skip to Main Content
Living In Sunrise Beach

Living in Sunrise Beach

Are you thinking of living in Sunrise Beach? If you are looking to relocate or purchase a Sunrise Beach home or investment property, you need local knowledge about key suburbs and areas, to make the most informed decision that best suits your needs.

Sunrise Beach is a suburb in Noosa shire, and within 10 minutes’ drive from Noosa Main Beach. It is a more affordable beachside suburb (currently) than its Noosa Heads and Sunshine Beach neighbours. Because of its proximity to the beach, Sunrise Beach, Noosa Heads and also Noosa Junction as well as great public schools and the Noosa Aquatic Centre, it has become a highly popular suburb for families.

Living in Sunrise Beach

Getting around

The suburb is located between the adjacent suburbs of Noosa Heads (including Noosa Junction) to the north and west, Sunshine Beach to the east and Castaways Beach to the south.

Map of Sunrise Beach
David Low Way runs through the eastern part of Sunrise Beach, and there are some houses and units to the east of David Low Way, parallel to the beach.

In terms of public transport options, bus services are the main public transport available to get around Sunrise Beach (there is no rail infrastructure in the suburb). Visit Translink’s website to see what services are available.

If you’re a cyclist or walker, there are also a range of dedicated bicycle and walking paths (as well as on-road bike lanes) around Sunrise Beach. Sunrise Beach is reasonably flat throughout the suburb and a lot of school children in the area walk / ride their bikes to the local schools.

Sunrise Beach (and the Noosa shire) is unique in that there are very few traffic lights (in fact only 1 in Sunshine Beach!), so if you’re getting around by car you will quickly become accustomed to the many (many!) roundabouts in this beautiful sprawling neighbourhood.

It is approximately:

• 137 km to Brisbane (1 hr, 45-50 minute drive)
• 49 km to Maroochydore (40 minute drive)
• 40 km to Sunshine Coast Airport (35-40 minute drive)


As with the rest of the Sunshine Coast area, Sunrise Beach and Noosa areas are renowned for their mild climate and amazing weather almost all year round. Sunrise Beach has an average annual temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). In winter, the temperature can drop to 10 degrees Celsius overnight but generally the daytimes are still warm.


Sunrise Beach’s nearest key shopping precincts include:

  • Noosa Junction (Coles, IGA, K Hub, boutique shops and cafes / restaurants, etc)
  • Noosa Civic (Big W, Woolworths, Cotton On, etc), within 10 minute drive
  • Hastings Street adjacent to Main Beach (boutique and high street apparel labels)
  • Sunrise Beach shops (small local IGA, butcher, BWS, chemist etc)

Adjacent suburbs to Sunrise Beach include Noosa Heads and Sunshine Beach. They also each contain their own shopping precincts. The Noosa Farmers’ Market takes place every Sunday at the AFL Football fields about 10 minutes’ drive away in Noosaville.

Nearby Noosaville also has its own shopping precincts – particularly Noosa Village (Woolworths, etc), Aldi on Weyba Road and Noosa Civic.

Activities and community support

Sunrise Beach is home to the Noosa Aquatic Centre, which has a 50-metre heated pool, 25-metre heated pool, 17-metre heated program pool, heated toddler pool, heated bubble pool, fitness studio as well as on-site coffee shop and creche.

In addition, there are around 300 community groups across Sunrise Beach and Noosa as a whole and many of these are in Sunrise Beach so whatever your interest – be it sport, recreation, art, hobbies, etc – there is likely to be a community for you to be part of!


Liveability means what a place is like to live in. Research was undertaken by Noosa Council in 2021 into what Sunrise Beach, Sunshine Beach and Castaways community members valued most about their neighbourhood and rated about their neighbourhood (The Liveability Index). Sunrise Beach, Sunshine Beach and Castaways community scored 70 / 100 on the liveability index (compared with a national average of 68 / 100).

Liveability of Sunrise Beach



Demographics  (source: 2021 ABS )

  • Population – 3,687
  • Median age – 44
  • Owner 71% / renter 29%
  • Family 73 % / Single 27%


Property in Sunrise Beach

Property in Sunrise Beach As a regional community, Noosa’s Council has worked hard over many years to keep Sunrise Beach and the broader Noosa area unique with a village feel. So in Sunrise Beach, like other parts of the Noosa Shire, there are no high rise buildings beyond 2-3 stories, limited new land supply and development is also restricted compared with other Council areas.

Sunrise Beach’s key residential neighbourhoods tend to be divided by Ben Lexcen Drive. To the west of Ben Lexcen drive is the back of Sunrise Beach, and to the east of Ben Lexcen Drive you have properties which have closer access to the beach and can command higher prices (depending on the property).

So when looking to buy your Sunrise Beach investment property or own home, it is worthwhile to find out from a local first about the specific neighbourhood you’re looking at and what it’s like to live there, before you buy or invest.


Median property prices in Sunrise Beach 

Median Property Prices - Sunrise Beach

As of February 2023, here are a sample of properties at selected price ranges:

Newfield Street Sunrise Beach


Properties closer to the beach naturally attract a higher price point than those on the western side of Sunrise Beach. There have traditionally been a lot of low set brick homes in the suburb, and these are progressively being renovated or rebuilt to create high end homes.

Entry level Sunrise Beach house example



Sunrise Beach Unit example

Buying a Sunrise Beach property to short term let

If you’re buying an investment property in Sunrise Beach, you need to be aware of Noosa Council’s Short Term Accommodation rules.

In February 2021, Noosa Council passed a new Local Law for Short Term Accommodation (STA) which affects investors who intend to Airbnb their property. The Council requires short stay and home hosted accommodation property owners to lodge an application for using residential properties for AIRBNB or short term rentals unless identified as exempt.

To determine if you can operate, or continue to operate short stay letting from the property you are planning to purchase you first need to determine in what town planning zone your property is located in. Further information is contained in the following links:

Noosa Local Law

Schools / Education in Sunrise Beach

If you are a family with young / school aged children and looking to move to Sunrise Beach, knowing which schools are best for you to look may be one of your first priorities.

Here are links to key schools around the Sunrise Beach and the Noosa region to consider:

What are the best schools if you live in Sunrise Beach

There are other public and private schools in suburbs such as Noosaville, Tewantin, Cooroy, Eumundi, Peregian Beach, Coolum, Buderim, etc. If you plan to move to Sunrise Beach, it is worthwhile to be aware of the travel times to and from these areas.  For example, Sunrise Beach to:

  • Eumundi is 21 km which takes around 20-25 minutes each way via the Eumundi-Noosa Road (80km per hour speed limit)
  • Cooroy is 23 km which takes around 25-30 minutes each way via the Cooroy Noosa Road (80km per hour speed limit)
  • Peregian Beach is 8 km which takes approximately 10-15 minutes each way on the busy Sunshine Motorway (100km per hour speed limit) / David Low Way (70km per hour speed limit)
  • Coolum Beach is 14 km which takes approximately 20 minutes each way on the busy Sunshine Motorway (100km per hour speed limit) / David Low Way (70km per hour speed limit)
  • Buderim and Forest Glen are around 36 km which takes around 35-40 minutes each way via Sunshine Motorway

While these travel times don’t seem huge at the outset, locals who do that commute back and forth twice per day along those busy roads to get their children to and from school do comment that it can become frustrating and too time consuming.

If you would like further help purchasing a home or investment property in Sunrise Beach or want to know more about this suburb, please get in touch with Home Scouts, your local Sunrise Beach Buyers Agent.

Back To Top