience. Most restaurants are disappointing and really don't care as they have a captive tourist audience for a large part of the year. Of course, out of town visitors all have kitchens in their hotel rooms and are eating in most nights as the restaurants are rarely full. No wonder the tourism industry is stagnant in Australia. One visit is enough.
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* '''Thai Street''' - Located in Alexandra Headland along the main road near the beach. Good quality Thai food at reasonable prices. Friendly staff.
 
* '''Thai Street''' - Located in Alexandra Headland along the main road near the beach. Good quality Thai food at reasonable prices. Friendly staff.
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* '''Steak''' - Pay your steak AU$ 2.00 with the purchase of any drink on Sundays at the SurfAir Resort in Marcoola, close to the airport. Food is good and you have an option to choose fish instead of beef.
  
 
* '''India Today''' - Excellent quality Indian cuisine in a unique setting. Great service. The tandoori chicken is a very tasty and filling choice. Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore.
 
* '''India Today''' - Excellent quality Indian cuisine in a unique setting. Great service. The tandoori chicken is a very tasty and filling choice. Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore.
  
* '''Montezuma's''' - Aussie style Mexican food. Good size portions of less than authentic south of the border classics. Great atmosphere and service. Mooloolaba.
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*<eat name="Sang's Thai Restaurant (BYO)" alt="" address="1/2 Maroubra Street Alexandra Headland 4572" directions="opposite the Blue Bar" phone="07 54754412" url="http://www.sangs.com.au" hours="Dinner Tu-Sa, Closed Sunday & Monday" price="" lat="" long="">Best Thai Restaurant on the Sunshine Coast!</eat>
*<eat name="Noosa Kite Surfing" alt="Noosa Kite Surfing Lessons" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.noosasailing.com.au/kiteboarding/about.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Kite Surfing lessons with Mike Burrell. Noosa Kiteboarding cater for all levels of Kite surfing experience.</eat>
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*<eat name="Sang's Thai Restaurant (BYO)" alt="" address="1/2 Maroubra Street Alexandra Headland 4572" directions="opposite the Blue Bar" phone="07 54754412" url="http://www.sangs.com.au" hours="Dinner Tuesday - Saturday, Closed Sunday & Monday" price="" lat="" long="">Best Thai Restaurant on the Sunshine Coast!</eat>
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
 
 
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
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* [[Gold Coast]]
 
* [[Gold Coast]]
  
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Revision as of 03:16, 23 May 2012

Queensland's Sunshine Coast is a collection of beachside and hinterland towns to the north of Brisbane. Unlike the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast is not just one destination, but a collection of them. A travel experience in Noosa, for example, is likely to be very different from one in Caloundra or Coolum. Behind the coast, in the Blackall Ranges, is the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, with the mountain towns of Maleny and Montville.

Contents

Regions

Cities and towns

Understand

Renowned for its relaxed approach to Queensland life, the Sunshine Coast is famous for its uncrowded white sand beaches and green scenery. Stretching for nearly 70 klms, the Sunshine Coast falls within the Sunshine Coast Council's jurisdiction and provides for a great (and popular) escape from Brisbane, or the Gold Coast. A holiday mecca even for South East Queensland locals, the Sunshine Coast is a great place to relax, unwind and taste the amazing local produce.

Get in

By car

The Sunshine Coast is between 1 and 2 hours (depending on traffic and exactly where you're going) north of Brisbane by car.

By plane

Sunshine Coast Airport

Sunshine Coast Airport is 10km north of Maroochydore and has daily flights to Sydney and Melbourne. The airport has good facilities for an airport of its size, with multiple ATMs, rental cars, transfer services, and food and shopping outlets.

There is a small cafe in the arrivals area, selling coffee and snacks, open from the first flight to the last. Most of the facilities are located after clearing security in the departures area, there is a cafe, a salad store, jewellery store, bookstore and a bar. There is an outside area next to the tarmac which can be an area to enjoy a drink while waiting for your flight.

The Translink (Sunbus) 622 bus services the airport terminal hourly between Maroochydore and Noosa Junction, but somewhat inconveniently stops before the last flights arrive from Sydney and Melbourne. The 620 bus runs later and with greater frequency, but only stops on David Low Way outside the airport precinct. It is just over 1 kilometre to walk from this stop to the airport terminal, simply walk along the Friendship Drive out of the airport, turn right onto David Low way and walk the short distance to the stop. Change at Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore for points south. Change at Noosa Junction for Noosa Heads and Noosaville.

The hire car chains are located in arrivals.

Door to door transfers are available to the entire sunshine coast area, but should be pre-booked. Henry's operates north (to Noosa and Coolum), and Sun-air operates south to Maroochydore, Caloundra. Discounts are available for groups - expect to pay around $20 per person. If you haven't prebooked, Henry's has a desk inside the arrivals area, where you can see if there is availability on the next shuttle. Sun-air has no presence at the airport, and you'll have to call them to see if you can arrange a pickup.

Sunshine Coast taxis Taxis are available and operated by Suncoast cabs (131 008). It can cost up to $100 to get to Noosa by taxi from the airport, so if you are heading a distance from the airport make sure you have determined your onward transport before arriving.

Brisbane airport

See the Brisbane guide for how to get to Brisbane airport. Flights to Brisbane may be more convenient for those who don't want to connect through Sydney or Melbourne to get to the Sunshine Coast. Transfers are available with Sun-air Pick Me up Airport Transfers to the Sunshine Coast. Cost is around $40.

Public transport is possible, but to many points on the Sunshine Coast will involve a very circuitous route, and cost $30 or more. See the details on the translink site for your destination.

By train

Queensland Rail runs the Citytrain service[1], which runs on the North Coast rail line from Brisbane to Landsborough and Nambour, with connecting buses to Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Noosa.

By bus

It is also possible to take coach from Brisbane and/or the Gold Coast. There is a cheap, regular local bus connectiong the towns of the Sunshine Coast, with possible plans to build a tram line in the future.

Get around

  • All Age Car Rentals, [2].
  • Choice Car Rentals, [3].
  • Commodore Car Rentals, [4].
  • Cut Price Car Rentals, [5].
  • East Coast Car Rentals, [6].
  • Gold Coast Car Hire ® , [7].
  • Suncoast Car Rentals, [8].
  • Select Rent A Car, [9].
  • Thrifty Car Rental, [10].

See

  • Australia Zoo [11], owned and run by the family of the late Steve Irwin, is a popular tourist drawcard. The site tends to be frequented more by overseas visitors.
  • Buderim Ginger Factory [12] - 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina. Tel: +61-7-5446-7096. Mini-theme park based on ginger. Cane Train through rainforest and a couple of rides and features to entertain children, including a boat ride with animate characters - like a Ginger "It's a small world". Claims to be biggest selection of ginger products anywhere in the world. Cafe for meals and snacks.
  • Glasshouse Mountains [13] and Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests and Forest Reserves.
  • Kenilworth State Forest [14] - Rainforest and eucalypt forest. Camping in various areas. Tel: 13 13 04 for permits and information.
  • Kondalilla National Park [15] - on Western Avenue about 4 km north of the centre of Montville. Tel: +61-7-5494-3983. 327 hectares of lush subtropical rainforest and tall open forest plus Kondalilla Falls dropping 90 metres from Skene Creek into water pools below. Parking area, picnic facilties, barbecues, shelter sheds, toilets, a lookout and three walking trails. No fresh water available. Can become quite crowded during peak holiday periods.
  • Aussie World, 73 Frizzo Road, Bruce Highway Palmview, Queensland, 4553 Australia, +61-7-5494-5444, [16]. A family fun-park, dodgem cars and the like, located next to the Ettamogah Pub. Can be accessed via door-to-door services [17]

Do

  • Go Tandem SkyDiving with Sunshine Coast Skydivers [18]
  • The beaches are the major attractions
  • The adventurous may wish to climb one of the Glasshouse Mountains
  • Surf, or learn to surf, at Noosa
  • Drive a go-karting at Landsborough
  • Go Fishing with Noosa's Laguna Charters [19]
  • Noosa Kite Surfing (Noosa Kite Surfing Lessons), [20]. Kite Surfing lessons with Mike Burrell. Noosa Kiteboarding cater for all levels of Kite surfing experience.

Eat

  • Thai Street - Located in Alexandra Headland along the main road near the beach. Good quality Thai food at reasonable prices. Friendly staff.
  • Steak - Pay your steak AU$ 2.00 with the purchase of any drink on Sundays at the SurfAir Resort in Marcoola, close to the airport. Food is good and you have an option to choose fish instead of beef.
  • India Today - Excellent quality Indian cuisine in a unique setting. Great service. The tandoori chicken is a very tasty and filling choice. Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore.
  • Sang's Thai Restaurant (BYO), 1/2 Maroubra Street Alexandra Headland 4572 (opposite the Blue Bar), 07 54754412, [21]. Dinner Tu-Sa, Closed Sunday & Monday. Best Thai Restaurant on the Sunshine Coast!

Drink

Stay safe

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