Discover the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
When it comes to planning a Sunshine Coast holiday, most people’s first thoughts turn to the idea of laying on beautiful sandy beaches and the idea of staying in a beachfront apartment overlooking the ocean.
And while this is very much what the Sunshine Coast is famous for, it’s often overlooked for it’s diversity.
The Sunshine Coast was originally formed millions of years ago from a volcanic range that ran parallel just inland from the coastline, creating rich soils from which a prosperous farming community evolved, drawing many people to the region last century. Since then the Sunshine Coast has become better known for it’s prime location as a perfect spot for a family holiday, but the hinterland which was formed millions of years ago is also an area that visitors should think about visiting when they come to the Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Coast hinterland drive starts just a few minutes from Coolum Beach and offers a very scenic and diverse perspective of the Coast landscape, as you move away from the beaches and find yourself in the lush and sometimes very tropical area that almost feels like you are in a totally different region.
As you drive up the along the Blackall Range you’ll be able to gaze down over the Coast’s wide beaches, with views stretching right from Noosa all the way beyond Stradbroke Island, and inland over the picturesque Glasshouse Mountains. This offers a beautiful backdrop for photos, or maybe a picnic lunch. the Blackall range hinterland drive will take you through some amazing spots, such as the Mary Cairncross park, where you can walk amongst ancient rainforests and take in the sounds of the local animals that roam the natural surroundings.
The Hinterland is also home to some towns which have a real village atmosphere, such as Maleny, Mapleton and Flaxton, where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll as you check out the local crafts and gifts and maybe stop in for a scenic lunch overlooking the Coast below.
The Sunshine Coast hinterland is approximately a 45 minute drive from Coolum Beach, so when you plan your next Sunshine Coast getaway consider planning a day out and visit the Sunshine coast hinterland as well. And make sure you definately pack the camera!