Sunshine Coast – An Introduction to Australian Beach Living

Moloolaba, Sunshine Coast

Published on: July 15, 2015

SUNSHINE COAST, QUEENSLAND – AUSTRALIA   This part of the Australian coast offers pristine and secluded beaches and some great surfing grounds. It was a great eye-opener for us witnessing the way the Aussies do things ‘Down-Under’! Sunshine Coast was our next stop after departing Brisbane as we headed North.We stayed at an AirBnB home in […]

SUNSHINE COAST, QUEENSLAND – AUSTRALIA

 

This part of the Australian coast offers pristine and secluded beaches and some great surfing grounds. It was a great eye-opener for us witnessing the way the Aussies do things ‘Down-Under’!

Moloolaba, Sunshine Coast
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Moloolaba, Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast was our next stop after departing Brisbane as we headed North.We stayed at an AirBnB home in Bokarina for a week.

The much hyped about ‘Australian Beach Living’ is much evident out here as we are now certain it is elsewhere! People surfing any give time of the day, mothers tagging along their infants in strolleys for a little beach-and-sun therapy, elderly couples sitting on the park benches enjoying a unhurried picnic lunch. Yup, we sure could get used to this lifestyle!

From the tip of Bribie Island, the ‘Sunshine Coast’ stretches North for about 100 golden kilometers to the Cooloola coast, just beyond the renowned leafy resort town of Noosa. This stretch of coast is perfect for surfing and swimming. Mooloolaba with it’s popular beach, outdoor eateries and cafes is a firm favourite with holidaying Australian families.
We chose Sunshine Coast over Gold Coast because Sunshine coast is relatively a quieter and subdued setting as opposed to the electric and dizzying party atmosphere of Surfers Paradise and Gold Coast and also because it fit into our travel plans for heading further North to Cairns and Cape Tribulation after Brisbane.

Where you choose to stay along the coast will depend on the activities you wish to do and more importantly how mobile you are. As we did not have a car and were relying on public transport, we decided to stay at Bokarina, a small suburb 15 minutes away from Mooloolaba by bus.

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Sunshine coast, Moloolaba
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Sunshine coast, Moloolaba

Highlights of our Sunshine Coast stop over:

Walk to Cape Cartwright – The walk along the coast heading North to Cape Cartwright is stunning, offering a continuous wrap-around beach on one side and some jaw dropping millionaire life-style real estate on the other. The biggest advantage for us was the near seclusion and isolation the pristine beaches offer out here as opposed to the Gold Coast region.

Cape Cartwright is an excellent spot to spend a few quiet hours any give time of the day. At the tip of the cape is a beautiful light house overlooking the breakwaters and the Mooloolaba beach on the opposite side.

Cape Cartwright
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Cape Cartwright

Underwater world – The Underwater world Moloolaba is not to be missed if you are visiting the Sunshine Coast.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE POST – UNDERWATER WORLD

Whale Watching Cruise – The cruise conducted on Steve Irvin’s boat Whale One gets you up close and personal with the gentle giants of the sea as they migrate south towards warmer waters.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE POST – WHALE ONE

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Practicalities:

Getting there : We took the local train on the Sunshine coast line from Toombul (Brisbane area) and got off at Landsborough  . Then the connecting bus 605 to Caloundra and the bus 600 to Maroochydore, getting off at Bokarina.

Getting around: The bus service along this section of the coast is pretty frequent. Maroochydore is the main town in this locality.

For public transport from Brisbane and withing the sunshine coast region visit : Translink

Tip: The  Go-Card is usable on the translink network at Sunshine coast as well!

 

Other places o f interest along the way: Some of the other interesting sight-seeing places on the way from Brisbane to Sunshine coast are : Australia Zoo and  Glass House Mountains

 

Sunshine Coast, Australia
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Sunshine Coast, Australia

 

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