Destination guide

Fun and sun at Sunshine Coast holiday homes to rent

Grab your beach balls and sunglasses, and get ready for the Sunshine Coast! A major summer vacation destination on the Coral Sea, the Sunshine Coast is known for its sprawling upscale resorts, sandy beaches and gnarly surfing spots (their words). Further inland, you'll find a bounty of scenic, mountainous highlands, many of which are located within the area's numerous national parks. Whether you're looking for a high-energy adventure or a chilled-out day at the beach, Sunshine Coast vacation rentals will put you within a stone's throw of some of Australia's most stunning scenery.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Sunshine Coast holiday rentals

Animal lovers of all ages will find something to love about Australia Zoo, once owned by the legendary "Crocodile Hunter", Steve Irwin. Here, you can get up close with over 1,000 animals on 40 sprawling, leafy hectares of space. And if that's not enough, you can head to Sea Life Sunshine Coast, a 1-stop marine life shop where you'll find live animal shows, a wildlife sanctuary and an aquarium. Feeling outdoorsy? At Noosa National Park, you'll find walking and hiking paths, as well as a wide array of plant and animal life.

Activities

What to do near Sunshine Coast holiday homes

Looking to hang 10? Look no further – a number of Sunshine Coast vacation rentals offer easy access to some of the area's best surfing beaches. The scenic Double Island Point, with its historic 19th-century lighthouse, is a popular surf destination. For a more low-key waterfront experience, head to Noosa Main Beach, a wide stretch of coastline whose calm waters and fine sand make it a big hit with visitors. After that, it's time for a snorkelling excursion, whale-watching tour or jetski adventure, or you can hit the hiking trails in 1 of the area's numerous national parks.

Weather

Climate during your stay in Sunshine Coast holiday homes

Like most of the region, the Sunshine Coast has a humid subtropical climate, with warm-to-hot summers, cooler winters and plenty of rainfall all year round. Summertime highs regularly average 29 degrees in January and February, though temperatures can sometimes climb to 40 and above. Winters are milder, with average temps ranging from 10 to 22 degrees between June and August. Though rain is common throughout the year, the months between December and June are generally the wettest. The area gets hopping in the summertime, and you'll usually find the lowest prices on Sunshine Coast vacation rentals during the cooler winter months.

Natural highlights

The highs and lows of the Sunshine Coast's landscape

Along the Pacific Ocean's Coral Sea, the Sunshine Coast is moderately built-up – go ahead, call it suburban – where laid-back residential areas are interspersed with modern resorts, sandy beaches and untamed highlands further inland. Noosa National Park, 1 of the region's many preserved wilderness areas, features diverse ecosystems, from coastal headlands to arid mountains. It's also home to local wildlife species like koalas, possums and bandicoots, as well as countless types of local and migratory birds; during their annual migration, whales can also be seen off the coast.

Beaches

Best beaches near Sunshine Coast holiday rentals

As the name suggests, the Sunshine Coast boasts beautiful, sun-drenched beaches for sunbathing and swimming. Holiday rentals are available near places like Sunshine Beach, a coastal suburb with long stretches of white sand and crystal-blue waters, and Kings Beach, a seaside area with pristine beaches and excellent surf breaks. You’ll also like Mooloolaba Beach, a sandy beach area with open-air restaurants and bars.

How to get there

How to get to and around Sunshine Coast

The nearest airport is in Maroochydore, QLD (MCY-Sunshine Coast), located 12.8 mi (20.6 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Cooroy Station, Yandina Station and Pomona Station are the main stations in the area.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast boasts an array of idyllic locations for a couple’s retreat. Holiday homes can be found near places like Mount Coolum National Park, a nature park with walking trails to the summit for sweeping coastal views, and the Pumicestone Passage, a narrow waterway with opportunities to kayak and spot wild dolphins. You’ll also like Buderim Forest Park, a secluded parkland with walking trails to a hidden waterfall in the rainforest.

Where to stay near Sunshine Coast?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,174 holiday rentals near Sunshine Coast. From 1,075 Houses to 798 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Sunshine Coast is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Sunshine Coast?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Sunshine Coast. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sunshine Coast Hinterland: 1,781 holiday rentals
  • Sunshine Coast Waterfront: 2,045 holiday rentals
  • Kawana Waters: 798 holiday rentals
  • Point Cartwright: 1,415 holiday rentals
  • Moffat Beach: 1,070 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Sunshine Coast! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Sunshine Coast?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Sunshine Coast with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Noosa: 1,248 holiday homes
  • Brisbane City: 1,010 holiday homes
  • Noosa Heads: 1,102 holiday homes
  • Sunshine Beach: 1,078 holiday homes
  • Caloundra: 648 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Sunshine Coast?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Sunshine Coast are:

  • Noosa, QLD (NSA): 1,512 holiday houses
  • Caloundra, QLD (CUD): 1,118 holiday houses
  • Gympie, QLD (GYP): 48 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Sunshine Coast?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Sunshine Coast. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Point Cartwright: 1,415 holiday rentals
  • Moffat Beach: 1,070 holiday rentals
  • Dickey Beach: 1,055 holiday rentals
  • Underwater World Sea Life: 1,409 holiday rentals
  • Pelican Waters Golf Club: 1,091 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sunshine Coast listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

Explore destinations around Sunshine Coast

Noosa
1,248 holiday rentals
Brisbane City
1,010 holiday rentals
Noosa Heads
1,102 holiday rentals
Sunshine Beach
1,078 holiday rentals
Caloundra
648 holiday rentals
Mooloolaba
804 holiday rentals
Coolum Beach
1,459 holiday rentals
Maroochydore
709 holiday rentals
Rainbow Beach
195 holiday rentals
Noosaville
1,170 holiday rentals
Maleny
131 holiday rentals
Kings Beach
569 holiday rentals
Bongaree
244 holiday rentals
Peregian Beach
1,199 holiday rentals
Alexandra Headland
860 holiday rentals
Montville
156 holiday rentals
Moreton Island
101 holiday rentals
Sunrise Beach
1,095 holiday rentals
Golden Beach
575 holiday rentals
Tangalooma
90 holiday rentals