It would be seriously challenging to find a stretch of such incredible beaches as those on the Sunshine Coast anywhere else in the world. From Noosa in the north to Caloundra in the south, there’s 60km of great surf breaks, calm swimming holes and sanctioned spots along which locals are walking their dogs.
Main Beach Noosa
One of the few north-facing beaches along Australia’s east coast, Main Beach has long been embedded in the nation’s psyche as the ultimate holiday destination with its calm waters ideal for swimmers and novice surfers. Add to this scenario a sophisticated café culture overlooking the sand.
A popular off-leash beach with dog lovers, this sanguine stretch of sand is also a hot spot with surfers. Check out the Sunshine Beach Surf Club for its beer garden boasting one of the best views on the coast or take the steep steps into Noosa National Park.
Also popular with dog walkers and surfers, Peregian Beach retains the old beach village atmosphere with its shady town square around which sit cafes and fashion and gift stores. Lake Weyba National Park and the lake itself, sits to the west of this beach.
Another old beach village which has added some flair in recent years, Coolum Beach attracts families, dog walkers and surfers who adore its wide open conditions which often lead to big swells. The Coolum Surf Club is a popular watering hole overlooking the sand.
Known as “Alex” in the local vernacular, the surfing fraternity flock to this beach for its decent waves. There’s a laidback vibe to this destination where local kids are likely to be at the local skatepark and half-pike honing their board skills and adults at the surf club next door.
Some consider Marcoohydore the heart of the Sunshine Coast, but despite hosting the CBD, it remains laidback and well-known for its lovely beaches. For those seeking even calmer waters, head to the adjacent Maroochy River, home to boats, birds, barbecues and a coastal eco-system.
Said to derive its name from the Aboriginal word “mulu” meaning snapper fish, or “mulla” meaning red-bellied black snake, Mooloolaba is a crowd pleaser with its elegant esplanade. The corner of Mooloolaba Beach is also a popular place for those who prefer wetsuits to dinner suits.
The aptly-named King’s Beach is so popular with travellers, it is considered somewhat of Sunshine Coast royalty. Surfers love this spot, but so do too families for its oceanfront walking trails, rockpools, oceanfront saltwater swimming pool and calm beach breaks which provided ideal swimming conditions.
For those seeking calm, clear waters and great picnic areas, Bulcock Beach is simply sublime. Low tide offers warm paddling pools in which to splash and a beautiful boardwalk offers views over Pumicestone Passage. A relaxed strip of cafes and restaurants is just across the road.
This prettily-named patch is the most southerly Caloundra Beach and also one of the most protected with the waters of Pumicestone Passage shielded from the ocean by Bribie Island. This spot is ideal for jetskiing, boating, fishing and kayaking as well as relaxed dining.