Coolum Beach Landscape Plan

Lions Park and Norrie Job Park

A shared Sunshine Coast Coolum Beach landscape plan has been developed following extensive consultation with local residents, businesses and visitors in 2016 and 2022.

The parks are located off David Low Way and are backed by a shopping and entertainment strip. They also face onto the inviting waves of Coolum Beach.

The aim of the plan is to balance nature, recreation, and leisure with a range of opportunities for exercise, play, relaxation, and social activities in a preserved natural environment.

Sunshine Coast councillor Maria Suarez said in March 2023 that the planned upgrade will be staged over several years and will reflect Coolum’s “unplugged” way of life.

Sunshine Coast Development

Sunshine Coast Development – Caloundra – Aura South

A leading residential developer has started the process to get environmental approval to build on a giant parcel of land on the southern Sunshine Coast.

The area has been recognised by the State Government as an option to accommodate future population growth and meet the region’s demand for long-term housing needs.

The site is a cleared former pine plantation landholding spanning 1231 hectares (3041 acres).

Stockland will seek consent for the site, identified as Aura South, which is directly adjacent to its award-winning master planned community, Aura.

Stockland senior environment and community development manager Mark Stevens looks forward to an open dialogue with the community and all levels of government to share their vision and approach in protecting the environmental values of the site.

The area has been recognised by the State Government as an option to accommodate future population growth and meet the region’s demand for long-term housing needs.

Mark Stevens

Stockland History

Stockland has a 20-year history of creating connected and sustainable communities on the Sunshine Coast. This has resulted in nearly 21,000 homes being created for Sunshine Coast families.

It has included the planning and delivery of critical community infrastructure, including town centres, bridges, arterial roads and major parklands, which all facilitate additional housing and employment opportunities.

If approved for future development, more than 400 hectares of the land – one-third of the site – is planned to be rehabilitated, which will restore environmental values lost during the forestry era, including the reintroduction of native plant species.

The land would have direct access to the soon-to-be-opened Bells Creek Arterial Road and the Bruce Highway.

The site is situated between 1.6km to 6km east of the Bruce Highway and would not be visible to any highway traffic.

Caloundra Street Fair

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Caloundra Street Fair

The Caloundra Street Fair is a fantastic event held along Bulcock Street, the main street of Caloundra.  It is a wonderful community street market that operates every Sunday from 8am to 1pm.  Many of the local traders also open to add to the atmosphere. The Fair attracts thousands of visitors as well as locals. It is designed to showcase new and regular stall holders displaying varying homemade products and services, along with fresh food, plants, herbs, flowers, art works and well-being and health products.

It’s a must visit for locals and for people from the surrounding districts. The Fair attracts a great turnout of visitors who relax and soak up the atmosphere, enjoying the food and entertainment from the many local performers.  These local performers provide street entertainment and create an atmosphere that is thoroughly enjoyed by all who attend.

There is something for everyone.  

Maleny Botanic Garden bird

During a recent visit to the Caloundra Street Fair, we came across this beautiful bird. The very friendly parrot was out on an excursion from the Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World. The bird had his handler with him, who explained that he was one of many birds representing over sixty countries. At the Maleny Botanic Garden, visitors can sit near waterfalls and watch, listen to and photograph the birds who are happy to sit on a waiting arm or head. Visitors can also take part in a guided tour through the aviaries that cover over 1400 square metres.

So come down to Caloundra Street Fair, enjoy the fun, food, coffee and browse the streetscape at your leisure.

Sunshine Plaza Shopping Mall

Sunshine Plaza Shopping

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The first super-regional shopping centre north of Brisbane.

If you are looking for a good grocery store on the Sunshine Coast you can always find one at the Sunshine Plaza Shopping Mall.  And if you are in the Maroochydore/ Mooloolaba region searching for “Shopping Centre near me” or “Woollies near me” you will no doubt come across the Sunshine Plaza Mall.

There is every imaginable shop, ranging from Baker’s Delight to Kathmandu sale shop… as well as Anaconda Stores for all your shopping needs. The Sunshine Plaza shopping centre also caters for those who may need an upgrade on their mobile phone at the Telstra Shop.  There are electronic stores to browse and a TV shop to buy the latest sound equipment or a popular movie.  And yes, there is a Reject Shop where you will find that bargain item.  There is even a tobacconist at Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre.

Every outlet is catered for… from a quaint book store to the all-important food court. Why not enjoy your Muffin Break coffee while you do your Coles online shopping? There is even a Barber Shop where you can get the latest hairstyles, while others go shopping.  You may even find the Secret Sneakers Store.  

With Black Friday 2021 approaching, Sunshine Coast locals will find the greatest range of gift ideas and homewares to choose from.  So be prepared for the Black Friday sales so that you can be ready for Click Frenzy and other Online shopping opportunities.

Sunshine Plaza’s $440 million redevelopment

In March 2019, Sunshine Coast Mayor, Cr Mark Jamieson joined APPF Retail, The GPT Group and Lendlease to celebrate the official opening of Sunshine Plaza’s $440 million redevelopment.

Sunshine Plaza’s grand opening

Sunshine Plaza

The celebrations included the opening of the Sunshine Coast’s first David Jones, H&M, Sephora, Lululemon and Sheike stores, as well as a new Big W, Kathmandu, JB Hi-fi, MECCA, Seed Heritage, Endota Spa and Baku, to name but a few.

The new stores took Sunshine Plaza’s total retailer count to 345 over 107,000sqm and elevated the Centre to be the first super-regional shopping centre north of Brisbane.

The redevelopment, which commenced construction in August 2016, is estimated to have generated close to 2,900 jobs over the past two-and-a-half years, and a further 2,300 retail jobs are expected to be created.

The only way to truly know what you’re getting is to see and feel it for real. 

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