Surfware Australia is a proud local, and we know the waters of the Sunshine Coast.
If, like us, you love the feeling of the sand between your toes and the rush of water around your ankles, we recommend the following top spots – local, just like us:
Known by the locals as 'Alex', this coastal suburb has a relaxed and laid back atmosphere complementing the rolling surf and inviting beaches, bordered by Mooloolaba, Buderim and Maroochydore. Alexandra Headland's main attraction is its coastal frontage of beach, headland and parks. The swimming beach is patrolled by the Alexandra Headland Surf Club and there’s a variety of great picnic and barbecue spots.
Buddina is a busy suburb in a growing retail strip joining Caloundra and Maroochydore. The eastern half of Buddina fronts the Pacific Ocean, with a long stretch of beach and a coastal pathway enjoyed by walkers, joggers and those out for a morning surf. The Kawana Surf Life Savers Club patrols the beach on weekends and public holidays from the September School holidays through to the end of the Easter school holidays, and the waters and long golden sand are a popular visitor spot.
The home of the Surfware Australia retail superstore.
The Sunshine Coast begins and ends at Caloundra, a popular and bustling coastal city. Caloundra features beautiful beaches (arguably the best on the Sunshine Coast) with views of the Glass House Mountains, and the sparkling waters of Pumicestone Passage. Our local beaches, each with their own personality and loyal visitors, include Golden Beach, Bulcock Beach, Kings Beach, Shelly Beach, Moffat Beach, Dicky Beach and Currimundi.
The Caloundra coastline stretches along some of the most scenic shorelines in Australia, linking Golden Beach in the south, along Caloundra Headland and Moffat Headland, to the long, sandy beaches of Kawana and Point Cartwright. Visitors can enjoy some historic local sites including a military jetty used for military operations in World War II, and the heritage listed Kings Beach Bathing Pavilion constructed in 1937.
Kings Beach is Caloundra’s premier surfing beach, featuring a modern playground area with giant water fountain and foreshore swimming pools, barbecue facilities and an amphitheatre for major events hosted here on the Coast. Don’t forget - Australia Zoo, Aussie World and the Ettamogah Pub, and the Big Kart Track are close to Caloundra, and the Surfware Australia retail superstore is located at the top end of Bulcock Street, near the CBX hotel. Drop in and meet the crew, and choose from a great range of quality surf and street wear and accessories at reasonable prices.
Coolum Beach – located between Maroochydore and Noosa - is a popular holiday spot for the rich and famous with a local resort and a great surf and swimming beach.
Currimundi is located on the northern boundary of Caloundra, named by Sir Leslie Wilson using the local aboriginal name for the area, Garrimundi or Girrimundi, meaning 'Place of flying foxes'.
Currimundi has been named winner of "Queensland's Cleanest Beach" award in 2004, and features a natural lake connected to a long and unspoilt stretch of beautiful surf beach. The lake and beachfront boast extensive parks and walkways, while the lake itself is perfect for canoeing, kayaking and just paddling about. The Currimundi Lake Conservation Park is located on the northern shore of Lake Currimundi, where visitors can enjoy native wildflowers in early Spring and enjoy picnicking, bird watching, bushwalks and views from the lookout.
Golden Beach won the Sunshine Coast Clean Beach Challenge and Do The Right Thing litter prevention awards in 2008, and is the perfect spot for boating, fishing and swimming in calm waters. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the coastal path to Caloundra’s town centre (where you’ll meet the crew at Surfware Australia’s retail superstore), passing shady barbecue areas close to playgrounds.
Kawana Waters is a busy sports and retail hub with a spectacular man-made waterway at Lake Kawana hosting various kayaking, canoeing, outrigging, dragon boat racing and motorised boat sporting events. The foreshores of the lake have walking and bicycle tracks where the locals enjoy leisurely morning exercise or afternoon relaxation.
Kawana Waters is home to excellent surfing along one of our longest stretches of ocean coastline, marked by Point Cartwright in the north. There are popular places for barbeque, picnics or sightseeing, and you can walk along a path that winds through the Point Cartwright Lighthouse Reserve.
Just north of Maroochy River, Marcoola Beach features open grassy parklands, shady trees and children's park. Marcoola Beach is close to the Sunshine Coast Airport, and about 10 minutes drive south of Coolum.
This is the geographic centre of the Sunshine Coast, with Caloundra to the south and Noosa to the north. Local spots of interest to visitors include Cotton Tree, a popular ocean-side suburb on the Maroochy River. The Maroochy River mouth was once the site of a large timber mill where the local lumber was shipped to Brisbane by paddle-steamer.
The Maroochy area is blessed with 25 kilometres of golden sandy beaches and inviting ocean, over 3,700 hectares of municipal reserves and 2,000 hectares of national parkland.
Minyama is located on the sea at the northern end of Caloundra on the Mooloolah River. The main thoroughfare is Nicklin Way, linking Caloundra to Maroochydore, and the local marina offers direct ocean access within minutes through the safe Mooloolah River passage.
Mooloolaba is a popular local tourist suburb, with an all-weather port home to a large trawling fleet and the finishing point for blue-water sailing races from both Sydney and Auckland.
With marinas and restaurants, Mooloolaba is a favourite anchorage for ocean cruisers and game fishers, and surfers often enjoy Mooloolaba waves or at nearby beaches of Alexandra Headland, Coolum and Maroochydore.
Noosa is the northern most tourist town on the Sunshine Coast, known for its beaches, powder white sand and inviting waters. Noosa's eastern beaches are not patrolled by surf lifesavers, but are used by locals and visitors alike, including Castaways Beach between Sunrise and Peregian Beaches.
The Noosa River winds along a series of lakes up to the Noosa Everglades, best experienced by canoe, kayak or river cruise. Noosa features a variety of lookouts and many native fish, bird and natural vegetation populations on the lakes, parks and gardens.
Peregian Beach is about 13 kilometres south of Noosa Heads, one of a string of beaches between Noosa and Coolum. Local features include the Peregian Environmental Park, an area of wallum heath which boasts wildflowers in Spring, and on the western side of Peregian Beach is Lake Weyba National Park, and Lake Weyba itself, which feeds into the estuary at Noosa Heads.
Rainbow Beach is about 105 kilometres north of Noosa, with excellent year-round surfing, boating, prawning, crabbing and fishing. Originally named by miners who extracted valuable mineral sands from the beach, this is an entry point to the 41,000 hectare Cooloola National Park, offering excellent four-wheel drive excursions.
A short drive north from Rainbow Beach is Inskip Point, and a ferry to transport you, your car and your surf gear from Surfware Australia across to Fraser Island.
Sunshine Beach was reportedly once known as Golden Beach, but is now renowned for its sand and surf.
There’s a local beach bar and Surf Club or a walk along the foreshore, offering great views of the open coastline and a variety of banks for an endless, uncrowded surfing session, where the section in front of the Surf Club is patrolled year round.
At Surfware Australia, we proudly call the Sunshine Coast home. We know the Sunshine Coast’s best surf spots, and we’ve surfed the entire local coastline, including a range of point, headland, reef and beach breaks.
We recommend the following breaks, depending on your level of experience. We always recommend checking the beach conditions with a lifeguard or local on your arrival, and always observe the waves carefully before you enter the water. Watch for rips and currents, be aware of hazards in and out of the water, look for where the locals enter and exit, and respect other people and their space at all times. This will make your trip to the waters of the Sunshine Coast safer and more enjoyable.
We recommend surfing the beach breaks at Coolum, Kawana and Maroochydore during small swells, while body surfers can try Kings Beach and Mooloolaba.
The crew at Surfware Australia at the top of Bulcock Street in Caloundra can help get you started with good quality gear at a reasonable price, and help with surfing lessons and hire boards.
For more experienced surfers:
We recommend surfing the points of Alexandra Heads, Noosa, Point Cartwright and Moffat Beach, while body surfers can try Alexandra Heads, Coolum and Sunshine Beach.
The crew at Surfware Australia can help you upgrade your board or wetsuit, or supply accessories including leg ropes and board repairs.