The Sunshine Coast is made up of more than 100km (62 miles) of sparkling coastline, dotted with stunning beaches, stylish villages such as Noosa, and bustling coastal towns like Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.
It is a peri-urban area and the third most populated in the Australian state of Queensland. Located 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of the state capital Brisbane in South East Queensland on the Pacific Ocean coastline. Its urban area spans approximately 60 kilometres (37 miles) of coastline and hinterland from Pelican Waters to Tewantin.
Less than half an hour inland, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is famous for its fresh produce and gourmet dining. The region is only 90 minutes north of Brisbane, but in this laid-back holiday favourite you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to another world.
The area was first settled by Europeans in the 19th century with development progressing slowly until tourism became an important industry. The area has several coastal hubs at Caloundra, Kawana Waters, Maroochydore and Noosa Heads. Nambour and Maleny have developed as primary commercial centres for the hinterland.
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