Stunning Noosa Heads. Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
Discover the true meaning of community in the Sunshine Coast
With its relaxed lifestyle, outstanding natural landscapes and balmy subtropical climate, nothing compares to the Sunshine Coast. The region's desirability is in part due to its location, around 100 km from Brisbane, located in beautiful South East Queensland. Stretching from the Pelican Waters and the suburb of Aura in the south to Tewantin and Noosa Heads in the north, the area covers approximately 3,086 square kilometres. This region enjoys a climate which makes outdoor dining and leisure a possibility year-round. The Sunshine Coast has become one of Australia’s leading tourist destinations, with family-friendly beaches and captivating hinterlands.
The Sunshine Coast is described as a mosaic of different communities, with many diverse groups of people coming together to create a vibrant setting. This fast-growing, inclusive community welcomes around 8,000 new residents each year, and it is predicted that the region will be home to over 50,000 by 2041.
Many opportunities accompany this population growth, facilitating the Sunshine Coast's evolution from a regional centre to a regional city. As part of this transformation, the Sunshine Coast is focused on maintaining and enhancing their outstanding environmental assets, strengthening the social fabric of their communities and generating jobs and prosperity for current and future generations.
Kids enjoying the Mooloolaba Triathlon. Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
Agriculture in the Sunshine Coast
The food and agribusiness industry is renowned for its diversity in the Sunshine Coast, which is home to horticulture, dairy and specialty dairy production, premium seafood, nurseries and value-add producers. This region is important for both Commonwealth and state fisheries - for instance, the region's Mooloolaba Port has become the major landing port for the Commonwealth’s Eaten Tuna and Billfish Fishery and Coral Sea Fishery in recent years.
Agricultural land in the Sunshine Coast region is most commonly used for grazing native vegetation, which occupies 17 percent of the region, whilst areas classified as conservation and natural environments occupy 29 percent of the region. The Sunshine Coast is keeping much of the land untouched, important for future sustainability, whilst maintaining a prosperous agriculture industry.
Fishing at Pumicestone Passage in the Sunshine Coast. Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
Activities in the Sunshine Coast
The sheer number of things to do in the Sunshine Coast is unbelievable. Visitors can enjoy stretches of sandy coastlines and sweeping views of the lush hinterland and the volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains.
However, it is the communities that create the true essence of the Sunshine Coast. From the urban centre of Maroochydore to the laid-back charm of Caloundra, the seaside village of Noosa, and the natural beauty of the Pumicestone Passage that separates Bribie Island from the Queensland mainland, each town is unique and welcoming.
Views of the glorious Glass House Mountains. Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
Explore all the Sunshine Coast has to offer using Adventure Sunshine Coast, which helps both residents and visitors to discover all parts of the Sunshine Coast. The website has a growing list of more than 150 free, self-guided activities, including walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, canoeing and many others. From the leafy green hinterland to the vibrant coast, you can cater your search depending on ability and difficulty to find the perfect activity for you and your family.
Hiking Mount Beerwah in the Sunshine Coast. Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
A visit to the Sunshine Coast’s range of attractions is mandatory. Get up close and personal with Australia’s animals and meet Bindi Irwin at Australia Zoo, spend a day at Sea Life or take a family photo in front of the iconic Big Pineapple. If you are up for something more adventurous, you can even embrace coastal views from new heights with Skydive Noosa.
Fun for the whole family at Australia Zoo. Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
Embrace all the unique shopping experiences the Sunshine Coast has to offer, from the relaxed main street of Caloundra and the Mooloolaba Esplanade to the European-style main street of Montville and the famous Eumundi Markets. Check out Maroochydoore’s best homeware boutique Coast Store, and be transported around the world with specially hand-curated homewares, furniture and gifts inspired by holidays from around Australia and beyond.
Beautiful Coast Store in Cotton Tree. Image credit: Emilia Johnston
The Sunshine Coast is famous for its restaurants and cafés, which use fresh, local produce and offer a wide variety of cuisines. When in Noosa, stop by Ricky’s River Bar and Restaurant for a spectacular meal on the water, a popular destination for locals.
Noosa Farmers Markets. Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
Local Amenities in the Sunshine Coast
There is a strong focus on the youth of the Sunshine Coast, seen through their quality education and training facilities. With three universities, a multi-campus vocational education and training institute, TAFE Queensland, over 150 Registered Training Organisations and more than 80 private and public schools, the education facilities here are world-class. More than 83,500 students are currently studying at local schools, university or one of the training institutions. The Sunshine Coast provides all with access to a brighter future.
Residents of the Sunshine Coast can also benefit from Australia’s largest health precinct, with the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital, a range of private hospitals and specialist solutions. The region is also home to around 2,000 healthcare businesses, including 286 private specialists and 112 primary care practices, employing more than 400 general practitioners. Key hospital and specialist facilities are located at Caloundra, Kawana, Nambour, Buderim and Maroochydore.
The Sunshine Coast is consistently maintaining and increasing community access to transport inside and outside the region. The Sunshine Motorway joins the southern and the northern ends of the region, while the Sunshine Coast Airport is ideally situated in the heart of the region. The airport is actively adding new routes, with direct Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland flights available across a range of carriers and connections to the world.
Drives through the Sunshine Coast, sea views of Peregian Beach. Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
For further information
If you're interested in visiting or relocating to the Sunshine Coast, find more information on the Sunshine Coast council website, or contact them at (07) 5475 7272.