Queensland’s Sunshine Coast reaches north of Brisbane, as far as Noosa Heads. It offers migrants a quintessential Australian lifestyle, in a pleasant sub-tropical climate. Temperatures in summer average 28° Celsius and in what they jokingly call ‘winter’, about 20°. Although more sparsely populated than the Gold Coast, you won’t have to sacrifice career opportunities to enjoy the laid back existence.
The economy of Sunshine Coast is based on tourism, retail and construction, but migrants who arrive with a head full of good ideas and a can-do attitude will find a culture that really supports the entrepreneurial spirit. Based at the University of Sunshine Coast’s Sippy Downs campus, industry and government have teamed up with academics to develop an ‘innovation hotspot’. This initiative supports start up ventures and networking events in ICT and knowledge based industries.
Many families migrate to Sunshine Coast for the variety of active, educational adventures in the great outdoors. Take your pick from theme park activities like Underwater World and Australia Zoo. Make your own fun hiking in the national parks; or try a snorkel or surf board on for size.
As well as the Sunshine Coast University, the area is serviced by a selection of good state and some private schools; there is a large public hospital at Nambour, and several smaller private hospitals.
The most common way to get around coastal Queensland is by car. The Bruce Highway, starting in Brisbane follows the coast north to Cairns. There is a rail service running further inland, which connects to the coast via bus.