- Last updated:
- 31 Aug 2021
The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s premier sporting destinations offering great natural and purpose-built facilities, world class events, ease of access and an ideal climate. The beautiful beaches and natural surrounds also offer coaches, athletes and support groups a respite from the rigors of training and the pressures of an approaching competition.
The Sunshine Coast is a high performance training destination, offering an ideal climate, great natural and purpose-built training facilities and plenty of accommodation options. The region regularly hosts national and international sporting teams who make use of the world class facilities, local expertise and the stunning natural assets for both training and recovery.
The region was a major training hub in the lead up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and regularly hosts professional teams from codes such as the AFL, NRL and Super Rugby.
The University of Sunshine Coast (USC) is a major drawcard for many teams and elite athletes. USC’s high-performance sport department offers industry-leading sport and exercise scientists and is Australia’s first facility to receive accreditation through the Australian Institute of Sport. Resident teams include the Sunshine Coast Lightning, Australian Cycling Academy, NRL Referees, Wheelchair Rugby Australia, Sunshine Coast Wanderers, and the SunCoast Spinners.
Download the High Performance Sports Training brochure.
The Sunshine Coast is a spectacular destination for sporting events and competition at all levels. The region offers a diversity of natural and man-made venues and has successfully hosted numerous national and international events including:
- IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships and Mooloolaba Triathlon
- World Outrigger Championships
- TAG Football World Cup
- Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships (The Aussies)
- Australian Police & Emergency Services Games
- AFL Masters National Carnival
- National Youth Touch Football Championships
- Australian U16 Basketball Championships
- National Rugby League games and Women’s State of Origin
- Super Rugby pre-season games
- 2019 and 2021 NRL Women’s State of Origin
- Suncorp Super Netball and Australia’s largest netball festival, NETFEST
- Sunshine Coast Marathon
- National Table Tennis Championships
The two time Super Netball Champions, the Sunshine Coast Lightning, are based at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).
Australia’s premier cycling development program – the Australian Cycling Academy and the associated Pro Racing Sunshine Coast elite tea – also operate from USC.
When not on the field, in the pool or at the gym, our natural landscape offers adventure after adventure. Choose your adventure here.
For event support, visit council's website.
For your pathway to events of all types on the Sunshine Coast you can search by event category, timing or location, and enjoy all that the region has to offer. Check out WHAT’S ON.
The region offers a wide variety of accommodation including five-star hotels, holiday resorts, self-contained apartments, dormitory style accommodation, holiday parks and camping options.
For inspiration on places to go, things to do, accommodation, attractions and holiday deals, see Visit Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Coast offers a range of sporting venues and facilities from sports complexes and fields, aquatic centres and pools, to skate and BMX parks, golf and bowls clubs, waterways, trails and walking tracks.
Sitting on 45 hectares this precinct hosts an array of sporting events, training camps and live entertainment.
Lake Kawana offers lakeside competition facilities, up to eight rowing lanes, and a two-storey air-conditioned Finish Tower for officials.
Sunshine Coast Stadium boasts a wide range of facilities to suit training and game days:
- 12 fields – 10 national standard full-sized fields. The main field has international broadcast standard lighting.
- Grandstand seating capacity of 1046 and 11,000 capacity general admission seating.
- Live broadcast camera platform, media box, and control office, coaches boxes, dressing rooms, medical first aid room and a drug testing room, match officials room and four separate and secure dressing room areas including showers and toilets.
The Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex regularly hosts Aussie rules, soccer and netball events across
- 3 floodlit ovals
- 20 lit hard courts and 6 grass courts for netball
- 1 lit senior soccer and 2 lit junior soccer fields, plus training areas
- Ample car and bus parking and undercover spectator viewing for netball and Aussie rules
Perfect for basketball, gymnastics and more, the Caloundra Indoor Stadium is an air-conditioned facility offering four indoor multi-purpose courts with an international standard playing surface and five outdoor netball courts with lights.
The USC Sports Stadium boasts broadcast-quality lighting, air-conditioning and seats more than 3,000 spectators. The Stadium is home to the Sunshine Coast Lightning, the Sunshine Coast’s first national sports team, and also caters for badminton, basketball, futsal (international-sized court), hockey, netball and volleyball.
Ballinger Park Sports Complex
Geared for hockey, cricket, tennis and soccer, the Ballinger Park Sports Complex offers one synthetic hockey pitch and three grass hockey pitches, 500-1000 lux lighting and double home and away change room facilities, as well as spectator and stadium seating.
Information on more sport and leisure venues can be found on council's website.
Sports Industry Development Program
The Sport Industry Development Program is a new initiative designed to advance the Sunshine Coast as one of Australia’s premier destinations for sports training, participation and competition.
The Program aims to maximise the use of existing assets and enhancing the region’s capabilities through research, industry development and promotion, sports tourism, training, and events.
The Program is jointly funded by Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the 2019 Queensland Bushfires Local Economic Recovery Program and will be supported and managed by Sunshine Coast Council.