Sunshine Coast

Overview

Only an hour’s drive north of Queensland’s capital you’ll join the laid-back lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast. Beyond the sparkling beaches and lush hinterland are communities that create the true essence of the Sunshine Coast. From the sophisticated village of Noosa to the urban centre of Maroochydore, the easy-going charm of Caloundra and the natural beauty of the Pumicestone Passage, each seaside spot has its own personality to get to know.
The Sunshine Coast offers a range of facilities and natural wonders for both visitors and residents to enjoy, from beautiful beaches and hinterland hideaways to state-of-the-art sporting facilities and entertainment venues. The sunshine coast hosts a variety of major and regional event; there is something to keep everyone entertained throughout the year.

Nature and Climate

The Sunshine Coast has one of the highest sunshine readings in the world, averaging approximately 7 hours of sunshine a day. It has a subtropical climate with the annual temperature ranging from a low of 9°C in winter to a maximum of 29°C in Summer. The 100km stretch of beaches stay packed all year round with ocean temperatures remaining at a pleasant 19°C during the cooler months, rising to 26°C in Summer. Not only does the Sunshine Coast have some of the best beaches in the country, about a one-hour drive south of Noosa is the breathtaking Glass House Mountains National Park, featuring lush rainforest and the 11 impressive peaks of the Glass House Mountains.

Arts & Culture

Horizon Sunshine Coast – Festival of Arts and Culture, is a region-wide event that celebrates the creative and artistic vibrancy of the region with a broad program crossing all art disciplines from visual art to film, literature, performance, street art and more.
An initiative of Sunshine Coast Council, the 10-day festival was presented for the first time in 2016, with over 200 separate events and activities presented across 16 locations around the Coast. Sunshine Coast Council partnered with local artists, and community organisations through an EOI process to foster a strong sense of community ownership and collaboration across the diverse program.

Popular Attractions

Australia Zoo, the Big Pineapple, UnderWater World marine park, the Buderim Ginger Factory, Aussie world with the Ettamogah Pub, the Eumundi Markets and the Majestic Theatre.