Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast region is located 100kms North of Brisbane, covers 1633km2 and is home to over 346,000 people.

Sunshine Coast is known for its pristine coastline, dotted with popular beaches and small coastal towns, rainforests, waterfalls, mountains and tourist attractions. Some of the more popular beaches include Coolum, Mooloolaba and Caloundra, while the Hinterland boasts heritage towns Montville, Maleny and the uniquely stunning Glasshouse Mountains. 

The Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land are the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi and Jinibara peoples. 

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Sunshine Coast Arts and Culture

The Sunshine Coast Arts Plan outlines key strategies for continued arts and cultural growth within the region such as:

  • Create opportunities to build strong, connected and prolific community of artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations
  • Grow local participation in the arts
  • Expose locally created content to the world
  • A dedicated network of places and spaces for artists to connect, create and collaborate
  • Ensure the coast is renowned for its art, and embraced by the local community

Sunshine Coast Arts Plan

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There are a range of cultural infrastructure, venues and facilities in the Sunshine Coast Region including:


Caloundra Regional Gallery

USC Art Gallery


Landsborough Museum

Nambour Museum


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The Events Centre Caloundra

Maroochy Arts and Ecology Centre

Black Box

Other cultural facilities

The Old Ambulance Station

Common Collective

Sub Tropic Studio

Maleny Community Centre

Caloundra Arts Centre

Imperial Hotel

Sol Bar

The Met

The Old Lock Up

Buderim Craft Cottage

Lind Lane Theatre

Sunshine Coast Council supports their local creative sector through professional development and funding opportunities including the following:

Sunshine Coast Regional Arts Development Fund

Other council grants

Cultural tourism and creative events

Horizon Festival

Caloundra Music Festival

Caloundra Film Festival

Open Studios

Sculpture on the Edge

Big Pineapple Music Festival

Nambour Winter Jazz Fest

TurnUp Conference

Australian Wearable Arts Festival

Sunshine Coast Comedy Festival

Anywhere Festival

The Bunker Spoken Word

Night Quarter

Other local cultural and creative groups

Maleny Players

Lind Lane Theatre

Bats Theatre Co

Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence

The Art Hub Sunshine Coast Creative Art School

Sunshine Coast Writers Group

Beerwah Writers Group

Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance

Arts Connect Inc

The Dive Theatre Collective

The House of Sole

LJ Projects

Arte Flamenco

Sunshine Coast Screen Collective

Sunshine Coast Natural Dyers