Do you want every day to feel like you’re on holiday? To wake up to picturesque views of beaches, hinterland, and rainforests. Then it’s time to pack your bags and move to the Sunshine Coast, Australia.
Named the most loved place in the world, the Sunshine Coast is fast becoming a popular for young professionals, international students, families, and retirees.
About the Sunshine Coast
Located an hour from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is surrounded by 65kms of beautiful coastline and stunning mountain vistas. Home to the five different national parks in Queensland including; The Glass House Mountains National Park, Noosa National Park, and the Great Sandy National Park, the biodiversity of the Sunshine Coast is unmatched.
The untouched landscapes are just one of the reasons why over 3.2 million people visit the Sunshine Coast every year.
What’s more, the Sunshine Coast has fantastic weather, averaging around 300 days of sunshine per year. The temperature rarely drops below 28oc in summer and averages around 20oc in winter. It is no wonder 359,000 people call it home.
Here are 6 more reasons to move to the Sunshine Coast!
(1) There is Plenty to Do
Whether you’re the outdoor adventure type or the brunch and shopping type there is something for everyone on the Sunshine Coast.
For all the foodies, the Sunshine Coast has a fantastic dining scene. The Mooloolaba Esplanade has an array of restaurants to cater to all your food cravings. While Alexandra Parade has dining with a view, located on the waterfront you can enjoy your meal while taking in the spectacular scenery.
For those who love a bit of retail therapy, the Sunshine Coast has got you covered. The Sunshine Coasts Sunshine Plaza has over 320 speciality stores, a cinema, and a high ropes course so you can keep the whole family entertained while shopping. The Local Markets are also a very popular Friday night activity, showcasing the vibrant culture of the city.
For nature lovers, the Glass House Mountains will be your new stomping ground with 11 breath-taking ranges to explore, each with its unique landscapes, views, and tracks.
(2) It’s the Perfect Place to Have a Family
One of the best things about the Sunshine Coast is the incredibly relaxed lifestyle and a strong sense of community, the locals are very friendly and welcoming to newcomers. No matter your age, it’s easy to make friends, with lots of community groups, activities, and events to attend.
What’s more, the education facilities on the Sunshine Coast are second to none. Sunshine Coast Grammar School is a very highly rated private school that teaches from prep to year 12 (the final year of school in Australia). While Chancellor State College is a popular public primary school and Sunshine Beach State School is an internationally accredited public secondary school.
(3) Housing Options
The Sunshine Coast housing market is booming and there are plenty of housing options to suit all lifestyles with the average median house price varying depending on what suburb you choose.
Peregian Springs is a popular choice with families. The median four-bedroom house price is roughly $965,000 and rent is around $720 a week. Over half of the households in this neighbourhood have children with an array of education facilities, cafes, restaurants, parks, and sporting fields there is so much to keep the kids entertained.
While Coolum Beach is a fantastic location for those wanting to retiree. The median price for a one-bedroom unit is $585,000 and rent is roughly $420 a week. There is a strong neighbourly spirit in this suburb and plenty of cafes, restaurants, medical facilities, and shopping. Additionally, it is conveniently only 10 minutes from the airport.
Another favourite is the seaside suburb of Buddina, home to the Sunshine Coasts largest shopping centre, plenty of dog-friendly cafes, and magnificent walking trails. The median four-bedroom house price in Buddina is higher than the others at 1,498,500 and rent is $800 per week.
(4) Stable Job Market
Much like the housing market on the Sunshine Coast, the job market is growing with plenty of opportunities in a range of industries.
While the Sunshine Coast is known for its aerospace and specialist IT offerings, if you’re wanting a career in health and wellbeing, education, professional services, tourism, agriculture, clean technologies, aviation, or hospitality then you are in luck! These sectors are continuing to grow with jobs available at all skill levels.
You can check out current job opportunities on the Sunshine Coast here.
What’s more, the Sunshine Coast is super central. Only one hours drive from Brisbane you can head away for an adventure-packed weekend or jump on a flight and be in Sydney within an hour and a half.
There are also regular flights back to New Zealand from the Sunshine Coast Airport, making it easier than ever to plan a trip home.
(6) The Beaches
For surfers, swimmers, and beach lovers the Sunshine Coast is a paradise. Home to some of the world’s best beaches, including, Mooloolaba Beach which has been voted the best beach in Queensland. This family-friendly, surfing beach offers the best of both worlds with shallow paddling areas and surf breaks with larger swells. The Mooloolaba esplanade also has a range of cafes, restaurants, and shops if you don’t feel like swimming.
If you’ve decided the Sunshine Coast is the place for you, get in touch with us at The Moving Company for a free no-obligation quote. With over 35 years’ experience, we have helped countless Kiwis relocate to the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Get in touch today: 0800 668 464