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Brisbane to The Sunshine Coast and Hinterland

Caloundra beach from Point Cartwright, Queensland, AU

If you're looking for a road trip out of Brisbane, you have plenty of options. Many visitors choose to take a day trip south to the sparkling Gold Coast, or some intrepid travellers decide to drive north on the Bruce Highway to Cairns. If you're looking for a shorter trip, and to experience some of the most beautiful scenery in South-East Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect choice. 

While the Gold Coast draws more than its fair share of international visitors to its sandy shores, the Sunshine Coast has its own list of beautiful beaches. Home to beautiful sandy beaches, shopping plazas, and a unique hinterland decorated with charming small towns, there is a lot of reasons to visit the region. VroomVroomVroom has put together an itinerary to help you plan an unforgettable road trip to the Sunshine Coast. 

Day One: Spend some time in Queensland's capital

Before you hit the road, spend some time exploring the vibrant city of Brisbane. There is something for everyone in the city. Take a walk along the colourful South Bank Parklands, and stop in at the Gallery of Modern Art. The area also boasts delicious cuisine from all around the world. Finish your day with a bit of shopping in Queen Street Mall, located in the centre of the CBD.

Day Two: Soak up the sunshine on Bribie Island

Beach at Bribie Island, Moreton Bay

Head north on the Bruce Highway toward the Sunshine Coast. The Moreton Bay region is worth exploring as you are passing through. One of the top destinations is the beautiful Bribie Island, which is an easy drive from the main highway. The island is great for spotting wildlife or just relaxing on the beaches. 

Day Three: Test your surfing skills at Caloundra

Your first stop on the Sunshine Coast should be the popular city of Caloundra. If you're travelling with children, Golden Beach offers calm waters perfect for the whole family. 

Kings Beach is popular among surfers, and there is also a tidal swimming pool there. Follow the boardwalk along the beach to get some great ocean views.  While you're in town, sample some of the delicious fish and chips.

Day Four: Head north to Noosa National Park

From Caloundra, make your way north along the spectacular coastline to Noosa. Along the way you can visit Underwater World in Mooloolaba, where you can walk through a glass tunnel under a sea of sharks. You can also do some shopping at the large plaza in Maroochydore, and see what marine wildlife you can spot off the coast on the Coolum Beach boardwalk. 

When you arrive at Noosa, explore the fine dining options along Hastings Street. Spend the afternoon in the busy Noosa National Park. The park is one of the best places to see a koala.

Aerial image of Noosa National Park

Day Five: Shop for antique items in the Hinterland

Head into the Blackall Range, the perfect destination for lovers of fine arts, antiques and beautiful scenery. Montville is a hub for unique hand-crafted items, woodwork and glassware. You can also try some of the delicious locally made chocolates and macadamia nuts. 

You'll find similar vintage shops in nearby Maleny. While you are travelling through the Hinterland, keep an eye out for the Ginger Factory in Yandina. The ginger there is famous throughout the region. 

Day Six: Stop in at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo

Don't forget to pull into Australia Zoo on your way back to Brisbane. Get up close to Australian wildlife like kangaroos, wombats, snakes, cassowaries and saltwater crocodiles. While you're in the area, it is worth the detour to visit the Glasshouse Mountains. You can get some beautiful photos of the rock formations at sunset.

If you want to explore the Sunshine Coast, you can find a rental car in Brisbane or in various locations around the Sunshine Coast. Compare available car rental deals with us today to make sure you secure the best price.

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