Business Events Sunshine Coast - January 2019 update

31 January 2019

As one of Australia’s top ten significant areas, the Sunshine Coast Queensland is becoming one of Australia’s leading city regions of the 21st century.  Significant capital investment is already underway on the Sunshine Coast. A new city centre – the only greenfield CBD in Australia at this time – is being established in Maroochydore and a new A$1.8 billion tertiary teaching hospital opened in 2017. The Sunshine Coast Airport is being expanded to deliver Australia’s next international gateway and a A$81 million expansion of the University of the Sunshine Coast was completed in 2015.

More than A$2.5 billion in direct investment has been committed across these four major projects, in addition to more than A$10 billion in private investment fuelling growth in a number of high-value industries across the region.  Airline capacity is set to increase with Qantas announcing a second daily Sydney to Sunshine Coast route commencing March 2019. 

Our Business Events team know that there is so much more to an event than four walls.  We have been asked every question imaginable – so whether you need somewhere to sleep, learn, indulge, taste or go offsite ask the local experts. 

We invite corporate event planners and conference organisers to consider hosting their events in our region in 2019 and beyond.

Event Venue Updates

Sunshine Coast family owned and operated business Aussie World was voted 4th in Australia’s Top 10 Attractions in Trip Advisor’s 2018 Travellers Choice. Boasting up to six unique and versatile functions spaces, the venue has played host to an indoor beach party with live bands, bush dances under the stars, key note speaker events, tradeshows with park rides and everything in between. 
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Offering expansive views over the sea, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas has long been a favourite for the luxury traveller. Recently the resort has undergone a soft refurbishment of its one and two-bedroom apartments. The upgrade incorporated natural coastal elements to complement the beauty of the surrounding Noosa National Park. 
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Shakespeare Property Group has recently purchased Novotel Twin Waters Resort for $100 million. Having committed $10 million to improve the resort’s current facilities their immediate intention is the construction of a new convention centre due to be operational by May 2019. Overall the new room capacity will hold a gala function for 1,000, theatre style 1,500, and the whole centre complex will now be able to accommodate 3,000 cocktail/theatre style.
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Up Coming Sunshine Coast Events

Add another dimension to your business event by combining it with attendance at, or participation in, one of the Sunshine Coast’s high-profile public or sporting events.

There are more than 40 major consumer events held throughout the year on the Sunshine Coast from the Noosa and Mooloolaba Triathlons and Queensland Garden Expo to Horizon Festival, Gympie Music Muster and the Noosa Festival of Surfing, just to name a few.

Why not consider incorporating 2019 event being held on the Sunshine Coast to create a memorable one of your own. 

A new partnership announced by Sunshine Coast Council and the South Sydney Rabbitohs will see Sunshine Coast Stadium host NRL competition matches for the first time, starting from the 2019 season.

Rabittohs vs Warriors  Saturday April 13, 3:00pm Kick-Off Sunshine Coast Stadium 

The Rabbitohs have an off-site pre-game function package available. The package includes cocktail dining, 3-hour drink package and direct shuttle to the stadium.  Corporate Suites are also available, with options for 9, 12, 21 or 30 guests. Read more

A new four-day destination food festival set to make its debut on the Sunshine Coast in August 2019.

The Curated Plate festival will be held from 8-11 August 2019 and brings together the region’s finest produce with the best chefs in the Australian and international dining scene, including Japan’s ‘best restaurant’ chef, Zaiyu Hasegawa. Exclusive culinary events will span the region from the coast to the hinterland with local experiences, including food trails and farms tours, featured in the program. The festival’s key themes will centre around local produce and producers, sustainable practices, artisan culture and health and wellness. The Curated Plate full festival program of events and talent line-up will be revealed in March 2019. Read more


Welcome to the ultimate winter cycling escape to the sun, bringing together a stunning riding location, dream race set-up and a world class rider experience on and off the bike. Where one day of riding is never enough and you can immerse yourself in everything you love about cycling during the biggest cycling event on the planet. Read more

CSR initiatives to include in your conference program

Reducing the environmental footprint across the tourism sector is a key initiative of Visit Sunshine Coast, with the region’s natural beauty at the core of our industry.

Local Sunshine Coast based tourism operator, Kanu Kapers, was recently recognised in the National Adventure Tourism Green Awards for Best Eco Tour in Australia and New Zealand.  

Other tourism operators focusing on a green future include Eco River Rides, who offer Australia’s first solar-powered canoe experience on the Maroochy River, and EcoTekk Sunshine Coast that offers visitors electric bike tours.

These initiatives align with Visit Sunshine Coast’s (VSC) ‘Naturally Refreshing’ tagline and new Sustainability Action Plan and Policy.  The policy aims to reduce VSC’s own carbon footprint while encouraging tourism operators to adopt sustainable and environmentally-sensitive operating practices.

Hot deals

Exclusive deals and discounted rates specifically for conference groups.  Read more