Sunshine Coast Airport is often known as the gateway to holiday destinations to Noosa and Caloundra. The airport only has one terminal and two runways. While it is a regional airport, it is equipped with modern facilities.
How to get around
To get from the airport to the city, you can take the airport shuttle service. Fares depend on the location of your residence. You may also opt to take the Suncoast Cab. Again, fares depend on where you head to and counts by per head. Another option is to rent a car from the airport. There are car rental companies like Avis, Hertz and Budget in Sunshine Coast.
A cheaper alternative is to take the public transport. There are trains and busses that depart from the airport. For short-term visitors, you may purchase single paper tickets. Tourists visiting Sunshine Coast for a few days may purchase the SEEQ card or a go card with visitor information pack. Three and five days tickets are available. These cards can be bought at selected train, bus and tram stations but adult go cards are only available at busway stations.
What to see and do
Sunshine Coast runs from Caloundra to Rainbow Beach, with sandy beaches gracing the coastline. If you love the sun, outdoors and lazing by the beaches, the Sunshine Coast is the place to head to. With many places of attractions located around 30-40 minutes away from the airport, there is much to offer even for passengers in transit for a few hours.
Noteworthy beaches for swimming, surfing and sunbathing includes Noosa Heads Beach. Kings Beach is also the place to head to for surfing. If you are travelling with children, Coolum Beach and Mooloolaba Beach are child-friendly beaches providing sheltered waters and equipped with playgrounds.
For nature-lovers, visit Noosa National Park. This national park is Queensland’s only coastal national park. It is equipped with walking trails. Try to spot a koala and enjoy the fresh air and lush greenery. The coastal trail also provides a magnificent view. Just north of Noosa is Great Sandy National Park. Popular activities include cruising down the Noosa Everglades, kayaking and canoeing. If you are feeling bold, try out kitesurfing!
For an adrenalin-filled experience, try out tandem skydiving at Rainbow Beach. Each jump enables you a splendid views overlooking the Sunshine Coast. Depending on the height you jump off from the plane, this activity costs from NZD320-400.
There are numerous theme parks in Sunshine Coast. Head to Underwater World, featuring a moving walkway in a transparent tunnel filled with marine life like stingrays and sharks. Visit Sea Life Mooloolaba, home to the weedy sea dragons. There is also a touch pool where children can touch sea cucumbers and star fishes. Enter Bellingham Maze, made up of more than 1000 trees and try to find your way out.