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Sunshine Coast Airport Car Rental Tips

Taking a taxi from the Sunshine Coast Airport into Mooloolaba, one of the closest townships, is only a 15-minute drive but will cost you about $45. And that's just one-way. If you're travelling further - and most places are much further from the airport - then the cost will be even higher. So why not book a rental vehicle instead? Hiring a car gives you the flexibility and freedom to travel at your own pace and can save you money.

There are 17 rental car brands operating from Sunshine Coast Airport. If you're looking for the best deal, that's a lot of websites to check out...

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Avis, Budget Car Rental, Europcar, Redspot and Thrifty Car Rentals all have desks located in the Arrivals area of the airport terminal and their vehicles are parked close to the front entrance, next to the drop off zone.

Other rental operators, such as East Coast Hire Cars, are located close to the airport and will transfer you between the terminal and their depot. Although this isn't as convenient, it is often the cheaper way to rent a car from the airport.

When you bring back your car to the airport it's always a good idea to ensure you return your rental car with a full tank of petrol. This will avoid you being charged the high price rental companies charge to top up fuel tanks.

There are petrol stations close to the airport, including the 7 Eleven which is situated at 946-948 David Low Way, Click here to find petrol stations close to the airport.

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Sunshine Coast Attractions

A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas. Enjoy the long sandy beaches, beautiful rainforests, cool lakes and spectacular Australian wildlife. As one of Australia's top tourist destinations, the Sunshine Coast has it all. Below are some of our favourite attractions that we know you will love.  For more ideas, check out the Sunshine Coast website.

Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo is one of the most popular attractions on the Sunshine Coast. The zoo, which includes a wide array of mammals, birds and reptiles, was established back in 1970 by Steve Irwin - famous on TV as "The Crocodile Hunter". 

The team at the zoo takes great pride in offering a variety of national and international conservation projects which assist in protecting animals from cassowaries to crocodiles and a huge amount in between.

While you are at the zoo, you might like to take the opportunity to get up-close and personal with one or two of your favourite animals. From kissing a dingo, to hand-feeding a giant tortoise, or getting your photo taken with a snake or a koala, you should be spoiled for choice. The wildlife shows are also a sight to behold - with crocodile viewings, where you can watch the crocodiles being fed by the keepers, or the chance to learn about Australia's birds of prey or the zoo's otters.

Just over a 30 minute drive from the airport, Australia Zoo is a picturesque drive in your rental car. Travel down the Sunshine Motorway, then follow State Route Six on your way to Beerwah. Make sure you bring some good walking shoes, comfortable clothes and a camera to take plenty of shots of the animals.The zoo's opening hours are from 9am to 5pm every day, with only one closure throughout the year, on Christmas day.

Noosa National Park

Have you ever wanted to see a koala hanging out in its natural habitat? Do you love going on nature trails? Noosa National Park might just be the place for you!

Just a 32-minute drive from Sunshine Coast Airport, Noosa National Park is outlined by a picturesque coastline, with plenty of opportunities to snap beautiful photos which will be the envy of all your friends sitting in their offices at home. The 4,000 hectare park is home to a variety of Australian animals including the glossy black-cockatoo, red goshawk, wallum froglet and endangered flora such as the swamp orchid and christmas bells.

There are a variety of walking tracks which are colour coded depending on the length of the track and the fitness level that is needed to complete it - these range from easy to moderate. If you're travelling to Noosa Park in the Spring season, look out for wildflowers - a truly beautiful sight amongst the trees. The tracks trail through the woodlands and along the coast. If you are travelling through the area from July to November, you may even be lucky enough to spot whales and dolphins frolicking in the sea and you might even see a few turtles.

Before you arrive, make sure you are organised with comfortable clothing that is suitable for long walks, good walking shoes, sunscreen and a camera to remind yourself of the amazing views. Make sure you lock your vehicle and be aware that mobile phone reception is not always reliable at the park. 

Eumundi Markets

After lazing about in the sun for hours and enjoying the local wildlife, it's time to take a well-earned shopping break at the Eumundi Markets.

Founded in 1979, the markets are home to the town's eclectic collection of artisans, craftspeople and entertainers. Eumundi Markets have grown to become the biggest arts and craft market in the country. From palm-reading to cutting edge fashion, jewellery and original artworks, the whole family should be entertained. There is a variety of delicious local produce to enjoy, as well as a range of interesting souvenirs to take home. While you shop, enjoy entertainment from local and world-music musicians, including the haunting tones of the didgeridoo to country and pop rhythms.

If you find yourself in the Sunshine Coast over the Christmas holidays - don't miss out on the night markets which take place from 5pm - 9pm on every Friday of December. Enjoy the sparkling lights throughout the village and some spectacular light shows which brighten up the festivities.

Situated in the historic, hinterland township of Eumundi, just 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of Noosa Heads and 26 minutes by rental car from the Sunshine Coast Airport, the original Eumundi Markets are open rain or shine every Saturday from 7am - 2pm and Wednesday from 8:30am - 1pm.

Aussie World

If you love Australia, you will love Aussie world! This family theme park, located only 20 minutes drive from the Sunshine Coast Airport takes you on a fun-filled journey through the history of the "Ettamogah Pub" - the theme of a 1960s cartoon series in the Australasian Post. Thirty years later, a real-life version of the cartoon pub was built, including a Chevy '27 Sedan sitting on the roof.

Alongside the famous Ettamogah pub, your family and friends will enjoy over 30 different white-knuckle rides and entertainment options including the Redback, which seats 24 thrill-seekers and throws them about at wild abandon to a height of 16 metres - spinning at dizzying speeds. The dodgems, ferris wheel and Bug Run rollercoaster are also great fun for children and adults alike.

If fun-rides aren't your idea of a good time, take a meander through the Aussie World village which includes a Fudge Cottage (with a wide variety of delicious fudge creations to tantalise your taste buds) and the popular Ole Lollie Shop, where you will find a veritable array of sweets and treats that will bring back memories from your childhood.

While you enjoy the sights and sounds of Aussie World, make use of their free wi-fi services and enjoy the variety of food outlets throughout the park. Don't forget to bring comfortable clothes and, perhaps a spare pair of clothing in case you find yourself underneath the Leak n' logs or drenched by The Plunge log-ride.

Aussie World can be located on 73 Frizzo Road - one kilometre (0.62 miles) north of the Caloundra exit on the Bruce Highway.