Choose Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast’s villages and towns are enshrined in nature

The region’s seven national parks and UNESCO Biosphere boast one third of Australia’s bird species, more than 150 rare or endangered species, and unspoilt wetlands, rainforests and coastal heath.

Being enveloped in nature allows for an abundance of nature-based activities. Water pursuits include surfing, sailing, kayaking, jet boating and dinner cruises. For land lovers, there is everything from farm-gate tours, seaside cycling, hinterland hikes and champion golf courses to shopping and day spas.

Waterside parks, al fresco eateries, mountain-top vineyards, botanic amphitheatres and beach 'ballrooms' transform into nature-encased offsite venues, each offering a quintessential Queensland experience.
Add to this mix accredited tour companies eager to show delegates some rarely accessed sites, then you’ll see why the Sunshine Coast offers a privileged glimpse into nature’s playground.

Climatic bliss

With more than 300 sunny days a year, the Sunshine Coast boasts an ideal year-round climate and supports an active, outdoor lifestyle. Summers soaked in sunshine, warm autumns and springs, and winters where you can still swim. The enviable climate sees each season blend seamlessly into the next with daytime temperatures hovering between 15 and 26 degrees. More >

Naturally refreshing

With more than 150 kilometres of broad, sandy beaches, thousands of square kilometres of lush hinterland, and a laidback lifestyle, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to get away. Whether you want to unwind or get active, there is something for all groups on our beaches, our waterways and amongst our wilderness. More >

Food glorious food

Fast becoming Queensland’s favourite taste destination, the Sunshine Coast is home to more than 500 food and beverage producers. Courtesy of its distinctive coast and country geography and sensibilities, the region has an appetising variety of farm-to-table and boat-to-table dining experiences. Flavour filled touring opportunities include food trails, hinterland vineyards, local produce cooking schools, catch-and-cook experiences, and farmers markets. More >

Clean and green

Living in one of the most naturally beautiful places on the planet comes with a certain responsibility. The Sunshine Coast takes great care to protect its environment for today’s residents and for future generations. In support of this aim, the Council was pivotal in the establishment of the Noosa Biosphere. The first in Queensland, the biosphere is committed to innovative approaches to conservation and sustainable development. More >

Industry Strengths

The Sunshine Coast is fast becoming a national ‘brain centre’ for smart businesses that revolve around innovation, clean technology and entrepreneurial and artistic creativity. Supporting this boom is the Innovation Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast, which provides high-level business infrastructure and assistance. With a society that encourages and supports entrepreneurship, through collaboration and facilitation, the region continues to thrive and develop in concert with the community and environmental values. More >


Retail goldmine

From handcrafted, one-of-a-kind trinkets to high-end luxury brands, who could pass up a dose of Sunshine Coast style retail therapy? Step off the sand and onto boutique lined Hastings Street or beachside Mooloolaba – both offer items of beautiful design. Or wander the leafy boulevard of mountaintop Montville to discover more than 40 unusual, original shopping outlets. More >

Ease of access

The Sunshine Coast is extremely accessible from Australia’s capital cities and Auckland, New Zealand. The Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) is centrally located, just 10 minutes north of Maroochydore. Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia service the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide routes, linking the Sunshine Coast with flights to more than 55 Australian destinations, whilst Air New Zealand offers seasonal, direct services from Auckland. For those coming from further afield, it is an easy 45-minute drive from Brisbane’s domestic and international airports before arriving at the Sunshine Coast’s Glass House Mountains. More >

Abundant creativity

Creativity is salve for the soul. This might help explain why so many artists, artisans, architects, actors and musicians have sought solace in the peaceful, relaxing environs of the Sunshine Coast.

Thanks to this incredible talent pool, our arts scene thrives and much of our built environment blends in with nature. More >