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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 — ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS

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



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!

Relax at North Shore


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. Accommodation, cafes, restaurants & shops are right across the road. This is truly laidback. They don’t call Coolum ‘COOL’ 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.

Coolum looking towards Peregian Beach


Excellent beach breaks very popular with board riders. Not the beach for the inexperienced swimmer or surfer.



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 better than this.



This beach is unpatrolled & can be treacherous for swimmers, so should be avoided. Always a few surfers. Great walks to the lighthouse & the spectacular views back to Mooloolaba & beyond make it all worthwhile. You might even catch a hang glider taking off or landing here!

Point Cartwright is a  great surf spot

KAWANA (Patrolled)

Popular with local residents for surfing & swimming, this long, open beach can be unpredictable. Swim between the flags.

Swim between the flags at Kawana


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.

Looking  down at Kings Beach, Glasshouse Mountains in the background


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



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.