The Sunshine Coast
The Most Beautiful Place in Queensland
As you travel north on the M1 motorway out of Brisbane you will notice a gradual change occurring outside side of your car windows.The scenery gets greener, the traffic gets sparser and the air gets a little sweeter. A littler under an hour later, with the hustle and bustle of Brisbane far in your rearview mirror, you reach the Sunshine Coast, South Eastern Queensland’s little slice of heaven.
Made up of several large and small towns, villages and communities, the Sunshine Coast is as diverse as it is beautiful. Encompassing postcard-worthy beaches, sweeping mountain vistas, gorgeous sub-tropical rainforest and pristine river systems the Sunshine Coast abounds in natural beauty, and that is just the scenery! The area boasts a rich and vibrant culture, with an amazing collection of musicians, performers and all manner of visual artists all stopping by and leaving their mark on the area.
There is also a wealth of world class cuisine, with fine food crafted by local chefs from the top quality local produce and fantastic wines produced from the many hinterland wineries. For the young and the young at heart there are several wonderful activities to partake in ranging from the world famous Australia Zoo, Ginger Factory, The Big Pineapple and its Queensland Zoo, Australia Zoo, Aussie world and the famous Eumundi Markets to kite boarding and jet skiing. The Sunshine Coast has all this and much, much more on offer making it a wonderful place to live.
The Sunshine Coast: Live in Luxurious Natural Beauty
If there is one thing the Sunshine coast is known for, it is the area’s stunning coastline. With some of the best beaches in Australia, you can find exactly what you are looking for, whatever your chosen sea-side activity. For surfing there are many options, including Kawana Beach, Alexander Headlands, Mooloolaba Beach and Noosa Beach. For dog owners you can let your furry friend run free at several places including Point Cartwright Buddina, the ‘Spit’ section of Mooloolaba Beach, Kawana Beach and Noosa Heads. For families there are patrolled areas with lifeguards on duty found at most major beaches.
Heading inland you will find beautiful hinterland and sub-tropical rainforest. The Sunshine Coast is fortunate to have a pristine natural environment unspoiled by overdevelopment, so natural beauty and native wildlife abounds. In the forests you will find vibrant birdlife, koalas, possums, reptiles and kangaroos. For a more controlled encounter there are zoos, sanctuaries and aquariums, including the world famous Australia Zoo, and Mooloolaba’s Underwater World Sea Life Aquarium.
There are many ways to experience the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast, with a huge network of hiking trails running along the coastline, through the forested hinterland or across rolling farmland pastures going for a run, jog or hike has never been so breathtaking. Whatever your taste there is a stunning trail just waiting for you to explore.
Living on The Sunshine Coast: Activities for the Whole Family in the Water
The waters off the coast are brimming with sea life including dolphins, turtles and whales. Tour companies operate out of several locations offering a thrilling encounter with these amazing creatures. The waterways of the Sunshine Coast provide hundred kilometres of beaches, rivers and lakes to be enjoyed. There are countless fishing spots that cater to everyone from the diehard angler to the young child looking for the thrill of hooking their first fish. These waterways also offer many other recreational activities including kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing swimming and more.
The Sunshine coast isn’t just an outdoor playground. There are countless local art galleries, theatres and museums for you to explore and enjoy. Spend a sun-soaked morning wandering the main streets in any of the several small artist villages located in the hinterlands, or take in a production at one of the many theatres. The area also has a rich history that can be discovered through many fascinating museums and historical sites. Living on The Sunshine Coast means you will never experience a dull day again.
Wine and Dine on The Sunshine Coast
Wine and food lovers will think they have died and gone to gastronomical heaven on The Sunshine Coast. The region’s lush farmland and subtropical climate provide ideal conditions for growing a huge variety of local produce, including the vineyards of the hinterland wineries.
With such close proximity to the ocean, top quality seafood is in abundance, and the skilled chefs at the region’s top restaurants combine these factors into world-class culinary delights. For those with a passion for cooking all these amazing ingredients can be sourced from local farmers markets, giving you a formidable arsenal to attack your next edible masterpiece.
With around a dozen wineries in the area wine tours are an ideal way to spend a day. You can sample the region’s fantastic vino while taking in the breathtaking surrounds of the lush hinterland and stunning beauty of the Glasshouse Mountains.
The Sunshine Coast offers the perfect blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, exciting activities and a laid back lifestyle. Maroochydore operates as the CBD of the region and provides all the major amenities including a regional airport, thriving night-life and large shopping complex. Additionally, Brisbane is just over an hour’s drive away, giving you easy access to all the services you would expect from a major city, including an International Airport.
This balance of easy access to big city services while maintaining the laid-back coastal lifestyle is what makes the Sunshine coast such an idyllic and practical place to live.
Events and Activities on the Sunshine Coast
Big Pineapple and Queensland Zoo
The Big Pineapple, Queensland, has been one of the best known and loved Sunshine Coast attractions since 1971. Still operating in conjunction with a 400-acre working farm founded by the Hayes family, this Sunshine Coast attraction is set to delight the whole family.
The Big Pineapple entertains with a range of rides that are both fun and educational, including the Plantation Train Tour providing commentary as it travels past 100 varieties of plants and exotic fruit trees.
The Harvest Boat Ride provides a fascinating glimpse into our possible future with hydroponics and aeroponics, and the Macadamia and Rainforest Tour transports visitors through the rainforest to the plantations, and on to the largest macadamia-processing factory in the Southern Hemisphere.
An excellent Nocturnal House allows visitors the privilege of being admitted into the night-time behaviour and eating habits of ring tail and brush tail possums, squirrel gliders, fruit bats, desert mice, snakes and more. Children will be enthralled with this extremely close-up-view of creatures rarely seen in their natural environment, some of which are endangered.
The Koala and Fauna Sanctuary houses a selection of permanent and rehabilitating native birds and animals and koala talks are held at intervals throughout the day. At the bottom of the hill the Animal Nursery houses a range of cute and cuddly animals to pet.
Local produce, art, crafts, clothing and souvenirs are available in The Big Pineapple Sunshine Coast complex, which also houses a licensed restaurant. Indulge yourself with the world-famous big pineapple and mango parfait.
Big Pineapple Music Festival
Has grown into one of Australia’s most loved events. The killer band line ups and the special laid back atmosphere of the piney fest have captured the imagination of festival goers from as far as Perth Tassie and NZ. The beautiful natural tree lined amphitheatres which incase the stages coupled with bands such as The John Butler Trio, Birds Of Tokyo, Grinspoon, The Living End and Bliss n Eso have made for some amazing memories
Underwater World Sea Life Aquarium