The Sunshine Coast of Queensland
The Sunshine Coast is located just 1hr north of Brisbane, which the capital of the sunniest state of Australia, Queensland. The Sunshine Coast Region is popular for its sun and surf. There are sandy beaches along the length of the Sunshine Coast from Caloundra in the south to Noosa and Fraser Island in the north.
The Sunshine Coast region is a semi tropical paradise. As yet it is not too developed with areas of secluded beach and forest to enjoy. The region is a biodiversity hotspot as it is an area where tropical meets temperate. Large areas of the Sunshine Coast have been set aside in National Parks to protect the fragile environment.
The Sunshine Coast is famous for its beautiful beaches and long undeveloped stretches of surf beach.
There are many, many wonderful curved sandy beaches between rocky headlands with the occasional river outlet. Sunshine Coast beaches are among the best surfing beaches in Australia and surfers enjoy the waves year round.
Explore the Hinterland
The Sunshine Coast hinterland is a wonderful place to explore. There are quiet historical towns and beautiful rainforest and waterfalls. At the foot of the ranges is Nambour, the inland regional center. Up on the range in the Sunshine Coast hinterland are the townships of Mapleton, Montville and Maleny.
The area is well known for its secluded bed and breakfasts and arts and crafts.
Sand Islands of South East Queensland
South East Queensland has the biggest sand islands in the world. The biggest is Fraser Island located to the north of the Sunshine Coast. Noosa is a popular launching pad into the Cooloola and Fraser Island area.
Day trips and tours to Fraser Island are popular for many international and domestic visitors. To the south is Bribie Island which borders Pumice Stone Passage and framing Moreton Bay are Moreton and Stradbroke Islands.