The Sunshine Coast includes the beachside shires of Caloundra, Maroochy, Noosa and Cooloola all of which are popular tourist destinations with excellent beaches, rivers and lakes, spectacular scenery, a wide range of accommodation, dining and shopping and lots of attractions and activities for all ages. The area is served by the attractive Sunshine Coast Airport, which now has daily flights by Qantas and Virgin Blue and hosts a Singapore Airlines Flight Training Centre. Regular coach transfers from Brisbane airport are also available from Col's Airport Shuttle, Sunair and Suncoast Pacific. A local bus service is provided by Sunbus. From July 2004, TransLink integrated ticketing will begin to provide integrated transport services for South-East Queensland. A single ticket will allow travel on buses, trains and Brisbane City council ferries in a zone from Noosa to Coolangatta. See p.29 of the Sunshine Coast Telephone Directory for information or visit the TransLink website.
Between the beaches and the mountains is a very fertile area renowned for its production of sugar, pineapples, ginger, macadamia nuts and strawberries in particular. Many of the properties allow public access and provide educational programs as well as selling fresh and processed produce. Strawberry picking (and eating) is a popular attraction between June and November. Strawberry farms such as Koogie Downs require pickers and packers, providing employment and perhaps accommodation for backpackers. Strawbfest is a popular annual festival at Chevallum State School, held in the last weekend of September.
The hinterland is renowned for its spectacular scenery, mountain views, waterfalls, natural products, restaurants and arts and crafts. Visit the Sunweb site for comprehensive information.
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of beaches and touring possibilities. Click on the links above or visit my Council
Facilities page to see some of the facilities provided
by each council, including caravan parks, libraries, swimming pools, and
The councils have combined to develop the on-line Sunshine Coast Community Information Services, which provide a wealth of information about anything from business and professional organisations to local government, political, religious, social, cultural, sports and recreation, and tourist organisations. It may be slow, but it's worth visiting.
Weekly free community newspapers such as the Nambour Chronicle, the Buderim Chronicle, the Weekender and the local Weekly are delivered house to house. These have a wealth of information on local news, community groups and activities. Our Community provides advice, support and resources for all types of community groups. The Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper and website have a variety of information and news.
For information on the local weather, visit the Bureau of Meteorology website. Click on Queensland in the map and then check the Forecasts or view the Radar Images for Brisbane and Gympie. The loops show current rain showers and the direction in which they are moving: handy if you are planning to be outdoors!
See my other pages for information on specific topics. The Links page has links to many other informative websites.
Things to do
For a comprehensive list of things to do and places to go, visit the Aussie Travel website. You may also like to try the Sunshine Coast Accommodation, Shopping, Entertainment and Tourism site. Major entertainment sites include the Caloundra Cultural Centre, Maroochy Venues and Events and Noosa Leisure Centre. Visit the Sunshine Coast Live Theatre Alliance site for details of theatre productions throughout the coast. See my Council Facilities page for other public facilities or my Links page for more ideas.
Popular attractions in the hinterland include the Glasshouse Mountains, Australia Zoo (of Crocodile Hunter fame), the arts, crafts and dining at the hill towns of Montville and Maleny, the Buderim Ginger Factory now at Yandina, the Big Pineapple, two macadamia factories and numerous spectacular lookouts. Underwater World is a major attraction by The Wharf at Mooloolaba. The Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra is well worth a visit.
To see some suggestions for day trips, see the Trips page.
Details of entertainment venues are provided on pp. 24-28 of the Sunshine Coast Telephone Directory
For detailed local directions, see the street directory at the end of the Yellow Pages in the Sunshine Coast Telephone Directory, but do the right thing and please leave them there! Local tourist maps are available throughout the area and I have provided some maps on other pages.
Beautiful one day, perfect the next! It's been said often about the climate in South East Queensland and it's even better here on the Sunshine Coast! Before you plan your activities, check for the current weather conditions and forecasts for the next few days.