Situated approximately a 1 hour drive north of Brisbane City, the Sunshine Coast encompasses beach resorts, surf spots and rural hinterland in southern Queensland, Australia. It stretches from the coastal city of Caloundra, near Brisbane, north to the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park, home to multicoloured sand dunes, mangrove forests, and shallow lakes. Upscale Noosa Heads has boutique shops, waterways, and walking trails through Noosa National Park.
The Sunshine Coast is easily accessible and easy to navigate. The region does however cover a large area and there is no doubt that you are going to want to explore whilst you are here. Car hire companies can assist those who want flexibility when travelling through the region. Both the coastal and hinterland areas have local bus services to take you from point to point. If you are looking to relinquish the planning and responsibility altogether, there are tour companies and private limo’s that can be booked to look after your transport arrangements whilst in the region.
THINGS TO DO ON THE SUNSHINE COAST
Located on the Sunshine Coast near the scenic Beerwah and Glass House Mountains, Australia Zoo is one of the most iconic zoos in Australia.
Renowned for the wildlife legacy begun by Steve Irwin and his documentary series The Crocodile Hunter, the zoo is carried on by his wife Terri Irwin and children Bindi and Robert.
Opened by Steve Irwin’s parents in 1970, the zoo has gradually grown over the years with major expansion occurring as the funds from The Crocodile Hunter series were put into building new habitats and exhibits.
The Australia Zoo today is home and haven to over 100 different species, including crocodiles, tigers and cheetahs, spanning a range of habitats, enclosures and the Wildlife Hospital. There is a strong focus on education, with all visitors learning interesting facts about the wildlife and the importance of conservation.
Visitors can choose from a variety of unique and exciting experiences like the adrenalin pumping crocodile show, a huge range of free daily shows and some truly hands on experiences!
Sea Life Sunshine Coast
Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium at Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia is a marine mammal park, oceanarium and wildlife sanctuary. Sea Life Sunshine Coast is an institutional member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association.
You’ll find original artworks, sculptures, furniture, handmade toys, homewares, and skincare, as well as cutting edge fashion and jewellery by local designers, all guided by our ethos of “we make it, bake it, grow it, sew it”.
If you’re a foodie, you’ll especially love our market …laksa, calamari, thai, paella, quality coffee, chocolate, great cakes, old fashioned lemonade, and more. We have a wealth of fresh produce – including fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly baked breads, locally made cheeses and yoghurts.
And, when you need a break from the shopping, sit back and be entertained by a stellar line-up of performers guaranteed to get you in the groove. There’s plenty of local talent to keep you entertained, with world-music sounds, country tunes and tribal rhythms.
You can also have your palm read or indulge in a vast array of services offered by our many health and wellbeing practitioners.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland provides a spectacular backdrop to any type of holiday, especially a self-drive adventure. Explore the open roads and take in the stunning views of lush green valleys and magnificent mountains, through to the glorious Pacific Ocean.
Discover the Glass House Mountains, Maleny, Montville, Mapleton, Nambour, Kenilworth, Yandina, Beerwah and Flaxton.
GETTING TO THE SUNSHINE COAST
Queensland Rail operates regular electric train services between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. The main station for the Sunshine Coast is at Nambour, 101 kilometres north of Brisbane (which takes approximately 1 hour and 48 minutes from Brisbane’s Central Station).
Nambour sits half way between the sea and the Blackall Ranges and half way between Caloundra and Noosa Heads – half way from anywhere! The rail service is geared for residents and business travelers but can be useful for tourists needing transport options in the region. View a PDF map of the Sunshine Coast Line.
Telephone Transinfo on 13 12 30 for route and ticket information.
For further information visit: http://www.sunshinecoast-australia.com/getting-to-sunshine-coast.html