How to get around Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast transport is affordable and fairly straightforward, with buses and trains running seven days a week and service very friendly.  The Sunshine Coast spans a huge area encompassing multiple towns, the hinterland, and a long stretch of scenic coastline. In many cases, you’ll need to take a few modes of transport to get to your destination, whether that be a taxi, connecting bus and train, or a hire car for longer journeys.


Sunshine Coast taxis are easily accessible, as they can be booked electronically or over the phone. Alternatively, you can wait at one of the coast's many taxi ranks. These are located mainly in the major towns, with a rank on Minchinton Street in Caloundra, a rank between Noosa Parade and Hastings Street in Noosa, and one also outside Oceans on the Esplanade in Mooloolaba.

Public transport

Most bus services on the Sunshine Coast are provided by Sunbus and are available seven days a week, with some regional links also available in the hinterland provided by private companies. Trains are run by Queensland Rail, with some major hot-spots on the Sunshine Coast included on the Sunshine Coast line (Eumundi, Nambour, Landsborough, and Glass House Mountains Station).

Bike hire

There aren't many places in the world where you get natural sights and tranquillity quite like that of the Sunshine Coast. Sightsee at your own pace by renting a bike, available to hire from bike-hire stores in Coolum Beach, Peregian Beach, Sunshine Beach, Noosaville, and Noosa Heads. Pedal away and enjoy the ocean air.


Walking Sunshine Coast streets, trails and beaches, particularly at sunset, is a wonderful way to enjoy the natural environment and laidback atmosphere of the area. You can do most beachside destinations and hinterland towns on foot and there are also many well-maintained tracks in the region if you're after more of a challenge. For experienced bushwalkers, the Sunshine Coast offers walks between major towns.

Car hire

Getting around Sunshine Coast towns is best done by car, as this gives you the freedom to explore the sights with ease and at your own pace. There are many great spots spread across the region, with some of the best trails and lookouts a long distance from town centres. If you plan to stay in a few different areas, hire a car, as there is a sizeable distance between some major towns. The drive from Caloundra to Noosa, for example, takes at least 45 minutes.