Sunshine Coast Frequently Asked Questions

Maroochydore View to Old Woman Island

When is the best time to visit?

The beautiful beaches and wonderful weather of the Sunshine Coast make it a glorious holiday destination year-round. Bursting with activities and attractions, the Sunshine Coast enjoys everything from the winter whale watching season to summer surf carnivals and more – every season offers its own unique drawcard. Learn all about the best time to visit the Sunshine Coast here.

Is getting to the Sunshine Coast easy?

Situated approximately one hour’s drive from Brisbane, there are a wide range of options for getting to the Sunshine Coast. From direct flights to scenic drives and even a convenient train journey, however you choose to do it getting to the Sunshine Coast is easy. To help plan your journey, you can find more information about getting to the Sunshine Coast here.

How do I get around the Sunshine Coast?

There are an excellent range of transport options for getting around the Sunshine Coast. From hiring a car to jumping in a taxi or even splashing out on a limousine – there’s something for every budget. Public bus and rail services also operate, and many resorts also offer their own shuttle services. Local marinas also provide convenient options for overwater travel. Learn more about Sunshine Coast transport here.

Is the Sunshine Coast a good place to take children?

The Sunshine Coast is one of Queensland’s top family holiday destinations. Along with its affordability, kids will love running free along the beautiful beaches and esplanades while mum and dad will enjoy the many resorts, restaurants and day spas on offer. The huge range of activities and attractions also make for the perfect family day out.

Is the Sunshine Coast an expensive destination to visit?

Short answer, no. Like all holiday destinations there are plenty of opportunities to splash out on luxury resorts and amenities if that is what you are looking for, however the Sunshine Coast offers an outstanding range of affordable holiday options. Well-priced self-catering accommodation is the ideal way to save money on dining out, with facilities available to cook your own meals if you so wish. There are also an excellent number of free activities and attractions on offer including the beaches, esplanades and playgrounds. Fancy restaurants are certainly still an option, but if you’re looking to cut costs then there are plenty of affordable local cafes, fish and chip shops and takeaways available. Additionally, you can take advantage of further savings by booking a TravelOnline holiday package.

Do they have ATMs, and can I use my credit card?

ATMs can be found all over the Sunshine Coast including hotels, shopping centres, banks, convenience stores and main tourist areas. American Express, Mastercard and VISA are accepted almost everywhere.

What is the currency in Australia?

The Australian Dollar is divided into 100 cents with coin denominations in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2. Notes are made from a waterproof plastic compound and are colour coded in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Many items in shops are priced in odd amounts, e.g. $1.97 or $9.99 and in this instance the law requires that the total bill is rounded up or down to the nearest 5c.

Do I need to tip in the Sunshine Coast?

Tipping is not mandatory in Australia and no service charge applies however a 10% tip in hotel bars and restaurants is acceptable for outstanding service.

Can I use my phone and internet?

Free WiFi is typically available in most hotels, resorts and main tourist hotspots. International travellers with an unlocked mobile phone can also purchase a sim card locally to use whilst travelling throughout the Sunshine Coast. Alternatively, you can contact your service provider to see if international roaming is available.

Are there any restrictions on buying alcohol in the Sunshine Coast?

The minimum legal age to consume alcohol in Australia is 18 years. People 25 years and under will also need to carry identification and proof of age with them in order to be guaranteed entry to bars and nightclubs however it’s recommended people of all ages carry ID with them as some bars and clubs require this as a condition of entry. Proof of age may also be required to purchase alcohol from a bar or liquor store. It is illegal to purchase liquor for anyone who is under 18 years of age.

Do I need a passport or visa?

Australian and New Zealand citizens do not require a visa to enter Australia, however still require their passport to gain entry. All other international arrivals are required to obtain a visa prior to departing their home country. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon entry to Australia. For more information about visa’s and entry requirements, visit the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.

What happens if I get sick on holiday?

Australia offers some of the best health care in the world, with advanced medical services provided by highly trained professionals. Under a reciprocal national health care agreement with Medicare, visitors from New Zealand, UK and Finland are entitled to free or heavily subsidised medical and hospital care. All other visitors are strongly advised to take out travel insurance. Special cover is available at a much cheaper rate than in many other overseas countries.

Most major hotel chains offer an on-call doctor for minor ailments. Visitors with medical conditions that require medication should carry a letter from their doctor at all times, outlining their condition and treatment required. Particularly if the medication is uncommon or contains narcotics as this may be a restricted import. Most medications are available in Australia with a prescription from a doctor and will only be dispensed by qualified pharmacists at chemists or pharmacies which can easily be found in many convenient locations.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. travellers should always take out travel insurance. Regardless of your good health or preferred style of holiday, travel insurance protects you against accident, illness or injury. Insurance can also cover you and your family in case of acts of nature, lost or stolen luggage and in light of unexpected changes to your travel plans (please refer to product disclosure statements for coverage details).

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