Best Suburbs to Live Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Home Builders
Brighton Homes

There are few places in Queensland more stunning, more welcoming and more liveable than the Sunshine Coast. A world away from the more bustling Gold Coast suburbs, many people head further north in search of sanctuary in the laid-back pockets of the Sunshine Coast. So whether you're seeking coastal charm, family-friendly neighbourhoods or a beachside investment, choosing the right suburb should be top of your to-do list.

In order to scout the best suburbs in the Sunshine Coast region, you’ll want to look at the unique features offered, as well as nearby amenities, lifestyle opportunities and much more.

Reasons to Move to the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is a magnet for those who dream about a laid-back lifestyle with pristine beaches, community spirit and abundant natural beauty. For many, the Sunshine Coast offers a more attainable dream of homeownership compared to other coastal regions, making it one of the most compelling reasons to move to the Sunshine Coast.
With endless days of sunshine each year, a Sunshine Coast lifestyle is all about the temperate climate perfect for enjoying stunning beaches, lush rainforests, community events and modern amenities. Beyond its natural attractions, the Sunshine Coast has a thriving community with excellent educational facilities, plenty of activities for water sports enthusiasts, as well as top healthcare facilities such as the nearby Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

The relaxed pace of life and strong sense of community should appeal to families, retirees and young professionals alike. Plus, the region’s growing economy and job market means there are ample career prospects for those looking to adopt a more balanced lifestyle. It’s no wonder so many people are choosing to make the move to this picturesque pocket of Queensland.

What to Consider When Choosing a Sunshine Coast Suburb

When it comes to picking the very best Sunshine Coast suburbs, you’ll want to make sure what’s on offer aligns with your lifestyle, your budget and your family’s needs. Here are some things that future Sunshine Coast residents should keep in mind:


Think about exactly what kind of lifestyle you desire. Are you drawn to coastal living with easy access to beautiful beaches? Do you prefer an active community with plenty of outdoor activities and local events? Are you looking for a family-friendly neighbourhood with well maintained parks and playgrounds, or a retirement-friendly area with amenities catering to seniors?


The Sunshine Coast offers affordable suburbs if you do your research, but bear in mind that the cost of living varies across different suburbs. Set your budget and determine how much you can comfortably afford for housing expenses. Research property prices and rental rates in different areas to find a suburb that fits within your financial means with a reasonable average house price – then take your time to find the perfect fit.


Take a close look at your preferred suburbs’ proximity to amenities such as the local shopping centre, nearby restaurants, educational institutions and specialist services. How good are the public transport options and what’s the commuting distance to schools, workplaces and all the amenities you care about? Choose a suburb that is both convenient for your lifestyle and will offer significant growth opportunities down the track.

Family Needs

If you have kids or are planning to start a family soon, focus on suburbs with quality education services (i.e. schools and childcare options), as well as family-friendly amenities such as parks, recreational activities and local spots for beach lovers. Young families should research the reputation of local schools and childcare centres to make sure they meet your current (and future) needs.

Personal Preferences

What are the most important must-haves when choosing a suburb? Are you seeking a quiet, peaceful suburb, or would you prefer a lively coastal paradise with plenty of activity? Think about whether you want to be close to nature, with access to parks, walking trails and outdoor recreational areas. Alternatively, consider your interests in arts and culture, shopping centres and city life, or community events where you can interact with local businesses.

Best Suburbs on the Sunshine Coast for Families

If you’re raising a family and plan on moving to the Sunshine Coast, you’ll be pleased to know there are a number of ideal spots to choose from. Here are a few of the best family-friendly suburbs on the Sunshine Coast to consider.



Maroochydore is an ideal setting for young families and couples who want to start a family. There’s some real character to this suburb, with quaint houses exuding old-world charm and modern homes that catch the eye. Maroochydore is a community full of families and couples, and it boasts a blend of cultural influences that shape its identity. In addition to traditional homes, investors have spent recent years developing modern apartment complexes and townhouses that are strategically located near some of the Sunshine Coast’s top schools.
Median house price: $1,006,250  



Buderim is an attractive suburb with a family-friendly atmosphere. Its welcoming community and local amenities puts Buderim as a top choice for those seeking a close-knit neighbourhood environment. With lush, meticulously maintained parks and a low crime rate, Buderim is a safe place to raise a family. Plus, the suburb is conveniently positioned, with easy access to dining and shopping centres.
Median house price: $1,166,250 

Pelican Waters

Pelican Waters

Looking for a suburb that’s just a hop, skip and a jump to the Sunshine Coast’s central business district? Pelican Waters has some fantastic schools, diverse dining options, excellent shopping centres and a strong community spirit. It’s the perfect spot for families who want a safe and engaging environment, although it’s on the pricey side for those who are just trying to enter the housing market. Property options range from spacious, architecturally designed homes to boutique townhouses and apartments.
Median house price: $1,350,000

Best Suburbs for First-Home Builders

Looking to achieve the Great Australian Dream by building your first home? Brighton Homes has a huge selection of house and land packages on the Sunshine Coast, or you can choose from our wide range of home designs and begin this exciting journey today. Here are our top suburbs for where to build on the Sunshine Coast.


Caloundra West

Caloundra West is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after suburbs on the Sunshine Coast, attracting significant interest for its mix of affordable housing, spacious land parcels and rental opportunities. Aura Caloundra, in particular, is in close proximity to all the attractions of coastal living, including 12 parks and playgrounds, sports fields and a skate park. The suburb also has nearby cafes, a tavern and multiple gyms, so you’ll have endless options for weekend activities no matter your age. Visit our Aura display village in Caloundra West to find out more.

Mooloolaba Beach


With the picturesque Mooloolaba Beach just a short drive away and the city’s hustle and bustle of Brisbane easily reachable within an hour, the family-friendly suburb of Palmview has a wealth of modern playgrounds and parks that cater to all ages. Our Palmview display village, nestled in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, perfectly blends coastal living with the ambiance of a village community. Visit our Palmview display village in the Harmony estate to find out more.
Median house price: $800,000

Best Sunshine Coast Suburbs for Investment

If you’re looking to invest and build your property portfolio, here are a couple of top Sunshine Coast suburbs to research.



Highlighted by many experts as being one of the most anticipated Sunshine Coast suburbs for 2023, Nambour is just 17km inland and should perk up any property investor looking for promising growth prospects. In addition to existing houses and units for sale, the suburb is set to reap the rewards of the Nambour centre activation project (NCAP), which is a substantial investment aimed at rejuvenating the region and attracting more private-sector development.
Median house price: $690,000

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For those who pine for a coastal lifestyle without the hefty price tags of Caloundra or Mooloolaba, Birtinya is an attractive alternative nestled beside Lake Kawana. With more affordable housing options here, Birtinya is in close proximity to the beach and has plenty of essential amenities to make it a promising investment opportunity.
Median house price: $943,750

Living the Dream: Your Sunshine Coast Home Awaits

Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant beachside communities or the tranquil hinterland retreats, the Sunshine Coast is an idyllic setting to call home. You can take the first step towards home ownership with our Sunshine Coast house and land packages, or Brighton Homes’ knockdown and rebuild services will let you craft your dream home right where you are. Find out more about our Sunshine Coast builders today and turn your coastal dreams into real life.

Note: All Median house prices sourced from - Correct as 29/04/24