I'm a freelance writer living on the Sunshine Coast.
Published June 11th 2016
Best Of The Best
People who live on the Sunshine Coast think that it is the best place to live - and they're not wrong! There are some things that are annoying, but other than that it's a wonderful place to work, bring up a family, or retire. The Sunshine Coast is the ultimate mix of natural subtropical landscapes ( beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains, hinterland, and national parks) and selective urbanisation, which helps make this region so unique.
1. Perfect Weather All Year Around Probably the biggest attraction is the subtropical weather. Summer day time temperatures rarely reach the mid or high thirties, so it is very comfortable (when it is not humid!) Winter day time temperatures are in the mid twenties and often feels like summer (when there are no cold fronts or winds about). 2016, in particular, has been a year of extended summer weather right into June. If you like the idea of spending most of the year wearing t-shirts, then you will love it here.
Sun, surf, and endless fun at Peregian Beach. (Photo courtesy of author).
2. Pristine Beaches Sunshine Coast beaches are large stretches of unspoilt paradise. You only have to dig into the wet sand to find a healthy ecosystem of pippis, sand crabs, beach worms, and sea snails. Also there are no crocs compared to up north! The winter water temperature of the Coral Sea is in the early twenties range which is great for all types of water sports. If you love water and the outdoors this is the place for you.
3. Relaxed Vibe
If you want to know just how relaxed it really is, last year, an architect came to our place wearing a t-shirt and thongs! The atmosphere is very laid back and the coastal areas like Noosa, Coolum, Peregian, and the beaches near Caloundra always retain a friendly holiday ambience.
Scenic and magical: View of Coolum from Emu Mountain. (Photo courtesy of author).
4. Clean Air and Wide Blue Skies The last time I was in Sydney, I exited the airport and the pollution hit me in the face like a brick wall! I was struggling to breathe in that nasty, stinky air. So if you want to breathe in fresh, pure air take a walk along one of our many gorgeous beaches for a hit of healthy negative ions. The Sunshine Coast hinterland and national parks are also very popular places to visit to revitalise yourself. In addition, low density buildings and housing in many suburbs has created a village atmosphere compared to the high-rise concrete jungles of major cities. This has the effect of creating spaces with wide blue skies.
5. Affordable Housing Currently there is a building boom on the Sunshine Coast and it is also the best time to invest because of low interest rates. Compared to Sydney, the cost of housing on the Sunshine Coast is a breath of fresh air! You can choose to purchase a new home or buy a house and land package. If you prefer living on acreage, there are plenty of opportunities to do so in nearby hinterland country towns.
The cows on this hinterland farm have a great view of the Glasshouse Mountains. (Photo courtesy of author).
6. Less Traffic and No Tolls Commuting by car in major cities often means paying tolls. But on the Sunshine Coast there are no tolls, even though most people here have to travel long distances. Roundabouts are everywhere on the Sunshine Coast which means less traffic and less pollution. This is a win-win situation for commuters and the environment.
7. Peace and Quiet In spring, summer and autumn, you can hear the chirping of crickets, cicadas, frogs, and toads at night. But in winter, quite often there is complete silence. It is a big change from the constant hum-drum of the city. Another benefit is that you can actually see the stars at night compared to suburbs constantly being illuminated by city lights.
8. Family Friendly The Sunshine Coast appeals to young families. There are many different schools and day-care centres to choose from. Parks and sporting facilities are within easy reach. Even food establishments will offer special deals such as 'kids eat free with paying adult' on certain days of the week. Not only are people here friendly and down-to-earth, there is a real sense of community too.
9. Land of Markets and Festivals Local weekend markets are many and varied on the Sunshine Coast. For example, people often buy plants and farm produce at Yandina and Maroochydore markets, handmade gifts at Eumundi markets, and food/ farm produce from Noosa Markets. Buying farm fresh organic produce from local farms is a great way of supporting our local farmers. The Coast is also a popular destination for many festivals throughout the year including the festival of surfing, music, food, and arts.
Best prices for plants at Yandina Markets. (Photo courtesy of author).
10. Living with Native Fauna
Brush turkeys stroll casually in parks and schools. Schools close to farms/acreages often have kangaroos grazing nearby. Geckoes are seen to adorn the walls of homes at night. Green Tree Frogs can be seen in gardens especially after a downpour of rain. Bearded dragons sun themselves on rocks, whilst carpet pythons and yellow-bellied green tree snakes move gracefully through the trees. Sea turtles nest on the beaches. Sadly, koalas are almost extinct because of all the development. The birdlife is incredibly beautiful and varied. So if you are fond of our Australian native animals, you will love living on the Sunshine Coast.