The beautiful Queensland's Sunshine coast is situated on the eastern coast of Australia, and is lined with white, sandy, and fairly uncrowded beaches and towns with a smattering of hostels. The Sunshine coast starts just north of Brisbane and stretches for nearly 70 km up past the Blackall Ranges and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The Gold Coast is where you want to go if you want to party, and the Sunshine Coast is where you want to get a hostel to escape it all, unwind, and relax. The Sunshine coast is a unique and very beautiful strip of coast land where every visitor will find something that they enjoy and love.
Highlights of the region include the Australia Zoo, which is run by Steve Irwin's family, a popular tourist spot. And the Kenilworth State Forest, which has hiking and camping options. Also Kondalilla National Park, a subtropical rainforest, which is also home to the Kondalilla Falls, and many walking trails. Diving, surfing, kite surfing, and fishing are also popular activities, as the beaches of the Sunshine coast are the major attractions. The most popular towns and beaches to stop at include, Noosa, Caloundra, Coolum Beach, Maleny, and Montville. Each town has it's own unique vibe. Along the drive, you will also have the opportunity to stop off at local farms and try local produce -- definitely a highlight in itself. Usually, buying from local farms and markets are cheaper than buying from the major supermarkets. Plus, it's supporting the local economy.
Most people explore the Sunshine coast by car from Brisbane. However, visitors also have the option to take the train, the bus, or even to fly. If you do want to explore by car, there are plenty of car hire/rental options, or some people even buy a cheap car and re-sell it.
There are hostels in many of the cities and towns in the Sunshine Coast region. Hostels are a great way to mingle with other travellers, and also a great way to find other travellers heading the same way, or wanting to do the same activity as you. All accommodation options are of high quality and offer all the usual amenities. If travelling in the summer season or one of the school holidays, it is recommended to book in advance as places will book up early.
Hi, I'm Kelly Sheldrick,
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