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The Sunshine Coast  is a sub-tropical area in South East Queensland with a population of over 300,000. The average maximum temperature from December to February is 28 – 30°C while the minimum is 20°C. Our climate is tempered in summer with sea breezes. In winter, June to August, the temperatures range from a maximum of 23°C to a minimum of 10°C . The winter is our dry period with most of our rain being experienced in January and February.

Sunshine Coast weather is possibly the best in Australia or even the world. Winters are mild and summer is provided with cool sea breezes. The Sunshine Coast certainly earns its name with plenty of sunshine all year round.

We have 42 kilometres of beautiful coastline, sandy beaches and an unlimited tree covered mountainous hinterland to explore. Our area grows sugar cane, bananas, ginger, pineapples, avocados, macadamia nuts (native to this area) and many other exotic fruits and vegetables. Dairy farming is also carried out in the hinterland. Casual dress, such as light tops, shorts and sandals is the norm. This complements our informal life style.

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is a unique and varied destination where fun, nature and relaxation are the key ingredients. Families, couples, singles and international visitors alike have made the Sunshine Coast their first holiday accommodation choice for many years.

The Sunshine Coast starts around Caloundra and extends to Noosa in the north, the gateway to Fraser Island. It also extends inland to the beautiful and peaceful hinterland which includes the Blackall Range, Noosa Hinterland and the Glass House Mountains.

There is something for everyone on the Sunshine Coast – stunning beaches, clear warm water, surfing, fishing, golfing and boating. The Coast is unspoilt but cosmopolitan, where five star resorts are in harmony with pristine rainforests and wetland sanctuaries. And it’s all just over an hour’s drive from Brisbane, Queensland’s state capital and international gateway. With its glorious climate and beautiful beaches, you are pretty much guaranteed the ideal beach holiday.

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Escape to the crisp air, stunning views and fascinating towns of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. There’s another side to the surf and sun of the Sunshine Coast – every bit as relaxing and just a stone’s throw from the beach. It’s the Hinterland – the lusher, cooler, fertile lands and fascinating little towns that lie just behind the busy throng of the coast. Art galleries, country markets, excellent restaurants and comfortable bed and breakfast guesthouses await. Put two areas: The Blackall Ranges and the Noosa Hinterland, on your must visit list.

The Blackall Ranges

Making the steep and windy climb to the mountain villages of Montville and Maleny is work enough without having to stop to let the local farmer’s cows cross the road, but this is the way of things in the majestic Blackall Ranges.

The Ranges, in the heart of the lush Sunshine Coast hinterland, offer the ideal short break from Brisbane. The trip is a breeze – an hour and a half leisurely motoring through pine tree plantations, fertile farmlands, past classic weatherboard Queenslander houses, and colourful roadside fruit stalls. Be sure to stop and select a few local gems – sweet pineapples, freshly picked lychees, macadamia nuts, ruby red strawberries, and home made preserves.

Drink in the views. To the east rolling green hills give way to cow studded pastures, crops and then clusters of houses and apartments along the coastline from Caloundra to Coolum. To the west are the Conondale Ranges and Lake Baroon – perched like a mirror in the velvety green undulations of the Obi Obi Valley and to the southwest the imposing Glasshouse Mountains.

You can visit the main villages of Montville and Maleny as a day trip, but excellent bed and breakfast guesthouses and self contained cottages, fine restaurants, art and antique galleries and craft studios, as well as graded rainforest walking tracks, swimming holes and waterfalls in the Kondalilla National Park make a few days very easy to fill.

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