Destination Guide | SUNSHINE COAST

Beaches, hiking, surfing, fresh local food and world-class events. From relaxation to adventure, Queensland’s naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast has it all!

With its sunshine, endless coastline, lush rainforests and easy smiles, it’s a place where you will feel like a local from the moment you arrive. 

Come race with us and then explore the area! Whether you prefer an action-packed holiday or you’re looking for a quiet escape, you will find it all on the Sunshine Coast.

Rocky Trail Event Line-Up

We are bringing entertainment to the ‘rocky trails’ of Sugar Bag MTB Park on the Sunshine Coast!

Situated in the middle of Caloundra, the Sugarbag Mountain Bike Trails are a perfect location to stage Rocky Trail’s Shimano MTB GP and Rocky Trail Academy events on the Sunshine Coast: an amazing array of trails, a dedicated local club with the Coloundra Off Road Cycling Association (CORCA) plus a council committed to ongoing investment into the sport of Mountain Biking – you will love it as much as we do, we’re sure!

About the trails:
With a busy trail network featuring lots of timber features, log roll overs, sweeping berms and surprising pinchy climbs, riders will need to be on their game. The course has been designed to provide key overtaking sections but you will need to be quick and strategic. This location will be extremely popular as the trail network is well known but has had minimal racing before now.

Shimano MTB GP

This is cross-country endurance lap racing at its best!

With the Shimano MTB Grand Prix we are bringing back the spirit of Hot Rock cross-country racing to Townsville!!!

Race for four or seven hours solo, in relay pairs or teams of three. There are age-group and eBike categories. From the first time between the tape to people that have spent a lifetime training for power output, we have you covered when you line up at the Rocky Trail start line!

Find out more…

Rocky Trail Academy

Endurance, Speed and Tech Skills for School Age Kids Year 7-12

The Rocky Trail Academy presents the Sunshine Coast Schools MTB Comp for secondary school kids year 7-12. ​It’s is all about fostering the grass-roots development of the cycling sport. These events are part of our junior rider development program, which will be rolled out in the coming months.

Find out more…


Queenslanders! Need some inspiration?

With current COVID-19 measures in place for QLD borders, we invite you to explore your home state and come to the Sunshine Coast with us, where there’s no shortage of things to see and do. With glorious sunny days and warm water most of the year, it’s an ideal place for outdoor sports and recreationalfresco dining, hiking, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, cycling, and shopping.

Explore the lush hinterland villages of Montville and Maleny, enjoy the pristine Caloundra beaches and Pumicestone Passage, and savour the fresh, juicy prawns direct from the trawlers in Mooloolaba. Take in the awe-inspiring Glass House Mountains, indulge in the naturally stylish and effortlessly cool Noosa, and find your sense of adventure in Rainbow Beach.

Bringing the kids along? They will be instant fans of attractions like Australia ZooAussie World and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.

Visitor Guide

Find all the information you need in one convenient place.

Accommodation

A stay to suit every style and budget.

Trip Ideas

Extend your stay and explore the region.

Food & Drink

Whether you’re after à la carte or a casual meal, there’s something to please every taste.

Markets & Shopping

Artisan and farmers markets, boutiques and plaza shopping, the Sunshine Coast offers a bit of everything.

Attractions

Endless hours of fun for everyone.


Accommodation

Check out some of these great deals.

Monaco Resort

A: 12 Otranto Ave. Caloundra QLD 4551
T: (07) 5490 5490
W: www.monacocaloundra.com.au
E: reception@monacocaloundra.com.au

Based in the heart of Caloundra on Bulcock Beach, with free secure parking, heated spa and sauna and entertainment room.

Book direct with Monaco and mention Visit Sunshine Coast to get a 15% discount and priority room allocation.

The Retreat Beach Houses

A: 390 David Love Way, Peregian Beach QLD 4573
T: (07) 5448 1922
W: theretreat.com.au

1. Pay 2 nights and stay an extra night for free.

OR

2. A complimentary meal for the family at Pizzami Cocktail Bar or Peregian Beach Hotel, you choose, we pay, when you stay 5 nights (Sunday- Thursday) in a 2 bedroom beach house.

Newport Mooloolaba Apartments

A: 135 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557
T: (07) 5444 4833
W: www.newportmooloolaba.com.au
E: info@newportmooloolaba.com.au

Stay 5 Pay 4 and receive complimentary discount vouchers to Sunshine Coast’s world-class attractions: Australia Zoo, Big Kart Track, The Ginger Factory and SEA LIFE Mooloolaba, plus savings on restaurants, shopping and beauty.

Check out more deals here.


Our top tips for #rockytrailracers

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A festival every weekend!NightQuarter is a kaleidoscope of colour and flavour, with 40 stallholders serving up global eats, desserts, drinks and speciality retailers. There’s live music across 5 stages, immersive performances, street art, bars, and vintage amusement rides every Friday and Saturday evening, and then make the most of a beautiful Sunday afternoon with funk, flavours, undercover vintage and design markets, sustainability workshops and blues tunes.
2.
Swim with Rescued Seals at SEA LIFEGo on an underwater adventure at SEA LIFE in Mooloolaba, a weird and wonderful world of over 10,000 sea creatures including fur seals, sea lions, Grey Nurse Sharks, jellyfish, rays, tropical fish, seahorses, and the Sunshine Coast’s only colony of Little Blue Penguins.
3.
Reconnect Festival – 7 NovemberAfter a year of social isolation, reconnect and explore works created in lockdown by some of the Sunshine Coast’s most dynamic young creatives. Speakers, creative artists, local and regional leaders will address and entertain the public in a one-day pop-up event.
4.
Take a walk on the wild sideGet up close and personal with all the animals at Australia Zoo. Not only will you get to see the incredible crocodiles in the Crocoseum, you can book in an animal encounter and experiences the creatures for your self!
5.
Best of the breakfast crowdLocals from the southern-end of the Sunshine Coast like to get up early and make the most out of each and every day. This is an easy task in Caloundra and Kawana, because no matter where you look there is a barista with one hand on the group handle and the other ready to take your order.
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Sun, sand, and surfCaloundra and Kawana are renowned for their variety of stunning beaches and foreshores. Every stretch of sand in this region offers something unique to its visitors while all sharing the same breathtaking shade of crystal blue. Whether you’re a toe dipper, cocktail sipper or an avid swimmer you will find your perfect match.
7.
Connect with culture from the land and seaLearn the stories, traditions and culture of the Sunshine Coast region’s first eco custodians, the Kabi Kabi people, and sample bush-tucker inspired catering including local seafood on board a restored century-old sailing vessel.
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For the adrenaline-seekersWith golden beaches, a vast blue ocean and a rich green national park there are loads of thrilling adventures waiting to be discovered.
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Delicious dining experiencesFrom farm gates to food tours and freshly caught seafood, the Sunshine Coast’s food scene is rich in its diversity. Here you can meet the makers and hear their stories, pick your own produce, sample award-winning cheese and take cooking classes from the best.
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Hikes to take your breath awayA hike in the Hinterland is an opportunity to see the Sunshine Coast in a way you have never experienced and will never forget. Have a look at some of the best hikes, bush walks and waterfalls that will make you want to grab your camera, strap on your backpack and hit the road.

INS(TA)PIRATION:
There are so many experiences that await,
here are just a few to get you started:

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