Sunshine Coast climate is subtropical, with warm temperatures and sunny days all year round. In the summer the average temperature varies between 21º and 29º C and the rain is sporadic, while in the winters the temperature varies between 10º and 22º C, and the season is dry.
Peaceful, without major crowds and connected to nature, but with a scenario of increasing innovation driven by the opening of hundreds of startups
The Europeans settled on the Sunshine Coast in the nineteenth century, initially using the coast as a port for floating out wood and later using the land for fruit and dairy farms. In the following decades, especially after World War II, tourism was the fastest growing industry, popularizing the beaches of Sunshine and establishing the region as a holiday destination. In 2008, its three main cities and counties, Caloundra, Maroochy and Noosa, had their administrative areas merged, officializing the Sunshine Coast, which until then was only a region, as a new city. The people of Noosa didn’t like that and, after two referendums, voted to be independent again, which happened on January 1, 2014. Which means that Noosa is part of the Gold Coast region, but not the city.
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With buses covering the entire coast, from Caloundra to Noosa, and trains going inland, the Sunshine Coast public transport, like neighboring cities such as Brisbane and Gold Coast, also offer the rechargeable Go Card, accepted in all different means of transportation. And with the advantage that international students pay half the price of tickets. Within each suburb, as they are small, it’s possible to do most of the day-to-day activities on foot, by bicycle or by bus. But for traveling to other suburbs or more distant beaches, taking a bus is the best choice.
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Just over an hour north of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast is an extensive paradise for those seeking a more peaceful lifestyle, away from large crowds and surrounded by nature and great beaches for surfing. From Caloundra, the southernmost suburb of the Sunshine Coast, to Laguna Bay, north of Noosa Heads, in the location that’s most sought after by international students, there are dozens of top-level surfing spots, some are secret and others are well-known and delightful for beginners and the more experienced surfers.
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Why to study in Sunshine Coast with WEST 1
1) Why study Sunshine Coast
Driven by the tourism industry, the Sunshine Coast economy has thrived in recent decades and has attracted hundreds of startups to the region, which has become an innovation hub in Australia. This is reflected in the city’s academic and professional life, whether in English courses in Maroochy and Noosa, vocational courses at the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE in Mooloolaba, and at the University of the Sunshine Coast with its branches at Sippy Downs, Noosa and Fraser Island.
No matter what you are going to study and where you will live, the student will be surrounded by lots of nature, including fantastic beaches, and will always have the advantage of paying only half the price for public transportation tickets.
2) 10 reasons to study in Sunshine Coast
- International students can work 40 hours per fortnight (and full time during vacations);
- International students pay only half the cost for public transportation tickets;
- The region has become one of Australia's leading innovation hubs;
- The region hosts the University of the Sunshine Coast, which is headquartered at Sippy Downs and has units in Noosa and Fraser Island;
- Sunshine Coast has a TAFE unit;
- Subtropical climate with sunlight and heat during most of the year;
- Just over an hour from Brisbane;
- Peaceful lifestyle, surrounded by nature;
- Surfing paradise;
- It houses two of the largest national parks on the Southeast Coast of Queensland, Noosa and Mooloolah.
3) About Sunshine
Sunshine Coast is the coastal region just above Brisbane, which despite the recent mergers and divisions of its major cities and counties, can be divided into basically four regions: Caloundra, to the south, Maroochy, more central, Noosa to the north, and Glass House Mountains, inland.
Those seeking a more peaceful lifestyle, Caloundra and Maroochy are ideal, mixing calm waters with great surfing beaches. On the other hand, Noosa Heads, the favorite place for international students, is more sophisticated and combines fantastic nature with beaches, bay, river, canals, rainforest and national park with upscale restaurants and the world's most expensive designer stores.
4) Accommodations in Sunshine Coast
When researching a place to live in Sunshine Coast, it’s very important that it be close to your school or that you can easily get there by public transport. We divided the accommodations into two types, according to the duration of the trip:
The hostels are good options for those who want to save money with accommodation. The rooms in general are shared, but there are also rooms for couples and private options. Preferred by young travelers, they have quite relaxed environments, with lots of socialization and therefore are very sought after during high seasons.
They are kinda like hostels but offer private, couples and group rooms. The environment is less busy and more private than hostels, the prices are a bit more expensive, but still cheaper than hotels.
WEST 1 recommends that, at least for the first few weeks, students stay in a homestay, which are homes of Australian families or immigrants who have been in the country for many years. It’s there that the student begins to have contact with the Australian culture, put into practice what they learn at school, get to know the city and ask questions. To participate in this type of program, families are accredited by the Australian government, which guarantees total safety for the student.
After the homestay period, the student will already be more familiar with the school and the city. Feeling more independent, the next step is to share an apartment or a room with other students, many of them of different nationalities, which is a great experience and great for improving the language. The rent is usually paid weekly, and before moving you must deposit the famous “bond”, which is nothing more than an advance that ranges from two to four weeks of rent.
5) Work In Sunshine Coast
In Australia, as soon as classes begin, the student can work 40 hours per fortnight (and full time during vacations). In order to do that, it’s important to open a student account at a bank and make the Tax File Number, a record on the Australian Taxation Office that will allow you to get paid by the employer and have your income tax in order.
With more than 3.2 million visitors, tourism is the main industry of the Sunshine Coast, which is constantly growing. Therefore, jobs in all areas related to hospitality and food are the most common. Retail stores, whether on the streets or inside malls, especially the Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore, also offer opportunities as well as other stores. For students with more specific qualifications, it’s worth keeping an eye on the startups.
6) Attractions in Sunshine Coast
Noosa is the tourist heart of the Sunshine Coast with good surfing beaches such as Castaways, Sunrise and Sunshine, a huge bay (Laguna Bay), lakes and the Noosa River. The centre of Noosa Heads, home to one of the English language schools, has cafes, banks, cinemas and the grocery stores, but the most famous street is Hastings, which houses some of the world's most expensive designer clothing stores and sophisticated restaurants. At the end of this street you can find the stunning Noosa National Park, a rainforest paradise with wild animals.
Maroochy is the centre of the Sunshine Coast, an area that goes from Mooloolaba, where the TAFE is located, to Marcoola, suburb of the airport. From Mooloolaba there is a coastal pathway that passes through Alexandra Headland and goes to Maroochydore. It's beautiful and there’s always something going on. If you are looking for some peace of mind, Marcoola and Twin Waters are almost uninhabited beaches. If you want to see kangaroos, wallabies and birds, board the Maroochy River to Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary in Bli Bli.
The southernmost suburb is Caloundra, which has a sequence of sensational beaches, including Golden Beach with its calm waters, King's Beach, the most popular, and some perfect for surfing like Moffat, Currimundi and Wurtulla. Going inland, there are 16 volcanic cliffs known as the Glass House Mountains. The view in the area is fantastic, as are the walks through the rainforest and the small villages with their pubs, fresh food and crafts.
Did you know?
Mount Beerwah, going 556 meters above sea level, is known as "the mother" in the Dreamtime mythology of the Aborigines.
The name Maroochydore comes from the word "murukutchi-da", which means black swan land for the Aborigines
Measuring 16 meters high, one of the region’s tourist attractions is a huge pineapple, inaugurated in 1971 in Nambour