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RDA Sunshine Coast Region


The RDA Sunshine Coast Region is located in south-east Queensland. The RDA Sunshine Coast Region encompasses a total land area of over 3,100 square kilometres, including significant beaches, coastline, waterways, national parks, state forests and bushland. The RDA Sunshine Coast Region is a rapidly growing residential and tourist area, with substantial rural, rural-residential and parkland areas. The Region includes coastal urban centres and inland towns. Tourism is a major industry, with many resorts and holiday accommodation places. Much of the rural area is used for dairy farming, cattle grazing and crop growing.

Key employment sectors in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region include health care, retail trade, accommodation and food services and education. The main public health care facilities are Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital and Nambour General Hospital, with private health care facilities at Buderim Private Hospital, Caloundra Private Clinic, Eden Private Hospital in Cooroy, Kawana Private Hospital, Nambour Selangor Private Hospital and Noosa Hospital, and a smaller public health facility at Caloundra Health Service. The main retail areas are located in the suburbs of Buddina, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Nambour, Noosa Heads, Noosaville and Sippy Downs. These include Bay Village Noosa, Big Top Shopping Centre, Chancellor Park Marketplace, Kawana Shoppingworld, Nambour Plaza Shopping Centre, Noosa Civic, Noosa Fair Shopping Centre, Noosa Junction Plaza, Noosa Marina, Noosa Village, Stockland Caloundra Shopping Centre, Westfield Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre and the Hastings Street commercial area in Noosa Heads. Smaller retail areas are located in the suburbs and townships of Beerwah, Bli Bli, Buderim, Coolum Beach, Cooroy, Currimundi, Eumundi, Landsborough, Maleny, Marcoola, Mooloolaba, Pelican Waters, Peregian Springs, Tewantin and Yandina, as well as the Eumundi Markets. Bulky goods shopping areas are located at Home Central Kawana in Birtinya, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre and Noosa Homemaker Centre in Noosaville. Tourism is a major industry, with numerous attractions, national parks, beaches, lakes, rivers, golf courses, wineries, resorts and holiday accommodation places. Educational facilities are provided at CQUniversity (Noosa Campus), Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE (Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Nambour Campuses), University of the Sunshine Coast (Sippy Downs Campus), Sunshine Coast Health Institute and numerous schools.

RDA Sunshine Coast Region

NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Bruce Highway
  • Sunshine Motorway
  • Sunshine Coast Airport (Maroochydore Airport)
  • Sunshine Coast railway line


  • Brisbane CBD 100km
  • Brisbane Airport 100km
  • Port of Brisbane 100km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Cooroy (around Jarrah Street)
  • Noosaville (between Venture Drive and Ren Street)
  • Beerwah (south of Beerwah Golf Club)
  • Bells Creek (north)
  • Buderim (north-east)
  • Caloundra West
  • Coolum Beach (north-west)
  • Kunda Park
  • Maroochydore (south-east and west)
  • Moffat Beach (west)
  • Warana (south-west)