The Sunshine Coast is an area stretching along over 100 kilometres of the Queensland coast. My home is right in the middle of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore. Maroochydore is the Coast's business hub. My office is here, and it's where I call 'home' when I am not travelling the globe. My family moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1976. At that time, Maroochydore was nothing more than a small fishing and prawning village. The countryside was sugar cane fields and pineapple plantations. During a day trip to the Sunshine Coast, my father saw the obvious potential of the area and quickly moved all the family here. He had the foresight to purchase large areas of vacant land and developed real estate.
(Now he is happily retired and spends most of his time fishing..ironic really). Today, the Sunshine Coast is a thriving metropolis with a population of almost half a million people. It is not only a popular tourist destination, it is also a world-class business and education destination. Many of Australia's elite sports-people retire in the area and celebrities are frequent visitors (Richard Branson and Nicole Kidman are regulars). It's all about lifestyle here, so the Coast is relaxed and friendly. It is popular with international students due to being a wonderfully safe environment. I admit it lacks the nightlife and glitz of our southern cities, and there are no casinos or towering highrises here (yet), but I do know all my neighbours and can't walk to the shops without having to say G'day to passing friends. As a frequent traveller, there is nothing quite as wonderful as coming home to the familiar sound of the surf crashing on nearby Maroochydore beach. It really soothes this weary traveller's soul.