Sunshine Coast- Australia’s Friendliest Tourism State

Sunshine coast

Now that 2018 is fully upon us and 2017 seems like well, another distant memory, there’s an interesting statistic I heard on the news late last year.

During the 2017 Christmas-new year period, the Sunshine Coast region attracted more tourists than the Gold Coast. If you’re a local like me you’ll probably have raised your eyebrows too when hearing how there’s a changing of the guard starting to occur here in Queensland in terms of which is the more popular tourist destination in South East Queensland – Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast?

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Gold Coast and we holiday there every year. The vibe is great there but Sunshine Coast provides a welcoming alternative that typifies all that is Queensland and what makes us famous.

If you are looking for a safe and fun-filled holiday with stunning attractions around almost every corner, here are some of the highlights showcasing why you’ll love the Sunshine Coast as much as I do. If you’re unfamiliar with the region and need a private tour guide or transfer contact Airport Transfers Sunshine Coast here –


Australia Zoo

The legend in Steve Irwin remains with us forever as the Irwin family continue in Steve’s legacy as THE Australia Zoo stands as one of the world’s most popular wildlife conservation facilities in the entire world.  Australia Zoo is located just 1 hour north of Brisbane – there’s no other Zoo (Zoo Brisbane)like it!


Noosa National Park

The National Park in Noosa Queensland is located 120 km to the north of Brisbane. The park is situated close to Noosa Heads and lies between the Pacific Ocean and the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. Noosa National Park ranks as one of Australia’s most popular National Parks, and for good reason. Right next door to the famous town of Noosa itself, this iconic park showcases some of Australia’s most stunning scenery.

Discover hard to find and secluded beaches and breathtaking views from the iconic headland at Noosa Heads. If you’re there at the right time you’ll spot dolphins at Dolphin Point and Boiling Pot. Watch in amazement as the magnificent waves crash below you at Hell’s Gates.

Explore more than 15 km of lush Rainforest and unimaginable views along the coast before playing in the pristine white sandy beaches.


Sea life Sunshine Coast

Also known as Under Water World, Sea Life Sunshine Coast (Underwater World) is located at Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast, Australia and is known as a marine mammal wildlife park and is a member of the QLD Aquarium Association. Regardless of the weather conditions, experience Under Water World’s endless mazes of breathtaking sea wildlife creatures allowing you to easily interact with the sea life attractions via 11 amazing zones including daily seal presentations.

While you are in Maroochydore, try jet skiing or boating. If you need training,  you couldn’t be in better hands than with Licence to Boat, Qld -BoatSafe approved Recreational Boat (RMDL) and Jet Ski (PWC) Licence courses in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast.

Glass House Mountains

The Glass House Mountains is a heritage listed national park located in the Hinterland region of the Sunshine Coast. For an amazing day out of fun-filled leisurely hikes and bush tracks, there’s quaint cafe’s and towns dotted throughout the Glass House Mountains giving the nature-seekers ample opportunity to take small breaks and take in some refreshments along the way.

So significant are the Craggy Peaks of which tower over the landscape, the area is listed on the Queensland and National Heritage register. Open forests, lookouts and walking tracks provide panoramic views. Those seeking adventure and additional challenges can also take up options for rock climbing or abseiling.

The above 4 attractions are just the first few that come to mind. Make the Sunshine Coast a regular holiday destination and discover something new every time you cam back!