Looking for Rest and Relaxation?
Head to the Sunshine Coast!
Whenever you think about Australia you probably come up with that laid-back, chilled-out surfer vibe that it is so famous for. Yes, that is true for the most part, but the large cities are still bustling and vibrant, and not really made for total R&R. If you’re looking for the ideal relaxation destination, you need not look any further than the beautiful Sunshine Coast.
Located around 1-2 hours north of Brisbane, depending on where it is you’re going exactly, you will find this tranquil part of the east coast, ideal for those who want to get away from it all and totally chill out. Of course, this is also the perfect city and beach break destination, combining some time in Brisbane with some R&R either before or after.
Not to be confused with the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast is a wonderful blend of beach towns and hinterland, which means tropical rainforests to explore, quaint but vibrant towns, beaches, and plentiful countryside on offer too – the ideal blend.
You will find hotels and B&Bs all over the coastline, in all towns, with many different budget option on offer. All you need to do is head online to find the best deals, such as searching accommodation Maroochydore, for example. This will give you the best chance to find somewhere to stay which won’t break the bank, but will give you luxury and restful surroundings at the same time.
There are many towns and destinations along this coastline, which stretches for around 70km, so you are sure to find a favourite spot somewhere along the way. Noosa is a very popular place to visit, with fantastic beaches and the opportunity to learn how to surf too. The white sand beaches and green hills which are present right across the coastline is a wonderful alternative to busy city sprawls, and this is also a great place for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities, as well as ideal for foodies, with many restaurants serving all manner of different dishes, as well as fresh seafood choices.
Of course, you are also visiting a region of the world which is famous for its underwater residents, and diving and snorkelling are two extremely popular activities to enjoy. The wreck of HMAS Brisbane can be found here, and you can dive in and around it with ease. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land however, head over to Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Steve Irwin, or head into the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains, for a hiking adventure that will take your breath away. Kenilworth State Forest is within easy reach, a lush rainforest and eucalypt forest, where you can camp in certain areas, however do make sure you obtain a permit first. Alternatively, Kondalilla National Park is home to Konalilla Falls, and there are camping and BBQ facilities here too.
Put simply, you can rest and relax in amazingly natural surroundings on the Sunshine Coast, whilst combining it with a spot of city life at the same time – what could be better?