The Sunshine Coast is an urban area in South East Queensland
, north of the state capital of Brisbane
on the Pacific Ocean coastline. Although it does not have a central business district, by population it ranks as the 9th largest metropolis in Australia
and the third largest in Queensland.
The Sunshine Coast is a centre for tourism, containing attractions such as Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo
, UnderWater World
marine park, Aussie World with the Ettamogah Pub, The Buderim
Ginger Factory, The Big Pineapple
and the Majestic Theatre at Pomona.Sports tourism is supported by several annual sporting events such as Mooloolaba
Triathlon (October) and Sunshine Coast Marathon (August).
Several stretches of the Sunshine Coast are lined with unbroken beaches – from Sunshine Beach
near Noosa to Coolum Beach
(17 km (11 mi)); the coast from Point Arkwright to Mudjimba (11 km (6.8 mi)); the Maroochydore
–Mooloolaba stretch (5.6 km (3.5 mi)); and from Buddina past the Caloundra
CBD to Pelican Waters (22 km (14 mi)). Notable beaches include: