The Sunshine Coast is a region of Australia that has a long and fascinating history. It is located on the west coast of the continent, stretching from the Columbia River to Alaska. The area was originally divided between three indigenous nations, and there was no single name for the region. However, in 1914, Harry Roberts painted the name “The Sunshine Belt” on the side of the charging station of the first dock built in Roberts Creek.
This name was used to promote Roberts Creek as a summer tourist destination, and it eventually became associated with the entire region.By the 1980s, the Sunshine Coast had become one of Australia's fastest-growing regions and most popular tourist destinations. Artists were attracted to the area, and a large arts and crafts community developed in the interior. The region is still known for its fresh local produce and iconic artisans and creatives. The rapid felling of trees and clearing of rich volcanic soil for agricultural and grazing purposes allowed for the even faster establishment of settlements throughout the surrounding interior and coast.In 1770, explorers aboard Lieutenant James Cook's ship recorded the first sightings and observations of the Sunshine Coast.
Wooden logs felled in the region played a decisive role in creating much of Australia's former infrastructure, especially in the area surrounding Brisbane. Today, the Sunshine Coast is increasingly frequented by a mix of tourists and people seeking to establish permanent residence; it has been especially popular with artists and artisans.Despite its name, the Sunshine Coast receives an average of 1,250 millimeters of rain per year. This has led some to question whether or not “Sunshine Coast” is an appropriate name for this region. However, it has become an iconic part of British Columbia's lexicon, invoked by anyone who wants to give a name that sounds authentically coastal.