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. Another great offer for visitors combines both of these attractions in the Animal-action-pass. 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!
Shopping on the Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast offers many different shopping experiences, unique to the area you are in. Shop for the latest fashion trends in designer brands and boutique shops in Noosa; browse through locally designed artwork and local produce at the Eumundi markets; or do a one-stop shop at one of the large malls in Kawana or Maroochydore.
It is easy to shop on the Sunshine Coast as there are many streets lined with stores, such as Mooloolaba's Esplanade or Noosa's Hastings Street. The following lists the larger shopping centres:
Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre
Offering over 220 specialty stores, as well as several majors, this is the largest mall on the Sunshine Coast. It also offers a 12 screen Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinema and several restaurants and bars.
Address: Horton Pde, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast
Ph: 5443 4133
This mall is ideal for a one-stop shop as it is home to approximately 110 stores. Located on Nicklin Way, the road connecting Mooloolaba to Coloundra, this large shopping centre is easy to access.
Address: Nicklin Way, Crn Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina, Sunshine Coast
Ph: 07 5444 1944
Noosa Fair Shopping Centre
There are over 30 stores in this open-air shopping centre and is it not far from Noosa’s other exclusive shopping hubs, such as Hastings Street.
Address: 3 Lanyana Way, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast
Ph: 07 5447 3788
This 50-store shopping centre offers fashion, food, gifts and homewares products and has plenty of parking.
Address: 47 Bowman Road, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast
Ph: 07 5491 3488
The Eumundi Market
Visit The Eumundi Market on any Wednesday or Saturday and browse through over 500 booths. You will find unique and impressive art pieces, clothing, toys, instruments, and furniture created by local designers. You may also indulge in the many food options while being entertained by local musicians and other entertainers.
Address: 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, Sunshine Coast.
Ph: 07 5442 7106
Bulcock Street Markets
Bring the family to Bulcock Street Markets for a day of fun and entertainment. Have lunch or buy groceries from the large selection of local produce. View the art gallery and check out the unique crafts. This market is open from 8am to noon every Sunday by the beach.
Address: Bulcock Street, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast.
Ph: 04 8822 2805
Fishermans Road Sunday Markets
The kids love the jumping castle, merry-go-round and face painting at this market. The adults love the 128 stalls of fresh produce and seafood, flowers, handmade toys and unique clothing—all sold at bargain prices. This market is open from 6am to noon every Sunday and all money raised is donated to community organisations.
Address: Fishermans Road, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast.
Ph: 04 2910 9149
Jewellery and Gem Show
This annual event offers workshops and displays of rough and cut stones, gems, crystals, opals, fossils, and jewellery, as well as many other items. Talk to Master Jewellers, Gemologists and other experts and purchase jewellery and gems at wholesale prices. There is also a section devoted to activities for children!
Address: 3 North Street, Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast.
Ph: 07 7915 3804