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Buderim Village overlooks the entire Sunshine Coast from Buderim Mountain. Buderim has the best of both worlds – the lush rainforest, incredible views & cool sea breezes & yet the coast is so close that when you want to go for a swim in the ocean, Mooloolaba Beach, Alexandra Headland, or Maroochydore Beach are all less than 10 minutes drive from Buderim!

Below is a guide to Sunshine Coast beaches, north of Buderim to Noosa & south to Caloundra. The best way to enjoy our beaches safely is to always swim in patrolled areas & when unsure about swimming conditions, ask a lifesaver or lifeguard. This is especially important for our international visitors, not familiar with our beaches.

Play it safe —

Mooloolaba Beach looking towards shore

Mooloolaba Beach foreshore

Mooloolaba Beach at day's end


MOOLOOLABA (Patrolled)

This is one of the busiest beaches, very popular with swimmers, paddlers & boogie boarders. The beach is set in a sweeping bay, which is perfect for that sunset stroll. The Mooloolaba Surf Club overlooks the beach, there’s a caravan park right next door & across the road you’ll find a myriad of luxury accommodation, cafes, restaurants & specialty shops, a playground for the kids, viewing platform, & plenty of grassy areas to relax with a picnic or use the BBQ facilities provided. It’s the ultimate beach experience. Our visitors just LOVE Mooloolaba!

Mooloolaba Beach is family friendly!

Surf Lifesavers in training


This beach is very safe for inexperienced swimmers & children in close to shore & popular with surfers out further. Again, lots of accommodation choices, shops & facilities nearby including SunCity 10-pin Bowl,the Alex Surf Club & an awesome skatebowl & skate ramps to keep those teens happy for hours. Lots of parks & gardens for lovely walks over the Headland towards Mooloolaba or flat, easy walking to Maroochydore. BBQ’s & plenty of shelters & seating for outdoor eating overlooking the ocean. What more could you ask for?

Great surf at Alex


Very popular with locals & holidaymakers. This is an open beach where rips are common, so only swim between the flags. Avoid the rivermouth area for swimming, but it’s great for walks, fishing & jetskis! Maroochy Surf Club overlooks the beach, accommodation, cafes, restaurants & shops are a short stroll across the road. Cotton Tree is a great little place to explore with a street market each Sunday & a caravan park right on the beach.

Excellent stretch of beach at Maroochydore

BEACHES NORTH OF BUDERIM (north of the Maroochy River)


Popular with residents & tourists. Open beach so care should be taken when swimming. Fantastic beach for long walks & dog off-leash beach area for your furry pals to run off some energy!

Mudjimba  Beach is a great place for a long beach walk


Open beach with solid surf. Can be prone to rips so be very careful. Best to just lay or play in the sand.

Build a sandcastle at Yaroomba

COOLUM (Patrolled)

One of the most popular beaches on the Coast. There’s a great break for surfers & families enjoy the variety of quality facilities close by. A great Surf Club overlooks the beach, a brilliant caravan park is situated right on the beach, & a bustling market flourishes here every Friday night during summer. There’s a fantastic boardwalk following the ocean which leads up to the headland with sensational views. Accommodation, cafes, restaurants, boutiques & specialty shops are right across the road. This is truly laidback. They don’t call Coolum the Coast’s ‘COOLEST’ spot for nothing

You'll just love Coolum Beach

PEREGIAN (Patrolled)

This popular beach has plenty of room for board riders, locals & visiting families. Can get dangerous on a strong swell. Surf Club & shops close by.

Coolum looking towards Peregian Beach


Excellent beach breaks very popular with board riders. Not the beach for the inexperienced swimmer or surfer. Patrolled at weekends & school holidays only.



Located just south of Noosa National Park, Sunshine Beach is an open beach & can be dangerous at times. Not the beach for the inexperienced swimmer or surfer. Patrolled by Sunshine Beach SLSC from start of Sept school holidays through to end of April/May school holidays. Great surf club, cafes, restaurants & boutique shops.

Sunshine Beach


Ahhh…Noosa. Gorgeous one day. Spectacular the next. North-facing, the idyllic conditions make this a most popular choice with families & singles. It’s safe, protected & suitable for inexperienced swimmers & surfers. Early in the morning you might even be lucky enough to swim with the local dolphins! There is a boardwalk right along the beach with luxury accommodation overlooking the beach & fabulous shopping straight off the sand at famous Hasting Street. Life doesn’t get any better than this.




This beach on the ocean side is unpatrolled & can be treacherous for swimmers, so should be avoided. Always a few surfers catching great breaks. A brisk walk to the lighthouse is rewarded with the spectacular views back to Mooloolaba & beyond. You might even catch a hang glider taking off or landing here! On the sheltered side facing Mooloolaba Harbour at La Balsa Park a little beach has been created which is a fanstaic spot for the kids to paddle, splash & play with BBQ & picnic facilities, amenities & plenty of seating & tables.

Point Cartwright is a  great surf spot

KAWANA (Patrolled)

This massive stretch of white, sandy beach is popular with local residents for surfing & swimming, but this long, open beach can also be unpredictable. We recommend swimming between the flags.

Swim between the flags at Kawana


A continuation of the beach above. Only swim in patrolled section of this open stretch of beach.



As well as an open surf beach, there’s Currimundi Lake just behind that’s excellent for kayaking or paddling. Keep an eye on conditions where the lake meets the ocean.



KINGS BEACH (Patrolled)

The most sheltered beach on the Coast & one of the most popular for this reason. A perfect beach for the family with good conditions most of the time. If a swell is running, be cautious of rips. Fabulous beach pool & water park for the kids.

Kings Beach Water Park just off the beach


Generally a safe beach, but can be deceptive on a runout tide. Not always patrolled so take care at all times.

Looking  down at Kings Beach, Glasshouse Mountains in the background


Good safe beach for the family.



Great for sunbaking & a lovely place to walk along the beach, but best not to swim here as beach is not patrolled.

Lovely walks along Moffat Beach

DICKY BEACH (Patrolled)

Good safe beach for inexperienced swimmers.