Living on the Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast has a population of just over 300,00 people and is an area of Queensland situated on the eastern coast, about one and a half to two and a half hours drive north of Brisbane. As with the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast is an area with beautiful beaches and stunning hinterland, all in one.
So what is the difference between the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast? People in these parts can argue all day long about which is best but they’re both great. But they are different.
In a nutshell, the difference is that the Gold Coast is more commercial, it’s busier and it is the home of many theme parks. But if you like your beaches a little quieter, although not too quiet, go Sunshine Coast.
Right in the middle of the Sunshine Coast is my favourite beach, Mooloolaba. The towns of Mooloolaba and Maroochydore are so close together they are almost one. Between them they offer beautiful beaches, plenty of cafes and restaurants, large shopping centres and the beautiful Maroochy River.
Nearby, the “world famous” Eumundi Markets are open each Wednesday and Saturday morning until around 2 PM in the afternoons with over 1000 arts and crafts stalls selling their wares. Described as more than just a market, fabulous food and world-class music.
Another world-class attraction not quite within the area, probably about 15 km outside, is the Australian Zoo, probably one of the best zoos in the world.
The real beauty of the Sunshine Coast is when you’ve had enough of the beach, you are literally 10 to 20 minutes drive away from stunning hinterland. The scenic drive from Maroochydore to Mapleton via the Bli Bli Road is breathtaking. When you arrive, you can enjoy a relaxing beer in the historic pub whilst taking in the rolling hill views looking back towards the sea.
You could continue your scenic drive by taking in Montville and Maleny and even push on about 20 km outside the Sunshine Coast area to see the amazing Glass House Mountains.
The Sunshine Coast may not be as popular as the Gold Coast but it is less expensive and still has plenty to offer.
What’s the weather like?
And it will come as no surprise that possible severe weather that may affect the area from time to time is also as it is in Brisbane; cyclones and flooding. Those looking to move to this area and concerned about flooding should take a look at the Sunshine Coast Council’s River and Storm Tide Flood Maps.
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