The Sunshine Coast is experiencing an influx of visitors. Here’s a guide to the most popular places and regions they’re dying to see.

Every year hundreds of species of birds travel to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for its warmth, sunshine, natural beauty and plentiful food.

It’s for the same reasons that mums, dads, kids, grandparents, couples and travellers from all around the world holiday there, and now you can too. Sunshine Coast locals call it the ‘vacation migration’; time away from the hustle and bustle to rest, rejuvenate and enjoy the spectacular natural surroundings of this region.

There are so many regions tucked away along the beautiful Sunshine Coast, here’s a guide to the best of the best.

Caloundra to Kawana

The Pumicestone  Passage is a stunning body of water just waiting for you to take a dip in it. Home to a vast array of marine life, where dugongs and dolphins swim beneath kayakers and paddle boarders. It’s also one of the best places for visitors to enjoy the water — whether it’s fishing, rowing, sailing or swimming. Away from the ocean in Caloundra, you’ll find family friendly parks, great shopping centres and a range of night spots for those who want to play after dark.

Mooloolaba to Marcoola

Dive into the deep blue ocean to explore the sunken wreck of HMAS Brisbane. Feast on fresh Mooloolaba prawns on a picnic blanket by the shore at dusk, explore the restaurants and funky cafés along the Esplanade, or take the
kids on a marine adventure at SEA LIFE Mooloolaba. There are endless outdoor activities and entertainment on offer. Find the perfect place to go for a morning bike ride or catch a fish for dinner. Head to the skate park at Alexandra Headland or enjoy a game of family frisbee on the white sands of Maroochydore Beach!

Noosa to Coolum

It doesn’t get more ‘naturally refreshing’ than the Noosa Biosphere. Explore the pristine walking trails of Noosa National Park, let the salt water cool your skin at Sunshine Beach and discover the hidden treasure that is Peregian Beach. You can also get a natural high at Mount Coolum, a grand volcanic dome that presides over the beautiful coastal landscape, is a favourite to climb and take in the spectacular views. With its mixture of paved path and rocky stairs, it’s the perfect way to feel on top of the world! A little further inland you’ll find the town of Eumundi. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning the town comes alive for the famous Eumundi Markets, where you can buy everything from vintage dresses to Thai street food.

The Hinterland

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a place where you can find beauty and tranquility. Discover the ancient volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains, and the quaint artistic villages of Montville and Maleny.Listen out for the crazy call of the green catbird as you walk through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, stop off at a friendly café to treat yourself to some homemade goodies, soak in the breathtaking views, and enjoy life in the slow lane.