RDA Sunshine Coast Region

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Sunshine Coast Council area


The Sunshine Coast Council area encompasses a total land area of about 2,200 square kilometres, including significant beaches, coastline, waterways, national parks, state forests and bushland. The Council area is a rapidly growing residential and tourist area, with substantial rural, rural-residential and parkland areas. Much of the rural area is used for dairy farming, cattle grazing and crop growing. The Sunshine Coast Council area includes coastal urban centres and inland towns.

Key employment sectors include health, retail, tourism, construction, manufacturing and education. The Sunshine Coast features one major public hospital (Nambour Hospital), one major private hospital (The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital), and several smaller hospitals. The Sunshine Coast has numerous retail centres, the most significant being Big Top Shopping Centre, Caloundra Central Business District, Chancellor Park Market Place, Kawana Shoppingworld, Nambour Plaza Shopping Centre, Nambour Town Centre, Stockland Caloundra Shopping Centre, Sunshine Homemaker Centre and Westfield Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre, with markets at Currimundi and Eumundi. Tourism is an important industry, with numerous resorts, holiday accommodation places, attractions and golf courses. The main industrial areas are located in the suburbs of Beerwah, Bells Creek, Buderim, Caloundra West, Coolum Beach, Kunda Park, Maroochydore, Moffat Beach and Warana. The Sunshine Coast features two tertiary institutions (Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE and University of the Sunshine Coast) and numerous private and public schools.

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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 Coast Airport (Maroochydore Airport)
  • Sunshine Motorway
  • North Coast railway line


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

Major Industrial Precincts

  • 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)

RDA Sunshine Coast Region

economic profile