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Existing SC free public WiFi
  • Last updated:
  • 20 Jun 2022

Free public Wi-Fi is available to residents and visitors of the Sunshine Coast.

Over the years, council has expanded and improved its free Wi-Fi services for the community. Initially available as part of a trial since December 2012, ‘SC Free Public WiFi’ builds on this to create a permanent expanded service for the Sunshine Coast community.

Council is currently in the process rolling out ‘Sunshine Coast Free WiFi’ to replace the existing service. Please check the Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi webpage for locations that are active on the new service.

Locations

Site  Status
Alexandra Headland Surf Club Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Bankfoot House Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi 
Beerwah Library Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi 
Beerwah SES Active
Caloundra Art Gallery Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Caloundra Indoor Stadium  Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Caloundra Library  Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Caloundra Lighthouse  Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi   
Caloundra Queen Street Hall Active
Coolum Library  Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi 
Coolum SES Active
Cotton Tree Caravan Park Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Dicky Beach  Active 
Dicky Beach Caravan Park  Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Kawana Library Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi 
Kenilworth Library Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi 
Kings Beach  Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi  
Maleny Library Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi 
Maroochydore Beach Caravan Park Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Maroochydore Library Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Maroochydore Pierce Park Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Maroochydore Surf Club Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi 
Mary Cairncross Park  Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Mooloolaba South Active
Mobile Library 1 Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Mobile Library 2 Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Mooloolaba Surf Club Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi 
Mooloolaba Caravan Park South Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Mudjimba Beach Caravan Park Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Nambour Library Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi 
Nambour SES Active
Nambour Showgrounds  Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
Palmwoods Park Active
POC - Rumba Active
Sunshine Coast Airport Active
Sunshine Coast Stadium  Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
The Events Centre Caloundra Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi
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Now provided as a part of Sunshine Coast Free Wi-Fi 

Wi-Fi access

The Wi-Fi service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anyone can access it with a Wi-Fi enabled device.

To connect to the service, search your wireless networks, select ‘SC Free Public Wi-Fi', and read and accept the terms and conditions.

Privacy

Council does not capture personal information of individuals accessing the service unless the user opts into providing that information while using the SC Free Public Wi-Fi service.

The Wi-Fi network does automatically detect Wi-Fi enabled devices moving through the coverage area. The network uses the beacons that every Wi-Fi enabled device periodically emits to collect information of the number and movements of devices.

Once the terms have been agreed to, council will record information relating to use of SC Free Public Wi-Fi. 

Information recorded includes:

  • location of the device accessing SC Free Public Wi-Fi
  • time of log on and log off
  • web services accessed by a device
  • if a device has previously logged on to the service

The MAC address of the device that has accessed the SC Free Public Wi-Fi is used to obtain this information. A device’s MAC address does not provide any personal details about the individual who owns or is using the device. MAC addresses are anonymised with an irreversible encryption before storing in a data centre.

Once you open the internet browser application to the website,  council will capture and process information about the web browser type and/or operating system information used by the enabled device in order to determine the most effective and/or customised means of displaying the requested website on your device.

Wi-Fi use

Hotspot areas are to be used in a fair and community-minded manner. Council may choose to limit downloads and connection times and use content filtering systems as part of this service. More information can be found in the terms and conditions.

Mobile technology and health concerns

Council relies on the expert advice of an authoritative international health authority, the World Health Organisation (WHO), for overall assessments of health and safety impacts.

EMF Explained Series developed by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association in conjunction with the GSM Association and Mobile Manufacturers Forum have a number of resources regarding Wi-Fi and Health.