The Sunshine Coast is home to some of the best beaches in the world.
The water is safe for swimming year-round, and the soft sand perfect for throwing down a towel or playing beach sports.
The Sunshine Coast’s sparkling coastline stretches for more than 100km from the Pumicestone Passage in the south through to Tin Can Bay in the north.
In between you’ll find a variety of beaches, from the north facing Noosa and Mooloolaba that offer more sheltered swimming waters through to epic surf beaches like Coolum and Alexandra Headland.
Whale of a time
From June to October, humpback whales pass through Sunshine Coast waters as they migrate their way north. There are a number of experienced operators who offer whale watching adventures, or you can even swim with the whales - an incredible experience that is 100 per cent on the whales’ own terms - with Sunreef Mooloolaba.
Surfing and water sports
Adventures on the water can range from whizzing over the surface in a jet ski or hydrofoil, or if you're after a more sedate experience, paddling through the crystal waters on a kayak – a perfect vantage point for spotting dolphins in the passing waves.
If you’ve always dreamed of learning to surf, the Sunshine Coast is the place to do it!
There are a number of highly experienced surf instructors operating along the coastline ready to show you how to ride the waves. Once you’ve mastered the basics, the Sunshine Coast is home to some epic surf sports. From fun on longboards in the Noosa National Park and surfing lessons at Coolum Beach and Maroochydore to one of the most thoroughly ridden waves at Moffats Point, no two days in the swell will be the same.
Great Beach Drive
Deep within the spectacular Great Sandy National Park - and only accessible by 4WD along Teewah beach - Double Island Point is the Sunshine Coast’s best kept surf and wildlife secret. Take a tour to kayak with dolphins, learn to surf on Australia's longest wave or stand-up paddle at this hidden tropical paradise.
Diving and snorkelling
If you’re looking to dive deeper into the region’s coast culture, why not try snorkelling or scuba diving?
Arguably one of the world’s best wreck sites, the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, is located just 2.9 nautical miles off the coast of Mooloolaba. Further north, Wolf Rock dive site located 2km off Double Island Point is the only known gestation site for Grey Nurse Sharks on Australia’s East Coast and has been classified as a marine sanctuary. Find more diving content here.
Mudjimba Island, accessible by boat, is home to an abundance of marine life including dolphins, turtles, stingrays, crayfish, wobbegongs, eels and starfish, and you can explore it all on a snorkelling adventure with Sunreef Mooloolaba.