Cheap Flights to Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY)
The Sunshine Coast Airport is the main airport for the popular holiday destinations along this section of the Queensland Coast, including Noosa, Caloundra, and Mooloolaba. The airport is small, but well facilitated, with cash machines, a visitor information desk, a mail box, a payphone, free WiFi throughout the airport, as well as a couple of coffee kiosks, a bar, a café, a newsagents and a Ripcurl outlet.
The airport is around 30km from the most sought after towns on the coast—Noosa in the north and Caloundra in the south—and taking a taxi to these locations will cost around $75. There are cheaper transportation options in the form of shuttles, and public bus services.
Fly to the Sunshine Coast Airport with Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia, or Air New Zealand.
Why visit the Sunshine Coast?
While not as well known as Australia’s Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast is arguably more beautiful. Only an hour north of Brisbane, this coastal collection of beautiful seaside towns, that back onto viridian rainforests and sweeping hinterland, and look onto stunning beaches, and the expansive Pacific Ocean makes this part of Australia one of the most spectacular in the country.
Things to do in the Sunshine Coast
From town to town along this coast, you will find markets of every kind, from the Noosa Farmer’s Market selling delicious local goodies, to the Eumundi Markets offering up arts and crafts from jewellery to bags and clothing.
There are also world-class golf courses where players can tee off on the Australian PGA Championship host course, Palmer Coolum Resort, or enjoy a game at the Twin Waters Golf Club.
For a little of that true Australian wilderness, such as delving into the lush hinterlands of the area, you can head to Maleny or Montville which sit in the Blackhall Range, the mountainous region of southeast Queensland. Drive around the area, and you will be treated to scenic views of the Glass House Mountains.
For beach lovers, the Noosa National Park is where you’ll want to be. With rainforests softening into the pristine beaches the Sunshine Coast is famous for, and a lookout called Dolphin Point where you can take in the views and some leaping marine life, you may find you won’t want to leave.
Nearby Main Beach in Noosa is perfect for families, couples or lone travellers wanting to take advantage of the sun, sea and surf, and conveniently Noosa is populated with plenty of cafes, boutiques, hotels, as well as marketplaces that the Sunshine coast is renowned for.
Best time to visit the Sunshine Coast
· The Sunshine Coast has some of the best all-round weather in Australia. In summer you will feel average highs of 27-30°C.
· Autumn and spring swings between 13-25°C, and sees a drop in hotel prices, and a rise in hikers exploring the Hinterland.
· Winter is not cold, and lows never really fall below 10°C, and are frequently in the early 20s, still suitable for days on the beach on sunny, clear days.
Arriving in the Sunshine Coast by plane
· Flying direct to the Sunshine Coast can be done from Sydney (SYD), Adelaide (ADL), and Melbourne (MEL), and connecting flights can be offered from these three hubs if you are flying from other cities in Australia.
· Australian Dollar (AUD).
Please note that information is correct as of June 2019
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