About Sunshine Coast

One of the natural emotions that we, human beings, possess is the love of a place. This love shapes us, conforming to the topography we inhabit. Every place is unique. It has its own identity that sets it apart from other places. Sunshine Coast is one of them. A place like no other.

Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, with an increasing number of people choosing to move there from within Queensland, interstate and overseas. The region is home to a population of more than 280,000 and predicted to grow to 450,000 by 2031.  It is located in South East Queensland, about 100 km north of Brisbane. Although the area does not have a central business district, it still is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Queensland – third biggest to be precise.

The Sunshine Coast can be broken down into three main areas:

  • North Sunshine Coast – Includes Noosa and the Hinterland
  • Central Sunshine Coast – Is the region of Maroochy
  • South Sunshine Coast – Is the area around Caloundra

The Sunshine Coast is just over one hour by road, north of the state capital of Brisbane and covers an area of approximately 2,291 square kilometres with 52.3 kilometres of open coastline.

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Climate

The Sunshine Coast certainly earns it name with an average of seven hours sunshine a day. The sub-tropical climate is ideal for the beach and year round activity.

Geography

Mount Coolum is the second largest monolithic rock in the world. Covering an area of roughly one square kilometre, the large rock is also home to more than 700 plant types (the entire island of Great Britain has only 1,400 species).

History

The region was first sighted by Captain Cook in 1770 during his epic voyage aboard the HMS Endeavour. Cook named the eleven hills that dot the coastal plains the Glass House Mountains because they reminded him of the glass furnaces in Yorkshire. The mountains are the cores of extinct volcanoes that are more than 26 million years old.

Indigenous

Most of the Sunshine Coast’s towns are named after aboriginal words for local flora and fauna: Buderim (hairpin honeysuckle), Maroochydore (red-bill swan), Caloundra (beech tree), Mooloolaba (snapper fish), and Nambour (red-flowering tea tree).

Things to do

The real beauty of the Sunshine Coast is when you’ve had enough of the beach.

Best Dog Beach 

Stumers Creek Park is located at beach access No.69, a short stroll north from the Coolum main beach entry, and is touted as being the best beach for dogs.

Safest Swimming Beach

Mooloolaba Beach offers stunning views over the Pacific Ocean. Northerly facing, it is known as one of the safest swimming beaches on the Sunshine Coast, providing protection from the prevailing southerly and south-easterly winds, ensuring near-perfect conditions all year round.

A little privacy

Perhaps you want something a little less crowded. That’s where Peregian Beach comes in. It’s gorgeous and you can sometimes walk for miles without seeing anyone else. When you do come across a neighbour, they’ll likely be pretty relaxed.

Truly, Sunshine Coast is a place like no other.

 

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