THE ONE RESTAURANT
Set in a temple style building built around a huge pond and tropical gardens, at Spirit House and eat some of the best Thai cuisine you'll find in Queensland with an outlook that's as stunning as the menu. At night the restaurant's lit up with flares across the water and croaking frogs are all you'll hear. There's a cooking school too.
THE ONE HOTEL
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A decrepit 1960s motel has been transformed into the Sunshine Coast's most stylish beach escape. Ten rooms look out towards a magnesium pool and green lawn stacked with lounge chairs. A vintage Citroen truck serves as reception and café. The owners say they were influenced by Malibu, yet Loea is by the river in Maroochydore.
THE ONE CAFÉ
There's oodles of coastal chic in the décor of Vanilla Food, Noosa's best cafes (at Noosaville and Noosa Junction) but none of the pretentiousness that often goes with it. All food is organic and locally supplied – while no-one should go past the hot smoked trout with dill yoghurt. The coffee's good too.
THE ONE FAMILY ATTRACTION
Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium has been the Coast's favourite family attraction for 30 years. Wander through 11 themed zones, including the Little Blue Penguin observatory, Seal Island and the 80-metre-long Ocean Tunnel where sharks swim above you. You can also dive with sharks and get in the water with penguins.
THE ONE BREWERY
They used to only drink XXXX, but now the Coast is one of the hottest craft brewery destinations in Australia. Sunshine Coast Brewery was the first – it started in 1998 – and they've won plenty of awards along the way. Don't let the fact it's located in an industrial estate put you off, every Friday and Saturday locals gather to socialise – there's a food truck there too.
THE ONE NATIONAL PARK
Forget the boutiques and famous locals, Noosa National Park is what defines Noosa. Stretching from the edge of town, the national park borders the ocean at Noosa Headland, offering hiking opportunities alongside some of the country's most striking coastline. It's home to all sorts of creatures – from glossy-black cockatoos to koalas, and goes nearly all the way to Coolum Beach.
THE ONE BAR
It's a surf club… but this isn't just any surf club. Built in the heart of Hastings Street (Noosa's main street), enjoy a drink (there's 30 beer taps) on a deck overlooking Noosa's main beach, its national park and with water views all the way across to Double Island Point (beside Fraser Island). Even with all the fancy watering holes in town, nothing beats the surf club.
THE ONE WALK
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If you're game, the 58-kilometre Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk is a stunning trail that takes in the best of the Sunshine Coast's mountainous fringes. It can be done in four days, camping along the way. Though you don't have to do it all. There's half day walks all along the Great Walk, taking in waterfalls, rainforest and escarpments offering views over the coast.
THE ONE FARM
Hang out with some of the planet's most intelligent and intuitive animals near the picturesque Glasshouse Mountains, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Every camel at QCamel has its own name and personality, and you'll get to meet them as they roam freely around this organic camel milk farm.
ONE MORE THING
It's best to hire a car, or bring your own (major hire car companies operate out of Sunshine Coast Airport, or major towns like Noosa and Caloundra). Buses operate, as do Ubers and taxis, but attractions are spread across 60 kilometres of coastline and a sprawling hinterland.
The writer was a guest of Visit Sunshine Coast, see visitsunshinecoast.com