Facts about living on the Sunshine Coast

Facts about living on the Sunshine Coast for your interstate move

Interstate migration to Queensland is booming, but most new residents bypass Brisbane for other regions in the Sunshine State.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the population estimate for Sunshine Coast is currently 367,180. The data of the last eight years of the Sunshine Coast’s population suggest the growth rate is very consistent and strong, ranging from 1.21 per cent to 2.24 per cent, adding around 4,198 to 7,240 people each year to the overall population. According to real estate experts, the actual figures could be higher however, the most accurate statistics won’t come out till the Census on August 10 this year.

It’s no secret why people are moving to the Sunshine Coast – it has some of Australia’s best beaches, an abundance of healthy recreational options, great restaurants, cafes and shopping spots, and a lifestyle with warm weather all year round. 

If you’re planning on relocating to the Sunshine Coast, here are some facts you might like to know:

Population of Sunshine Coast

With a population of over 350,000 and growing fast, the city is the 3rd most populous place in Queensland by population after Brisbane and Gold Coast. It is also the 9th most populous city in Australia. Researchers predict the population will reach close to 373,279 by the end of June 2021, but real estate experts predict an even higher rate.

Demographics of Sunshine Coast

According to the census, 48.3 per cent of Sunshine Coast people are male, while 51.7 per cent are female. The average age in Sunshine Coast is 44, and the top countries of birth are:

  • Australia 73.7%
  • England 6.2%
  • New Zealand 4.5%
  • South Africa 1.0%
  • Germany 0.7%
  • Scotland 0.6%.

The other top languages spoken are English 89.1%, German 0.6%, French 0.3%, Italian 0.3%, Afrikaans 0.3% and Dutch 0.3%.

The religious groups in Sunshine Coast consist of:

  • No Religion 34.0%
  • Catholic 18.2%
  • Anglican 16.8%
  • Not stated 9.1%
  • Uniting Church, 5.2%

Occupations and Industries

The main occupations of people living in the Sunshine Coast are:

  • Professionals 19.1%
  • Technicians and Trades Workers 16.1%
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers 12.7%
  • Community and Personal Service Workers 12.2%
  • Managers 11.9%.

Other interesting facts about the Sunshine Coast

  • The Sunshine Coast gained local standing in 1960 when the Nambour Chamber of Commerce agreed with the Real Estate Institute of Queensland that ‘Sunshine Coast’ better represented the area than the name ‘Near North Coast’.
  • Mount Coolum is the world’s second-largest rock behind the famous Uluru.
  • SLSQ compiles a list of the best beaches in Queensland each year based on safety, facilities and services, and Sunshine Coast has Kings Beach, and Mooloolaba has made the top 10 this year.

The top 10 are:

  • The Strand – Townsville
  • Alma Bay – Magnetic Island
  • Cylinder Beach – North Stradbroke Island
  • Kings Beach – Sunshine Coast
  • Palm Cove – North Queensland
  • Torquay Beach – Hervey Bay
  • Mooloolaba Beach – Sunshine Coast
  • Coolangatta – Gold Coast
  • Burleigh Heads – Gold Coast
  • Kirra – Gold Coast
  • The Sunshine Coast has ranked as one of the healthiest regions in Queensland with the most yoga, meditation, organic and juice-cleanse bars per capita than any other Queensland area.
  • Sunshine Coasters smoke less than other states, with 11.8 per cent (33,000) people who smoked daily compared with 14.4% of the population in other states.

Are you thinking of moving to the Sunshine Coast? Whether you’re moving from interstate or within Queensland, Caloundra Removals & Storage can help you with all your packing and storage needs.

Contact us for a quote, and we can get you started on your move to the beautiful Sunshine Coast!



Following the recent lockdown for South East Queensland, we can advise we are operating as normal as our industry is deemed an essential service. Our crews have all the required PPE and many are being regularly tested.

Unfortunately our Sydney operation based in Ingleburn is restricted to receiving and dispatching freight from our warehouse only.

We are not servicing Victoria ourselves but are working closely with our agents of more than 20 years to ensure we service our customers moving to or from Victoria the best we can.

North Queensland is operating as per normal.

If there are any queries or concerns involving your removal, please feel free to call on 1300 723 783 or email: operations@caloundraremovals.com.au

CALOUNDRA REMOVALS & STORAGE is committed to ensuring the health and safety of workers and others affected by our work activities.  We place the highest priority on making sure work activities are carried out safely and reasonable measures are taken to remove (or reduce if they can’t be eliminated) risks to the health and safety of workers and others.  People are our most important asset and safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a potential hazard for workers and other people at workplaces. CALOUNDRA REMOVALS & STORAGE will apply the necessary measures in order to protect workers and all other persons from contracting COVID-19.

CALOUNDRA REMOVALS & STORAGE will to keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 information and advice to ensure that any action taken is measured and appropriate. This includes closely monitoring the Australian Government Department of Health and any advice from state or territory government agencies.

CALOUNDRA REMOVALS & STORAGE will initiate control measures that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Review and promote our infection control procedure.
  • Ensuring workers are aware of the isolation/quarantine periods in accordance with advice from the Australian Government Department of Health.
  • Providing clear advice to workers about actions they should take if they become unwell or think they may have the symptoms of coronavirus, in accordance with advice from the Australian Government Department of Health and state or territory health department.
  • Eliminating or minimising international work travel, in line with the travel advice on the Australian Government’s Smartraveller website.
  • Providing regular updates to workers about the situation and any changes to organisational policies or procedures.
  • Contingency planning to manage staff absences
  • Providing workers with information and links to relevant services should they require support.

Workers also have a duty to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and to not adversely affect the health and safety of others. Workers should be reminded to always practice good hygiene and other measures to protect themselves and other against infection. This includes:

  • To self-isolate if returning from an overseas trip, or being in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Washing their hands often, with soap and water, or carrying hand sanitiser and using it as needed
  • Covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing, but not using their hands to do so
  • Seeing a health care professional if they start to feel unwell
  • If unwell, avoiding contact with others (including shaking hands or other touching, such as hugging).
Call Now