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How the Sunshine Coast became a famous tourist destination

By admin | November 7, 2016


Many years ago, the main industry that attracted settlers to this region was not tourism, but timber. A significant amount of Australia’s earlier infrastructure, especially the area around Brisbane, owes its creation to the felled timber logs of the Sunshine Coast region. The main species of timber grown in this area were red cedar, bunya, kauri pines, beech, tallow-wood and bloodwood.

Settlements were quickly established as the felling of the trees cleared areas of rich volcanic soil that was used for agriculture and grazing purposes. Many towns popped up from Mooloolah in the south to Noosa in the north.

Lieutenant Bligh named Caroora in 1860, when he acquired this 16,000-acre area of land. The Protestant Unity Group settled at Skyring Creek at Cooran around 30 years later. Eight years after that, in 1889, the railway opened from Cooran to Gympie. Two years later, a link opened from Cooran to Cooroy.

After Pomona was established, it became the administrative centre of the Noosa Shire from 1910 – 1982. The Historical Museum, previously the meeting chambers of the Landsborough Shire Council, is worth looking at if you want a very comprehensive and accurate look at the region’s history.

As the region became more settled and the railway links made access to this area easier, the pristine beaches, warm sunshine, lush rainforests, and freshwater lakes and rivers offered another reason to come here. Visitors felt embraced by the relaxed lifestyle and laid-back atmosphere, and soon tourist flocked to the region.

The over 100 kilometres of pristine coastline stretches from Noosa and the rainbow sands of the Cooloola coast in the north to Caloundra in the south. The Sunshine Coast is one huge celebration of food and wine, with award-winning restaurants, vibrant food festivals, food trails and bustling farmers’ markets.

The Sunshine Coast offers diverse areas to explore, everything from quaint small towns to upscale beach resorts. The different regions each present you something unique, from the cool and artistic hinterland villages of Mapleton, Maleny and Montville, to the classy Noosa, to the family fun of Maroochydore, Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Coolum.



The urbane seaside villages that extend south from Noosa to Coolum are well known for their top- notch restaurants and rolling surf.

The Noosa National Park extends down to beautiful beaches and its wildlife will enchant you. It is also only a ten-minute walk from the elegant Hastings Street, with its designer fashion boutiques, trendy cafes and bars, and up-market restaurants. The amazing turquoise waters of the Noosa Main Beach are also only a stone’s throw away from all of this.

If you prefer outdoor live music, designer and retro clothing, arts and crafts, roving entertainers, plants and organic produce, you will find what you need, either at Peregian, where Peregian Originals play live as a monthly outdoor music event, or at the twice-weekly markets at Eumundi.


The sunny Mooloolaba to Marcoola region has a long stretch of coastline that connects the area. There are a series of arterial walking paths that connect you to shops, restaurants, attractions and parks. There are so many exciting places to discover in this family-friendly and caring region.

Mooloolaba offers the ultimate in beachfront shopping, dining and glitzy partying. The esplanade is host to a mix of classy fashion boutiques, stylish clubs, bars, outdoor restaurants, cool cafes and healthy juice –bars. Not to be forgotten is the Mooloolaba Surf Club.

Places to satisfy the soul are the beautiful village atmosphere and galleries of Buderim and the Forest Park. The nurture of nature will embrace you as you drive through the lush forest landscape of Tanawha Tourist Drive. Don’t forget to wander through the beauty of 82 hectares of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens.


The Caloundra to Kawana region is a place where the whole family will feel comfortable and at home – a place for you to recapture your childhood, and an opportunity to create new happy memories. Memories filled with sunshine, beaches and dramatic silhouette views of the Glass House Mountains in the distance.

Kings Beach’s time-delayed fountain provides hours of fun, filled with anticipation and laughter. Also found at Kings Beach is the fully fenced salt-water pool for those who don’t want to go out into the surf.

The calm straits of Pumicestone Passage are idea for a riverboat cruise if you want to get away for something different. The Greg Norman designed Pelican Waters Golf Club satisfies the most discerning of golf players, so don’t forget to make time for this if you want a few rounds of golf. For lovers of horseracing, there is the Sunshine Coast Turf Club to visit and try your hand at picking a winner. Bulcock Street Sunday markets provide some hustle and bustle, and browsing opportunities for the perfect souvenir or gift to take back home.


The Sunshine Coast Hinterland allows you to choose your own pace as you find a connection with the rejuvenating power of nature. The Hinterland, from rolling surf to rolling hills, is full of natural beauty, historic villages, antique shopping, day-spas and amazing food – all waiting to be discovered.

Feel the calm contentment of the Hinterland settle your soul as you hike through the dappled green forests of Maleny to Mapleton and across the Mary Valley to the Conondale Ranges. The charming shopping village of Montville offers you galleries and fashion boutiques, all found along old-world laneways.


The Gympie region, once a thriving gold-mining area, stretches north of Noosa to Fraser Island, Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach and has 7000 square kilometres to explore. This includes stunning powder-sand beaches and amazing turquoise water. It also encompasses the majestic hinterland, Mary Valley, the heritage city of Gympie and country towns of Kilkivan and Goomeri.

There are the calm waters of the Southern Pacific to cool off in. If you prefer to swim in freshwater, you can take a dip in one of Fraser Island’s beautiful lakes. The quaint country towns give you an opportunity to find hidden gems, while the region’s natural produce and famous seafood offer culinary delights.

To find out more:

·        http://www.visitsunshinecoast.com/

·        http://www.queensland.com/explore-queensland/sunshine-coast

·        http://www.sunshinecoast-australia.com/ 


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