Sunshine Coast Queensland
The Sunshine Coast is an urban area in South East Queensland, north of the state capital of Brisbane in Australia on the Pacific Ocean coastline. By population, it ranks as the 10th largest metropolis in Australia and the third largest in Queensland.
Several stretches of the Sunshine Coast are lined with unbroken beaches – from Sunshine Beach near Noosa to Coolum Beach (17 kilometers or 11 miles); the coast from Point Arkwright to Mudjimba (11 kilometers or 6.8 miles); the Maroochydore–Mooloolaba stretch (5.6 kilometers or 3.5 miles); and from Buddina past the Caloundra CBD to Pelican Waters (22 kilometers or 14 miles). Notable beaches include:
- Noosa Main Beach
- Alexandra Headland
- Mooloolaba (the spit)
- Kawana Waters
- Kings Beach in Caloundra
The Sunshine Coast is centered around tourism, containing attractions such as Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo, UnderWater World marine park, Aussie World with the Ettamogah Pub, The Buderim Ginger Factory, The Big Pineapple and the Majestic Theatre at Pomona.
The Sunshine Coast region is home to more individual national parks than any other region in Queensland. The natural biodiversity of the area has been protected by five separate parks in both coastal and inland regions, including Mapleton Falls National Park, Kondalilla National Park, The Glasshouse Mountains National Park, Noosa National Park, and the Great Sandy National Park, which includes sections on Fraser Island and in Cooloola near Rainbow Beach.