Australia's minimum legal drinking age is 18 years and it is required you carry identification displaying proof of age when visiting bars and nightclubs. Buying liquor from any establishment is not permitted unless you are at least 18 years of age and it is illegal to supply liquor to a minor.
Rental cars are readily available from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, particularly from the Sunshine Coast Airport, and can easily be added to your holiday package - just ask when booking your holiday accommodation.
The Sunshine Coast enjoys one of the sunniest and most ideal climates in the world generally averaging 7 hours of sunshine in a day. Temperatures remain steady and mild year round reaching 28 degrees Celsius in summer, 25 degrees Celsius in autumn, 22 degrees Celsius in winter and 25 degrees Celsius in spring. Ocean temperatures remain a pleasant 19 - 26 degrees Celsius year round and the majority of the Coast's rainfall occurs in the first few months of the year. See weather.
All banks have ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) which are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Generally located in foyer or outside the branch, you should check with your card issuer that your credit card can be used in this way. Not every bank accepts every brand of card so you should also check with the operator that your card is accepted.
The Australian dollar is divided into 100 cents. Many items in shops and supermarkets are priced in odd amounts, such as $1.97 or $9.99. The law provides that the TOTAL bill is rounded up or down to the nearest 5 cents however if you are paying by card you will only be charged the amount advertised. Coin denominations are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c $1 and $2. Notes are $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100, are colour coded and made from a plastic compound that will survive a wash or a swim.
Australians drive on the left hand side of the road with all roads generally in good condition and all major routes well signposted. Distances and speed limits are indicated in kilometres and range from 50 kmph in residential areas to 110 kmph on main roads and highways. Drink driving is considered a serious offence and therefore is heavily policed. The legal alcohol limit is .05%
The Sunshine Coast stretches from Noosa in the north all the way down to Caloundra in the south incorporating Maroochydore, Alexandra Heads, Mooloolaba and the Blackall Ranges. Perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the region is home to fantastic beaches, charming seaside towns and a number of beautiful National Parks. For more holiday information on the regions of the Sunshine Coast, please visit our accommodation page. We also provide a map of resorts.
Australian medical services are among the best in the world with thanks to highly trained health care professionals. Free or heavily subsidised medical and hospital care is available to visitors from Finland, the UK and New Zealand under taxpayer funded reciprocal national health care agreements with Medicare. All other visitors are recommended to take out travel insurance with special cover available from Australian-based insurers offering discounted cover. Most major hotels also have an on-call doctor.
Most medications are available in Australia but on the condition you possess a doctor's prescription. The medication is dispensed by qualified pharmacists at 'chemist' shops or pharmacies and visitors who require treatment for a medical condition should carry a letter from their doctor outlining their condition and medication needs.
Queensland Rail operates regular electric train services to and from Brisbane. The main station for the Sunshine Coast is at Nambour 101 km north of Brisbane. Nambour is the midpoint between the sea, the Blackall Range, Caloundra and Noosa Heads. The rail service is geared for residents and business travellers but can be useful for tourists needing transport options in the region. If travelling further in Queensland a number of rail options are available. Travel Online can book your train journey requirements, visit our trains website for details.
The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia's most recognised cosmopolitan culinary hubs. The local seafood industry is superb as is the fresh produce and the chefs find an innovative way to create cuisine with flair. Australia enjoys some of the cleanest food in the world and the Sunshine Coast's gorgeous climate is ideal for enjoying your meals al fresco.
Noosa's Hastings Street is a mecca of award winning restaurants and cuisine from around the world while the 'Sunshine Strip' from Maroochydore to Mooloolaba offers an excellent variety of quality dining options. However if home style country cuisine is more to your taste, the Blackall Range offers a charming range of dining delights.
The Sunshine Coast is a popular holiday and recreation destination home to a great range of art and craft, caravan parks and camping, golf, markets and other popular attractions including Underwater World. Many of the crafty and natural attractions of the Sunshine Coast stem from it's rich culture and history.
Check out our detailed information about getting to the Sunshine Coast.
No service charge applies in Australia. Tipping is not mandatory but a tip in restaurants and hotel bars is optional for exceptional service.
Travellers cheques, especially in foreign currencies, are generally NOT accepted although some hotels, big stores and tourist shops will make an exception and will commonly display a 'travellers cheques welcome' sign. Cash your cheques at a bank or Bureau de Change to ensure you have enough spending money for shopping. The same applies for foreign currency, which is not accepted by Australian businesses and shops.