The Sunshine Coast boasts some of the best beaches in Australia, if not the world. From surf breaks to calm bays there’s a beach to suit all styles; whether you like to stroll along the foreshore, swim, surf, SUP, body surf, sunbathe or play beach sports.
Many of the beaches offer recreational facilities and amenities such as public toilets, showers, parking, playgrounds and BBQ and picnic area.
Below we look at some of the Sunshine Coast’s beaches, may of these are regarded as good surf beaches and breaks – whether you’re a seasoned surfer, beginner surfer or a non-surfer you’re sure to find a beach to suit you!
Kings Beach (patrolled) –
Rockpools, a child-friendly water fountain with time-delayed spurts of water, an oceanfront saltwater swimming pool, and a gentle beach break with protected swimming areas.
Bulcock Beach (patrolled) –
Great for young families, on the low tide there’s often warm paddling pools on the sand to play in. The boardwalk runs much of the coastline here, with views that lead to the Pumicestone Passage.
Patrolled from September to May, with a great little surf break at the point. Happy Valley provides a nice grassy area for picnics and ball games, and there are plenty of cool cafes and restaurants across the road.
Moffat Beach (not patrolled) – Famous for it’s surf, Moffat Beach offers a right-handed break. Protected from the winds by Moffat Headland, however caution is advised swimming here as the area is not patrolled. Watch the surfers, grab a coffee from the vibrant café strip or take a walk along the coast from Moffatt Beach to Kings Beach and Bulcock Beach.
Maroochydore (patrolled) – Well known for its beaches and river precinct, but if you can tear yourself away from the surf and sand it’s also worth checking out the recreational facilities, shopping and entertainment. Sunshine Plaza is the Sunshine Coast’s largest mall, and has a large cinema complex. There’s also a long walking track running from Sunshine Plaza to Cotton Tree and through Alexandra Headland, right up to Mooloolaba.
Alexandra Headland (patrolled) – Hit the beach, the surf or the paths that weave around the coastline for a great vantage point of the ocean. When you’re not surfing or swimming, enjoy a meal at the Alex Surf Club that overlooks the beach. There is also a skatepark and half-pipe here.
Marcoola (patrolled) – Offering uncrowded beaches and quiet surrounds, take a long walk along the beach or path, have a picnic under the shade of a Pandanus tree, swim or surf at the patrolled beach or visit the restaurants, cafes or fish’n’chip shops in the area.
Coolum (patrolled) – Coolum is a popular surfing spot and also known for it’s golfing, enjoy the large beachfront park, and Coolum’s long shopping and entertainment strip.
Noosa’s Main Beach (patrolled) – One of the few north-facing beaches on the east coast of Australia, so the waters are generally considered safe and sheltered. Perfect for young families and those just starting out at surfing.
These are just some of the great beaches of the Sunshine Coast!
Don’t forget to check that the beaches are patrolled, and find the red and yellow flags to swim between, before entering the water.
Monaco Resort Caloundra is situated over looking picturesque Bulcock Beach and in the heart of Caloundra’s shopping and dining precinct, it is an ideal destination to base yourself and enjoy the Southern end of the Sunshine Coast, or to take a short drive and explore all that the Sunshine Coast has to offer.