Sunshine Coast Suburb Choices
The Sunshine Coast can be broken down into smaller sub regions which all have their own special appeal. We have broken them down into sub regions starting from the Northern end at Noosa, Maroochydore region in the centre and to the Southern end at Caloundra.
This is intended to provide a brief overview of the appeal of each region as a guide to help you match the types of property you might like with the lifestyle you lead. Many of the suburbs listed will not be on most buyers’ radar as they are not promoted in the tourist brochures.
You can either scroll down through the various regions or click one of the links below. If you find any suburb or area you think would suit you, feel free to contact us and have a chat as to whether that will suit your lifestyle or budget.
Noosa Region Suburb Choice
The Noosa region towards the northern end of the Sunshine Coast region is one of Australia’s original and most popular beach holiday destinations, attracting more than 2.5 million visitors annually. The destination, known for its low rise and natural elements including ocean, lakes, river, national parks and hinterland, is a mix of beachfront and riverside villages, rural communities and retail and dining precincts.
The region covers the Noosa Local Government area – from Peregian Beach and Noosa Heads, west to the Noosa hinterland including the heritage-listed town of Eumundi. Noosa is also seen as a gateway to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island via a 45min beach drive along Teewah and Rainbow Beach or by road via Gympie.
Noosa Sub Regions:
- Eastern beach communities of Peregian Beach, Marcus Beach, Castaways Beach, Sunrise Beach
- Sunshine Beach
- Peregian Springs – (a newer suburb development 10-15minutes from Noosa and beach)
- Noosaville (also includes waterfront canal properties)
- Tewantin – ranging from river side to some small subdivisions.
- Doonan and Tinbeerwah up on the ridge – small acreage – some with great views.
- Noosa North Shore, access to the Fraser Island and Great Sandy National Park
- Noosa Hinterland – Cooroy, Pomona, Kin Kin, Cooran, Boreen Point, and embracing Eumundi
Noosa Tourists and Beaches
Noosa main beach and areas of the river can become quite congested during tourist season as there is only 1 road in to the beach. However, as a resident, you can quite easily avoid the Noosa beach for these few weeks a year and drive 10minutes down the road to Sunshine Beach or Peregian. Here you can have the beach all to yourself. Then once the tourists go home, Noosa’s all yours. I would rate it as the most beautiful beach you will find anywhere on the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast.
Noosa Region Facilities
Daily needs like the shopping centres are all away from the congestion and schools are on holidays at the same time as the tourists arrive. The only thing to consider is travel time to schools the further you go up into the hinterland as the school catchments are larger and primary and high schools will involve a bit of travel time
Move west 10-20mins and you will find some of the most beautiful small acreage properties you will find anywhere on the coast. From beautiful coastal views of Tinbeerwah to the peaceful rural outlooks of Eumundi and Cooroy there is a rural lifestyle to suit everyone. Keep in mind the further west you go, the school run in this rural region could become difficult if kids span primary and high school.
Noosa – Airport 20mins, Brisbane approx 1hr 45min-2hrs
Eumundi to Noosa Beach 20-25mins, Brisbane 1hr 30-40mins
Coolum Region Suburb Choice
With its beachside shopping strip and large beachfront park, this beautiful coastal town was first settled by Europeans in 1823. This small town is located on a headland with many properties offering substantial views of the coast and ocean.
Nestled halfway between Maroochydore and Noosa, Coolum is considered a surfing hotspot – home of top ranked pro surfer Julian Wilson. Coolum boasts a beachside boardwalk with magnificent views along the Sunshine Coast and is the site of the large dome shaped volcanic rock we know as Mount Coolum. Mount Coolum, thought to be 26 million years old is classified as a National Park and is great for a short 2 hour up and down morning climb to keep the family fit.
Coolum Sub Regions
Coolum offers a wide variety of beach activities, first class golfing experiences, walking and biking tracks, and dining options, the Coolum region includes:
- Coolum Beach
- Mt Coolum
- Point Arkwright
- Yandina Creek and Ninderry – 5-15mins back from the beach
Coolum Property Choices
Coolum properties range from million dollar houses or units with great ocean views on the easterly side to very affordable housing a few minutes down the road to the west. Suburbs such as Yaroomba and Mt Coolum offer many housing options all within a short walk or cycle to the beach.
Drive back towards the Bruce Hwy and you can find many small acreage properties, some on hilly outcrops offering spectacular views of the coast. Others are tucked away and secluded, yet so close.
Airport 5-10mins, Brisbane 1h 30min
The Mooloolaba/Maroochydore regions are located at the heart of the Sunshine Coast. This area stretches from the Hinterland in the west, south to Kawana and Caloundra and north to Marcoola. With Mooloolaba one of the most famous beaches in Queensland, the region offers diverse cuisine, stylish boutiques, assorted attractions and numerous events. It is also home to the region’s iconic marine attraction Sealife Mooloolaba.
This region encompasses many property options ranging from expansive waterfront homes that can house your yacht, to hillsides with views to very affordable brick and tile homes. All have great access and proximity to all the best facilities the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
Cross the Maroochy River to Twin Waters and Marcoola to access the Sunshine Coast Airport which is soon to be expanded and you can find very affordable beachside properties. Just 5-10mins west Bli Bli has experienced rapid growth with the newly developed Parklakes suburbs.
Mooloolaba/Maroochydore Sub Regions:
- Bli Bli
- Twin Waters
- Cotton Tree
- Alexandra Headland
- Sippy Downs
Airport 5-15mins, Brisbane 1h 20min
To the southern side of Maroochydore to Caloundra, most of the housing is located within a 5-10km strip adjacent to the beach. There are a range of housing styles from units, waterfront, townhouses, mostly of brick and block construction built within the previous 20-30years.
This is a great area if you lead an active lifestyle as there are km’s of walking/cycling paths along the beachfronts and easy access to the beach from all of these suburbs. There are 3 aquatic centres, many sporting fields and a 2000m long rowing lake at Kawana. Boaties and Fisherman have a number of great spots to launch their boats or fish from the shore.
Sippy Downs encompasses the education precinct which includes State leading public schools as well as private school options. This area is also the location of the expanding Sunshine Coast University.
Centrally located is the hillside village of Buderim. Being only 5-10mins from the beach it is a prime location just back from the coast. There are many choices ranging from multi million dollar properties with ocean views to over 55’s villages and all other choices in between.
To the west of the Bruce Hwy and in the foothills of the Blackall Ranges lie the smaller villages of Ilkley, Chevallum, Eudlo, Palmwoods and Woombye. These small towns lie just behind Buderim and offer the privacy of small acreage living yet still with easy access to all the facilities of the coast and transport access. In comparison to other areas, this region offers great value for money.
Drive 20mins to the south of Maroochydore you will find the new Bokarina beach precinct. This is a master planned community located adjacent to the beachfront. 5 minutes drive inland gives you access to the new Sunshine Coast University hospital along with the Kawana sports precinct and many lakeside property options.
25mins to the West of Maroochydore is Nambour. This was historically the major centre on the Sunshine Coast, prior to the Bruce Hwy being built in 1990. Nambour was bypassed but remains the largest of the Hinterland towns. It has many affordable property options ranging from units priced as low as $2-300k (Median $320k), and a median house price of $385k (2017). The town has good access to transport and has a major public hospital. It also is one of the admin centres of the Sunshine Coast regional council.
The Caloundra region encompasses the southern coastal end of the Sunshine Coast and stretches from Pumicestone Passage to Point Cartwright. Amongst a plethora of beach activities, and the stunning Glass House Mountains backdrop to the South West, this playground of the Sunshine Coast tourism region provides the perfect base to visit the destination’s iconic attractions such as Aussie World, The Big Kart Track and Australia Zoo, which are located right at its doorstep.
This region once again has a vast range of property options. Caloundra has many ocean view apartments, while just back from the coast the variety of suburbs from small low maintenance lots to small acreage living are available.
Suburbs like Pelican Waters offer substantial waterfront canal homes at a fraction of the price of what you would pay in a capital city, yet offering so much more in terms of lifestyle. As you move along the coast to Caloundra, there is a wide range of apartment living choices to suit all budgets.
The Caloundra South Aura development is a new State priority development area which is to provide approximately 20,000 homes for up to 50,000 new residents. The first stages are already underway of this massive economic expansion of the Sunshine Coast.
Caloundra Sub Regions:
- Pelican Waters
- Golden Beach
- Bulcock Beach
- Kings Beach
- Dicky Beach
- Moffat Beach
- Caloundra South
Airport 25mins, Brisbane 1h 15min
Sunshine Coast Hinterland
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland region is full of natural and coastal country experiences, encompassing the dramatic Glass House Mountains and Blackall Range. The region is full of picturesque scenery and culture, art galleries and boutique shopping. It is also home to the Crocodile Hunter’s world-famous Australia Zoo.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland Sub Regions:
- Glass House Mountains
Sunshine Coast Airport 35mins,
Brisbane – 1h (Beerwah) – 1.5hrs Montville,
Brisbane Airport is approx 1hr from the southern end of the coast and approx1.5-2hrs from the northern end of the Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Hinterland
To the Northern end, Mapleton, Montville and Flaxton are small communities that offer the country feel with many small acreage properties. Great views are to be had from the main road along the range and many of the hillside properties in the area.
Maleny is the largest Hinterland town on the range and with the undulating landscape of the ranges, there are many view options towards the coast as well as across the surrounding region south to the Glass House Mountains. It is the home of Maleny Dairies, which gives an idea of the sort of lush green farmland surrounding the hinterland towns. A few minutes out of town and you can access some of these larger acreage properties.
Move down to the Glass House mountains area and you find the local townships of Landsborough, Beerwah and Glass House mountains. All offer very affordable property options from your 600m lots within the townships to both small and larger acreage properties in the surrounding area.
Being close to the Bruce Hwy and Brisbane makes this a very attractive, great value area. As Brisbane expands to the north, you can avoid the city while still having great access via road. The Brisbane to Sunshine Coast railway passes through these Glass House mountains towns before it reaches Nambour.