The Coastal Discovery Van is an education tool filled with interpretative and information displays about the coastal processes that influence Sunshine Coast beaches and waterways.

The van is a versatile engagement tool that is able to move around locations, celebrating the coastal environment. Community engagement with our coastal projects are key to the success of protecting our coastal assets and the van is an open space for meaningful discussion between residents and council.

With council managing around 60 kilometres of shoreline within the Sunshine Coast region, community engagement is of the utmost importance to support and achieve effective coastal management. By having a mobile education centre, the information can be brought to the community easily and efficiently.

The van has five internal displays that are unique to the Sunshine Coast to celebrate the coastal geology and landforms, flora and fauna and highlight some of the pressures that our coast faces today and into the future. Two external displays were also created, a surfboard celebrating the history of surfing on the Sunshine Coast and a portable wave tank.

The Coastal Discovery Van was launched at the Conservation and Coastal Forum in August 2019 and has attended numerous events including the Sunshine Coast Lighting semi-final, Kids in Action, Schools Beach Clean up, Lights on the Lake at Currimundi and Clean up for the Hatchlings. In addition to community events, the van will be delivering educational programs to local schools from April 2020.

Keep an eye on this page and council’s social media channels for details of where the van will be. You can visit the van at these upcoming events:

  • Owl and the Pussycat, Venue 114 - 15 April 2020
  • Pest Fish Swap Out Day, Belvista Lakes - 3 May 2020
  • World Environment Day, Cotton Tree Park - 7 June 2020
  • Garden Expo, Nambour Showground - 10-12 July 2020.

And more dates and locations to come!

To book the Coastal Discovery Van for a upcoming community event or school visit, please email