Sunshine Beach

Sunshine Beach

Queensland, Sunshine Coast

A long and exposed south facing beach with more consistent waves than Noosa's points and beaches. This spot is only suitable for beginner surfers when the waves are small, as it can be dangerous during bigger swells, due to uneven sandbars, strong rip currents and high wave energy.

As Sunshine Beach is a good protected option from the summer north winds and picks up more swell than Noosa, many experienced surfers frequent this beach, so please understand and practise surfing etiquette before heading into the water here for a surf.

Wave Type
Shifting peaks that break quickly and with a lot of energy when the surf is big. Wave shape and quality varies greatly depending on sandbar formation, tide, swell and wind conditions. Find a sandbar that is attached to the beach and stick to it, avoiding the rip currents.

The sandbars here are broken up with deep rips and longshore currents so if you are new to surfing, the waves back at Noosa's Main Beach are much safer and easier for learning to surf.

Good Wind Direction
Best on North East to West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Wave
Small North to East to South swells. Noosa Beach is a safer option during
bigger swells.

- Rocks, rip currents and marine life.

Have fun surfing the Sunshine Coast by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Car parks are located along the beach or park on the streets behind the beach.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Patrolled from September to May on weekends and public holidays - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

At Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club located around 800m south of the northern corner.

Closest Shops
Cafes are located behind the surf club, or head into Noosa for more shops.

Photos of Sunshine Beach

The Sunshine Beach northern corner offers shelter from north winds. The uneven sandbars, deep rip currents and powerful waves, do make this spot challenging for beginners.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Sunshine Beach learning to surf

Learning to surf is easiest in the whitewater when starting out. Find a broad, attached sandbar and stick to it.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Sunshine Beach shorey take off

Sunshine Beach inner sandbar shorey take off success.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Sunshine Beach outer sandbar peak

Classic Sunshine Beach surf zone set up: outer sandbar peak - deep long shore gutter - shallow inner sandbar.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Sunshine Beach girl surfing

Catching green waves is best on small surf days and higher tides. Practise surfing etiquette and ensure you can turn well to avoid accidents.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Sunny Coast surfing fun.

Sunny Coast surfing fun.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Sunshine Beach looking south to Coolum

Sunshine Beach view south
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe