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  • Sunshine Coast

    Sunshine Coast travel guide

    Overview

    One of Queensland's premier holiday destinations, just north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast runs from Caloundra to Cooloola, the gateway to the UNESCO-listed site of Fraser Island. A thriving city life is juxtaposed by the wildness of the coast and nearby Blackall Mountain Range and Noosa Hinterland, providing all kinds of holiday opportunities for visitors.

    With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year it's no mystery how the coastline got its name, or why it is a favourite holiday destination for visitors of all persuasions. This region is home to more national parks than any other area of Queensland, as well as numerous world-class golf courses, rewarding fishing opportunities on the reefs at Mooloolaba, and over 62 miles (100km) of sugary white beaches to laze upon, where travellers can soak up all that glorious sunshine. The surf along this stretch of coastline is good too, with Noosa National park offering clean waves and a very nice right hand point break at the Alexandra Headland.

    The most popular holiday destination on the coast is the resort town of Noosa. Visitors can explore the Noosa Everglades on a boat tour, visit the Blackall Range and drop by the quaint villages of Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton to experience true hinterland hospitality. Then there's the breath-taking natural beauty of the Mapleton Falls National Park and Kondalilla National Park, which are also located in the Blackall Range, and the hinterland towns of the Glasshouse Mountains, home to Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo in Beerwah.

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    The aptly named Sunshine Coast has one of the highest sunshine readings in the world, averaging seven hours a day. There is little variation between the summer and winter months, with average temperatures in summer, between December and February, ranging from 63°F to 82°F (17°C to 28°C). The spring and autumn seasons are mild and pleasant on the Sunshine Coast. Winters are cool and mild with average temperatures ranging from 55°F to 77°F (13°C to 25°C).

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