Sunshine Coast Australia

Sunshine Coast Australia is in southern Queensland.

The coast north of Brisbane is beautiful, and it's not quite as touristic as the neighbouring Gold Coast.

In the southern parts of it there are Bribie Island, Glasshouse Mountains and the famous Australia Zoo. Further north are Ettamogah Pub, the Big Pineapple and Eumundi with its popular Saturday Markets. Furthest north is Noosa and Noosa National Park with coastal walks and views over emerald blue waters.
Maroochy River and Sugarcane Fields, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Sunshine Coast Australia - Bribie Island near Brisbane
Just north of Brisbane is Bribie Island. Northern Bribie Island is covered by a national park with nice camping spots, while in the southern end there is a bridge to the mainland close to the small settlements Bongaree, Bellara and Woorim.

There are some good beaches and accommodation in this end of the island, including Aqua Vista Apartments, Avon Lodge B&B, Fairways Golf and Beach Retreat, On the Bay Resort, On the Beach Resort, and Placid Waters Holiday Apartments.

Surfers, Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Sunshine Coast Australia - Glasshouse Mountains National Park
North of Brisbane along the coast you first drive past the tops of Glasshouse Mountains on your left hand side, and then the turnoff to Australia Zoo.

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Australia Zoo is one of the best zoo parks in Australia. It has the usual Australian Animals such as kangaroos, koalas, wombats, echidnas, birds and reptiles, as well as Australian poisonous snakes, snake shows and crocodile feeding shows. It’s a huge park with shops and food outlets, you can easily spend a whole day here watching different shows and getting your photo taken with a koala.

Glasshouse Mountains (Mt. Beerwah, Mt. Coonowrin) at Sunset Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Sunshine Coast Australia - Australia Zoo
Australia Zoo used to be owned by the famous wildlife warrior Steve Irwin who was killed by a stingray in the waters out of Port Douglas in September 2006. His wife Terri and kids Bindi and Bob continue running the park today.
Steve Irwin
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Visit Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo


Sunshine Coast Australia - Caloundra

East of the Australia Zoo, on the coast is Caloundra - a town with a nice beach, and an aviation museum. Places to stay in Caloundra include apartments such as Belvedere Apartments, Bluewater Point Apartments, Burgess Kings Beach Apartments, Casablanca Beachfront Apartments, Centrepoint Holiday Apartments, Cheltenham Apartments, Estoril on Moffat Apartments, Fairseas Apartments, Kings Bay Apartments, Kings Row Apartments, Lindomare Apartments, Maritime Holiday Units, Merrima Court Holiday Apartments, Sandy Shores Apartments, Sea Point Ocean Apartments, Seafarer Chase Holiday Apartments and Tranquil Shores Holiday Apartments; resorts such as Beachside Resort, BreakFree Grand Pacific Resort, Gemini Resort, Maleny Views Cottage Resort, Mariners Resort, Moorings Beach Resort, Ocean Views Resort, Pumicestone Blue Resort, Raintrees Resort, Rolling Surf Resort, Rumba Beach Resort & Spa, Rydges Oasis Resort, Sails Resort on Golden Beach, Shearwater Resort, Watermark Resort, Waterview Resort, and Worldmark Golden Beach Resort;

hotels such as Adelong Court, Artisan Spa Views, Aspect Caloundra, Belaire Place, Caloundra Central Apartment Hotel, Crowne Plaza Pelican Waters and Meridian Caloundra, Monaco; motels such as Beerwah Glasshouse Mountains Motel, Beerwah Motor Lodge and City Centre Motel; bed and breakfast accommodation such as Beerwah Hideaway B&B, Blackwattle Farm B&B, Eyrie Escape B&B, Poppies B&B, and other accommodation such as Bendles Cottages & Country Villas, Caloundra Backpackers, Crookneck Retreat, Curramore Country Cabins, Egyptian Dream Retreat, Glasshouse Mountains Eco Lodge, Glasshouse Mountains Holiday Village, Glass on Glasshouse Cottages, Heaven in the Hills, Maleny Hideaway Guesthouse, Maleny Tropical Retreat, Maleny Villas, Mango Hill Farm, Minto Beach House, Montville Holiday House, Norfolks on Moffat Beach, Ocean View Tourist Park Cabins, Portobello by the Sea, Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Spicy Oasis Cottages, Surfside on the Beach, Tripcony Quays, Waringa Court and Whispering Valley Cottage Retreat.

Nightlife, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Sunshine Coast Australia - Mooloolaba and Underwater World
North of Caloundra is Mooloolaba with a theme park – Underwater World and . Places to stay in Mooloolaba include holiday apartments such as 84 the Spit Holiday Apartments, Alexandra on the Pacific Apartments, Bayview Harbourview Apartments, Bellardoo Holiday Apartments, Coco Apartments, Dockside Apartments, Excellisor Holiday Apartments, Malibu Holiday Apartments, Newport Apartments, Osprey Apartments, Sailfish Cove Holiday Apartments, Sailport Apartments and Windward Apartments; resorts such as Aegean Resort, Beach Club Resort, Caribbean Resort, Cliento Resort, Landmark Resort, Mantra Beach Resort, Peninsular Beachfront Resort, Seamark ResortSeaview Resort; hotels such as Beachside Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast, Cascades, Kirribilli, Mantra Sirocco, Mantra Zanzibar, Nautilus, Oceans Mooloolaba, Raffles and Sandcastles on the Beach; motels such as Mooloolaba Motel, Motel Mediterranian, River Esplanade Motel and Twin Pines Motel; and other accommodation such as Mooloolaba Beach Backpackers and Saltwater Villas.
Beach at Cotton Tree, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Visit the famous Underwater World


Sunshine Coast Australia - Ettamogah Pub and Maroochydore

Inland from Caloundra is the famous Ettamogah Pub, and Aussie World with lots of touristy stuff, camel and pony rides, and a snake collection. The pub itself is a fun place to have a beer. North from here is Maroochydore. Places to stay in Maroochydore include apartments such as Argyle on the Park Apartments, Beachfront Towers Apartments, Coral Sea Apartments, Horton Apartments, Kalua Holiday Apartments, Key Largo Holiday Apartments, Langley Park Holiday Apartments, Maroochy Sands Holiday Units, Paradise Pacific Holiday Apartments, River Sands Holiday Apartments, Rovera Apartments, Space Holiday Apartments, Sunshine Towers Holiday Apartments, Surfcomber on the Beach Apartments, The Beach Houses Holiday Apartments, The Burlington Holiday Apartments; resorts such as Aqua Vista Resort, Banyandah Towers Resort, Catalina Resort, M1 Resort, Majorca Isle Beachside Resort, Myconos Resort; hotels such as Beach on Sixth, Elouera Tower, Silver Sea on Sixth, Sundeck Gardens, The Sebel, Trafalgar Towers, Waves Maroochy River and motels such as Annie's Motel, Maroochy River Motel, Top Spot Motel, and Wunpalm Motel and Holiday Cabins.

Bli Bli Castle, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Sunshine Coast Australia - Bli Bli, Nambour and Yandina
North west from Maroochydore is Bli Bli with its castle, and Nambour with its Big Pineapple - one of Australia's 'Big Things'. North of Nambour is Yandina, where there is a Ginger Factory where you can take a plantation or factory tour, and buy ginger products and souvenirs.

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Inland from Yandina is Mapleton Falls National Park, and south of it is Kondalilla National Park - both nice for a bit of a stroll in the bush and some wildlife watching. Places to stay include the Lodge Motel in Nambour and the Coachhouse and the Red Ginger Bungalow in Yandina.

Track to Kondalilla Falls, Kondalilla National Park, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Sunshine Coast Australia - Eumundi Markets
North of here is Eumundi with its famous Saturday Markets, but there is also the Eumundi Historical Museum, and the Imperial Hotel, where you can taste the original Eumundi Lager, now produced on the Gold Coast. Places to stay in Eumundi include Mountain Retreat Beach House, Jacaranda Creek Farmstay and Coverdales Bed and Breakfast.

Mouth of Noosa River, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Sunshine Coast Australia - Noosa
North of Eumundi (on the coast) is Noosa - a colourful resort town with speciality shops and good cafes and restaurants as well as some beautiful white-sand beaches with great surf waves. Noosa is a favourite weekend getaway for many Brisbane-people but also popular with international travellers.
Surfer, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Sunshine Coast Australia - Noosa Heads
East of Noosa, there is one of the most beautiful places on Sunshine Coast - Noosa National Park, with bushwalks to lookouts and beaches with magnificent bright-blue waters. South of Noosa National Park is Sunshine Beach, great for surfing, and other good places to surf are Noosa Head, Dolphin Point and Tea Tree Bay.

Granite Bay, Noosa National Park, Queensland, Australia, Pacific
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Places to stay in Noosa include
apartments such as Andari Apartments, Artis Bali Hai Apartments, Como Noosa Riverside Luxury Apartments, Noosa Sun Motel and Holiday Apartments, Yallambee Holiday Apartments, The Noosa Apartments, Tingirana Apartments; resorts such as Culgoa Point Beach Resort, Glen Eden Beach Resort, Islander Resort, Ivory Palms Resort, Maison Resort, Metzo Resort, Montpellier Botique Resort, Nautilus Noosa Resort, Netanya Noosa Resort, Noosa Blue Resort, Noosa Keys Resort, Outrigger Beach Resort, Pacific Riverfront Resort, Noosa Place Resort, Noosa Riviera Resort, Noosa Shores Resort, Noosa Sound Resort, Noosa Springs Resort, Sunset Cove Resort, The Cove Resort, The Emerald Resort, The Lookout Resort, The Sebel Resort, Verano Resort, Weyba Gardens Resort and Wolngarin Holiday Resort; and other accommodation such as Hotel Laguna, Noosa River Palms Hotel, Sheraton Resort and Spa, Anchor Motel, Noosa Heads Motel, Bermuda Villas, Bottlebrush Holiday Townhouses and The Hastings Noosa Villas. There are also two caravan parks: Big4 Noosa Bougainvillia Holiday Park and Noosa Tewantin Caravan Park.

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Inside Restaurant by the Beach, Noosa, Queensland, Australia
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Here is a map of Sunshine Coast Australia, where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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