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Best Sunshine Coast accommodation for the beachy-keen

Hot accommodation picks and hotel deals in Noosa, Mooloolaba, the Hinterland and more.

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The Sunshine Coast boasts a wealth of sun-blessed beach resorts, hotels and budget stays for holidaymakers.

Whether you're taking off on a family adventure, getting romantic with your other half or flying solo, there's a room on the Sunshine Coast that's perfect for you.

Here you'll find some of our favourite accommodation options as well as the hottest deals to help you save big on that big break.

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Where to stay on the Sunshine Coast

Best pet-friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast

Pet-friendly acommodation on the Sunshine Coast are few and far between. In Mooloolabah all of the villas at Saltwater Villas are pet-friendly with some boasting fenced courtyards to keep your pooch safe while in Peregian Beach, Horizons at Peregian has apartments that sit right on the doorstep of 4km of dog-friendly beach.

Further out in the Hinterland Jacaranda Cottages is surrounded by pastures for your furry pal to run around while Cooroy Cottages allows up to two pets per cottage.

If you're driving along the coast you might want to consider staying in a holiday park as many, including Mudjimba Beach Holiday Park, Coolum Beach Holiday Park, Boreen Point Campground, accept pets on conditions.

Another option is to look into homestays such as Airbnb which can be more flexible with their pet policies.

Saltwater Villas - Pet Friendly Accommodation
Saltwater Villas - Pet Friendly Accommodation

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Best Sunshine Coast Hinterland accommodation

Luxury is the name of the game in the Hinterland with retreats surrounded by forest a norm.

Top of our lists is Spicers Tamarind Retreat & Spa which is every bit made for relaxation and romance with its outdoor cedar hot tub and in-house spa.

For something a little less flash (but still, flash) check out Alaya Verde Bed & Breakfast and prepare never to leave its private patios, organic meals and lap pools or Secrets on the Lake; a lakeside treehouse perched above the rainforest canopy connected by elevated carved boardwalks giving you a unique perspective of the surrounding gardens and lake.

Alaya Verde Bed & Breakfast, Ringtail Creek
Alaya Verde Bed & Breakfast, Ringtail Creek

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Best luxury accommodation on the Sunshine Coast

Spacious rooms, Instagram-worthy pools and delectable meals... you know the deal. To pick the best, we looked at the top-rated 5-star Sunshine Coast hotels on Hotels Finder based on guest rating focusing on hotels with 1,000+ reviews.

RACV Noosa is a crowd favourite that ticks all the boxes, from breathtaking pools and comfy beds to prime waterfront positioning. For an alternative stay in Noosa, check out Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas which is an eco-friendly resort set in the rainforest and boasts pristine views of Noosa National Park, and is set in the rainforest.

Up in Coloundra, Rumba Beach Resort is the one to beat with its beach views, spa rooms, a jacuzzi, pool and more.

Best budget accommodation on the Sunshine Coast

Million dollar locations don't have to come with a million dollar price tag. There are a variety of budget options that put you within walking distance of those beaches and waterways. Take for example Halse Lodge in Noosa Heads. Beds in dorms start from $40 per night and you're just a block away from Noosa Heads Main Beach.

If sharing rooms isn't your style holiday parks such as Caloundra Waterfront Holiday park offer affordable rooms. At this park there's a pool, laundry facilities and the water just down the road. Studios for two start at $154.

Willing to stretch your budget? With rooms starting from $122 for two, Coolum Dreams B&B is a boutique 4-star accommodation with green views, spacious rooms, clean beds and a breakfast that'll set you right for your big day out.

Alternate Sunshine Coast accommodation

Searching for something a little more personal? Both Airbnb and Stayz are available on the Sunshine Coast. Depending on what you're after, you could find yourself in everything from a studio room in a luxury house overlooking the beach to a quiet retreat in the rainforest.


Where to stay in the Sunshine Coast

  • Sunshine Coast CBD/Maroochydore: The business heart of the Sunshine Coast offers a sensational selection of beaches, shopping and dining opportunities. Travellers looking for both recreational activities like fishing or stand-up paddleboarding along the river as well as a lively nightlife scene with bars and restaurants should look here.
  • Noosa: Central Noosa almost has a small-town feel, but once you explore the area, you'll see there are a variety of hubs to discover. Busy Hastings Street is a place to see and be seen, Noosa Main Beach is dotted with sun worshippers and Noosa National Park features pockets of hidden bays and beaches.
  • Caloundra: This southern end of the Sunshine Coast is all about calm waters, laid-back vibes and beach activities galore. Everything from a friendly game of beach cricket to surfing, snorkelling, kiteboarding and even jet skiing.
  • Mooloolaba: Often seen as the main tourist hub, Mooloolaba has a lot to offer. You'll find a vibrant foodie scene, big-name attractions such as UnderWater World and that picture-perfect beach that's never too far away.
  • Sunshine Coast Hinterland: Ideal for nature lovers who'd rather wake to the sound of whip birds than the crashing of waves. The Hinterland is all about scenic drives, bushwalking, swimming in waterfalls and roadside produce stalls filled with local treats to sample.

Our Sunshine Coast hotel reviews

Mooloolaba Motel

Mooloolaba Motel from Finder Hotels

Reviewed by: Alex Keshen, Travel Publisher

Ideally located just minutes to the beach, the Mooloolaba hotel was an affordable spot to base myself for a few days of exploring the Sunshine Coast. It was basic, but clean and central and suited my needs for a budget-friendly break.

  • Budget: Low
  • Pros: Short walk to the beach, free parking, close to shops and restaurants
  • Cons: Basic (but clean)rooms
  • Our rating: 3/5

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