Backpacking In The Sunshine Coast

If you’re travelling Australia to follow the surf, there’s no doubt you’ll end up at the Sunshine Coast. The beautiful beaches and perfect waves are all you need to perfect your hang fives and 360s. The Sunshine Coast is a haven for all things surf – the restaurants, shops, cafes and bars are all tailored to your needs – and many of the Sunshine Coast backpackers have free surf board hire and are conveniently located right by the beaches. All you need to take is a bit of upper body strength and a fearless attitude!

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Just a two-hour drive from Brisbane Noosa is every bit the holiday resort city. It’s popular with the trendies looking for somewhere a bit classier than the bright lights of the Gold Coast. The notorious endlessly sandy beaches play host to the most dedicated of sunbathers and surfing aficionados alike. Dolphin’s Beach House is located next to the Noosa National Park and is just one minute away from Noosa’s boutique shopping village. It’s a quirky and unique place with an open and trusting ambience and clean, comfortable, self-contained apartments with private bathroom, kitchen, television and lounge area. The apartments have their own kitchen, wi-fi, TV and DVD player. You’ll also find a swimming pool on-site and free body boards and surf boards too. You’ll be just a 5-minute drive away from Noosa’s town centre and 200 metres from the beautiful Sunshine Beach. Dolphin’s Beach House offers a courtesy bus service to the Noosa Heads Transit Centre and Noosa National Park every hour. Dorms start from €22.12pppn.


Mooloolaba Beach Backpackers is located within five minutes of the best surfing spot in Australia. The sun-kissed beaches are at the heart of this surfing and outdoor paradise. If surfing isn’t your thing, don’t worry. There are many shops, restaurants and bars to spend your evening after a hard day’s fishing in the sparkling rock pools. If you need somewhere to stay in Mooloolaba try Mooloolaba Beach Backpackers. It’s a modern hostel with private kitchen facilities and TV rooms on every floor, 4-bed dorms, private doubles, and free wi-fi. You’ll also get a free breakfast, free surfboard hire and a free pool table. They offer guided surf trips to the best spots on the Sunshine Coast, free Saturday barbecues and regularly hold themed parties for their customers. Dorms start from €21.35pppn.


At the very centre of the sunshine Coast, you’ll find Maroochydore. Flying kites is a popular past time around here with everyone challenging the winds up at Rivermouth. Of course there are endless beaches here, but there are also 3,722 hectares of municipal reserves and 2,000 hectares of national parkland. Stay at the YHA Maroochydore and you’ll enjoy tropical surroundings and beautiful beaches. The hostel offers free buses to Australia Zoo, the beach, whale watching, the Glass House Mountains and Kondallila Falls as well as all the major shopping centres. A free breakfast is included, as well as free beer and sangria on Saturdays. Dorm rooms from €21.35pppn.