Industry strengths

Our industries

Attracted by the same naturally refreshing assets that make the Sunshine Coast a magnet for tourists, the region has attracted thousands of businesses and renowned academics in the sectors of health and wellbeing, aviation and aerospace, food production, creative industries, innovative manufacturing and clean technologies.


The Sunshine Coast has evolved into one of Australia’s leading aerospace hubs, boasting many diverse and globally-focused companies which specialise in manufacturing, project management, charter services, mechanical design, emergency services, airline crew training and maintenance. This has fuelled a global reputation and attracted national and international businesses such as Aeromil Pacific and Machjet International.
This breadth of local expertise makes the Sunshine Coast a natural choice for aviation, airline and aerospace-related conferences. This is being cemented with a major expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport to be completed by 2020. The expansion will benefit event organisers with many more direct flights from additional Australian locations, plus from across Asia and the Western Pacific. With the destination’s popularity continuing to soar and the region preparing for more visitors, it is no wonder that the Sunshine Coast Airport is officially Australia’s fastest growing airport.

Health and wellbeing

The Sunshine Coast’s healthy lifestyle was given a shot in the arm in 2017 with the opening of the new $1.8 billion 450-bed Sunshine Coast University Hospital – a hospital that enjoys co-location with the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, operated by Ramsay Health Care, and Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel, a full-service corporate hotel. These facilities are part of Australia’s largest project in healthcare infrastructure. More than $5 billion is committed to the construction of the hospitals, hotel, plus the USC Skills, Academic and Research Centre (SARC) and other health facilities within a 100-hectare greenfield health destination known as Oceanside Kawana Health Precinct. With stress proven to be a health concern, the Sunshine Coast Council is also playing a part  in making life restful and comfortable.  Plans for a light rail system will see residents and visitors quickly and efficiently transported along the coastal strip between Maroochydore and Caloundra. The first stage, to connect the Maroochydore City Centre with the Oceanside Kawana Health Precinct, is planned for completion by 2025.

Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) will revolutionise healthcare on the Sunshine Coast and offer a range of free public hospital services. When SCUH is fully commissioned, an estimated 10,000 fewer patients each year will no longer have to travel to Brisbane for complex admitted patient care. To download the lates information please click here

Clean technologies

The Sunshine Coast has become the natural choice for businesses that provide innovative products and services that measure, reduce or rectify negative environmental impacts. World-leading Sunshine Coast green technology companies provide environmental management services, sustainable building design, renewable energy, energy efficient manufacturing, LED lighting innovation, and water management.  
On the back of this innovation, the Sunshine Coast Council has built a 24-hectare solar farm – a first for an Australian local government organisation. Completed in early 2017, the farm generates sufficient power to offset all of Sunshine Coast Council’s electricity demand - that’s enough to power 15,000 homes for a year. This is already helping attract business people with one eye on their wallet and the other on the environment. One such cleantech business is Nano-Nouvelle, which is developing unmatched nanotechnology to boost lithium ion battery storage capacity by up to 50 percent.

The Arts

The region is nurturing knowledge and success through a creative, artistic and cultural revolution, helping people and businesses with ingenuity and inventiveness at their core to thrive. The Sunshine Coast has proven its prowess when it comes to being a prime location for creative and knowledge-based industries, with literally hundreds of local enterprises contributing to community sustainability through high-value, low-impact economic activities. The Creative Alliance – Sunshine Coast is spearheading this boom, with hundreds of businesses participating in creative pursuits. Areas in which local companies have excelled on a national and international stage include architecture, computer animation and video game production, film and broadcasting, marketing, multi-media production, and music.


The Sunshine Coast has the perfect recipe for agribusiness success, with farm production and allied industries adding more than $360 million to the gross regional product each year. Rich soils and favourable climatic conditions, along with plentiful water, ensure that the produce from our 900 farms is flavoursome and nutritious. 
World-class food and beverage processing businesses focussing on fruit, nuts, vegetables, herbs, seafood, baked goods, dairy and horticultural products prepare the fresh local produce for consumption in supermarkets, gourmet outlets and more than 500 restaurants, many of which boast chefs hats and national awards. Internationally and nationally successful local businesses, such as Gourmet Garden, Country Chef and Epicurean Products, have hit pay dirt thanks to our outstanding produce. 
Conference and incentive groups also benefit from the local providence of the region’s offerings with spectacular culinary experiences, producers’ dinners, local artisan cheese making workshops, craft brewery sampling and premium wine tastings.

Education and research

With a nationally-awarded public university, a four-campus TAFE, numerous high-performing private schools, a four-tier education precinct (from kindergarten through to university), and a new teaching hospital that also conducts research across a range of clinical and non-clinical areas, the Sunshine Coast revolves around the imperative nature of education. 

USC is the fastest-growing regional university in Australia and offers more than 140 undergraduate and postgraduate programs in a wide range of disciplines. USC is also home to more than a dozen nationally recognised research centres, the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute and a Clinical Trials Centre. Leading research areas include nursing, biological sciences, clinical sciences, ecology, agricultural and veterinary sciences. USC’s on-campus facilities include the $37m Engineering Learning Hub, cutting-edge simulation labs, a Structures Laboratory and an Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory. For more information on business and industry partnerships visit the USC website.

Tourism, sport and leisure

The Sunshine Coast is the major events capital of regional Australia. In 2016 the region hosted 60 major events that welcomed more than 150,000 visitors from 40 countries. This included the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, Va’a World Sprint Outrigger Championships, International Rally of Queensland, IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, and the Australasian  Police and Emergency Services Games. We are also the destination of choice for many annual events that attract the nation, such as the Noosa and Mooloolaba Triathlons, Noosa Festival of Surfing, Woodford Folk Festival and Noosa Food & Wine, to name a few. 
Event organisers are attracted by the region’s  vast open spaces, pristine beaches and premium venues, including the 15,000 capacity Sunshine Coast Stadium and adjacent Lake Kawana water sports facilities. Hosting your business event  
on the Sunshine Coast affords you unique opportunities for behind the scenes, meet 
the celebrities and offsite dining experiences associated with these events.

Knowledge industries

Ranked highest in Queensland for online business growth and Google AdWords, the Sunshine Coast  is the state’s most web savvy region and is home to a vast range of new technology, specialist ICT and knowledge-based companies. 
One of the major hubs where these digitally-focussed businesses can be found is the Sunshine Coast University’s Innovation Centre. Within its walls, start-up organisations find like-minded innovators and support, such as share spaces, favourable lease conditions and great connectivity. In the future all Sunshine Coast businesses will enjoy premium connectivity thanks to another major game-changing project that will see the region linked directly to global communications systems via an ultra-high-speed international submarine cable. 
The Sunshine Coast will then be the closest digital connection point in Australia to the leading markets of Asia and the US, translating to a pivotal advantage for the banking and finance sector, digital solutions developers and online businesses.

Maroochydore City Centre Project

The Maroochydore City Centre project is the nation’s only greenfield Central Business District development within an existing urban area, representing a unique opportunity to establish a new city heart in one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.

The development will unfold over the next 15-20 years, showcasing excellence in urban design and innovation with smart technology embedded throughout the 53-hectare site. Located just 10 minutes from the Sunshine Coast Airport and five minutes from world-class beaches, the new Maroochydore City Centre will include commercial offices, retail and dining precincts, inner-city apartments, parks, plazas, stunning new waterways, a premium hotel and entertainment, convention and exhibition facilities.

To read more visit their website here