Sunshine Coast

Living on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast The Sunshine Coast has a population of around 330,00 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.Sunshine Coast Location

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 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?

Sunshine Coast Annual WeatherAgain, being so close to Brisbane the weather is very similar to the climate in the city. So no need to worry about winter and like the Gold Coast, you can use the beaches all year round.

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 Flood Information Map.

Here’s a map of the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Map
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

Questions about Sunshine Coast?

If you have any question about living in Sunshine Coast, please please feel free to ask them in the comments below. Or if you know this city well, why not tell us what you think of it or maybe even help out by answering some of the questions people have about the area. I’m sure anybody thinking of moving here would be very grateful for any help you can give them.

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  • Shahid January 10, 2017, 10:53 pm | Link

    Hi BOB
    I have to move Buderim area with family , I have 489 visa , by profession I am IT professional.But IT jobs are difficult to find there,would you suggest me what type of work is suitable for survival with family, how about rent in buderim for 2 bedroom house.
    Kindly suggest me something so that i should be mentally prepare for that time. I have kids as well.

  • Lily January 6, 2017, 10:46 pm | Link


    I’m a french student and I’m coming to the sunshine coast at the end of the month to do an internship. My work place is Maroochydore so I would like to know if you have any tips about the areas I can look into for accommodations.

    • BobinOz January 8, 2017, 1:21 am | Link

      Well it’s all really nice up there, there are no ‘bad areas’, and Maroochydore is marvellous. I’m actually on my way out there tomorrow for a three day beachside break and really looking forward to it.

      If I were you, I’d just go for accommodation that suits your budget and is close to where you will be working. I’m sure you will love the whole area. Good luck, Bob

  • Aj December 14, 2016, 8:06 am | Link

    Hey bob , thinking of relocating to sunshine coast a family of 5. And suggestions of areas to look that are not so expensive to live.

    • BobinOz December 14, 2016, 8:46 pm | Link

      I don’t really know the area well enough, but if you want not so expensive you will almost certainly need to stay away from the beach and definitely not Noosa. The hinterland is very nice though, but hopefully somebody who knows Sunshine Coast well can guide you better than I can.

      Anyone got any tips for Aj?

      • Cathy Browning January 21, 2017, 11:41 pm | Link

        Hi Bob, great site, just been nosing around the site. Lived on the Sunshine Coast for years, then Cairns, in the UK for a while but intend to return to my house in Caloundra in the next few years. Happy to help with suggestions to people intending to live in and around those areas in any way, shape or form. May even do airbnb myself when I return as my adult kids in Brisbane.
        In Queensland, the nearer the beach the more expensive property is. For those in the medical fields, the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital will open with about 450 beds in 2017, with ability to grow to more than 738 beds. Check out this link for job opportunities.

        La’Dell – seems that the Sunshine Coast would be an ideal place for you and your family. Lots of young families around, good schools, variety of beaches, my kids loved it. Not as fast as the Gold Coast of which I’m not a fan. For your business interests, it sounds a great place with the population and the demand for early childhood services increasing. The Sunshine Coast hinterland is very green and reminds me of rolling hills of Yorkshire although the palm trees gives it away! Love it up there, Maleny, Montville, rural areas. Public transport is restricted to the main coast roads between Landsborough, Caloundra, Maroochydoore and Noosa, not the hinterland. Trains go from Landsborough a small rural town to Brisbane, takes approx one and a half hours – slow and the bus from Caloundra to Landsborough takes approx 30 minutes.

        Happy to help with any other questions -just ask!


  • Renat December 11, 2016, 9:11 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Me and my partner are thinking to relocate there. I m european and she is japanese and we have a baby. We are wondering if there would be issues for culture background and if it would be an expensive place to live

  • La'Dell November 27, 2016, 6:43 pm | Link

    Hi Thank you , Yes it does help it gives me confidence that it sounds like the right place to start and look for schools and houses to rent . Is it a good area for pre Schools and young families ,
    for my work ?

    thanks again .

  • La'Dell November 26, 2016, 9:09 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, I have read so much on your web pages over the 4 months , I feel I could pass an a level on your information . Which is fantastic , plus exciting . But a little overwhelming as you have said Australia is massive .I’m a single mam with four young boys ages between 6 years an 15 years . flying to Australia in May 2017, My mind is make up, fights are booked its the best , safe option for me and my children , as I have an x partner who has tried and still makes threats to kill us .we have had to relocate our lives three times in the past 12 years . my job , then twice i had to close my business, as one was a Montessori Day Nursery , I built up over 8 years now my Children’s Communication Business , toddles and Pre School Classes I run .
    he just keeps finding us.
    Reason I’m being open as I’m reaching out for help .NOT for visas I have that sorted .
    for friendly families connections , so me and my children do feel so isolated , and alone I’m a strong, well educated woman , NOT looking for a man . just in case any one thought that , lol
    I am left thinking , What I would find help full ….is help and advice on places to first try and settle.
    My family needs to feel for the first time they are safe and free , some where we can call home and build roots , make friends who we are not going to loose contact with for the first time in our lives .So far I feel the Sun Shine Coast would suit us .
    if I described my idea for home , could any one give us advice on what they think.
    In England Ilike the Yorkshire folk , Cornwall and Dorset country side and beaches not Newquay or Bournemouth, but Poole and Kennack sand , Coverack ,
    I would like the peaceful tranquil Beaches, close by yet I will need a area which is good for young famliy , Schools for my children and mother and toddler groups , Pre School Nurseries for my Work . I like the idea of Brisbane to visit when I want noise and color in my life ,
    Friendly folk where we can join a community .I love the aspect of diving in the Barrier Reef , and sailing ,what you you recommend ?
    Thank you to Any One who as Read this , thank you to any one who Offers advice .

    • BobinOz November 27, 2016, 9:28 pm | Link

      Glad to hear you have been reading lots of my website La’Dell, I’m almost tempted to devise a very tricky exam for you just to test your knowledge. Maybe I should come up with an exam for all of my readers?

      We could have student of the year and all sorts of things!

      But maybe I won’t 🙂

      Anyway, Sunshine Coast does actually sound perfect for you, although it’s nothing like Yorkshire, we don’t have anything in this country that is like Yorkshire. But Sunshine Coast is very much like Australia’s Cornwall inasmuch as it’s got beautiful beaches, it’s laid-back, it’s friendly, it’s safe, and there’s not much work.

      Drive 20 minutes inland and you have rolling hills and countryside. Perfect.

      Unlike Cornwall though, the weather is fantastic almost all the time on the Sunshine Coast. And, as you say, you can pop into Brisbane for your city fix whenever you want. Your children will love it there.

      Good luck with your move, Bob

  • uday November 26, 2016, 3:59 pm | Link

    hi bob

    My wife and me are planning to move to sunshine coast on student visa as my will be studing in Uni of Sunshine coast and i will be supporting her as i will be working full time. I have 2 years of experience in Customer service in Vodafone and BBus in Marketing and Managament from University of Newcastle Australia so is it easy to find job in Sunshine coast. So any suggestion on above quires wud b great help and i want to know that does sunshine coast comes under regional area or not

    • jim November 27, 2016, 11:50 am | Link

      Hi Uday,

      I had been relocated to the coast and its been 4 months now. its a beautiful place with peaceful living. Further, jobs at coast is challenging but not impossible. you need to work hard to get the job based on our experience, it took 2 months for us to secure the job after getting here.

      It is in regional Area (Helps to secure Points for PR).

      It is growing region and there is a new international Airport being constructed which possibly will be ready by 2020 (long way though).

      Hope this helps……

      • uday November 29, 2016, 2:40 am | Link

        Thanks a lot Jim, appreciate your response. I was more keen of knowing about part time jobs. What kind of jobs are available their to name a few ? What are you into ? Thanks a ton for sharing with us Jim .

        • BobinOz November 29, 2016, 8:51 pm | Link

          Sunshine Coast is a beautiful place to live, but it is also known as a place where it is difficult to find work. It’s a bit of a tourist area as well though, so maybe there are some part-time casual jobs about. It won’t be easy though.

          You can search for jobs through the links on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

          Hope that helps and good luck, Bob

          • Uday November 30, 2016, 2:29 am | Link

            Hi Bob thank you so much I want to know that my wife applied for admission in Murdoch Uni and Uni of the Sunshine Coast , as i read it is very difficult to find jobs in Perth. So what u think which wud b right place to get part time as well as full time is it Perth or Sunshine coast. As you will be knowing that on student visa spouse get full time and student get 20 hours per week. In beginning it wud be difficult but we are targeting to earn 3 k to survive and to save bit to pay for next year so 1500 dollars wud b enough to pay expenses for four weeks and save 1500 dollars for next years fees. Also want to know what if i work in brisbane so how is job opportunities in Brisbane so help if u have any info on above matter and your info are really helpful as I read about perth on your blog as it very difficult to find jobs so want to really know which wud b better place Perth or Sunshine Coast as it is very difficult to make decisions bcoz have no clue about the real situation as you will be able to help us to make decisions whatever info you have please share it wud b great help and thank you so much for your reponse.

            • BobinOz November 30, 2016, 11:32 pm | Link

              It’s really difficult to say, but my gut feeling is that both Perth and Sunshine Coast would be equally difficult to find jobs, and it would be slightly easier in Brisbane. You wouldn’t want the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane commute each day though, it’s a very long round trip.

              I really can’t help any more than that, but I do hope it works out for you whichever place you decide to go to.

              • Carol Bell January 20, 2017, 3:36 pm | Link

                Before you take the long journey, I would be finding out if he can follow you. Its great to move to the other side of the world but if he can follow it wont solve your problems. I would really research the work options, the further you go out of the city the less work there is. Its great to have a beach at your door but it is no good with out work. I would live closer to the city and work on the beaches when you have had time to see how it all works out. From the UK myself.

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