The Sunshine Coast is approximately 1 1/2 hours north of Brisbane on a good day, if the traffic is bad expect to be on the road longer. This is a very popular destination, especially in summer.
The coast has plenty to offer the everyone from sight seeing trips to days at markets and on beaches. Here are some of the activities we got up to while we were staying in Noosa, a seaside town on the Sunshine Coast.
a/ Staying on the main beachfront road, Hastings Street, in a holiday apartment, was an added bonus for us as it placed us in the most active area of Noosa. Everyone flocked here during the days to laze on the beach, to surf, to buy food and drinks at the beachside cafes, it was the place to be. If you're looking for cheap accommodation this is not the area to come, but we were glad we splashed out a bit.
b/ We visited the Big Pineapple which is about an hours drive out of Noosa. The Big Pineapple is a pineapple plantation where you can take a small train trip around the plantation and get of a various stops and also learn all about pineapples on the way around (very much like the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour). At one stop there is a small wildlife park, great for kids.
c/ On the same trip we also stopped of at The Ginger Factory, which was a similar setup to the Big Pineapple, but instead of learning about pineapples you learnt all about ginger and it's uses. This place also had a small musuem area and a selection of speciality shops, from porcellian dolls to Australian crafts.
d/ We went to the markets in Eumandi, an old settlement that has been retained as close as possible to it's original condition. The markets are held every weekend and the stores sale mostly handcrafts and the like.
e/ The walk along the coastal walking track in the Noosa National Park was great and very scenic. There are also many other walking tracks that take you in other directions, not just along the coast.
There are also many other things we did not have time to see, but there is next time. There are things such as:
1/ The Crocodile Farm, with Steve Irwin, Australia's Crocodile Hunter.
2/ A boat cruise in the Noosa waterways.
3/ A trip across to Frasier Island for the day, or maybe even stay the night.
Just to name a few.