Mooloolaba. Credit: @demigavin
We appreciate a good social grid as much as the next person, so we have put together a list for the best spots to snap a postcard picture on the Sunshine Coast and give everyone back home some healthy holiday envy.
From where to catch the best beachside sunsets to ancient mountain peaks, you’ll be hash tagging #visitsunshinecoast in no time.
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1. Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba
Mooloolaba Beach. Credit: @demigavin
Mooloolaba is camera ready from every angle! Snap a sunrise shot along the coastal walk that wraps around the main beach for some stunning pink and orange hues. The natural rock pools make for some epic photos whether from the beach or up above with a drone. If early rising isn’t your thing, head to the marina to grab a shot of the sunset with a cold glass of bubbles and fresh Mooloolaba prawns. It doesn’t matter if you’re up with the sun, long-lunching or sunset dining, the backdrop of Mooloolaba’s blue skies, shimmering water and golden sun will be enough to make you want to pull the camera out.
2. Mount Ngungun, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Glass House Mountains. Credit: @demigavin
You may have to work for this one, but we promise you it’s worth it! As you begin the 2.8km trek to the summit of Mount Ngungun and the burn starts to set in, you’ll be greeted with a breathtaking view of Mount Tibrogargan – the perfect place to stop for a breather (and snap a picture of course!). It’s the shot from the top that you’ll want to get, so soldier on! Picture 360-degree views of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and a nearly perfectly aligned shot of Mount Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah. Talk about on top of the world.
3. Second Bay, Coolum
Second Bay, Coolum. Credit: @kezign
Looking to get a shot on a secluded island paradise but don’t quite have the time to duck over to a private island? Fear not, Second Bay at Coolum will tick the boxes you need. This lesser-known beach of Coolum is tucked away at the bottom of a hidden staircase surrounded by palms and pandanus trees – a tropical oasis if you will. The bay is surrounded by a lush, green covered hill, sandy-orange rocks and natural rockpools that make the blues of the ocean shine. Pro tip: head down for a sunrise shot, you won’t be disappointed.
4. Eumundi Markets, Eumundi
Eumundi Markets. Credit: @tarnijai
Nothings says ‘iconic’ quite like Australia’s biggest (and best, if we do say so ourselves) artisan market. Be sure to strike a pose under the iconic Eumundi Markets sign. Here you’ll find street art, one-of-a-kind makers and Insta-worthy food on every corner.
5. Noosa National Park, Noosa
Noosa National Park. Credit: @kezign
Local tip: get to this one early to snag a carpark – and the best morning light of course! Take the coastal walk around the national park and feel like you’ve entered another world. Your shot list includes: crystal clear water, rugged headland, granite rocks popping out of golden sand, shimmering rockpools, native plants and wildlife… a photographer’s dream! Once you’ve hit Hells Gates, look back to get the perfect shot of Double Island Point.
6. Maroochy River Boat Houses, Maroochydore
Boat sheds in Maroochydore. Credit: @chippieb
Sprinkled along the riverside path on Bradman Avenue are five historic boat sheds, each with their own style and character and boy, do they make for a great shot! Both sunrise and sunset over the Maroochy River creates jaw-dropping colours, mirrored by the water. If you’ve missed the light show of the morning, the river shines just as bright during the day. Expect blue skies, shimmering blue water and a green backdrop.
7. Carlo Sand Blow, Gympie
Rainbow Beach. Credit: @photobohemian
How cool would it be to get a photo on Mars? Well now you can (sort of)! Carlo Sand Blow at Rainbow Beach is like something from another planet. No need for a 4wd, just use your maps to direct you to the carpark. From here, trek over the sand – desert style – towards the water for a stunning view overlooking Double Island Point. Pro tip: sunrise and sunset really make the colours of the dunes glow!
8. Point Cartwright, Kawana
Point Cartwright. Credit: @chippieb
There’s something about the backdrop of a lighthouse that makes for a great photo. Catch the sunrise on Kawana Beach and see the golden rays illuminating the headland. The view from the top is worth it too, make sure to turn back for a jaw-dropping view of the longest stretch of coastline on the Sunshine Coast, Kawana Beach (9km long!). The higher vantage point also makes for excellent whale spotting during the winter months.
9. Kings Beach Pool, Caloundra
Kings Beach. Credit: @trow.travel
You’ve heard of Icebergs at Bondi Beach, right? Well, we have our own version here at Kings Beach! Kings Beach sea water pool sits against the rocky headland and overlooks the ocean – making for a great drone shot. From here, head towards Bulcock Beach along the board walk to snap a winning shot of the Glass House Mountains peaking over the Pumicestone Passage. Iconic!
10. Robinson Falls, Nambour
Robinson Falls. Credit: @alifestyleproject
Nambour’s best kept secret would have to be Robinson Falls at Cilento Park. Surrounded by lush green trees, a tumbling waterfall and a walking trail that loops around the park – your camera roll will be overflowing before you know it. Local tip: look out for native birds and wildlife while you explore the loop.
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