Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia
Well first we are the Sunshine Coast and I am hoping VT will soon add our title into the data base. To call this whole area Maroochydore does not apply now. Sunshine Coast takes in the whole strip from Caloundra to Noosa and really the hinterlands too. Tourism Queensland and the State Government all acknowledge this.
We actually live on a beautiful mountain overlooking the coast and Maroochydore in particular.
My tips probably concentrate on Mooloolaba, Cotton Tree, Maroochydore, Buderim,and the Hinterland
For fun ,a good location is Mooloolaba which is right on the surfing beach and there are many places to eat and some really good boutiques. A bit further around is Cotton Tree and there is a tea shop there ,a really good eating spot "Envy", and more recently opened "Sister" for organic food cafe which is our favourite. Now there is an internet cafe on the beachfront at Mooloolaba.
If you want to stay somewhere away from the beachfront there is Buderim which looks over the beaches and is not a real tourist area. We live "on Buderim" If you like cupcakes there is a "tea house" .There are many nice shops and lots of hairdressers.You can find a computer place if you look hard.
Lots of folk love Noosa but we do not get there often.There are other beautiful spots between us and Noosa.
Scattered around the Sunshine Coast ,held on different days of the week, are many varied markets. (see shopping tips)
"What to see and do"
There are many attractions around the Sunshine Coast such as Australia Zoo which is world famous. There are the Glasshouse Mountains a little way away and the Hinterland with its little towns of Maleny, Kennilwoth, Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton.
There is a pub right on the corner of Mapleton Road and Obi Obi Road with views++ On Wedensdays and week end the Eumundi markets have heaps to offer. There are buses and tours to the Markets.
There are beautiful views to the sea and some charming walks through rain forest around the hinterland.
Of course there are the beaches form Caloundra to Noosa. In Mooloolaba there is the famous "loo with a view" which means the toilets are situated in a great spot on the beachfront.
There are great spots along the river to water ski or fish if you prefer.
We have a number of RSL clubs which welcome visitors. There is free entertainment, meals, dancing, and "poker machines." Nambour, Maroochydore and Caloundra are the ones
I know .
There are flights into Brisbane and direct to Sunshine Coast(not international).From Brisbane airport there is a regular bus shuttle service. A train service will take you to various inland towns such as Nambour where there are connecting buses.
There are buses around the Sunshine Coast and one day it is planned to provide rail to the beaches.
To me it is tricky to get about unless you have a car but this is not my main area of knowledge. Some holiday resorts would provide transport. There are of course a number of day tours available. To get from Brisbane airport by train means changing trains as the airtrain goes direct to Gold Coast(south) not the Sunshine Coast(north). If you go to Brisbane Central and change to a train to Sunshine Coast with a connection bus at this end you are probably better off than trying to hop on and off at in between stations..