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Beach culture

If you are looking for fun in, on or under the water, you will find it on the Sunshine Coast.

Beach culture

If you are looking for fun in, on or under the water, you will find it on the Sunshine Coast. With 100 kilometres of pristine sandy beaches, you can’t help but relax into the laidback water loving vibe.

An aquatic playground

Swim, sail, surf, jet ski or water ski through clear, clean water, or fly across the waves on a kiteboard.

Hire a tinnie or join a charter and take the family on a fishing adventure, or get to know the local birdlife as you paddleboard or kayak around one of the region’s quiet lakes or passages.

Other must dos include swimming with humpback whales (seasonal), learning to surf, diving the wreck of the ex-HMAS Brisbane or with grey nurse sharks at Wolf Rock.

For even more adventure, leave the roads behind and take to the beach highway by horseback or in a 4WD along the Great Beach Drive (conditions and permits apply).

Beaches galore

Sunshine Coast beaches are, quite simply, some of the best in the world. They are rimmed with wide stretches of clean, white sand, with a choice of surf or calm bays sparkling with warm water.

Whether you’re searching for a secluded patch of sand to sink your toes into and soak up the sunshine, a family-friendly spot where the kids can make friends with other sandcastle-makers or the best dog-friendly spots, the Sunshine Coast has dozens of safe and picturesque beaches to choose from.

Of note, Kings Beach was voted the state’s best beach by Surf Life Saving Queensland, while Mooloolaba Beach ranked sixth and Noosa Main Beach polled ninth in TripAdvisor’s top 25 beaches in Australia. Mooloolaba and Noosa are also two of very few northern facing beaches on the east coast of Australia, where the water is calm and enticing year-round.

Experience the true spirit of the iconic beach vibe by mixing with the locals and soaking in views of sand, surf and salt from the best vantage point over a meal or cold beverage, at one of the many affordable and family-friendly surf clubs.

Please remember to enjoy Sunshine Coast beaches by always swimming between the red and yellow flags at one of the many patrolled beaches, and follow the instructions and advice of the surf life savers on duty.