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Sunshine Coast, Australia Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 99
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,103
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 361
Committable Meeting Rooms* 18
Convention Center Space 18,181 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Ballroom 7,018 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate AUD $227
Average Daily Meal Cost AUD $160
Average Weekly Car Rental AUD $342
*Maximum for a single hotel

Sunshine Coast, Australia Meeting Planning Overview

The Sunshine Coast might have the most sunshine in Australia—or perhaps it chose the name first. Known for being a hub of technology start-ups (especially in the Sippy Downs neighborhood),

Sunshine Coast has a population of 0.35 million, which makes it the 9th-largest city (it is actually a collection of towns) in the country and the third-largest in Queensland itself (thus, no lack of business event venues in Sunshine Coast).

Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) serves this region. It was formerly called Maroochydore Airport, hence its designated three-letter code. The airport is between the suburbs of Marcoola and Mudjimba, about 16 kms north of the start of Sunshine Coast's most famous beach, Mooloolaba. Service to here comes from the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney, although there is seasonal international service available to New Zealand.

The brand-new convention center – Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort & Sunshine Coast Convention Centre – offers more than 3,000 square meters of exhibition space and can easily accommodate events with up to 1,500 guests. The center is well-furnished with latest meeting technology, including the largest led screen wall in Queensland - 24m x 3.5m (2.99mm pitch). Other business event venues in the Sunshine Coast are The Events Centre and Alexandra Park Conference Centre, which have space for up to 1,000 and 500 guests, respectively.

Prominent hotels offering event space in the Sunshine Coast include the 180-room Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas, which has six meeting rooms spread in about 315 square meters; the 177-room Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, where the largest meeting room can host up to 250 guests; the 176-room Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, with seven small and large meeting rooms; the 170-room Oaks Oasis Resort, which has 400 square meters of convention space; and the 103-room Maroochy River Resort and Bungalows, which can host intimate meetings.

Sunshine Coast is home to beautiful national parks. Planners looking to host their events at unique venues in the Sunshine coast can consider the riverside Queensland Conference & Camping Centre, nestled in the mountaintop village of Mapleton; it is an educational and team-building center with 89 dormitory-style guest rooms, as well as flexible meeting spaces with audio-visual technology. Sunshine Coast Function Centre, in the suburb of Caloundra, has, among its other spaces, the Diamond Ballroom for up to 1,200 persons. Maroochy Surf Club, not surprisingly right on the Pacific Ocean, has a banquet room for 200 people with mesmerizing ocean views. Twin Waters Golf Club has an 18-hole course, clubhouse, and restaurant.

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