Travel Planning
Sunshine Coast
Travel Planning
Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast at a Glance

Australia's Sunshine Coast lies to the north of Brisbane and is more low-key than the famous Gold Coast further south. Come here to visit national parks, go surfing, or enjoy the vast stretches of golden beach. 

The Sunshine Coast has a town for all types of visitors. Here you can bunk with backpackers in a hostel, enjoy a boutique hotel, or stay in a B&B. Wine-tasting local vintages, surfing, body boarding and even sky-diving over the beach are popular activities. 

Surfers should check out the beach towns of Maroochy where the waves and the strips of beach-side cafes and surf shops make for a welcoming vacation. Outdoor lovers and photographers will want to haunt Great Sandy National Park where the sand dunes, swamps, forests and wildflowers never fail to dazzle. With family activities such as the Australia Zoo and Underwater World, you've got a recipe for a successful beach trip. 

What to Expect
High Season
December - April
Low Season
May - November
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Brisbane Airport
      • Regional Airport Sunshine Coast Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All tourists need a visa to visit Australia with the exception of New Zealand nationals. Contact the Australian Consulate for more information. The U.S State Department website has information to help guide American citizens. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Tornadoes, tropical cyclones, flooding do occur along the Sunshine Coast. The dry season is the most comfortable time to visit. 

      Safety Concerns Stay alert while visiting the Sunshine Coast. Pick-pocketing, theft, car break-ins and other crimes occur. Don't accept drinks from strangers and don't set yours down anywhere. In the wilderness, speak with locals to learn about dangerous insects and animals and how to avoid them. On the beach, obey all posted warnings and keep in mind that dangerous rip-tides and currents do occur. 

      Health Concerns Ticks, snakes and mosquitoes spread diseases and infections. When spending time outdoors, protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and covering your skin. Check for ticks a few times a day if you are hiking. Get immediate medical attention if you receive a snake bite. For travel in remote areas, consider taking a wilderness first aid course. Whenever you are outdoors in a hot climate take steps to prevent heat-related problems by staying cool and well hydrated.