One of Australia's most popular holiday destinations - The Sunshine Coast is an area located roughly 100km north of Queensland's capital - Brisbane. Growing in population this peri-urban area is the third most populatted in the Queensland state covering over 65 km of coastline and hinterland from Pelican Waters to Tewantin. The estimated population of Sunshine Coast is 330,000, making it the 10th most populous in the country.
The area was first settled by Europeans in the 19th century with development progressing slowly until tourism became an important industry. The area has several coastal hubs at Caloundra, Kawana Waters, Maroochydore and Noosa Heads. Nambour and Maleny have developed as primary commercial centres for the hinterland.