Sun, Sand and Surf: 6 of the Best Beaches on the Sunshine Coast

Posted by Sarah Thomson on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The hunt for golden sand landscapes isn't just reserved for the summer months, especially when you are bound for Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Queensland is stamped with some of the Australia's best beaches, and the lure of endless white-sand shores can have a magnet-like effect when tempting a traveller into booking their next luxury getaway. And for the most fervent beach-goer, an escape to the Sunshine Coast is hard to overlook when you want nothing more than to unwind beneath an oversized umbrella or revel in the feeling of soft sand underfoot. To help get the most out of your Sunny Coast beach break, discover six of the region's best shorelines below. Whether you’re in the mood to swim, surf or to walk the coastline barefoot, these beaches are calling your name.

Kings Beach

Best for: Families with young children

Favourite feature: The saltwater public pool

For parents or those simply wishing to release their inner child, a trip to Kings Beach in Caloundra has an added bonus: a purpose-built fountain that kids of all ages will love playing in. A dip in the oceanfront pool is a go-to for those wanting a gentle paddle, or for those looking to avoid trekking sand into their car upon emerging from the water. Retreat to one of the cafes lining the boardwalk when your body needs refuelling, and swirl your fork around buttery pasta from Amici Restaurant Pizzeria or dig into the wholesome vegetarian range at Greenhouse café.

Kings Beach, Queensland

Image: Kings Beach. Tourism and Events Queensland 

Noosa Main Beach

Best for: Savvy swimmers and SPF-covered sun-seekers

Favourite feature: The proximity to Hastings Street

With the kind of looks that make it appear as though it was plucked straight from the glossy pages of a travel magazine, Noosa Main Beach is an all-time favourite with gentle waves and patrolled shores year-round. The beach’s cleanliness is second-to-none, and the north-facing bay means warm waters greet those tempted to take a dip. Further up the shoreline, surfing enthusiasts can get their fill at Laguna Bay, with consistent breakers rolling through. Past the promenade strip, grab a bite at the French-style Aromas Noosa or keep your eyes on the beach by dining alfresco at Sails.

Image: Noosa Main Beach. Tourism and Events Queensland.

Mooloolaba Beach

Best for: Marine enthusiasts and budding photographers

Favourite feature: Mooloolaba Spit for the calm waters

Mooloolaba easily makes the cut as one of the the Sunny Coast's best beaches. Of course, there’s the blue water, white sand combination, but this stretch has a couple more tricks up its sleeve. Keep a keen eye for dolphins and whales frolicking as you overlook the ocean, or get closer to marine creatures at the Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium. Even when you’re not needing a bathroom break, The Loo with a View is a popular rest stop with spacious decking outside the stalls. This unusual lookout offers a sweeping ocean panorama of the Coral Sea.


Image: Mooloolaba Beach. Tourism and Events Queensland.

Noosa North Shore

Best for: Beach-side camping and off-shore 4WD cross-country 

Favourite feature: The seemingly endless stretch of shoreline

When you want to see a Sunshine Coast beach that is slightly further afield, load your beach kit into the car and board the ferry towards Noosa North Shore. Here, travellers can drive along the vast beach and on inland tracks (permits required). The beach is backed by dense shrubbery and explorers can also use a Noosa North Shore beach day as their launchpad for reaching Fraser Island. To linger a little bit longer, set up camp at a designated site, aback from the reaches of the tide, and wake up on the waterfront for maximum beach time. Try your hand at fishing and fill your smartphone's camera roll with an incredible library of stunning shoreline shots. 


Image: Noosa North Shore. Tourism and Events Queensland and Larissa Dening.

Golden Beach

Best for: Would-be water sport junkies

Favourite feature: The temperate waters, perfect for swimming

One of the best ways to roam Golden Beach is by foot, clutching a paper-wrapped bundle of fish and chips from the local chippie. Later, work off your lunchtime treat by hiring a kayak and paddling through gentle waters of the Pumicestone Passage. The beach probably won’t get the nod from surfers, but the temperate seas make it a great location for other watery pursuits like boating, fishing and swimming.


Image: Golden Beach. Lenny K Photography, Flickr. 

Moffat Beach

Best for: Adrenalin addicts and slick surfers 

Favourite feature: Your pooch can tag along for an off-leash beach day

Moffat Beach is one for adventurous types and sun-loungers alike. The inlet is protected from rough winds so swimmers can get their heads wet or amp it up with the option to jet ski, kite-surf or even skydive over the water. Please note it is not patrolled by lifeguards, so those content with remaining on dry land will appreciate being able to sit back on the open lawn, dozing off in the shade or keeping an eye on those in the water. You may even duck into The Pocket Espresso Bar for a coffee pick-me-up or afternoon wine. There is also a surf-themed oceanfront playground for kids. 


Image: Moffat Beach. Tourism and Events Queensland.

Already packed your sunhat and bathers? Find stays close to these spectacular beaches from our collection of luxury Sunshine Coast accommodation.

Hero image: Noosa Main Beach. Tourism and Events Queensland.