I spend every Christmas/New Year on the Sunshine Coast swimming, eating at cafes, enjoying the beach and visiting art galleries and markets in the hinterland. While online during this recent period I noticed former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was also up in the area. His tweet read something about being glad to be up on the Sunshine Coast again in God’s own country. Hear hear Kevin Rudd!

For those unfamiliar with the Sunshine Coast here are some images that should provide insight into Rudd’s comments.

Walking the dogs on Peregian beach on a wet day – a great place even in bad weather. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

The view from the top of Mount Cooroora near Pomona. Every year a race is held to the top of this picturesque spot but a walk is enough challenge with views for miles. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Surfing the point breaks, Noosa. A popular spot to catch some action. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

The white gums of Noosa National Park. There are fantastic coastal walks through this park to remote and secluded beaches. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Triathlon start at Mooloolabah, one of the premiere sports events on the coast along with the Noosa triathlon, the second largest triathlon in the world. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Kayakers round the Noosa National Park. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Paddling through the 35km of the Pumicestone Passage, a narrow channel from Caloundra to Bribie Island. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

The balcony view from Montville over the Sunshine Coast hinterland,the perfect pit stop and popular with passing motorists. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

The Woodford folk festival is held every year immediately after Christmas. It runs into the New Year. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

You never know who you’ll meet in Noosa National Park. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

The everglades are on the upper reaches of the Noosa river and perfect for boating and camping. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Farming land around Kenilworth. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

The popular Kenilworth cheese factory. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Cycling is a popular pursuit on country roads in this area. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Kite surfing is a popular sport particularly at the mouth of the Maroochy river, Maroochydore. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

All images by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

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