Your guide to building to suit the Sunshine Coast lifestyle

Whether you lucky enough to live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, or just looking for fresh ideas for building or renovating with a coastal style, be sure to get your hands on Sunshine Coast Council’s new design book before you get started


The Sunshine Coast Design book recently won an award for Research, Policy and Communications at the 2020 Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards and a coveted Gold Good Design Award at the Good Design Australia Awards. So you know the content is going to be on point and expert.

Providing design ideas and inspiration for building or renovating a home to complement the region’s environment, sub-tropical climate and identity, The Sunshine Coast Design Book isn’t just for professionals, it’s for anyone interested in design and creating liveable buildings and spaces.

Moffat Beach House, designed by Tim Bennetton

Created by Sunshine Coast Council in collaboration with residents, the design and development industry and community groups, the book seeks to identify what we locals love most about living on the Sunshine Coast, and offer insights and tips towards building a better future together, at home and out and about.

Acknowledging that good design echoes the region’s core characteristics while enhancing and protecting what the community loves most, the book’s core design principles aim to contribute to achieving the council’s vision to become Australia’s most sustainable region. It’s a guide for council, industry and community to make design decisions that take advantage of the coast’s stunning surroundings, and al the lifestyle benefits living on the Sunshine Coast offers. 

Bald Knob House, designed by Clare Design // Photography: Reiner Blunck

The design book is a beautifully striking book, with 150 vivid and scenic photos of special places and well-designed buildings on the Sunshine Coast. You’ll find plenty of ideas inside for incorporating good design elements into your coastal home. Simple tips, like having eaves and awnings to provide shade, doors and windows that open up to let the sea breeze in and indoor living spaces that flow onto outdoor decks or patios to make the most of the indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

Currimundi Apartments, designer Macksay Rush // Photography: Sarah Rush

And while the book is about encouraging great design on the Sunshine Coast, it’s also about inspiring and raising awareness about place-based design in cities and communities throughout the country. 

The Sunshine Coast design book is free to download or view online – visit

To get your hands on a hardcover copy of the Sunshine Coast Design book visit one of the following locations, where it is available to purchase for $50:

  • Folio Books
  • Harry Harthog
  • Nambour Book Exchange
  • Sunshine Coast Council Customer Contact Centres.
Inside the Sunshine Coast Design book