Wondering what to do on the Sunshine Coast? You'll definitely be spoiled for choice; with so many things to do, Queensland's Sunshine Coast is known for sunny weather, great beaches, fun attractions and activities, and plentiful accommodation options. Whether you are staying at Noosa, Caloundra or Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, you will be sure to find plenty to do outside the room of your resort or outside the camping ground.
As for what to do on the Sunshine Coast if travelling from either overseas or interstate, make the most of your holiday and spend a day at Steve Irwins famous Australia Zoo or let the wildlife float above you at Underwater World. Explore Fraser Island with a day trip or an extended stay, then visit the Sunshine Coast hinterland out in the Glasshouse Mountains. The best way to experience all the things to do on the Sunshine Coast is to hire a car, otherwise there are plenty of transfer or tour options, especially between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Also, be sure to check out our Sunshine Coast itineraries page for some suggestions on how to utilise your time there!
Dining and Drinking out on the Sunshine Coast
Beautifully fresh Australian seafood and chips - take it away and enjoy it all on the beautiful beach boardwalk.
Address: 26 The Esplanade, Bulcock Beach, Caloundra Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5491 0800
The 4th Floor Restaurant
This modern fine dining restaurant offers two levels of coastal views stretching from Point Cartwright to Noosa.
Address: 4/77 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5477 7844
Hot Pipis Restaurant
Hot Pipis specialises in a modern Australia menu designed with local ingredients and offers alfresco dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Address: 3/11 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5444 4441
See Restaurant’s menu consists on fresh local seafood, as well as other innovative dishes. Every table demands great water views as See is built over the water at the Mooloolaba Wharf,
Address: The Wharf (corner of Parkyn Parade & River Esplanade), Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5444 5044
This riverfront steakhouse offers an African-inspired menu and ambiance.
Address: 4/8 Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5479 0022
Rasoi Indian Cuisine
Get your fill of spice from this restaurant’s zesty menu, filled with Indian curries and herbs.
Address: 3-84 Burnett Street, Buderim, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5445 3003
Blue Orchid Thai Restaurant
This award-winning restaurant focuses on serving authentic thai food and has a warm, casual atmosphere.
Address: 22 Bulcock Street, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5491 9433
Sails Beach Restaurant
This beachfront restaurant offers a contemporary Australian cuisine that uses seasonal local ingredients as well as stunning Noosa views.
Address: On the Beachfront, Cnr Park Road & 75 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5447 4235
Aromas is styled as a French café and is an ideal dining spot for any time of the day.
Address: 32 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5474 9788
Boathouse Floating Restaurant
The Boathouse has an upbeat atmosphere and a great Australian menu. Be sure to try the three-tier Seafood Platter for Two! Located on the edge of the Noosa River, the restaurant and its diners enjoy stunning views of the water.
Address: 32 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5440 5070
Bars and Nightclubs
OMalleys Irish Bar
Enjoy live music, a typical pub atmosphere, and an extensive collection of beers on tap at this Irish bar.
Address: 19/20 Upper Level. 1 Venning St, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5452 6344
Pig ‘n’ Whistle
This English-pub style bar is located in the Sunshine Plaza and is the perfect place to meet a mate for a drink; chose from the pub’s 18 beers on tap.
Address: Sunshine Plaza, Horton Pde, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5451 0599
This interestingly designed pub has become a Sunshine Coast icon. Everything about Ettamogah Pub--the building, its décor, and its historical aspects—are all very quirky.
Address: 73 Frizzo Road, Bruce Highway, Palmview, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5494 5444
The Reef Hotel
Travelers and locals alike have been enjoying this great party atmosphere since the 60s! Dine and drink at this two-level seaside bar, open late everyday.
Address: 19 Noosa Dr, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast. Ph: 07 5430 7500