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Popular amenities for Sunshine Coast vacation rentals

Stay near Sunshine Coast's top sights

Sunshine Plaza436 locals recommend
Hastings Street331 locals recommend
Kawana Shoppingworld151 locals recommend
Caloundra Shopping Centre26 locals recommend
The Wharf Mooloolaba101 locals recommend
Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort13 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Sunshine Coast

  • Total rentals

    7.3K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    2.5K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    4.6K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    1.6K properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    5.5K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    278K reviews

Your guide to Sunshine Coast

All About the Sunshine Coast

Less than 90 minutes north of Brisbane, Australia’s Sunshine Coast is a 40-miles stretch of sparkling beaches, majestic mountains, and lush rainforest interspersed with some of Queensland’s most charming towns and villages. Start in Caloundra, where you can spend your day swimming in one of the golden beaches or roaming dozens of vendor stalls at the Caloundra Street Fair. Mooloolaba's protected beach is perfect for fishing while the busy wharf draws revelers to its lively restaurants and bars. Surfers come from all over to explore the region’s legendary breaks, from the easy-riding sets off of Coolum Beach to the gnarly cyclone swells at Noosa Heads.

And not all of the excitement on the Sunshine Coast happens on the water. Hiking the volcanic hills of the Glass House Mountains, gallery hopping in the town of Eumundi, and spying macaws and parrots in Maleny are just some of the highlights of the hinterlands.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Sunshine Coast

Queensland's climate is subtropical, so most of the year experiences temperate weather, with hot summers and mild, wet winters. Since Australia is in the southern hemisphere, summers run from December to February and winters from May to August. The summers are great for enjoying the beach and other water-based activities. Winters require a jacket and a waterproof layer, but this time of year is great for exploring the hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast. It's a climate that favors a year-round outdoor lifestyle, so anytime is a good time to book a Sunshine Coast cabin rental.

There are a variety of events that occur here throughout the year, like the Mooloolaba Sunset Markets, which take place on the first and third Saturdays of July and August, and Caloundra’s Christmas market, known as Twilight Markets.

Top things to do in Sunshine Coast

Noosa National Park

This national park lies just over a mile east of the town of Noosa Heads. Follow the six-mile coastal walk for outstanding views of the headlands jutting into the ocean. The path is wheelchair accessible as far as Dolphin Point, where you may catch a glimpse of dolphins leaping out of the water. Continue on to Hell's Gate, the pinnacle of the trail and you’ll be rewarded with 270-degree coastal views of steep cliffs that rise from the deep blue water. Keep your eyes open and try to spot koalas in the eucalyptus trees here.

Mooloolaba Beach

There are dozens of beautiful beaches on the Sunshine Coast, but Mooloolaba Beach might just take the cake. The white-sand-meets-impossibly-blue-water aesthetic is enhanced by its versatility. There are sections for swimming, surfing, and fishing — and should you have a hankering for a snack, the adjacent esplanade is full of restaurants, cafes, and bars. In winter, post up at one of the many seaside patios to watch humpback whales.

Eumundi Markets

This hinterland village lies about 15 miles west of Noosa Heads and boasts some of the best artisan markets in Australia. Held every Wednesday and Saturday, you’ll find homemade arts and crafts, clothing, homewares, skincare, produce, and street food from over 100 vendors.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Sunshine Coast?

    The Sunshine Coast enjoys a mild climate year-round. Summer temperatures range from 68°F to 86°F (20°C to 30°C), while winter temperatures range from 50°F to 70°F (10°C to 21°C). The area is mostly dry, but there can be occasional rain showers, especially in summer.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Sunshine Coast?

    Popular activities in Sunshine Coast include hiking in the Glass House Mountains, surfing or swimming at Noosa Heads, or visiting the Eumundi Markets. You can also explore the town of Maleny, known for its local arts and crafts, or take a river cruise down the Noosa River.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Sunshine Coast?

    The most popular time to visit the Sunshine Coast is during spring, from September to November. This coincides with popular local events such as the Noosa Triathlon in late October, and the Caloundra Music Festival, typically held in October as well.

  • What are the best places to stay in Sunshine Coast?

    Popular areas to stay in Sunshine Coast include Noosa Heads, known for its boutique shops, and Mooloolaba, a beach-front community. Maroochydore, with its vibrant nightlife, and Caloundra, which is famous for family-friendly beaches, are also frequently suggested.

  • What are the best places to visit in Sunshine Coast?

    Places frequently suggested include Noosa National Park with its diverse wildlife, the Australia Zoo, and Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium. The Glass House Mountains, a group of hills that rise abruptly from the coastal plain, and the striking beaches of Noosa Heads and Mooloolaba are also popular.

  • What are some hiking trails in Sunshine Coast?

    The Sunshine Coast has some engaging hiking trails such as the Noosa National Park coastal track, offering views of the Pacific Ocean, and the Glass House Mountains track, which lets you explore volcanic peaks. The Conondale Range Great Walk is also a popular choice for longer hikes.

  • What are some family activities to do in Sunshine Coast?

    Family-friendly activities in Sunshine Coast include visiting the Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium, exploring the Ginger Factory which has educational tours and rides, or spending a day at the Australia Zoo. The many beautiful beaches also provide ample opportunities for beach games and watersports.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Sunshine Coast?

    Day trips from the Sunshine Coast often include a visit to Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island, or to the Eumundi Markets for local craft and food. A trip to the Australia Zoo, founded by Steve Irwin, is also a popular choice for families.

  • Are there house rentals with a dedicated workspace in Sunshine Coast?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,180 house rentals in Sunshine Coast featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • How much does it cost to stay in tiny house rentals in Sunshine Coast?

    Experience the best of Sunshine Coast with our tiny house rentals, starting at about $60 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

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