Whoever named it the ‘Sunshine Coast’ may have not been the world’s most creative person, but they sure were on the money! Home to long, warm days throughout Summer, the Sunshine Coast has some of the best beaches Australia has to offer! No trip to the Sunny Coast is complete without a ‘beach hop’ to experience the best spots along the coast. Let’s dive in and plan your itinerary!
10 minutes South of Coolum you’ll find this beautiful beach equipped with open grassy areas for picnics and family hangouts. Not just for the little ones, this beach has great surf breaks. Sun, surf and sand, the trifecta! Pack enough snacks for the day and set up camp.
A serene walking trail through the National Park will lead you to this peaceful spot. Frequented by avid surfers, Tea Tree Bay is also a favourite for those wanting to unwind and relax, surrounded by nature.
Witness the Sunshine Coast in all its glory at Main Beach. Grab a bite to eat on the famous Hastings Street and wander directly onto the sand, where lifeguards patrol year-round and the surf is gentle enough for those up-and-coming Mick Fannings.
A fantastic beach for families, Kings Beach has a playground, bandstand and a saltwater swimming pool for those who want a calmer dip! The beach is named after ‘Kings Beach’ the suburb, home to plenty of accommodation options if you’d prefer to stay nearby.
With fairly calm conditions and beautiful rock platforms, Moffat beach is just outside the hustle and bustle whilst being close enough to enjoy! An unpatrolled beach, this stretch is home to the ‘Ma and Pa Bendall Classic’, Australia’s longest running surf competition. Try a coastal walk from here to Kings Beach or Bulcock Beach to admire the Queensland coastline.
This 3-kilometre stretch of sandy beach is the ultimate spot to rest and unwind. Known to locals as ‘A-Bay’, this beach is fairly isolated (and used to be a nudist beach, for that exact reason), so make sure you pack enough sunscreen and snacks to last the day.
A hop, skip and a jump away from Maroochydore, Mudjimba Beach is considered a ‘hidden gem’ (at least, until now). An ideal beach for those who have travelled the distance, it’s located just around the corner from the Sunshine Coast Airport. Plenty of parking, plenty of sand and plenty of fun to be had at this beautiful beach.
Patrolled year-round, Coolum’s long beachside boardwalk makes for perfect beach strolls. Fancy some whale watching? Head to Coolum beach! Coolum Beach is one of the Sunshine Coast’s best beaches for whale watching during migration season (June to November).
With an abundance of cafes and shops to keep you occupied when you’ve had enough sun, Peregian Beach is our number one pick for your beach hop expedition! With a real community feel, this beach is the ideal spot to sit back, relax and soak up the sunshine on the Sunshine Coast.
Nestled on the coast between Noosa and Fraser Island you’ll find Rainbow Beach, a strikingly beautiful beach that has become an adventure playground for all who visit. The best part? If you have access to a 4×4, you can drive directly to Rainbow Beach from Noosa, along the ‘Great Beach Drive’. 50km of sandy driving and beach views the entire way (just make sure you plan your drive around low tide!)
Whether you choose to visit one or all ten of these beaches during your Sunshine Coast adventure, there is no doubt that you will find one of Australia’s best beaches during your stay. Every stretch of sand encourages a sunbaker to relax, each wave entices a surfer to the shore and with every sunrise, a new opportunity is born to discover, unwind and enjoy!