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The Sunshine Coast certainly sounds like the perfect holiday destination, and in a lot of ways, it provides everything you could want out of a bucket list trip to one of the most beautiful corners of the earth. And we do mean ‘corner’; the Sunshine Coast is located north of Brisbane, on Australia’s gorgeous east coast. The golden shores and scenic natural beauty attract more than three million visitors a year, making it one of the country’s tourist hotspots. Its humid subtropical climate means that the sun is never very far away, and with numerous attractions and national parks to its name, the region might just be the finest destination the great land of Australia has to offer.

Of course, if you’re going to Australia, you’re hardly going for a weekend. You’ll want to get to grips with the country and visit its many varied and colorful cities and coasts while you’re there. A trip to the south-east corner of the world can feel like the trip of a lifetime; you’re going to want to see and do as much as you can. Check out BUCKiTDREAM for some inspiration; Australia and the Sunshine Coast are a popular choice with BUCKiDREAMERS from across the world. Then open up your BUCKiTDREAM planner and get ready to plan, as we take you through a four-day guide to a dream Sunshine Coast trip!

Day 1 – Experience the Outdoors The best way to get familiar with the region is to start exploring it, so day one should just be about getting out there and experiencing the sun-soaked magic of the place. The area is home to several national parks, and though you won’t have time to explore them all, hiking your way through one of the big hitters is a must. Noosa National Park is often described as the best that the Sunshine Coast has to offer; it combines the best of Queensland’s rugged scenery with beautiful coastal stretches and tiny hidden beaches. With over fifteen kilometers of walking tracks, featuring everything from swamps and cliffs to ridges and beaches, you’re not likely to run out of ideas either. When you’re all hiked out, head to the nearby town of Nessa to relax with a cool (or warm) drink. Try out Health Bar Noosa for the best of both worlds!

Day 2 – Take to the Sea Adventure sports enthusiasts will feel right at home on the Sunshine Coast; the superb climate lends itself to practically any form of outdoor activity. If you’re in Noosa, then get up early on day two and head to the beach; the area is a renowned surfing spot, with waves to suit all experience levels. If surfing’s not your thing, you can choose from a large variety of other activities, such as kitesurfing, fishing, scuba-diving, or just a plain old’ boat cruise if you fancy checking out the area in a more relaxed manner. The Sunshine Coast is also a hotspot for a large and vivid variety of marine life; whether it’s swimming with dolphins, diving with the fishes or scanning the horizon for signs of whales, any ‘DREAMER with the slightest interest in sea creatures will be in paradise here. If you fancy more hiking, the stunning Glass House Mountains loom over Noosa, waiting to be tackled. For a really unique view of the whole Sunshine Coast area, take to the sky in a helicopter tour; you’ll discover the beauty of the region laid out in gold and turquoise beneath you.

Day 3 – Chill Out on the Beach After a hard couple of days galavanting around the outdoor hotspots, day three should be about taking it easy. When it comes to kicking back, the beachside resort of Mooloolaba is the place to go. Here you can relax on the pure white sand and spend a day soaking up the significant rays of the omnipotent sun. When you’re feeling peckish, explore the promenade of cafes and restaurants that line up behind the beach. The Velo Project is a great place to grab some brunch, with some of the Sunshine Coast’s best coffee to keep you energized. For something a little more exotic, try the Mexican eatery Ol’ Cactus for gorgeous seafront experience and food that goes surprisingly well with the simple yet pleasurable act of chilling out.

Day 4 – Hit the Zoo and the Markets On your last day, the choice is yours. The Sunshine Coast features a staggering amount of attractions, so it really comes down to what you want to do and see. If animals are your thing, then there’s Sea Life, Australia Zoo, and Wildlife HQ, all of which feature a dazzling array of exotic beasts great and small. The Eumundi Markets should also not be missed; renowned for its locally-produced artisan treasures, the Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday. If you’re after something a little more relaxed after a hectic trip, then check out Flame Hill Vineyard to sample some great food and delectable wine in tranquil, picture-perfect surroundings. There’s so much to do on the Sunshine Coast that you definitely won’t be stuck on your last day; in fact, you’ll probably be wishing you had one more!

Australia’s Sunshine Coast really is the paradise location that dream trips are made of. While the whole of the country has plenty to offer the intrepid BUCKiTDREAMER, the Sunshine Coast is something special, and deserves a place on your bucket list itinerary. Just remember to upload all your adventures and experiences for your fellow BUCKiTDREAMERS to vicariously enjoy once you’re having fun in the sun!