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Revision as of 09:59, 8 June 2009
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.
Cities and towns
The Sunshine Coast is between 1 and 2 hours (depending on traffic and exactly where you're going) north of Brisbane by car. Cheaper than transfers and without the stress of public transfers, car hire is the easiest way to get out and about and really enjoy the many beautiful sites.East Coast Car Rentals  hire new cars at cheap rates across 6 locations in Queensland.
Sunshine Coast Airport is located in Maroochydore and has frequent domestic flights to major Australian capital cities.
Queensland Rail runs the Citytrain service, which runs on the North Coast rail line from Brisbane to Landsborough and Nambour, with connecting buses to Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Noosa.
- East Coast Car Rentals,  - Sunshine Coast.
- Australia Zoo , 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  - 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  and Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests and Forest Reserves.
- Kenilworth State Forest  - Rainforest and eucalypt forest. Camping in various areas. Tel: 13 13 04 for permits and information.
- Kondalilla National Park  - 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, . A family fun-park, dodgem cars and the like, located next to the Ettamogah Pub. Can be accessed via door-to-door services 
- Go Tandem SkyDiving with Sunshine Coast Skydivers 
- 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 
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.
- Thai Street - Located in Alexandra Headland along the main road near the beach. Good quality Thai food at reasonable prices. Friendly staff.
- 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.
- Noosa Kite Surfing (Noosa Kite Surfing Lessons), . Kite Surfing lessons with Mike Burrell. Noosa Kiteboarding cater for all levels of Kite surfing experience.
- Sang's Thai Restaurant (BYO), 1/2 Maroubra Street Alexandra Headland 4572 (opposite the Blue Bar), ☎ 07 54754412, . Dinner Tuesday - Saturday, Closed Sunday & Monday. Best Thai Restaurant on the Sunshine Coast!