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5 cool facts about Australia's Sunshine Coast

Sunshine coast is an urban area located due north the city of Brisbane. Although the area does not have a central business district, it still is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Queensland - third biggest to be precise. The town is aptly named for its sunny beaches and beautiful tropical landscape. Below are a few cool facts that you would be interested to know about Sunshine Coast.

1. At around 1820, 3 castaways were the first white inhabitants of the coast. It was formerly home to the Kabi Kabi Aborigines; but the three runaway convicts - Finnegan, Pamphlet and Parsons - stayed with them for a period of 8 months. Later it was to become home of runaway convicts due to its nearness to Moreton Bay (present day Brisbane) penal colony. 2. True or not, I have to mention this. The Glass Mountains that surround the Sunshine Coast have been reported to experience a lot of UFO activities, with the UFO research Queensland compiling a lot of these activities from as early as 1956. 3. At 3,127 square kilometers, the Sunshine Coast is equal to California's Yosemite National Park. However, only about 40% of the natives remain in the coast. 4. Fortunately, the Sunshine Coast is no longer home of convicts. In fact, it has received royalty guests including Prince Charles and his deceased wife Princess Diana who visited the Big Pineapple in Woombye in 1983. 5. Here is one of the most interesting stories to come from Sunshine Coast. In 1827 a convicted Irishman called John Graham ran away from the Penal Colony in Moreton Bay. He thought he could sail all the way to China and wanted to avoid the Aborigines as much as he could. However, as fate would have it, he would stumble into an Aborigine Village where he would live for 6 years, with the Aborigines thinking that he is a ghost. In 1833, he gave himself up at Moreton Bay but his story was not to end there. He would earn his freedom after being one of the people who were involved in rescuing Eliza Fraser from Fraser Island. Sunshine Coast is full of such interesting stories. Trust me; you can write an adventure novel from the convicts' stories you hear here. Contact us today so you can start your own Sunshine Coast adventure!

By Judy Karwacki, MA, MBA about Sunshine Coast

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