So you have probably heard of the Gold Coast, one of Queensland's most popular tourist destinations. Well now we present to you the Sunshine Coast, which is north of Brisbane. It use to be Queensland little secret, and is fast becoming the great alternative to the sunny, beach holiday that everyone with rental cars from the southern states dream about.
The first thing you notice as you approach the Sunshine Coast in a rental car are the stunning Glass House mountains that tower over the landscape in some of the most dramatic formations on the east coast. The Country side turns a lush shade of green as you travel into the hinterland, finally emerging on to the coast where the beaches stretch for miles.
Places like Montville, high in the mountains which has become a romantic hideaway and is accessible by a rental car. The stylish relaxed atmosphere of Noosa where the main street feels like it will be taken over by trees at any moment. Maroochydore has the appeal of the classic coastal surf town. The memory of Steve Irwin lives on with his family at Australia Zoo in Beerwah.