Nestled at the south end of Noosa National Park sits Sunshine Beach, a small, good-vibes-only suburb of Noosa that spills out to a long, 3km stretch of white sand beach. Come for the surf, but stay for an extended coffee break and get ready to embrace the slow life.
For surfers, Sunshine Beach is a little secret with plenty of beach breaks and minimal crowds that almost guarantee you’ll catch a wave in the right conditions (best at high tide). The beaches in this area are patrolled, keeping peace of mind in tact when you go for a surf or swim, but do keep in mind rips can be strong within the area. For those that like to fish, the shoreline offers deep longshore troughs for the perfect cast.
Sunshine Beach is an access point for the Noosa Coastal Track in Noosa National Park. With a steep staircase, get ready to feel the burn as you hike up to the top to enjoy the cliffs of the park and continue onwards to Alexandria Bay, or head all the way to Noosa. Buses provide a shuttle between Noosa and Sunshine Beach regularly, which you can find at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club.
After a morning spent by the water, explore the shops located on Duke Street. Head to Costa Noosa for freshly roasted coffee, queue in the state of bliss, as you sip your latte with your favourite book in hand. Pop into artisanal shops, boutiques, and surf-catered stores along the way. For a leisure afternoon, pick up some fresh goods at the bakery, deli, or general store and head back down to the shores of Sunshine Beach for a picnic.
Spend the evening watching expansive views the Pacific with an ice cold beer in hand at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club’s beer garden. For dinner, join Masterchef Australia runner-up Matt Sinclair at his crowd favourite restaurant, Sum Yung Guys for a mouth-watering dining experience. Tucked away from the noise of Noosa, Sunshine Beach is a cup of respite for the soul, with an effortless style you’re bound to be charmed by its spell.