- Landscape and character
- Waterways and wetlands
- Open space
- Flooding and stormwater
- Neighbourhoods and housing
- Social infrastructure
- Sustainable design
- Energy and resources
- Sustainable living
- Adaptation and resilience
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.
Photo credit: M. Wren
Photo credit: A. Bell
Photo credit: Z. Jones
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.
Planktonic life of the Sunshine CoastCouncil in conjunction with experts from CSIRO and Griffith University have been investigating the small life forms in our waterways - gelatinous plankton.
Coastal Discovery VanThe Coastal Discovery Van is a mobile education tool that celebrates the uniqueness of the Sunshine Coast as it moves between coastal locations.
- Waterways and wetlands Waterways and wetlands are our rivers, canals, lakes and water bodies. View more
- Flooding and stormwater Floods occur from heavy or sustained rain, and stormwater is the runoff. View more
- Adaptation and resilience Adaptation and resilience is our community’s ability to respond and adapt to a changing climate. View more