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The Sunshine Coast is famous for its superb natural environment and healthy, smart communities.

Home to more than 346,000 people and expected to grow to over 500,000 by 2041, the region enjoys an average of seven hours of sunshine a day and a sub-tropical climate that makes outdoor dining and leisure a year-round proposition. 

300

days of sunshine per year

52 km

of open coastline

13,000 km

of watercourses

1,800

local cultural and sporting events each year

7,000

hectares of recreation parks, sport fields and botanic gardens

39,835 hectares

of national parks, state forests and forest reserves

The Sunshine Coast has long been one of Australia’s top tourist destinations, boasting world-acclaimed, family-friendly beaches and an enchanting hinterland. In January 2022, the Sunshine Coast was announced as the #1 most loved destination on the planet, according to the inaugural Tourism Sentiment Index. The index is an extensive study of consumer sentiment which analysed 1.6 billion online conversations and content pieces from over 21,330 global destinations. 

The Sunshine Coast offers a supportive business environment and outstanding primary, secondary and tertiary education facilities. The region’s growth is fuelled by significant investment in major infrastructure and community projects.

Climate

The region lives up to its name with clear blue skies, a vibrant, green hinterland and an abundance of sunshine averaging seven hours per day, over 300 days per year. 

Summer
(December - February)
Low 20ºCHigh 28ºC
Autumn
(March - May)
Low 16ºCHigh 25ºC
Winter
(June - August)
Low 10ºCHigh 21ºC
Spring
(September - November)
Low 15ºCHigh 25ºC

The Sunshine Coast is the major events capital of regional Australia, showcasing a range of drawcard events including the Caloundra Music Festival, Mooloolaba Triathlon, Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast, Horizon Festival, a line-up of food and wine festivals, four national outrigger titles and a variety of other major sporting and cultural events.

The Sunshine Coast will play a key role in the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games as host to events including marathon running, soccer, kiteboarding, road cycling, mountain bike riding and basketball.

The games will have a profound impact on raising the profile of the region on the global visitor map.

A wide assortment of family attractions is located on the Sunshine Coast including Australia Zoo, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and Aussie World.

Maroochydore City Centre is Australia’s newest greenfield CBD and aims to be Australia’s first truly smart city, just 10 minutes from the Sunshine Coast Airport and 20 milliseconds from Asia via the new broadband submarine cable.

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