Travel Time: 1½ hour drive from Brisbane, Flights: 1½ hours from Sydney, 2½ hours from Melbourne, 7 hours from Perth (with stop-over)
Weather: With mild winters and warm summers, the Sunshine Coast is an ideal destination year-round. Daytime temperatures along the coast average 20 °C during winter and 28 °C in summer. While in the Hinterland, temperatures are generally a couple of degrees cooler throughout the year.
Currency: AUD (Australian Dollar)
Major destinations/attractions: Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Noosa and Kings Beach, Great Sandy National Park, Sunshine Coast Hinterland & Glass House Mountains National Park
Holiday types: Beach/resort, nature, city break, theme park & active adventure for all ages
Beautiful beaches, lush rainforest and abounding with adventure – the Sunshine Coast is a fantastic destination for families and already a favourite among Aussie kids. Renowned for its beach culture and year-round sunny weather, the Sunshine Coast is home to great family-friendly beaches – including Mooloolaba, Noosa and Kings Beach – where toddlers can safely play in calm rock pools and oceanfront swimming pools.
At the Great Sandy National Park, families can learn to surf, paddle board and kitesurf; animal lovers can kayak with dolphins and take a unique encounter swimming with humpback whales just off the coast of Mooloolaba, while thrill seekers can go tandem skydiving over the beaches of Caloundra.
There’s adventure activities galore for kids around the Sunshine Coast – Aussie World with rides, sideshow alley attractions, performances, mini golf, kid’s water park and regular events; the world-famous Australia Zoo for animal encounters and learning about their fantastic conservation programs; and Opals Down Under where kids can fossick for gems.
The beautiful Hinterland and Glass House Mountains, offer incredible tours of nature through lush rainforest, mountains and volcanic peaks. Kids will be enthralled at The Ginger Factory with children’s playgrounds, boat rides with the Gingerbread Man and a world of puppetry; Sunshine Castle Bli Bli where kids can wander the towers and turrets of a traditional Norman-style castle; and the famous Big Pineapple where families aboard a Pineapple Train through the rainforest.