9 days in Sunshine Coast Itinerary

9 days in Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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9 days in Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
1
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Maleny
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney


1
night
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bulcock Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Seaview Art Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, and then explore the historical opulence of Sunshine Castle.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mooloolaba trip planning site .

Sydney to Mooloolaba is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Maleny.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Caloundra, Sunshine Castle
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Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunshine Castle ©
Sunshine Castle

4
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Get outdoors at Australia Zoo and Moffat Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mapleton Observatory and Montville Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Abbey Church in Caboolture (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenrezig Institute, admire the sheer force of Kondalilla Falls, explore the galleries of Art on Cairncross, and take some stellar pictures from McCarthy's Lookout.

To find out how to plan a trip to Maleny, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mooloolaba to Maleny by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Maleny can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Montville, Mapleton Observatory, Chenrezig Institute, Abbey Church, Tina Cooper Gallery
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Kondalilla Falls ©
Kondalilla Falls

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Noosa Main Beach and Peregian Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Hastings Street and Everglades. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout, and catch some excitement at Noosa Horses.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa planning site .

Getting from Maleny to Noosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Noosa Horses
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa Horses ©
Noosa Horses

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