Yandina sunset

Yandina sunset

Photo credit: G. Berg

Yandina sunset

Landscape and character

Landscape and character define the essence of our region that define our identity and culture.

We use the natural and built environments, and their associated geological, ecological and cultural histories, to describe the landscape and character of our region.

The natural environment is our living network. It's the relationship between the land, sky, waterways, wetlands and coastal areas and the plants and animals they support. While our built environment includes the structures and places we create in rural and urban settings, both of these elements provide a sense of place and local identity.

Our region is a 'community of communities', each with its own distinct identity. Separated by the green frame of our conservation and recreation spaces, our towns and neighbourhoods provide a diversity of places for people to enjoy.

We're also lucky to have magnificent landscapes, such as the regional inter-urban break. These create the character of our region through iconic views, scenic corridors, and open spaces. 

An important aspect of our valued landscape and character is our night sky. Planning for the management of our night skies and reducing light pollution can provide many benefits to the community and our natural environment.

We group our landscapes into 4 zones:

  1. Coast
  2. Coastal plain
  3. Foothills, and
  4. Hinterland.

Related projects


Milestone’s for Pest Management on the Sunshine Coast

A united effort between Council and the community yields a success story for protecting local biodiversity.


The Environment and Liveability Strategy Refresh Project 2023

New inclusions for the Sunshine Coast’s blueprint setting the future for our environment and liveability.


The sustainability projects defining Sunshine Coast’s future

The Environment and Liveability Strategy Annual Report 2022/23.

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Open space

Open space is our network of sport and recreation, trails and paths, and nature spaces.

Sustainable living

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that leaves little impact on the environment.