Travel to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – Episode 353

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Hear about Queensland’s Sunshine Coast as the Amateur Traveler talks to Annabel Candy from about her adopted home on the Sunshine Coast of Australia.

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is about an hour and a half drive north of Brisbane Australia and stretches for another hour and a half up the coast.

The Sunshine Coast is quite different from the Gold Coast south of Brisbane. Annabel says, “The Gold Coast is a bit more like Florida or Las Vegas, it’s got tower blocks, it’s kind of the party scene. It’s all happening on the Gold Coast and there’s a lot of theme parks there. The Sunshine Coast is more laid back. Where I live in Noosa no building can be over 3 stories. So it’s more low rise and a more natural beach setting.” The Sunshine Coast has white sandy beaches. The beach by Noosa is 25 miles long ending at the Noosa National Park.

Annabel takes us on a tour of the Sunshine Coast from the Australia Zoo (founded by the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin) to hiking in the Glass House Mountains, from a promenade at the resorts at Mooloolaba to lunch at the Peregian Beach Surf Life Saving Restaurant. We will shop at Maleny and put a shrimp on the barbecue by the Noosa River. So prepare for a relaxing week including plenty of time just enjoying the beach.

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Show Notes

Visit the Sunshine Coast
Noosa National Park
Australia Zoo
Peregian Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Jardin Japonesque
River Cottage Restaurant
Hastings Street, Noosa
Queensland Art Gallery
Whale Watching Sunshine Coast
Get in the Hotspot
cover photo by Visit Sunshine Coast


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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

7 Responses to “Travel to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – Episode 353”



I loved Fraser Island, world’s largest sand island, UNESCO-listed, tours careening across the island in 4DW buses driven by madcap drivers.






Really enjoyed the Sunshine Coast episode.  When one thinks Australia, one thinks Sydney, the Great Barrier, or Uluru.  I had not heard about the Sunshine Coast.  Australia is definitely in my “bucket list” and now there’s one more item in my “to do” list.  Always enjoy the show.  Cheers!



If going to Noosa take a day trip to Eumdi Markets which is about 30 minutes drive away from Noosa.



The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and the best places to travel to. It covers everything from knowing what to put on your Chicago dog when you go to the Windy City to swimming with whales in Tonga.



Thanks for showcasing the Sunshine Coast.As a born and bred Mooloolaba local, there is no other place in the world I love being.

Jodi Salmond


As with Chris B above. I am also a Mooloolaba local. The Sunshine Coast is a great place to live. Glad to see others now keen to check out this little piece of paradise!

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