Located just north of Brisbane on Queensland's sun-drenched coast, the Sunshine Coast stretches from Noosa to Caloundra and is one of Australia's most popular vacation destinations. In fact, every year the region attracts well over 3 million visitors. People can't resist the blend of flawless beaches, warm weather, stunning waterfalls, family attractions, festivals and sheer natural beauty. But there's another reason to visit: the Sunshine Coast has restaurants to equal anywhere in Australia.
Nature is one of the Sunshine Coast's biggest attractions. For starters, there's 100 kilometres of pristine beaches and coastline, but the hinterland is just as enticing. From the swimming pools at Buderim Falls to the summit of Mount Ngungun, there's no shortage of spots where visitors can soak up the region's beauty for some peace and quiet. But as any hiker will tell you, exploring coastal paths and forest trails can really work up an appetite. So, after a rewarding day in the sunshine and fresh air, having a first-rate meal to return to by booking the Sunshine Coast's finest restaurants is simply, a must.
Being right next to the Pacific Ocean, the Sunshine Coast's seafood restaurants are as good as you'd expect. For instance, you can head to eateries in Maroochydore that serve up world-class blue swimmer crab or crispy skin salmon; or head to Mooloolaba to tuck into beer battered fish from the local market or take your pick from Indian seafood curries using locally caught fish. If you have a taste for red snapper or grilled barramundi, Sunshine Coast restaurants are the places to go.
For anyone who lives in Brisbane, getting away to the Sunshine Coast is a great option. The drive from Brisbane's CBD to Mooloolaba usually takes around two hours, so it's easy to get to the Sunshine Coast for a weekend away whenever the feeling takes you. If you are travelling as a couple, you could walk a stretch of the Cooloola Wilderness Trail in the Great Sandy National Park and find an idyllic spot on the beach to work on your tan before settling in for a delicious meal at one of the Sunshine Coast's finest restaurants. Or you might head to some of the region's family attractions. See the wildlife at the Australia Zoo and the marine critters at Sea Life, before treating the kids to a great meal at one of the area's restaurants. It all sounds like a recipe for a great short break.
Whatever draws you to the Sunshine Coast’s restaurants, you'll adore their diversity and consistently high standards. As visitor numbers have grown, world-class chefs have flocked to the area, elevating the standard of local cuisine and creating one of Australia's most exciting dining scenes. There's new Australian cuisine, featuring organically sourced beef, locally harvested seafood and fresh salads; elegant trattorias serving unusual Italian specialities like lamb pizza, as well as a range of Asian and Indian Sunshine Coast restaurants too. It's a tourist region that has something for every foodie to enjoy: spicy Asian cooking, wholesome Aussie favourites and Mediterranean delights to boot. So, when you arrive be sure to make a dinner booking with Quandoo, where it's easy to choose between the best restaurants the Sunshine Coast has to offer.