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Sunshine Coast: Sun-Soaked Beaches

  • November 29, 2016
  • By 50 Shades
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Sunshine Coast: Sun-Soaked Beaches

When people tell me they are going to the Sunshine Coast for a holiday I always ask whereabouts. Because the Sunshine Coast stretches over 55 kilometres of coastline, from Caloundra in the south to Noosa Heads in the north, with 36 stunning sun-soaked beaches.

From Caloundra to Noosa the coastline is strewn with sandy shores and open ocean, each with their own features and facilities. So don’t just stay put in one spot get out and about during your stay on the Sunshine Coast and enjoy a bit of beach hopping.

So here is the lowdown on the sun-soaked beaches of the Sunshine Coast:

Caloundra

Beaches in Caloundra vary from the calm protected waters in the Pumicestone Passage at Golden Beach and Bulcock Beach, to the surf break at Moffat Beach, to family friendly Kings Beach. You can enjoy everything from windsurfing to volleyball, family barbecues to beach yoga and pilates on the beaches of Caloundra which is why it is very popular with families.

Golden Beach

Golden Beach Caloundra

Golden Beach Caloundra

Bulcock Beach

Bulcock Beach Caloundra

Bulcock Beach Caloundra

Kings Beach

Kings Beach Caloundra

Kings Beach Caloundra

Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach Caloundra

Shelly Beach Caloundra

Moffat Beach

Moffat Beach Caloundra

Moffat Beach Caloundra

Dicky Beach

Dicky Beach Caloundra

Dicky Beach Caloundra

Kawana

With its long stretch of open beaches, this region hosts some of the best surfing spots on the Coast with names like Wurtulla, Buddina, Currumundi and Warana Beaches. Keen surfers are spoilt with their pick of uncrowded banks on this superb section of coastline.

Kawana Beach

Kawana Beach

Buddina

Buddina Beach from Point Cartwright Lookout

Buddina Beach from Point Cartwright Lookout

Mooloolaba

Boasting countless barbecue areas, great amenities, clean swell and lifeguards aplenty, Mooloolaba’s serene beaches are a visitor’s dream and are very safe for swimming. Afterwards enjoy a bit of retail therapy at Mooloolaba’s exclusive boutiques or relax at one of the many cafes and restaurants for some alfresco dining along the beachfront.

Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba Beach

Mooloolaba Beach

Alexandra Headland

Alexandra Headland

Alexandra Headland

Maroochydore

The beaches surrounding Maroochydore offer something for everyone, with superb surfing and many recreation activities including kite surfing and fishing. Maroochydore Beach is patrolled by lifeguards 7 days a week for your safety. If you want to try some calmer waters then the Maroochy River has lovely sandy shores and is perfect for paddling a kayak or standup paddleboard.

Maroochydore Beach

Maroochydore Beach

Cotton Tree

Maroochy River Estuary at Cotton Tree Maroochydore

Maroochy River Estuary at Cotton Tree Maroochydore

Coolum

Nestled amongst towering cliffs, the beaches surrounding Coolum offer a great blend of features and facilities with beaches at Coolum, Yaroomba, Marcoola and Peregian. You can join the crowds at the patrolled beaches, enjoy a quiet sunbake or surf at the more secluded spots and take the dog for a walk in the convenient dog friendly areas. Coolum would have to be my pick of the Sunshine Coast Beaches.

Point Perry, Coolum

Point Perry, Coolum

Point Perry, Coolum

Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach

First Bay, Coolum

First Bay Coolum

First Bay Coolum

Yaroomba

Yaroomba Beach

Yaroomba Beach

Coolum to Noosa

If you are looking for some quieter more secluded and lesser known beaches on the Sunshine Coast, try some of the spots between Coolum and Noosa – Marcus Beach, Sunrise Beach and Sunshine Beach. They are simply superb.

Sunshine Beach

Sunshine Beach

Sunshine Beach

Peregian Beach

Peregian Beach in the Twilight

Peregian Beach in the Twilight

Noosa

Noosa has a spectacular assortment of beaches offering everything from horse riding to snorkelling, leisurely swimming and great surfing. The main beach is patrolled 365 days a year and is perfectly protected from strong southerly winds. The area also boasts many uncrowded and secluded beaches hidden amongst the cliffs and bays throughout the Noosa National Park.

Noosa Main Beach

Main Beach Noosa

Main Beach Noosa

Little Cove

Little Cove Beach

Little Cove Beach

Winch Cove

Winch Cove

Winch Cove

Alexandria Bay

Alexandria Bay

Alexandria Bay

Noosa Spit

Noosa Spit

Noosa Spit

With an amazing selection of golden beaches offering families, couples or solo travellers numerous options, there is no wonder that visitors flock to the Sunshine Coast. You can surf, swim, sunbake, snorkel or SUP at one of these stunning beaches one day and try a different one the next. Your choices are endless really. Sunshine Coast’s sun-soaked beaches are sizzling hot this summer!

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By 50 Shades, November 29, 2016 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

19 Comments
  • Anne
    November 30, 2016

    Too many to pick from!

    • Kathy
      November 30, 2016

      Ha ha exactly! That’s why you need to go beach hopping when you’re staying on the Sunshine Coast. They have such a fantastic selection of beaches and not all of them are overcrowded. :)

  • Sue
    November 30, 2016

    Gorgeous photos Kathy I want to be there today! I need to explore Noosa and surrounds more and am certainly getting some great ideas of places to visit from you blog. Have a lovely day.

    • Kathy
      November 30, 2016

      There is definitely more to the Sunshine Coast than just Noosa or Mooloolaba. There are plenty of gorgeous beach spots in between. My personal favourite is Coolum and Yaroomba as it is much less populated and the coastal scenery is spectacular. Plus you can walk up Mount Coolum for a great challenge. :)

  • Leanne@ www.crestingthehill.com.au
    November 30, 2016

    we have such beautiful beaches in Australia – I’m always surprised at how “less than lovely” beaches in other countries are. I think it’s our white sand?

    • Kathy
      November 30, 2016

      Yes I think we do have the best beaches in the world. Our sand is the whitest and softest plus you can usually find a beach somewhere that’s not too crowded. There is no better feeling that having a beach all to yourself! :)

  • Jan
    November 30, 2016

    So much beauty, we love exploring the Sunshine Coast. A beach, or several, to suit all needs.

    • Kathy
      December 1, 2016

      I could easily live on the Sunshine Coast as I find it’s not as busy or crowded as the Gold Coast. It is where my daughter calls home, so I just need to convince my son to move! The beaches are endless and some are virtually untouched and pristine. :)

  • Sophie @ Sophie's World
    December 2, 2016

    I was in the Sunshine Coast with my kids 12 years ago, when my youngest was 2. We all loved it; the beaches, but also the hinterland, the Glasshouse Mountains, the landscape… lovely part of Australia. If only it weren’t so far away (we live in Norway)

    • Kathy
      December 3, 2016

      Norway is about as far away from the Sunshine Coast as you can get! Yes it is a gorgeous place with its numerous beaches and the verdant green hinterland. It is a place that I like to escape to frequently. :)

  • Ruth
    December 3, 2016

    What a great selection of beaches! I started saying, I like this one, not I like this one but had to stop since I seem to like most of them. I would rent a car an beach hop for days. I love to do that. #TPThursday

    • Kathy
      December 3, 2016

      You could easily do that for days Ruth because there are so many gorgeous beaches and little towns with great places to stop to sip coffee or eat delicious food sourced from local farmers. The Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast is also worth visiting. I must do a post on this region as well! :)

  • budgettraveltalk
    December 3, 2016

    Gosh I love this post. It brings back so many wonderful holiday memories and now we are living on the coast. We arrived today and are staying temporarily at Mudjimba Beach – another gorgeous beach. I love your Peregian and Coolum photos because they are my favourite locations, but there are so many lovely photos – like Mooloolaba, Alexandria Bay, Little cove. What a beautiful coast.

    • Kathy
      December 3, 2016

      I’m jealous of you right now Jan – living on the Sunshine Coast. It does have some gorgeous beaches and yes my favourite place is around Coolum area. My daughter showed me some photos of the new house she is moving into in January at Yaroomba and it is absolutely beautiful, so I’m looking forward to visiting and staying at her place.

  • Jim ~ ReflectionsEnroute
    December 4, 2016

    Dicky Beach Caloundra looks like it would be my favorite. That golden sand is incredible!

    • Kathy
      December 5, 2016

      Dicky Beach is one of my favourites too, but I must admit I adore Coolum Beach the most. There is so much choice! :)

  • Kreete
    December 9, 2016

    Great photos! I have been to most of them, but certainly not all. It’s amazing how many beaches there are here in Australia! There is way too much choice and hard to pick a favourite! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photography!

    • Kathy
      December 9, 2016

      I have been to the Sunshine Coast countless times and I don’t think I have visited every single beach. There are just so many. Thank you for commenting. :)

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