Best Beaches on the Sunshine Coast in Australia


A man walking across a beach next to the ocean

Planning a trip to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast? Explore an abundance of beautiful beaches and discover their best-kept secrets.

Spanning around 60 kilometres, the Sunshine Coast encompasses the space between Pelican Waters in the south, all the way up to Tewantin in the north. In between, there are over 30, extraordinary, expansive beaches to explore. We’ve sussed out the best of the best so you can pick whichever tickles your tastes and start planning your next sunny soirée.

Noosa

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Noosa definitely feels like the heart of the Sunshine Coast, and if bustling vibes with a side of glitz and glamour is your thing, then you’ll be in holiday heaven. Don’t miss a stroll down Hastings Street, which is sure to tempt your boutique shopping and dining desires. It runs parallel with Main Beach, which guides you towards a path that heads to the Noosa National Park, carrying you into natural wonderlands away from the maddening crowds.

Tea Tree Bay, Noosa

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Wander away from Noosa’s Main Beach along the boardwalk that leads to the National Park. Here, you could spend all day discovering tropical treasures, but Tea Tree Bay is a must-see stop on the lush loop. With crystal-clear water and spectacular surf, it’s a favourite among the local surfers who willingly wander the picturesque paths to visit this peaceful patch with world-class waves.

It’s about a 30-minute walk from Noosa’s Main Beach, and takes you past the gorgeous Little Cove (which is also great for a swim and a frolic) and the entrance to the National Park where you’ll find a kiosk, eco-friendly toilets and free parking (if you can beat the surfers, which will be near impossible during busy tourist times).

Sunshine Beach, Noosa

Sunshine Beach is tucked away on the opposite side of the national park to Main Beach and Tea Tree Bay (you can even walk if you’re up for a hike, then catch a bus back). A slightly more serene Noosa Heads, you’ll still be spoilt for boutique-shopping-and-dining choice.

There’s a hike up the headland at the far end of the beach that will guide you to gorgeous views, or check out the Sunshine Beach Surf Club to enjoy the scenery in style. The beach in front is patrolled year round, and there’s a dog-friendly area and plenty of parking nearby.

Peregian

A 15-minute drive south of Noosa, you’ll discover much more laid-back, local vibes in Peregian. One of a string of beautiful beaches between Noosa and Coolum, Peregian Beach is an easy favourite for families and people who like a funky feel without the crazy crowds.

There’s easy access to the beach and cafes from the main car park (which won’t leave you on the verge of a nervous breakdown while searching for a spot), perfect picnicking options overlooking the patrolled beach, public toilets and free barbecues to cook up a sunny sizzle. Don’t miss the free live music of Peregian Originals on the second Sunday of every month, and if you’re into cafe culture, you’ll love Skål Coffee – funky, friendly, delicious, and just a stone’s throw from the beach.

Coolum Beach

Slightly further south, and known as the place where the Sunny Coast locals live, Coolum oozes coastal chill. The vibe is down to Earth and friendly, inviting holidayers who enjoy all things chilled – from families to surfers, golfers and quiet travellers wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the neighbouring towns.

There are plenty of amenities, free barbecues by the beach, a skate park for the older kids and a dog beach that boasts expansive coastline views.

Mooloolaba Beach

Think high-rise, stylish and stimulating with shops dotted along a luxurious beachfront esplanade, a plethora of foodie temptations and serious holiday ambience. The busy, patrolled beach has been voted one of the Sunny Coast’s best, boasting not only beautiful blue water and sensational white sand, but also regular visits from dolphins and whales.

There’s no shortage of things to do, see and eat, with something to tickle every traveller’s fancy.

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