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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:
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.
The southern-most Sunshine Coast town is an easy exit off the Bruce highway in our Toyoto to Caloundra and its spectacular beaches.
Heading only 15 minutes drive north in our Toyota for Kawana Waters there are plenty of less known beaches. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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