Destination guide

Just coast – fun, sun and more on the Sunshine Coast

Grab your beach balls and sunglasses, and get ready for the Sunshine Coast! A major summer vacation destination on the Coral Sea, the Sunshine Coast is known for its sprawling upscale resorts, sandy beaches and gnarly surfing spots (their words). Further inland, you'll find a bounty of scenic, mountainous highlands, many of which are located within the area's numerous national parks. Whether you're looking for a high-energy adventure or a chilled-out day at the beach, Sunshine Coast vacation rentals will put you within a stone's throw of some of Australia's most stunning scenery.

Things to do

Wild, wild life – the Sunshine Coast's fantastic fauna

Animal lovers of all ages will find something to love about Australia Zoo, once owned by the legendary "Crocodile Hunter", Steve Irwin. Here, you can get up close with over 1,000 animals on 40 sprawling, leafy hectares of space. And if that's not enough, you can head to Sea Life Sunshine Coast, a 1-stop marine life shop where you'll find live animal shows, a wildlife sanctuary and an aquarium. Feeling outdoorsy? At Noosa National Park, you'll find walking and hiking paths, as well as a wide array of plant and animal life.

Activities

Surf's up! Catch a wave (or 2) on the Sunshine Coast

Looking to hang 10? Look no further – a number of Sunshine Coast vacation rentals offer easy access to some of the area's best surfing beaches. The scenic Double Island Point, with its historic 19th-century lighthouse, is a popular surf destination. For a more low-key waterfront experience, head to Noosa Main Beach, a wide stretch of coastline whose calm waters and fine sand make it a big hit with visitors. After that, it's time for a snorkelling excursion, whale-watching tour or jetski adventure, or you can hit the hiking trails in 1 of the area's numerous national parks.

Weather

Getting warmer – sunny seasons on the Sunshine Coast

Like most of the region, the Sunshine Coast has a humid subtropical climate, with warm-to-hot summers, cooler winters and plenty of rainfall all year round. Summertime highs regularly average 29 degrees in January and February, though temperatures can sometimes climb to 40 and above. Winters are milder, with average temps ranging from 10 to 22 degrees between June and August. Though rain is common throughout the year, the months between December and June are generally the wettest. The area gets hopping in the summertime, and you'll usually find the lowest prices on Sunshine Coast vacation rentals during the cooler winter months.

Natural highlights

The highs and lows of the Sunshine Coast's landscape

Along the Pacific Ocean's Coral Sea, the Sunshine Coast is moderately built-up – go ahead, call it suburban – where laid-back residential areas are interspersed with modern resorts, sandy beaches and untamed highlands further inland. Noosa National Park, 1 of the region's many preserved wilderness areas, features diverse ecosystems, from coastal headlands to arid mountains. It's also home to local wildlife species like koalas, possums and bandicoots, as well as countless types of local and migratory birds; during their annual migration, whales can also be seen off the coast.

How to get there

How to get to and around Sunshine Coast

The nearest airport is in Maroochydore, QLD (MCY-Sunshine Coast), located 12.8 mi (20.6 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Cooroy Station, Yandina Station and Pomona Station are the main stations in the area.

Where to stay near Sunshine Coast?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,192 holiday rentals near Sunshine Coast. From 1,077 Houses to 813 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Sunshine Coast is on Stayz.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Sunshine Coast?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Sunshine Coast. From Stayz travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sunshine Coast Hinterland: 1,803 holiday rentals
  • Sunshine Coast Waterfront: 2,080 holiday rentals
  • Kawana Waters: 816 holiday rentals
  • Point Cartwright: 1,445 holiday rentals
  • Moffat Beach: 1,071 holiday rentals

Stayz offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Sunshine Coast! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Sunshine Coast?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Sunshine Coast with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Noosa: 1,263 holiday homes
  • Brisbane: 907 holiday homes
  • Noosa Heads: 1,119 holiday homes
  • Sunshine Beach: 1,097 holiday homes
  • Caloundra: 660 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Sunshine Coast?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Sunshine Coast are:

  • Noosa, QLD (NSA): 1,532 holiday houses
  • Caloundra, QLD (CUD): 1,119 holiday houses
  • Gympie, QLD (GYP): 41 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Sunshine Coast?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Sunshine Coast. From Stayz travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Point Cartwright: 1,445 holiday rentals
  • Moffat Beach: 1,071 holiday rentals
  • Dickey Beach: 1,059 holiday rentals
  • Underwater World Sea Life: 1,440 holiday rentals
  • Pelican Waters Golf Club: 1,100 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sunshine Coast listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.