Beautiful Places to Visit Along the Sunshine Coast
If you follow me on, you may have seen I visited the Sunshine Coast back in June. I was there to attend my friend from uni's wedding near Maleny, which was honestly just magical. While I was on the Sunshine Coast, my parents and I spent our spare time touring the region's many towns and cities. It was like the old days, as we've done a few road trips over the years to visit family on the Sunshine Coast. It has always been one of my favourite places in Australia, so it's about time I shared my love with you guys. Here are eight of the best places to visit across the Sunshine Coast.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Firstly, the Sunshine Coast is located roughly one to 1.5 hours north of Brisbane (depending on the destination). You can fly into Sunshine Coast Airport from several Australian cities or start in Brisbane instead. Although there are trains operating between Brisbane and various Sunshine Coast towns, the easiest way to get around is by hiring a car. The Sunshine Coast is a popular destination because it includes a little bit of everything: beautiful beaches, award-winning restaurants, gorgeous national parks and cute towns. It also has perfect weather year-round, as the average winter temperature is 20 degrees. However, if you visit the hinterlands in winter it does get cold at night, so don't forget a jacket!
Maroochydore is the heart of the Sunshine Coast. It's where you will find major office buildings and the airport. When I was younger, I absolutely loved visiting Maroochydore.This time around, we went for a lovely afternoon walk along the Maroochy River and towards the beach.
This is where I'm usually based when I visit the Sunshine Coast these days, as it's where my aunt and uncle live. The small town is located inland from Noosa and is known for the iconic Eumundi Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are hundreds of stalls selling everything - clothing, gifts, homewares, you name it. You will also find plenty of delicious food options and live music. If you're visiting the Sunshine Coast on either of these days, make sure you head to Eumundi.
My friend got married outside of Maleny, where the view over the Glass House Mountains was incredible. After my lovely parents picked me up, we headed into Maleny to check out the quaint hinterland town. It was buzzing with people when we visited on a sunny winter's Sunday.
GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Speaking of the Glass House Mountains, if your perfect Sunshine Coast holiday includes hiking, definitely head to this national park. The notable peaks were formed by volcanic activity some 25 million years ago. The largest peak is Mount Beerwah, but the two mountains open to hikers are Mount Ngungun and Mount Tibrogargan. There are several easy and challenging hikes available across Glass House Mountains National Park. While you're there, pop into Australia Zoo for a visit and say hi to the Irwins for me!
Coolum Beach is an area located between Noosa and Maroochydore. It's a bit more chilled, but it has excellent surf and a beautiful beachfront walk as well. While in the area, you can climb Mount Coolum too, which offers amazing ocean views.