Coastal areas extend from our coastal plains and lagoons to our sand dunes and rocky shores.

Our coast supports a variety of habitats including sand dunes, beaches and our rocky shores. It also extends to our near-shore marine waters, reefs, lagoons and high ecological value waters.

Our region’s coastal zone includes the Ramsar-listed Pumicestone Passage and the Mount Coolum, Mooloolah River and Bribie Island national parks. It also supports iconic species, including dolphins, whales, migratory birds, the vulnerable dugong and green turtle, and the endangered loggerhead turtle.

Locals and visitors continue to value our coastal landscape. They enjoy activities such as swimming, surfing, fishing and snorkelling. Coastal parklands and the coastal pathway, which stretches from Pelican Waters to Tewantin, are also very popular. Our coastal areas are highly utilised. As a result, a large number of council assets (i.e. parks, amenities blocks and barbecues) are located in our coastal zone.

Our coastal foreshores are dynamic and change over time. This is in response to waves, ocean currents and wind causing sand movement and erosion.

Council's role

To plan and manage our coast, council works with governments and private landowners. We share information and work in partnership. We monitor and manage invasive plants and coastal hazards. We also collect waterway and marine debris and manage stormwater and wastewater discharges.


Our coastal areas are healthy, resilient to climate change impacts and support sustainable use.

Policy positions

Read our coastal policy positions.

Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.
We commit to working in partnership with the Traditional Custodians and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) community to support self-determination through economic and community development.
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