Pumicestone Passage Credit: Daygin Prescott
With long stretches of pristine beaches fringed by amazing shops, bars and restaurants, it’s the perfect place to base yourself on your next holiday. From gems at the northern tip of the Sunshine Coast to southern-based belles, you’ll enjoy ocean views for days at these epic beachside stays.
Rumba Beach Resort
Rumba Resort Pool
Overlooking Bulcock Beach, the sparkling Pumicestone Passage and with the Glass House Mountains as your backdrop, jaw-dropping views are just the beginning of the beauty you’ll find at Rumba Beach Resort. Here you and your loved ones can unwind in luxury surroundings with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments decked out in stylish modern furnishings. Think: open plan living and dining areas, King Cloud beds, two person spas, fully equipped kitchens (perfect for cooking up a feast with locally caught seafood), sprawling beach view balconies, air conditioning (essential during Sunshine Coast summers) on-demand movies and Bluetooth speakers. It’s pure holiday vibes.
Nestled between Noosa’s famous sugar white sand Main Beach and buzzing Hastings Street lined with vibing restaurants, bars and boutiques, Seahaven Noosa is the ultimate beachside stay. Offering family-friendly accommodation with a luxury edge, there’s 68 self-contained fully serviced apartments on site (including penthouses if you really want to push the boat out) equipped with a private BBQ balcony, open plan living areas indoors and out, full kitchens plus washer and dryer. There’s also not one but three pools to float away the day in, plus a heated spa, heated wading pool, gym and large beachside BBQ area perfect for sundowners with your mates. At Seahaven, they want to ensure your stay is as blissful as possible - they’ll happily book you a table at one of Noosa’s best restaurants, organise a babysitter so you can enjoy date night or bliss out with an in-room massage or facial.
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba
If your perfect Sunshine Coast getaway involves spending your days lazing on the golden shores and dining at decadent restaurants by night - then Mantra Mooloolaba is for you. Located on the doorstep of the seaside suburb’s awesome foodie scene (Rice Boi at The Wharf and Pavilion Mooloolaba are musts) and just steps from the glittering beach, Mantra’s one, two- and three-bedrooms suites feature private balconies either with sweeping ocean or lush garden views, large family rooms and fully equipped kitchens. And while the surroundings here are epic, if you don’t want to leave your awesome digs, you can bliss out in two of the resort’s pools, plus a spa and sauna.
Element on Coolum Beach
With spacious and modern one-, two- and three-bedroom self-contained apartments and sub penthouses - we don’t blame you if you never want to leave your digs at Element On Coolum Beach. Read a book on a sun lounger, chuck a floatie in the pool, wander through the tropical gardens or chill out with your loved ones on your private balcony or courtyard - it’s all about unwinding here. If you can pull yourself away from your luxe accommodation, head downstairs to the resort's nine speciality shops, cafes and restaurants and stretch your legs with a stroll along Coolum Beach. And if you really want to challenge yourself, a hike up Mount Coolum at sunset is absolutely worth it for the jaw-dropping views.
ULTIQA Shearwater Caloundra
ULTIQA Shearwater Resort, Kings Beach
Perched on the edge of Caloundra’s pristine waters, fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up to the sun’s rays bouncing off the sea at ULTIQA Shearwater Caloundra. Start your day with a dip at the Kings Beach ocean pool, grab a coffee and stroll to the Caloundra Lighthouse before retreating back to your beachside oasis ULTIQA. With a chic coastal vibe, the apartment is designed to feel like your home away from home. Think: spacious balconies overlooking the sparkling ocean, fully equipped kitchens with quality appliances, Foxtel and laundry facilities. The kids will be kept busy in the games room and heated outdoor pool, and the adults can unwind in the spa and sauna. If you’re looking for one of the Sunshine Coast’s best beachside stays - this is it.