Major Events
  • Last updated:
  • 28 Jun 2016

In 2016 the Sunshine Coast will host the largest ever portfolio of events - 60 major and regional events.

The Coast will welcome around 150,000 guests from over 40 countries. This will generate about $100 million for the local economy.

It is expected that guests to the events will also be exploring all that the Sunshine Coast has to offer during their stay - that’s worth tens of millions of dollars to the local economy.

Council is working hard to ensure the celebrations are enjoyed by everyone. To make guests’ stay as enjoyable as possible, council encourages the community to join in the celebrations - take part, say a friendly hello and lend a helping hand.

Visit this webpage regularly to find out what is happening and when. Find out how you can get involved with the celebrations.

Event location: Mooloolaba

Event location: Mooloolaba

A community run festival that includes a marathon (42km) half marathon (21km), 10km, 5k and kids 2km. With an anticipated 8000 participants expected to take part in one of the five events, the festival will be a celebration of health, fitness and participation.

Event location

The 5th annual running event will be held at Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club precinct. Each road race follows the stunning coastline of Alexandra Headland with white sandy beaches and spectacular vantage points alongside the ocean. Blue skies, low humidity and mild temperatures combined with a flat course always enable fast finishing times.

Start / finish line: Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club


Friday 19 August 2016  Cricks Fun Run  Start time: 5.00pm 
Sunday 21 August 2016  Channel 7 Marathon  Start time: 6:00am
Sunday 21 August 2016  McDonalds Half Marathon  Start time: 6:20am 
Sunday 21 August 2016  Westpac 10km  Start time: 9:00am 
Sunday 21 August 2016  Love & Partners 5km  Start time: 10.15am 
Sunday 21 August 2016  Qld Government Family Dash 2km  Start time: 11.00am 

Course map

Download the course map.

Road closures

Mooloolaba closures

Duration  Street closures 
5.00am – 7.15am  Brisbane Road - Amarina Ave to Foote Street*
*Emergency vehicles and local traffic access to Foote Street and Parkyn Parade 
  Brisbane Road - Foote Street to Mooloolaba Esplanade 
  Mooloolaba Esplanade – Brisbane Road to Buderim Mooloolaba Road 
  Beach Terrace 

Alexandra Headland closures

Duration  Street closures 
4.00am – 1.00pm  Alexandra Parade - Buderim Road to Okinja Road*
*A Slip Lane is available on Alexandra Parade from Pacific Terrace to
Okinja Road travelling north to Maroochydore; note this is a slip lane at 40km/hour
  Boolarong Crescent 
  Alexandra Parade – Okinja Road to Sixth Avenue (south bound only)
5.00am – 11.00am  Fifth Avenue – Alexandra Parade to Beach Parade 
  Beach Parade – Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue 
  Melrose Parade – Sixth Avenue to Fifth Avenue 
  Kingsford Smith Parade – Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue 
5.00am – 12.00pm   Sixth Avenue – Aerodrome Road to Memorial Avenue 
  Melrose Parade – Sixth Avenue to Alexandra Parade 
  Memorial Avenue – King Street to Alexandra Parade 
  Beach Parade – Sixth Avenue to Alexandra Parade 
  Kingsford Smith Parade – Sixth Avenue to Alexandra Parade 
  Alexandra Parade 
  Cotton Tree Parade 
  The Esplanade, Cotton Tree 

Maroochydore closures

Duration  Street closures 
5.00am – 8.45am  Bradman Avenue – Yinni Street to O’Connor Street*
  Duporth Avenue – Ball Street to O’Connor Street**
  * A detour is in place on Broadwater Avenue.
** A slip lane is available from Duporth Avenue from Beach Road to Ball Street
travelling north; note this is a slip lane at 40km/hour
5.00am – 11.30am
Duporth Avenue** - The Esplanade (Cotton Tree) to Ball Street 
  Ocean Street – Roundabout to Duporth Avenue 
  Picnic Point Esplanade
  ** A slip lane is available from Duporth Avenue from Beach Road to Ball Street
travelling north; note this is a slip lane at 40km/hour 

Course management

The course will be manned by QLD Police and a specialist road management company, along with volunteers.  Road closures and detours will be in clearly shown; please follow all directions given by the event management team

The 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon & Community Run Festival committee would like to thank all residents and businesses in advance for their support of this event.

Public transport

All Translink buses within the event area will be redirected between 4:00am and 1:00pm on Sunday, August 21.  Services will operate, with small changes. 

For bus timetables visit Translink and access the Journey Planner application.

Remember to plan ahead, allow extra travel time when travelling to the event and follow the signage in place.


You are encouraged to plan ahead and book online by visiting suncoastcabs or phone Suncoast cabs on 131008.


Parking for the event is available directly opposite the event precinct on Mari St, Alexandra Headlands.  Access to Mari St can be gained from a left turn from Pacific Terrace on Alexandra Parade, and following a slip lane especially designed for this event. A gold coin donation is asked for upon entry, with all proceeds going directly to the Alexandra Headlands Surf Life Saving Club.

Public amenities

All public amenities will remain open throughout the duration of the event.

How to get involved


Entries for the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon & Community Running Festival 2016 are officially open.
Run as an individual, a school team, a community group, a workplace crew or a running group! To enter visit sunshinecoastmarathon

This year, the not-for-profit event aims to raise in excess of $250,000 making $1,000,000 to charity and community groups in the 5 years since the event began.


Each road race follows the stunning coastline of Alexandra Headland with white sandy beaches and spectacular vantage points alongside the ocean. 


The 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon aims to help raise more than $250,000 in 2016, taking the total contribution to $1,000,000 since the event started in 2012. Money raised from this not-for-profit event has been distributed to more than 70 charities including the event’s two major beneficiaries Ronald McDonald House Charities and Westpac Foundation.

To find out how to fundraise visit sunshinecoastmarathon.


Volunteers are required in the week leading up to the event and over the event weekend.  Roles include registering athletes, aid stations, road marshalls, assistance with event set up and pack down as well as manning the all important information desks.

In 2015, over 500 volunteers poured into the event precinct in the dawn darkness to ensure every runner had the best possible experience on race day.

You can volunteer as part of a group, such as Team Adem, or as an individual and every volunteer receives a donation towards their cause, a t-shirt and the chance to win one of the incredible Volunteer Prize giveaways from Volunteer Sponsor, Ray White.

If you are interested in volunteering in 2016 please email

More information

For more information, phone the event hotline on (07) 5445 1711 or email

Perfectly located in the heart of Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba Beach offers the perfect year-round climate and is an ideal location for a sporting event, a relaxing family vacation or just a great place to escape to. The relaxing atmosphere of the Sunshine Coast, the friendly people and the endless scenic beauty of Mooloolaba Beach make it a hugely popular destination to visit. Competitors will take in the best that Mooloolaba has to offer, starting with a swim off the surf beach followed by a flat and fast bike course. The run will tie up the day’s exciting events with a two lap course around Mooloolaba’s Esplanade lined with spectators.

Event location: Mooloolaba

For more information visit the Ironman website, email or phone 1300 761 384 or 5430 6700.

Event location: Mooloolaba

The second annual Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival is back this September, kicking off the start of spring with a sensory feast celebrating the hottest contemporary Australian and international bands and visual artists. Ever been to a festival on a golf course before? Well this one day festival has a home on the old Horton Park Golf Course, and they're transforming the manicured fairways and greens again into a cultural Oasis, hidden away (some of the locals don't even know it's there!) but smack bang in the middle of Maroochydore. They're an open-air exhibition experience moving beyond your standard festival fare. With a no-clash-mantra, a beautifully alluring natural amphitheatre, Champagne and Oyster Garden, culinary delights and a massive cash bar, this 'festival for the punter' will keep your tail feathers shaking and your hunger for world-class art totally satisfied. See you in the Ampi! 

The festival is an 18+ event.

Event location: Horton Park

For more information visit the Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival website or email

This national event is bringing school and community teams from around Australia and New Zealand to contest the championships – with the athletes, their family, friends and support team. 

Event venue: Kawana Sports Precinct / Sunshine Coast Stadium

Event location: Bokarina

For more information visit the Touch Football website or email

The Trans Tasman Gubbi Gubbi Waka Ama Championships (TTGGWA) and the National Junior Outrigger Titles is the only Australian outrigger canoe championship series exclusively for junior paddlers. Sanctioned by the outrigging’s governing body, the Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (AOCRA), the pinnacle event in the Australian and Oceania Junior Outrigging calendar attracts hundreds of junior paddlers aged between 10 and 19 years of age from Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Islands. Team, double, and individual races are to be held on the Sunshine Coast’s Lake Kawana and is set to attract over 1000 paddlers and visitors. 

Event location: Lake Kawana

For more information visit the Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association website or email

The tenth annual Caloundra Music Festival, a not for profit family-friendly community event celebrating the environment, cultural achievements and community pride of the Caloundra area. The beautiful Kings Beach burst at the seams with diverse sounds of the high quality Australian and international artists. Roving performers, beach-side carnival, buskers and free children's entertainment added to the experience. This event is one of the top music festivals in Queensland and quickly developing a national reputation. Come along in early October where people of all ages soak up the music and party in the sun by the beach. Visit the event web site to keep up to date with artist and ticket announcements.

Event location: Caloundra

For more information visit the Caloundra Music Festival website.

Since 1984, police service personnel throughout Australia have gathered under the umbrella of the Australasian Police & Emergency Services Games (AP&ES Games). The event is a biennial Games which offers approximately forty plus (40+) sporting events for competitors of all ages and ability.

The AP&ES Games create the opportunity for men and women who share a common bond through law enforcement and emergency service to build camaraderie and promote healthy living.

Events will be hold across various Sunshine Coast locations including Kawana Sports Precinct, Caloundra Indoor Stadium, Nambour Showground.

Event venues: Kawana Sports Precinct/Sunshine Coast Stadium, Lake Kawana, Kawana Pool, Caloundra Indoor Stadium, Nambour Showgrounds and other locations

For more information visit the New South Wales Police Council of Sport website or email

Wanderlust is the only event of it's kind in the world. A multi-day celebration of internationally renowned yoga, guest speakers and leaders in green-living, music from world-class musical acts, top chefs, craft brewers and winemakers. Their mission is to grow community around Mindful Living. Wanderlust Sunshine Coast represents a journey with like-minded people to learn about their bodies, their minds, their world and how their actions affect our environment. Wanderlust provides distinction from other festivals through an incredible record of international success, a desirable audience demographic, a unique festival atmosphere based around adventure and participation, a commitment to the environment, an incredible and unprecedented line-up of international talent, massive pre and post event exposure through mainstream media, the desire to intelligently and authentically integrate their partners and showcase the Sunshine Coast as a unique and inspiring travel destination.

Event venue: Novotel Twin Waters

Event location: Twin Waters

For more information visit the Wanderlust website.

Annual Mooloolaba New Year's Eve Celebration

Event location: Mooloolaba