Sunshine Coast, Queensland
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The Sunshine Coast is a fabulous stretch of coastline north of Brisbane which attracts millions of visitors every year. Long stretches of golden sands line the coast with ones such as Coolum Beach, Noosa and Alexandra Headland pure delight. The latter is noted for its ace surfing.

There are lots of hotels on the Sunshine Coast which cater to the annual influx of domestic and international holidaymakers. The area does not have a true downtown area and accommodation is found in various locations that include Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore. With more than 50kms of shoreline, the accommodation is spread out and visitors rarely feel the region is overdeveloped.

The locality still offers a chilled atmosphere and contrasts pleasantly with popular but busy Aussie beaches around Sydney or at Surfers Paradise. Hotels on the Sunshine Coast are available to suit all budgetary constraints. Visitors can also choose ones close to groups of eateries and nightspots or more peaceful ones in less inhabited locations.

Coolum is one of the quieter beach towns and gives a taste of Australia in years gone by. The half-hour trek up Mt Coolum makes a change from spending days surfing or basking in the sun. Maroochydore is the heart of the region and only a short distance from Alexandra Headland. There is a profusion of hotels in this vicinity.

The Sunshine Plaza Mall and Underwater World SEA LIFE are situated in Maroochydore. Attractions at the park include the opportunity of snorkelling with sharks. Maroochydore is also the interchange for TransLink bus services which travel to most destinations in this part of Queensland.

Sunshine Coast dive shops offer trips to sites such as the wreck of the HMAS Brisbane and Mudjimba Island. If you fancy trying your hand at deep-sea fishing there are boat operators in the main towns more than willing to oblige. Glass House Mountains is one of a number of great daytrips for visitors. Majestic peaks, walking trails and unique flora are the highlights here. See a full list of over 400 Hotels in Sunshine Coast where you can check availability and compare pricing.

Luxury Hotels on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast occupies a vast stretch of the coast of Queensland and is easily reached via Brisbane. Alexandra Headland and Caloundra’s Kings Beach are among regional beaches which draw in countless tourists every year with their opportunities for sunbathing, surfing and other watersports.

People looking for accommodation on the Sunshine Coast will soon discover there are plenty of options ranging from campsites to hotels as elegant as any global holiday hotspot. Luxury 5 star hotels on the Sunshine Coast offer a home-away-from-home for discriminating tourists. The Palmer Coolum Resort is a perennial favourite and among its many bonuses are an 18-hole golf course and a collection of vintage cars.

Offering an attractive wetland setting close to Noosa Heads, the RACV Noosa Resort features 5 star suites and amenities. This resorts runs shuttle services to Hastings Street, the esplanade running behind the town’s main beach. Spicers Clovelly Estate is another firm favourite that features opulent cottages and suites in colonial-style buildings with colourful jacaranda trees providing shade.

Alternate Luxury 5 star hotels on the Sunshine Coast are dotted around the area. Beaches are never far away and concierges are usually happy to arrange transport. Mooloolaba Beach is on a cosy bay and ideal for families with children in tow. Kings Beach and Point Cartwright are two of the ace surf spots in the area.

Hotel guests can book themselves dive tours out to sites that include Mudjimba Island and HMAS Brisbane. A highlight of a day at the Underwater World SEA LIFE at Mooloolaba is snorkelling with sharks. There are several national parks in this part of Queensland. Mapleton Falls is one of these and home to stunning 120-metre cascades. There are walking trails in the park and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk passes through it.

4 Star Hotels on the Sunshine Coast

Those looking for a little comfort and luxury on their vacation have a great choice of 4 star hotels on the Sunshine Coast. The de facto hub of the region stretches from Maroochydore down past the beaches at Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba. Sunshine Plaza shopping and entertainment centre and the eclectic species at Underwater World are highlights of this area.

The Mantra Mooloolaba Beach offers penthouses and suites with seaviews, yet is right at the heart of the village’s dining and shopping precinct. There are a number of other 4 star hotels on the Sunshine Coast in various locations with a good concentration on the north side of the Mooloolaba River and in easy range of Sunshine Coast Airport.

The Novotel Twin Waters Resort boasts private beach frontage and diverse facilities. It is close to Mudjimba Beach which is noted for its sparkling surf-breaks. The Santorini Twin Waters is another 4 star option nearby. The Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre Marcoola Beach sits in the shadow of Mt Coolum and is a great choice for the discerning tourist.

Monaco
Rated 4 stars

From $137

Elouera Tower
Rated 4 stars

From $173

3 Dolphins
Rated 4 stars

From $327

Budget Hotels on the Sunshine Coast

Visitors can choose to stay at economical camp grounds through to luxury hotels. There is an enormous choice of budget hotels on the Sunshine Coast which offer value-for-money, but with peerless amenities. The budget options come as traditional hotels, bed and breakfasts or as motels. What most have in common is cleanliness, service with a smile and the occasional unique amenity. The establishments are spread around this sun-kissed part of the world and include ones at Noosa, Caloundra, Maroochydore and even close to Glass House Mountains National Park.

Beaches and proximity to the balmy waters of the Coral Sea are the region’s principal draw. When booking budget hotels on the Sunshine Coast it pays to consider what your activities will be. Caloundra, Kawana and Mudjimba are noted for their surf breaks while calmer waves at beaches such as Bulcock and Mooloolaba Beach are better suited to families with younger children.

The Sunshine Coast

Beaches are the region’s real attraction and vary enough to suit individual tastes. Kings Beach at Caloundra, Mudjimba and Point Cartwright are among surfing spots. Noosa National Park is better for families and its Alexandria Bay allows those who enjoy sunbathing au naturel to do so. Alexandria Bay at Noosa National Park is the unofficial naturists’ beach in the locality.

Dive shops and boat operators in the main settlements on the coast offer sightseeing cruises as well as dive and snorkelling trips. Underwater World and Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo allow visitors to view species normally only found in the wild.

The Sunshine Coast is a real mecca for people who enjoy activities. As well as swimming and surfing, holidaymakers can join dive tours to sites that include the famous HMAS Brisbane. Strolls along the aerial walkways at O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk in Lamington National Park or getting up close to the creatures in Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo are essential activities for visitors.

At Lamington National Park, the lofty position of the walkways in O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk provides magical vistas. The delights of the Sunshine Coast are not restricted to beaches and activities as there is a veritable choice of nightlife and shopping venues. Sunshine Plaza is in Maroochydore and boasts 200-plus specialty stores, a cinema, and pubs and caf├ęs on the Riverwalk.

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