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Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast offers sunny beaches, a rich history and an array of fresh, local produce. Take the time to explore the small villages and hamlets dotted around the region, you won’t be disappointed!

Highlights

Visit the Yandina Ginger Factory and Macadamia Nutworks to learn about these remarkable industries. Taste the delights and take home a little piece of Queensland sunshine.

Ramp up the adrenalin with a Mooloolaba jet boat ride. Experience the thrill of wave jumping and other stunts in the comfort of a fully air-conditioned, enclosed cabin on this hour long ride.

Visit the award-winning legacy of Australia’s own Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Steve was an iconic Aussie with a passion for wildlife conservation and preservation. He took over management of the small family wildlife park in 1991 and, with his new wife Terri, continued to grow the park in both size and reputation. Sadly, Steve met an untimely and unexpected end in 2006, however his wife and children continue his work to educate people and protect our wildlife.

Relish in the old world charm of the Hinterland’s quaint villages. Browse the numerous galleries, pick up some local craft, or just relax over coffee and a meal at one of the award-winning cafes or restaurants. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample the amazing variety of fudge in Montville. With 75 flavours to salivate over, you are sure to find something you like.

Best time of year to visit

If you want warm, sunny days with the least chance of rain and fewer crowds, September to November are ideal months to travel.

However, the Sunshine Coast hosts a wide range of sporting, music and cultural events throughout the year.

Climate

The not-quite-tropical climate of the Sunshine Coast provides hot, humid summers and cool, dry winters, however there is a somewhat smooth transition between the seasons, providing year-round comfort.

The region boasts one of the highest sunshine ratings in the world, with the majority of rainfall resulting from storm activity during the summer months – December to February. As the most common time for rainfall and storms are late afternoon and overnight, it is likely to have little impact on your travel plans.

Sunshine Coast – Be Spoiled For Choice

The name “Sunshine Coast” incorporates the area defined in 1967 as the district including the Shires of Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa. Many of the Sunshine Coast’s towns were initially established during the 1860s to support a growing timber industry.

As the trees, including cedar, bunya and beech, were felled, they revealed a rich, volcanic soil soon exploited by new settlers to the area. The soil was found ideal for growing a range of crops, including sugar cane and pineapple, still a vital component of the local economy.

It was the discovery of gold in Gympie in 1867 which saved the newly independent, and struggling, Queensland economy. Within months of a name change from Nashville (named after James Nash) to Gympie, over 25,000 people had flocked to the rich gold fields to seek their fortune. Gold mining continued in the region up to 1925, when agriculture became the focus.

The Sunshine Coast offers sunny beaches, often less crowded than its southern counterpart, a rich history and an array of fresh, local produce.

Take the time to explore the small villages and hamlets dotted around the region, you won’t be disappointed!

Tours that visit Sunshine Coast

Big Smoke & Surf

4 night getaway to Brisbane & Sunshine Coast

Brisbane - Sunshine Coast

Leaving From: Roma - Miles - Chinchilla

$1,199 Per Person - Twin

$1,599 Single