The Sunshine Coast is known for it’s beaches, national parks and Australia Zoo. There is also the triathlons in Noosa and Mooloolaba.
Just under this layer is a whole host of other events that the wider audience may not know about.
I’m talking of course about the various sporting Grand Finals. The Sunshine Coast Rugby Union’s SGQ Cup Grand Final drew an estimated 800 spectators at the University of the Sunshine Coast ground. The choice to hold the game out “in the suburbs” as opposed at Sunshine Coast Stadium provided a more intimate atmosphere.
This atmosphere is something that only a local country ground can provide. At some grounds, spectators can drive right up to the boundary fence and watch the contest from this vantage point. At most grounds, one can park within 100 metres of the ground.
The Caloundra Cricket Club even has a park bench or two so a spectator can have a feed while watching the game. Clubs will also have a canteen on site with some also having a bar.
If driving isn’t your thing, public transport is available to the vast majority of grounds. The stops are always within walking distance of each venue. Hotels and other accommodation providers tend to have transport information on hand so finding your way around shouldn’t be too hard.
If you are traveling with children, most venues will have an area that they can run around in if they get restless. While these will vary in size, they should be sufficient to keep them happy.
Anyone wanting to experience sport with a country feel but without the feeling of being too far from anywhere will enjoy the Sunshine Coast.
The football codes run their seasons from April to September while the cricketers play from October to March. Roller Derby fans are encouraged to contact the local association to check their schedule.