You’re not going to visit the Sunshine Coast and not enjoy the sunshine, right? I believe one of the absolute best ways to enjoy the warm Australian sun is by relaxing at the beach. During my visit, I got plenty of time to enjoy the stunning beaches on the Sunshine Coast.
If you’re visiting the Sunshine Coast and aren’t sure where to get in your beach time, here are three great options for you!
Mooloolaba is a pretty touristy part of the Sunshine Coast. But with tourists come lots of great shopping, dining, and accommodation options. It is not hard to find free parking in this area- in fact, there is a large public parking area where you can leave your car. You can find it off of Brisbane Road, with the entrance on the left, between Thai Lotus restaurant and the information center.
The expansive beach area is large enough that you shouldn’t have to worry about finding a spot. The sand is outrageously soft, and squeaks beneath your feet as you walk. The water was a bit chilly when I was there at the end of September, but it did not stop me from getting in and playing in the waves. There are also public restrooms and changing rooms at the beach.
This beach is smaller and less touristy than Mooloolaba, but it is still beautiful. There are a good number of small shops that line the beach, as well as a great play structure and skate park for kids. Free parking is located across the street from the beach, though the spots can be difficult to back out of.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to swim at this beach. But it was a lovely stop for a morning pie and some ocean breezes.
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa is a very popular area for tourists as well, because of the area’s beauty and its National Park. Because of this, the beach can get pretty busy. If you’re planning on going to Noosa Beach, make sure to get there before 11:00am. Free parking can be found right by the beach, or at a few public lots a short walk away.
The beach itself stays shallow for a good distance, and the water is pretty calm. Because of this, you’ll see a lot of people kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. The water is cool, but absolutely crystal clear. I could see my feet when standing in 4 feet of water! In addition to swimming and water sports, there are also some fun rock formations to explore and climb on. You’ll find small tidepools with teeny fish and limpets stuck to the rock.
Of course, there are dozens of other beaches to be explored in the Sunshine Coast. If you have another suggestion for a great beach in this area, please share it in the comments below!
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