Things to do on the Sunshine Coast

The Eumundi Markets are a great way to spend a Saturday morning. You’ll find original artworks, sculptures, homewares and skincare, as well as contemporary fashion and jewellery by local designers - the Eumundi ethos is: ‘we make it, bake it, grow it, sew it’. A morning trawling the markets is rewarded with a bowl of laksa or paella followed by an old-fashioned lemonade.

With several stretches of unbroken beaches, if you’re stuck for something to do on the Sunny Coast, clearly you’re not looking hard enough – the beach is right there in front of you! From Sunshine Beach (near Noosa) to Coolum Beach, the coast runs for 17 kilometres and then again for 11 kilometres from Point Arkwright to Mudjimba. The Maroochydore – Mooloolaba stretch runs for 5.6 kilometres and then from Caloundra to Pelican Waters for 22 kilometres. The most popular beaches include Noosa Main Beach, Coolum, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba (The Spit), Kawana Waters and Kings Beach in Caloundra, but everyone has their favourite. Have wheels – will travel! Have a joyride along the coastline and check out the amazing coastal views along the way.

The Sunshine Coast is a great place to learn to surf, obviously! Beginners can take lessons at Noosa Main Beach and Little Cove is great for practising in a protected environment. Mooloolaba and Coolum are also great spots to learn – head to the protected corners of the beach where the waves are gentler – the open beaches with heavy shore breaks can pose some pretty challenging conditions for beginners.

For more of our fave sights on the Sunshine Coast, read on. 

Noosa

The cosmopolitan coastal town of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa beckons the cafe set with chic boutiques and alfresco dining. The big drawcard is, of course, the beaches, which are popular with boardriders and beach bums alike.

Big Pineapple

An tourist beacon on the Sunshine Coast, the iconic Big Pineapple is still going strong. For a taste of nostalgia, and the famous Big Pineapple sundaes and parfaits, let your inner kid run loose amid the big fruit.

Maroochydore

The heart of the Sunshine Coast, in more ways than one, Maroochydore offers that Aussie seaside holiday and smalltown charm in spades. Hit the beaches, check out the hipster haven of Cotton Tree, get active along the river or eat your way through a variety of fresh foodie options.

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Get off the beaten track and away from the beach in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Fresh mountain air, sweeping views, nature and wildlife, plus creative and quaint hinterland villages are waiting to charm you into an overnight stay or longer.

Australia Zoo

Synonymous with the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin's legacy lives on at Australia Zoo. The 40-hectare Sunshine Coast sanctuary is home to African animals, big cats and heaps of indigenous critters too. The main attraction is the crocodiles at the Crocoseum - get up close at the daily shows!