The Sunshine Coast with its picturesque bays and clean white beaches is a 150 km long coastal strip between Caloundra and Rainbow Beach. Just an hour north of Brisbane you will find here the calmer counterpart to the bustling Gold Coast.
Water is very important on the Sunshine Coast: swimming, surfing, diving, kayaking and rafting (in the rivers in the hinterland ) as well as other sports such as skydiving, bungy jumping, paragliding, horse riding, golf and rock climbing are among the countless recreational opportunities.
Noosa, a place next to the sea, has become one of the most popular tourist destinations of Australia. Noosa is small and stylish and is often compared to St. Tropez. It invites you to stroll with good restaurants and many tempting shops.
On the Sunshine Coast it is warm all year around. Beautiful beach walks lead to bays or through national parks, where you often see a Koala bear in an eucalyptus tree.
Deep green mountains dominate the hinterland with the Glass House Mountains, where you have a breathtaking panoramic view from one of the many hiking trails to the sea. In this area more than 100 species of birds, about 70 reptiles and 30 species of frogs were discovered. Very nice places and famous markets characterize this area. Eumundi is definitely worth a visit with a large market on Saturday morning and Wednesday morning.
What you can do after school:
- Ride camels or horses on the beach
- Hiking in the hinterland in the rainforest
Selected highlights on the Sunshine Coast are:
- Underwater World, a spectacular aquarium in Moloolooba
- Bunya Park Koala Sanctuary to cuddle koalas
- Australia Zoo, also known as Crocodile Zoo in Beerwah
- Ginger Factory in Yandina
- Eumundi Markets in Eumundi
- University of the Sunshine Coast – very modern and with many international students