The best way to spend a day in Sunshine Beach is true to the name: relaxing on the pristine beaches with the sparkling blue ocean as your backdrop is guaranteed to make for a calming and replenishing visit. In addition to enjoying the ocean yourself, keep an eye out on the sea for whales and dolphins in the water. Duke Street is the commercial center of Sunshine Beach, replete with cafes, restaurants, pubs, bakeries, and shops. Just down the street sits the iconic Sunshine Beach Surf Club, which sits along one of the best surfing beaches in the country.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Sunshine Beach offers a relaxed escape from the Noosa crowds.
- Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit, towel, and sun protection.
- Sunshine Beach is one of the most dog-friendly places in Queensland.
How to Get There
Located on the southern edge of Noosa Heads National Park, Sunshine Beach is a beautiful 45-minute walk from Hastings Street, or if you have a car, just a 10-minute drive. There is a car park on the northern side of the beach. It is also only about 30 minutes from the Sunshine Coast Airport.
When to Get There
For the best combination of sunshine, little rainfall, and lower prices, plan to visit Sunshine Beach between April and June. The best season for whale watching is between June and October.
Sunshine Beach Stairs
For the best coastal views during your stay, head up the set of stairs at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. This clifftop vantage point overlooks the Noosa National Park headland and the Coral Sea.