The Sunshine Coast
Stretching from Pelican Waters near Brisbane to the Great Sandy National Park in the north, The Sunshine Coast’s lush forest hinterlands and majestic coastal scenery offer a relaxing, wholesome way of life for students looking to integrate the great outdoors into their way of life.
The climate is humid and subtropical. Days are warm and sunny year round. Nights can be cool. Temperatures average 27 degrees in January and only fall as low as 10 degrees in July, but it is named The Sunshine Coast for a reason. Surfing, beachside walks and balmy days are the norm all year.
The translink rail system links The Sunshine Coast with Noosa and Brisbane. During the peak summer period, the council operates free bus services throughout the coast. Your gocard can be used in this area and to explore the peripheral forests and coastline.
Tourism and retail are major sectors of The Sunshine Coast’s economy and Indeed.com and SEEK are the best sources for this. However, its beautiful climate is attracting technology companies geared towards innovative, forward thinking environmental solutions. When searching for jobs in this area, it is helpful to narrow your search to specific suburbs. Caloundra is an area often seeking receptionist and retail positions, while baristas are always in demand in Coolum Beach.
The Village provides a range of options from sharing a flat to studio units and boarding in a house for students attending Sunshine Coast University. A single room with a shared bathroom is $165 per week. Be conscious of finding an area near your school as Mooloolaba, Nambour, Maroochydore, South Port and South Bank all have learning campuses and travel distances can vary.
The Sunshine Coast is all about the outdoor life. The Cooloola Wilderness Trail within the Great Sandy National Park offers beautiful coastal stretches, but is also punctuated by wildflower heath, coastal vegetation, coloured sand cliffs, swamps and lakes. Regal eucalyptus forests sculpt this 3-5 day trail. For a more leisurely experience, the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve overlooks the Glasshouse Mountains and is a ‘living museum’ of all the wildlife that once covered the entire Blackall Range. This romantic spot offers an educational facility and also plenty of picnic spots. The Inskip Recreation Area is nestled between open surf and a sheltered estuary and is picturesque for bird watching and ‘bare bones’ camping. The beloved SEA LIFE aquarium offers the chance to see many of Australia’s fascinating underwater creatures in one place. The student wow card is the largest student discount programme in Queensland. Basic membership is only $12 and gives access to over 260 discounts and deals.