Regional overview

The Sunshine Coast is a region that is undergoing significant transformation. It was initially inhabited by the Kabi Kabi (Gubbi Gubbi) people, an Indigenous group made up of a number of smaller tribes inhabiting picture1the region from Elimbah Creek in the south to Cooloola National Park in the north.

Following European settlement the region has experienced two phases of development. During the first phase the area was characterised as an agricultural-based economy with supporting services.In the 1960s the region began its second phase, moving towards tourism, property development and personal service industries.

Since the late 1990s the region has been transitioning into a third phase of development, characterised by rapid diversification that builds on the existing strengths of the tourism industry. The Sunshine Coast is moving toward an era of broader economic potential, greater employment opportunities and an enhanced 21st century lifestyle.

Key features of the region include:

  • A regional economy offering a relaxed lifestyle
  • Close proximity to a major capital city – Brisbane
  • More than 200km of coastline
  • Major tourist attraction centres along the coastal region and in the hinterland
  • A number of key National Parks and protected areas
  • Glasshouse Mountains – heritage-listed volcanic peaks rich in Aboriginal history.

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