8 days in Sunshine Coast Itinerary

8 days in Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  2​h
1
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Maleny
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get outdoors at Marcoola Beach and Noosa National Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Noosa Main Beach and Coolum Beach. When in Noosa, make a side trip to see Lows Lookout in Coolum Beach, approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tewantin National Park, get great views at Laguna Lookout, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take a stroll through Hastings Street.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa online sightseeing planner .

Brisbane to Noosa is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lows Lookout, Coolum Beach, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Marcoola Beach
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

4
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Cartwright and Glass House Mountains National Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sunshine Castle and Chenrezig Institute. Get out of town with these interesting Maleny side-trips: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba), Caloundra (Queensland Air Museum & Kings Beach) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the exciting artwork at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park, and do a tasting at Maleny Mountain Wines.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Maleny online holiday planner .

Getting from Noosa to Maleny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Maleny, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Castle, Chenrezig Institute, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith
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Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Glass House Mountains National Park ©
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright

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