The Sunshine Coast

Fraser Island on the Sunshine Coast
Fraser Island on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast of Queensland, 40 miles of pristine coastline north of Brisbane, is a favourite with both international visitors and Australians.

Coastal townships such as Caloundra, Coolum, Noosa, Mooloolaba & Maroochydore are synonymous with the traditional Australian beach vacation.

Noosa Heads is legendary with its protected cove beach virtually guaranteeing perfect surf all year round. Known as Australia's St. Tropez, Noosa Heads offers sophisticated shops and restaurants with no building higher than a palm tree. From Hastings Street visitors are only a short distance from the Noosa National Park, the Noosa River Everglades and Cooloola National Park.

The Noosa Dolphins
The Noosa Dolphins

The Sunshine Coast boasts great surfing, fun family attractions, world class golf courses and, of course, brilliant sandy beaches. In the green, subtropical hills behind the Sunshine Coast you'll find country hamlets where old pubs serve excellent counter lunches on open verandas overlooking green valleys.

Fraser Island

World heritage listed Fraser Island is one of the great natural wonders of the world. The largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island is over 120km long.

Fraser Island is part of the Great Sandy Region, the largest and oldest dune system in the world, dating back more than 30,000 years. Rising to 200m, over 70 different colours of sand have been identified in the dunes.

Life by the water
Life by the water
The Sunshine coast, living up to its name
The Sunshine coast, living up to its name



Average temperature

Average rainfall

Nov - April

20 - 29°C


May - Oct

13 - 24°C


The southern part of Queensland enjoys slightly drier summers in comparison to the north. Temperatures on the Sunshine Coast average around 20°C during winter and, although warmer, are still comfortable during summer.

The best time to visit

Anytime really, but if you aren't used to the heat you may wish to visit during the winter when temperatures are pleasantly cool and rainfall is low.