Visit the Sunshine Coast

Calling all green thumbs… welcome to our naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast.

Before, after or during the Queensland Garden Expo, we invite you to enjoy the Sunshine Coast.

Sand between your toes, the sun on your back, fish and chips by the water, smiling faces, the babble of a rainforest stream and crisp mountain air, stunning natural locations ...the Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to visit.

From the moment you breathe in the clean hinterland or fresh sea air, you'll begin to feel different.

Click here to view the Official Sunshine Coast Visitor and Event Guide.

Revitalised. Relaxed. Lighter.

The Sunshine Coast begins at Caloundra, just one hour's drive north of Brisbane and extends to Rainbow Beach, the gateway to Fraser Island. It takes in tranquil hinterland including the Glass House Mountains, Blackall Range, Noosa Hinterland and the Mary Valley; as well as more than 100 kilometres of beaches stretching through the coastal towns of Caloundra, Kawana, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum, Noosa and Rainbow Beach.

If recharging is your aim, relax under the shade of a pandanus on the beach, wander through national parks, follow the food and wine trails, or browse in hinterland art galleries.

The Coast is blessed with a unique style of cuisine featuring local produce grown in the lush hinterland and plucked fresh from rivers and surrounding ocean.

You can browse the famous Eumundi Market or Noosa Farmers Market for the best of what's in season; taste award winning ice-cream and cheese; buy just-picked tropical fruits from the farm gate; devour a kilo of prawns at Mooloolaba or a choice steak at a heritage hotel in Gympie; or settle down to dine in an elegant restaurant overlooking mountains, rivers or the sea.

Whatever you're after, you'll find it on the Sunshine Coast. It's the perfect mix of coast and country and the ideal place to relax and unwind.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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Suggested Itineraries

The Queensland Garden Expo will attract an estimated 30,000 visitors over the 3 day weekend. We invite you to explore more of the beautiful Sunshine Coast with these suggested itineraries. These touring ideas are ideal for either self-drive holidays or coach groups. If you have a group and are planning a visit to the event this year, why not extend your visit. Please ask your charter operator to contact us for more information on touring ideas.

Tour 1: Noosa Experience

Travel north from Nambour to the historical town of Eumundi and the famous Eumundi Markets. Experience the best of the Noosa River with a lunch cruise on the MV Noosa Queen. Stroll through the cosmopolitan shops & restaurants of Hastings Street, or wander along the beachfront boardwalk to the spectacular Noosa National Park. Click here to view itinerary.

Tour 2: Cooloola Wonders

Travel north to Tin Can Bay on the Cooloola Coast, just off the southern tip of World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Cruise the pristine waters of Tin Can Inlet and the Great Sandy Straits at a leisurely pace while watching for local wildlife including dolphins, dugong, turtles and white breasted Sea Eagles. Enjoy lunch at Rainbow Beach Surf Club. Click here to view itinerary.

Tour 3: Hinterland Delights

Drive through the picturesque mountainous countryside of the Blackall Range to the pretty dairy town of Maleny. Discover the tranquility and beauty of the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve with its 52 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains. Taste and learn about the cheese at Maleny Cheese. Explore the myriad of arts & craft shops & restaurants at Montville. Click here to view itinerary.