The Sunshine Coast’s Best Beaches
#1 Tea Tree Bay
Quite possibly the most attractive slice of sand on the Coast, Tea Tree Bay is the beach at its very best. Think sparkling white sand and turquoise water framed by an attractive rocky shoreline (yes, that’s the gorgeous Tea Tree Bay in the photo above – nice huh?).
Sitting pretty in the Noosa National Park, just a short stroll south of the entrance, this splendid bay has it all: a gorgeous patch of soft white sand to spread your towel, rock pools to explore, and ofttimes a small right-hand break that’s perfect for beginner surfers. It’s the kind of beach that you never want to leave. And the picturesque national park is a stunning backdrop as you float in the ocean. Pure bliss.
Mooloolaba Beach was voted as the best on the Sunshine Coast by our members for good reason. This golden crescent of sand is sheltered and patrolled year-round making it perfect for swimming. For those who prefer to take a dip sans waves, the smattering of rock pools that decorate the shoreline provide the ultimate outdoor ‘bath’.
With an attractive array of cafes, restaurants, and boutique stores just steps from the sand, Mooloolaba beach is a great choice if you revel in day long visits to the beach. The fabulous shopping beach-side is just a bonus!
#3 Noosa Main Beach
We’ve gushed over the beauty that is Noosa before but Noosa Main Beach deserves a special mention. The arc of golden sand is sheltered, has a jaw-dropping view of the verdant national park, and is backed by a range of world-class restaurants – what’s not to love? It is quite possible the only place on the Coast where you can get first class dining practically in the sand.
If you tire of alternating between lazing on the sand and cooling off in the ocean you can always take to the national park and explore the various paths that crisscross this beautiful patch of earth. And, if you find yourself pining after the beach again you can always pause at one of the stunning bays hidden along the Coastal Track (the aforementioned Tea Tree is just one of them).
#4 Peregian Beach
Peregian Beach (and town) gets the award for most chilled-vibe-beach on the Coast. This charming ocean side community has one of the best stretches of sand between Noosa and Mooloolaba and some seriously good eats for such a small patch of the Coast. Even though the beach is unsheltered it’s still a great place to take a dip, especially in the Spring months when the ocean can resemble a very large lake it’s that calm.
The park here is also a major draw card and is the perfect place to spread a blanket under one of the large Pandanus trees that shade the grassy area and take pleasure in nature for a few hours.
#5 Sunshine Beach
Sunshine Beach is a favourite with many beach-lovers – both locals and repeat visitors to the Sunshine Coast who are in the know. The patrolled section in front of the Sunshine Beach Surf Club is an excellent spot to take a dip, with it’s views north towards the Noosa National Park and south to Coolum and beyond. Be sure to take a stroll up the beach to the rocky cliffs of the National Park. The bay-like area of beach is often sheltered from the wind and offers up a lovely place to wade in the water. Head up the stairs into the park and you’ll be rewarded with forever-views of the beach and beyond.
The Sunshine Beach Surf Club is a fantastic place for lunch with a view. The deck here has first-class views of the beach and sun downers are a popular pastime here. If you’re looking for a more restauranty vibe then take a stroll up the hill and you’ll find an array of restaurants offering up delectable food of nearly every variety – fish and chips, burgers, pizza and pasta, and even Asian cuisine.
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