The Sunshine Coast is a coastal region located in South East Queensland, north of Brisbane the capital of Queensland. The Sunshine Coast is a centre for tourism, containing attractions such as Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. The Sunshine Coast produces many varieties of tropical fruit and nuts and, until recently, sugar cane.
Many World & Australian-renowned beaches are located at Noosa Heads, Alexandra Headlands, Mooloolaba, Coolum and Kings Beach in Caloundra!
The Glass House Mountains were first sighted by James Cook from the deck of HM Bark Endeavour in 1770. The Sunshine Coast's first white inhabitants were three castaways who shared the life of the Aborigines for 8 months. It soon became the home of many runaway convicts who found life among the Aborigines better than the living hell of the Moreton Bay Convict Establishment.
Maroochydore is at the very centre of the Sunshine Coast, with Caloundra to the south and Noosa to the north.. The Sunshine Coast is bordered by the Pacific Ocean in the east, and extends beyond the Blackall Range to the west. Gympie (30 minutes' drive north of Noosa Heads) and Caboolture (30 mins drive south of Caloundra) have been included in a broader definition of the Sunshine Coast region. Localities and suburbs within the Sunshine Coast region also include Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Buderim and Nambour.