Sport, recreation and lifestyle
  • Last updated:
  • 04 Feb 2021


You did what?! Sport, recreation and lifestyle

We’re an active bunch here on the Sunshine Coast, with an enviable climate and an abundance of facilities and assets that support our energetic, outdoor lifestyle.

Sunshine Coast Council team members are busy in our community every day, maintaining parks and reserves, looking after beaches and improving sporting facilities.

What a year looks like*

  • Managed more than 1200 parks and gardens
  • 8 million visitors to clean and safe beaches
  • Lifesavers rescued 436 beach-goers
  • Invested more than $12.6 million in upgrades to local sporting facilities
  • Awarded $4.8 million in community grants to more than 1,100 applicants
  • Hosted more than 240,000 people at community events across the region
  • Launched Adventure Sunshine Coast to enable people of all ages and abilities to explore our land and water trails.

* (2018-2019 financial year)

Recreation parks, trails and facilities

From the hinterland to the coast and everywhere in between, Sunshine Coast Council teams look after more than 1200 recreation parks, trails and facilities.

  • Manage, protect and maintain 1046 hectares of recreational land
  • Spent $227,000 to provide a rail to trail experience for the Glass House Mountains region, connecting Beerburrum to nearby national parks (In partnership with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service)
  • Invested $335,000 in recreation facilities for the Glass House Mountains District Park
  • Launched the Adventure Sunshine Coast interactive website and mobile app, providing information about more than 150 free recreational trails, self-guided walks, cycle trails, horse riding and canoeing activities.

Sporting facilities

An active community needs infrastructure to supports participation for everyone, from kids taking their first lessons to professional athletes.

Council teams maintain a multitude of community sport and recreation facilities across the region including aquatic centres, showgrounds and multi-sports fields.

More than $12.6 million has been spent upgrading local sporting facilities.

  • Sunshine Coast Regional Tennis Centre upgrade
  • Two new buildings for the Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex
  • AFL fields and associated infrastructure at Meridan Plains
  • Enhanced infrastructure and amenities at the Beerwah Aquatic Centre.

An additional $1.3 million in improvements were undertaken at aquatic centres in Kawana, Buderim, Coolum, Caloundra, Nambour, Cotton Tree, Beerwah and Eumundi.

Community sporting groups also benefit through council’s grants program, allowing for the purchase of equipment, facility enhancements, club house repairs and events.

Waterways and beaches

With 12,000 kilometres of waterways and 60 kilometres of coastline to care for, there’s a whole load of work to be done to look after and protect our stunning rivers, wetlands, beaches and coastline.

Regular activities include:

  • dredging and sand replenishment
  • maintenance of dune fencing
  • installation and maintenance of revetment walls
  • maintenance of jetties, boat ramps, pontoons, groynes, canal locks, weirs and pumps
  • lifeguard services (in partnership with Surf Life Saving Queensland).
  • beach access maintenance and improvements.

Key achievements for 2018-2019:

  • $845,000 invested in coastal dune rehabilitation and shoreline erosion management
  • Lifeguards conducted 436 rescues across our beaches and kept 8 million visitors to our beaches safe.

For more information about initiatives that have helped protect and improve our environment, check out Protecting our environment.