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Sunshine Coast Light Rail

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Sunshine Coast Light Rail
Owner Sunshine Coast Council
Locale Sunshine Coast
Number of lines 2 proposed
Website wwwlightrailsunshinecoastqldgovau
System length 20 kilometers approximately
Track gauge 1,435 mm 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in

The Sunshine Coast Light Rail is a proposed light rail system for the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland, Australia The light rail system will link Maroochydore with Caloundra via Mooloolaba and Kawana The system is currently undergoing feasibility studies and is planned to bring a frequent, high-quality light rail service that will meet the region's predicted growth1


  • 1 History
  • 2 Route Options
    • 21 Recommended Route Alignment
    • 22 Original corridor route options
    • 23 Proposed Maroochydore routes
      • 231 Option A
      • 232 Option B
      • 233 Option C
    • 24 Proposed Mooloolaba routes
      • 241 Option A
      • 242 Option B
      • 243 Option C
      • 244 Option D
    • 25 Proposed Kawana routes
      • 251 Option A
      • 252 Option B
      • 253 Option C
      • 254 Option D
    • 26 Proposed Caloundra routes
      • 261 Option A
      • 262 Option B
      • 263 Option C
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The Sunshine Coast Council reviewed and supported the findings of a pre-feasibility study In August 2012 the council gave the go ahead for a full feasibility study to be undertaken In November 2014, the options were put on display with comments sought with over 700 submissions received234After the council reviewed the outcome of the community consolation in November 2014, they have the confidence to further investigate a light rail corridor 87% of the survey respondents were in favour of the light rail As of 2016, the council is exploring potential funding models for the delivery of the project It noted that the project would still require state government support5

In addition the council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads are seeking to establish a high frequency bus line that will follow the proposed light rail corridor as a forerunner before the completion of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in late 2016

Route Optionsedit

The proposed system will stretch approximately 20 kilometres from Maroochydore to Caloundra A full route is still undecided with multiple proposed routes, however following the results of the feasibility study conducted in November 2014, the Sunshine Coast Council have identified a possible route alignment for the light rail All routes pass through the key activity hubs of Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Kawana and Caloundra, however various routes are proposed

Recommended Route Alignmentedit

Following the community consultation, the council has identified a possible route alignment for the light rail However this is still undecided and the previous route proposals are still being looked at

The new proposed route will follow Option A of the Maroochydore route, commencing at the Plaza Parade in the Maroochydore CBD before cutting though part of the Horton Park Golf Course, then travelling along Aerdrome Road, this route is the quickest route compared to other proposed routes and supports the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area The route continues along Aerdrome Road towards Mooloolaba Following route B of the Mooloolaba proposed routes,the route will turn onto Veening Street, just west of the key activity area of Mooloolaba Travelling along Walan Street, the route will then turn on to Brisbane Road, continuing south towards Kawana Once in Kawana the light rail will follow route option A passing the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and supports the development of the Kawana Town Centre The Caloundra corridor is still undecided The local council will continue to investigate the three proposed routes to find the best route

Original corridor route optionsedit

Proposed Maroochydore routesedit


Maroochydore is the key activity centre on the Sunshine Coast

Option Aedit

Option A is the shortest but most direct route resulting in the fastest travel time This option will start from the Maroochydore CBD and travel along Aerodrome Road towards Mooloolaba This route option has a wide pedestrian catchment area and supports Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area and transit interchange with future heavy rail

Option Bedit

A slightly longer route then Option A, Option B will start from the Maroochydore CBD, traveling briefly along Aerodrome Road before going along Kingsford-Smith Parade This route option has an improved access to the Maroochydore Surf Club and sporting grounds and reduces interference with traffic lights along Aerodrome Road

Option Cedit

Option C, although the longest route in the Maroochydore area provides direct access to tourist and residential accommodation and tourist destinations and provides greater access to the Sunshine Plaza, the Sunshine Coast's largest shopping centre

Proposed Mooloolaba routesedit


Mooloolaba is an established lifestyle and tourism destination

Option Aedit

Option A provides excellent access to the beach and fantastic iconic views along the Mooloolaba foreshore This route option also provides good access to retail and dining along the Mooloolaba Esplanade

Option Bedit

Option B, travels along the Mooloolaba Esplanade traveling before travelling along Venning Street, just short of the main retail and dining hot spot of Mooloolaba Esplanade Option B continues along Venning Street and Walan Street before turning on to Brisbane Road and traveling south towards Kawana

Option Cedit

Option C is slightly longer than Option A and B but provides access to the Mooloolaba Spit, Wharf precinct and Surf Club This route option also provides scenic views along the river edge and could support a new river edge lifestyle precinct

Option Dedit

Option D is the longest option in the Mooloolaba area, traveling along the Mooloolaba Esplanade, then along River Esplanade before going along Brisbane Road towards Kawana This route combines the elements of option A and C, providing scenic views along the Mooloolaba foreshore and river edge as well as excellent access to the beach and the retail and dining precinct along the Mooloolaba Esplanade

Proposed Kawana routesedit

Kawana is one of the fastest growing regions on the Sunshine Coast Kawana is proposed as the terminus for stage 1 of the light rail project, with stage 2 continuing from Kawana to Caloundra

Option Aedit

Option A would be the longest route in the Kawana area and has a number of tight turns, increasing travel timeThis route would provide direct access to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and supports the development of the Kawana Town Centre, Business Village and Bokarina Beach This option also provides future opportunity for a fully integrated transport interchange with a heavy rail station

Option Bedit

Option B followings a similar route to Option A, however aiming to improve on travel time by passing the core of the Kawana Town Centre This route option, like Option A provides access to the University Hospital and an interchange with a future heavy rail station This route also travels though the Kawana Industrial Estate

Option Cedit

Option C provides access to local schools and sporting facilities and services the existing eastern residential areas of Kawana The route travels through the Kawana Industrial Estate and supports the development of Bokarina Beach Option C is a more direct and faster route towards Caloundra then Option's A and B

Option Dedit

Option D is both the most cheapest and fastest route in the Kawana area, however it limits access to the key destinations of the region Option D still provides good access to local schools and sporting grounds This option services the existing eastern residential areas but has over one kilometer walking distance to the key destinations such as the University Hospital and the Kawana Town Centre

Proposed Caloundra routesedit


Caloundra is a major lifestyle and tourism destination situated at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast

Option Aedit

Option A will travel directly on Nicklin Way to maximize travel speed and provides excellent access to Bulcock Street and Omrah Avenue The route supports direct access to West Terrace hospital precinct and the RSL club This route also provides good access to potential development sites along the central areas of Caloundra and partly services the western residential areas, however it bypasses a number of coastal tourist destinations

Option Bedit

This option supports direct access to Moffat Bach business and industry precinct as well as direct access to sporting facilities and the Caloundra Primary School Option B partly services the western residential area and connects commuters with Stockland Caloundra shopping centre

Option Cedit

Option C is the longest option in the Caloundra region but provides access with recreation and tourism destinations which the other two options lack as well as the residential areas of central Caloundra This route provides good access to sporting facilities and the local primary school and establishes strong connectivity to the beach

See alsoedit

  • Maroochydore railway line: a proposed heavy railway line from Brisbane and Beerwah to Maroochydore


  1. ^ "Sunshine Coast Light Rail" Sunshine Coast Light Rail Sunshine Coast Council Retrieved 9 March 2015 
  2. ^ Light rail route options on public display Sunshine Coast Council 3 November 2014
  3. ^ Sunshine Coast Council release route options for proposed light rail Brisbane Times 5 November 2014
  4. ^ More than 700 have say on Coast's light rail plan Sunshine Coast Daily 17 December 2014
  5. ^ Templeton, Anthony 13 June 2016 "Sunshine Coast light rail could be built well within a decade through private investment funding" The Courier-Mail 

External linksedit

  • trams portal
  • Caboolture to Maroochydore Corridor Study Department of Transport & Main Roads

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