Why you should stay in Peregian Beach when you visit the Sunshine Coast

Are you planning on visiting the Sunshine Coast in Queensland anytime soon? I took a trip there in February and I think I discovered a hidden gem, so me being me I’m here to share my secret with you – in case the title didn’t give it away, I’m talking about Peregian Beach. If you’re looking for a super laid back beach holiday with some great food options (and bonus points if you also travel with or generally like dogs), here’s why you should stay in Peregian Beach when you plan your trip to the Sunshine Coast.

Actual Peregian Beach

When we were booking our trip to the Sunshine Coast, we had a lot of people rave to us about Noosa. Unfortunately, we found the cost prohibitive when it came to booking accommodation. Instead, I settled on a place not too far away called Peregian Beach, and I hoped it would do. So on our first full day on the Sunshine Coast, of course we headed to Noosa to see what all the fuss was about.

To be fair to Noosa, it’s got a beautiful beach and some nice chichi shops to browse (and not buy anything unless you’re an actual rich person who maybe owns a beach house that you can stuff with flowing kaftans and objet d’art). However, we should have realised the score when it took half an hour and some predatory space stalking to find anywhere to park when we arrived. Noosa is the unfortunate victim of its own success and it’s got the crowds to match. The beach looked like you’d taken the contents of an average Westfield on a Saturday afternoon and plonked them onto aforementioned beautiful bit of sand. In other words, hectic. And this was just a term-time weekend.

As a (still) baffled beachgoer, it’s not really my speed – I’m much more of an empty beach kinda gal.

Which is exactly what we got when we visited actual Peregian Beach later that afternoon. The only people around were a few couples and families enjoying a pre-dinner stroll. Oh, and some dogs. Did I mention Peregian Beach is a dog friendly beach? If you want to see puppies frolicking in the surf, you need to head to Peregian asap.

When somewhere has a beach this beautiful, why would you stay anywhere else?

Does it get better than a pastel sunset on an empty beach?

I loved that on Peregian beach you could be sure of finding a fairly large spot of sand to call your own, and seeing as the narrow town runs parallel to the ocean, you’re never really more than a block away from a faceful of that beautiful vista.

The vibe

Peregian Beach is a laid back place. As we explored, a hint of reggae music wafted over from one direction, and the sound of clinking glasses from another. On our way to the beach we walked past residents enjoying sundowners on their verandahs, snoozing dogs at their feet. It’s a place for those for whom relaxation is a lifestyle, and I loved it.

Alongside a scattering of beachfront mega mansions that are hard to avoid along any popular beach in Australia, you’ve got the kind of low-key places that we stayed in. Our AirBnB was exactly what we wanted and nothing more and I’d definitely recommend it to a friend.


One of the great benefits of small town living is that you won’t get stuck in traffic. It’s right next to a main road that will allow you to explore the Sunshine Coast with relative ease – Noosa is 15 minutes to the north, Caloundra is 40 minutes to the south, Sunshine Coast/Maroochydore airport is 20 minutes also to the south, Australia Zoo is 45 minutes to the south west, and the beautiful hinterlands begin 30-40 minutes to the west.

This is Montville, one of the hinterland mountain villages recommended to me by Courtney; isn’t it adorable?

There is so much to see and do on the Sunshine Coast, and the car is the best way to get about. So staying somewhere with quick and easy road access made exploring a breeze.

Good food

Don’t let this whole small town thing fool you. There’s excellent food to be had in Peregian Beach. We ate at the Peregian Beach Hotel, where the gluten free pizzas were a solid 3/5, and there was live music accompanying our pig out.

We stocked up on all kinds of gluten free wonders at the shiny IGA just around the corner, and Sian says the pizza from Pizzami is excellent. I kind of wish we’d gone there instead but never mind… we’ll just have to go back. There are also some slightly more upmarket restaurants that look worth investigating; suffice to say whatever your dining style you should find somewhere to suit you in the centre of Peregian Beach.

and because…

Have you ever been to the Sunshine Coast? Where would you stay?


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  1. 6th March 2018 / 19:50

    Dreaaaaaaaamy! I’m so over this European winter. Take me there!

  2. 7th March 2018 / 01:27

    THIS! Having stayed a number times over the years in Noosa but most recently at Peregian Beach, I wouldn’t stay anywhere else now.

    Why? Noosa has changed beyond recognition in the 14 years since I first went there. The cool but grown up version of Byron Bay has morphed over the years in to St Tropez on chi chi steroids.

    On our last trip at Christmas last year we drove up from our house on the beach in Peregian in THREE separate occasions to Noosa (I do love it there & have great memories for what it used to be like) but we were unable to find a single spot to park on any occasion. Not just near the beach, but anywhere in Noosa.

    We put this down to being Christmas holidays but it sounds like this is how it is year round.

    Let’s hope Peregian doesn’t get Noosa-d any time soon. That IGA is one of the best supermarkets I’ve visited in Australia plus the beach! You need to go back soon for a pizza at Pizzami!

  3. 7th March 2018 / 04:46

    I would totally choose the less crowded beach of Peregian Beach over Noosa any day! Plus it’s so awesome that it’s family and pup friendly! If we’re not flying somewhere for a trip, the fact that we can take our pup with us always sways us more for our destination.

  4. Kelly Hibbs
    7th March 2018 / 07:33

    I’m from Invercargill, New Zealand and we honeymooned in Montville! LOVE! The village is amazing and the wineries were awesome too ….

  5. 7th March 2018 / 17:17

    Haven’t been to the Sunshine Coast for years – I totally need to go back. I don’t think I have the budget (or the patience) for Noosa either. We had friends who house swapped to Peregian Beach and they raved about it! Looks and sounds fabulous… And not just because of all the puppy petting!

  6. 7th March 2018 / 23:10

    The parking in Noosa is sooooo bad! I love the lesser known beaches myself. We will have to check out Peregian Beach next time. I’m so glad you made it to Montville. I’m excited for the weather to start cooling off and we can swap beach weekends for mountain adventures.

  7. 8th March 2018 / 01:37

    oh my word that beach looks lovely! it’s so unfortunate when a beach becomes a victim of it’s own success (to steal your words) so i’m glad you found a nice, calmer version to kinda call your own. i much prefer empty beaches myself. if i could just sit on the sand without humans i’d be happy haha.

    xoxo cheshire kat

  8. 8th March 2018 / 02:00

    oh I need to go to Australia so so so badly! Sadly I won’t be able to go anytime soon but I’m definitely saving your post for when I hopefully finally get to go in 2019! #WanderfulWednesday

  9. 8th March 2018 / 02:11

    Lol that sign is awesome! Bookmarking this, Lyndon and I have been throwing around honeymoon spots and Australia is up there. He really wants to visit Cairns and go to the reef and I want to explore the rest of the country! I like having the beach to myself as well… and that beach looks gorgeous!

  10. 8th March 2018 / 04:50

    *sigh* Everything just looks so lovely! I really hope to make it there within the next few years!

  11. 8th March 2018 / 05:01

    Wow wow wow this looks like such a lucky find!! And small towns like this are definitely more my speed as well than crowded beaches. I’m hoping to get to Australia, probably in 2019, when my friend Sydney will be living there (and I can afford it, lol). It would be amazing to make a long trip of it and steal all your Aussie tips, especially this one!

  12. 8th March 2018 / 07:47

    I also like a quite beach all to myself! I really can’t stand screaming kids running up and down the beach! This one looks particularly enjoyable! #WanderfulWednesday

  13. 8th March 2018 / 17:44

    Oh it sounds wonderful! 🙂 I love dog friendly beaches, although Cooper doesn’t always want to enjoy the water, haha! We haven’t taken him to one in a while, safer with the kids to stick to dog free beaches until they are a little older and realise that they can still love an animal without running up to it and hugging it, ha!

    I love that sunset pic, looks so serene. I’ve only been to Noosa once but thought the same as you – it’s very busy and I’m not that rich, haha!

  14. 8th March 2018 / 19:14

    Soo lovely! We used to go to the Sunshine Coast every year when I was younger – but I haven’t been to Queensland in at least 6 years! We’re hoping to get there this year though!!

  15. 10th March 2018 / 05:42

    I prefer the abandoned beach, too! I don’t want to bump elbows with people while lounging, and I don’t need a large audience to see my lack of confidence in wearing beach clothes! 😛

  16. 11th March 2018 / 01:55

    Those pastel skies and empty beaches… you’re killing me, friend!! (Also… the pizza looks very fresh and delicious, too!)

  17. 12th March 2018 / 02:27

    A beautiful beach all to oneself. What more can one really want! I just hope this one doesn’t get all over-touristed too quickly. Going to keep this tip stored away in my memory if my trip all the way there ever goes from dream to reality!

  18. 12th March 2018 / 19:37

    There’s nothing that beats an empty beach! I’d totally choose solitude over crowds as well and love discovering hidden gems anyway. Seems like you found an absolute diamond there 😉

  19. 14th March 2018 / 05:44

    I have been craving a beach so badly (it’s in my blood!) and this one does look ultra dreamy. Thanks for sharing the secret with us 🙂

  20. 14th March 2018 / 07:30

    If you hadn’t already got me with dog-friendly beach, that empty shot with the pastel sky would have convinced me. I’d chose somewhere like Peregian over somewhere like Noosa EVERY time.

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