Smiling chatty locals, a family-friendly atmosphere, endless white beaches and pretty headlands; welcome the heart of the Sunshine Coast.
Mooloolaba is the area's premier seaside town where funky fashion boutiques share the beachfront esplanade with healthy juice bars, outdoor restaurants, cool cafes and lively clubs and bars including the always popular Mooloolaba Surf Club. Over at Mooloolaba Spit you can watch the fishing fleet returning at the end of the day and enjoy a refreshing dip with the kids. On board one of those boats is your dinner tonight: will it be snapper, prawns, bugs or lobster?
Nearby Maroochydore is where you'll find the area's business pulse and another popular shopping precinct. Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore are also great for families, with patrolled beaches and plenty of room for all-day fun on the sand. If you prefer the quiet life try Marcoola for a feeling of real solitude, where on some days you’ll be lucky to see anyone else on the beach.
Head inland beyond the surf and sand for a different kind of day out. Buderim exudes a beautiful village atmosphere and is home to galleries that showcase the work of some outstanding local artists. Tanawha Tourist Drive takes you gliding through a lush forest landscape, while Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens is set amongst 82 hectares of eucalypt and riparian forest with creeks, lagoons and walking tracks.