General Information
Sunshine Coast General Information
Sunshine Coast General Information

Sunshine Coast General Information

Living on the Sunshine Coast offers an environment that is laid back and relaxed in atmosphere, yet is also vibrant, with myriad possible activities to choose from. The surrounding hinterland areas hold dense foliage, winding streams, cascading waterfalls and out-of-the-way quaint villages that showcase local art and crafts.

The area itself encompases three local governments including Caloundra City, Maroochy Shire and Noosa Shire to make up a total area of 3130 square kilometres. These shire's consist of urban centres (Maroochydore, Caloundra, Nambour and Noosa), rural hinterland (Maleny, Montville and Kenilworth) and beachside tourist precincts (Mooloolaba, Alexandra Heads, Coolum and Noosa Heads).

The easy access to attractions on the Sunshine Coast, such as the national parks, Fraser Island , Underwater World, Australia Zoo and various other features enable a more pleasurable holidaying experience.

When looking for somewhere to stay there are a variety of options available. The cluster of townships make finding that place for the family, a business trip or romantic getaway just that little bit easier.

With over 10,000 small to medium businesses, the local infrastructure adequately caters for the needs of the growing population. Many businesses also service national and international markets, so there is a significant amount of opportunity to explore as an entreprenuer. And in being one of Queensland's premier tourist destinations there is great support from the influx of both national and international tourists.

The Sunshine Coast's agriculture areas produce a multitude of products including sugar, ginger, vegetables, macadamia nuts and a variety of sub-tropical fruits. Fishing is also a significant and major sector of the area, with fish processing and seafood that is available for both domestic and export markets.

With such variety and scope for growth and opportunities, its pretty easy to see why this area is only just embracing the beginning of an expansion. In order to see for yourself, you're just gonna have to pay the area a visit!

Churches, Religion & Places of Worship

Read More About Churches, Religion & Places of WorshipThe Sunshine Coast area caters for all of the worlds major religions. Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Whether your looking for a religious retreat, a convent in the hinterland surrounds or a place of worship in a township, you'll be able to find it here from our comprehensive list of religious organisations.


Read More About CultureMany know the Sunshine Coast as the creative heart of Queensland. A place where artists can retreat to to find that inner meaning amongst the tranquility and peace that this area has to offer. The area is home to potters, painters, leather workers, glass artisans, timber and stone carvers and artisans in precious metals.

General Overview

Read More About General OverviewThe Sunshine Coast is one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations for locals and, now, is popular with visitors from all around the world as they discover the natural unspoiled beauty of its tropical rain forests, miles of white sandy beaches, holiday resorts, scenic tours and a myriad of other local attractions.


Read More About GeographyThe Sunshine Coast is located just one hour's drive north of Brisbane and is home to 65km of the world's most beautiful beaches. Craggy headlands, offshore reefs, pounding surf, secluded bays and protected inland waterways provide a never ending range of playgrounds for enthusiastic waterlovers.


Read More About HealthcareAs with all Australian heathcare professionals, those on the Sunshine Coast are highly trained and medical services in the region are as good as you'll find anywhere in the world. Overseas visitors from the UK, New Zealand and Finland are generally entitled to free or heavily subsidised medical and hospital care under Medicare.


Read More About HistoryWhen talking about the history of the Sunshine Coast region you come to realise that its come such a long way within such a short period of time when compared to other regions of Australia. Yet, with what brief history there is, it actually goes quite deep and does well today as a tourist destination to mask its earlier more humble beginnings.

Latest Local News

Read More About Latest Local NewsRead up on the latest news and current affairs happening on the Sunshine Coast. Click through to the main news websites to browse for stories, or read through the latest headlines from our ABC Sunshine Coast news feed. Click to find out more.

Real Estate

Read More About Real EstateThe Sunshine Coast is undisputedly the fastest growing region in Australia and the local property market has seen tremendous capital growth over the last decade. While the 'Sunny Coast' has more than its fair share of gorgeous beaches and a laid back lifestyle it also has the full suite of modern amenities and infrastructure you'd expect from a decent city.

Suburb Profiles

Read More About Suburb ProfilesFollowing is a list of some of the major suburbs on the Sunshine Coast. Find out about real estate statistics, popular things to do and general information about the suburb. Suburbs include Cooloola, Hastings Street, Noosa Hill, Peregian Beach, Sunrise Beach, Tewantin and more.

Sunshine Coast Schools & Education

Read More About Sunshine Coast Schools & EducationThe Sunshine provides a range of study options for all ages. At present the Sunshine Coast is host to one university, the University of the Sunshine, which is one of Australia's newest universities. In regards to other tertiary institutions there is the Cooloola Sunshine Instititute of TAFE networks that has campuses all over the Sunshine Coast.

Surf Life Saving Clubs

Read More About Surf Life Saving ClubsThe Sunshine Coast offers one of the most beautiful stretches of unspoiled beaches you will find anywhere. The main beaches are patrolled year round by the surf lifesaving clubs, offering a safe swimming and surf play holiday environment - just remember to swim between the flags!