Sunshine Coast Overview
The Sunshine Coast is an easy two to three hours drive, north, up the Bruce Highway from Brisbane. The region is primarily comprised of several coastal towns starting at Bongaree, in the Birbie Island National Park, and extending around 80 miles north up to Rainbow Beach, on the border of the Great Sandy National Park. The principal resort towns in the area are Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Marcoola, Coolum, Peregian and the beautiful Noosa - one of the most stylish resorts in Australia.
Noosa is the most well known of the sophisticated Sunshine Coast resorts and the main holiday centre is located at Noosa Heads on a promontory between Noosa Inlet and Noosa Sound. The town is most famous for 'Hastings Street', which runs parallel to and a few metres from Main Beach.
The street is lined with more than 100 alfresco restaurants (serving modern Australia cuisine, seafood, Greek, Italian) resorts, hotels, boutiques and beachside properties and if this is not enough, has a national park at one end.
At night Hastings street is illuminated by sparkling fairy lights whilst diners eat with the sounds of the waves breaking on the beach and others stroll, stopping at bars and cafes or to window shop. there is plenty of accommodation which ranges from cheerful self catering motels, camping grounds, apartments to truly palatial luxury resorts.
Noosa has developed its own style which is characterised as a bold, colourful mixture of art deco and Mexican with an almost 'child-like' innocence
. The Many boutiques and galleries have examples of pieces developed in this style which has come to represent Queensland and Australia as a whole.
Main Beach Board Walk
A popular walk is the 3km coastal path from Hastings Street along Main Beach boardwalk past the beautiful and secluded Tea Tree Bay, Dolphin Point, Fairy Pools, Noosa Head, Hells Gate and into Alexandria Bay.
The views out to sea are stunning and give the illusion you are on a tropical island not on the Queensland coast of mainland Australia.
There is a walk back to Noosa through Tanglewood which runs through the national park. This is perfect to work up an appetite for dinner.
Maroochydore is the commercial centre on The Sunshine Coast and the location for its airport.
The Maroochy area includes Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Mudjimba, Marcoola and Coolum.
There are large shopping complexes, beachside resort complexes and plenty of family activities.
Where To Stay
The Sunshine Coast has a good selection of holiday accommodation of all standards.
Noosa is located in the south east of Queensland and has a latitude of 26.4°S and a longitude of 153.0° E.
Approximate Driving Time/Distance
16Hrs From Sydney (1200Km)
24Hrs From Melbourne (1900Km)
2.5Hrs From Brisbane (140Km)
See Route and Distance Calculator for more driving times and routes.
Flying To The Sunshine Coast
Maroochydore airport, which is served by Virgin Blue and Jetstar, is only around 30 minutes by car to Noosa.
Queensland School & Public Holidays
New Years Day Tue 1st Jan.
Australia Day Mon 28th Jan.
Good Friday 21st March.
Easter Monday 24th March.
Anzac Day Fri 25th April.
Labour Day Mon 5th May.
Queens Birthday Holiday Mon 9th June.
Christmas Day Thu 25th Dec.
Boxing Day Holiday Fri 26th Dec.
(End and start school on preceding and next week day (Mon - Fri) respectively)
School Starts Tue 29th January
Easter Holiday 7th April To 11th April.
Winter Holiday 30th June To 11th July.
Spring Holiday 22nd Sept To 3rd Oct.
Summer Holiday 15th Dec To Jan 21st.
Daylight Saving does not operate in Queensland
Note: Dates for guidance only. Always check with your individual School as variations may occur for individual education authorities or establishments and dates may be subject to change. Always check with relevant State or Territory education department to confirm holiday periods at the commencement of each school year. Not all Public Holidays for individual regions within each state and territory are shown and public holidays falling on weekends are not listed. Not all Public Holidays may be applicable to all employers, organisations etc so always check with your employer, education authority etc which public holidays are applicable.
Gold Coast Climate
These figures are for guidance only:
Approximate Max Average Temperature
Max Average Temperature
Deg C/ Deg F
Winter(June-Aug):21 / 70
Spring(Sep-Nov):26 / 78
Summer(Dec-Feb):29 / 84
Autumn(Mar-May):26 / 79
Approximate Average Monthly Rainfall - mm
Average Monthly Rainfall - mm