Sunshine Plaza

Coordinates: 26°39′16″S 153°05′18″E / 26.65444°S 153.08833°E / -26.65444; 153.08833
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Sunshine Plaza
Sunshine Plaza logo
LocationMaroochydore, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates26°39′16″S 153°05′18″E / 26.65444°S 153.08833°E / -26.65444; 153.08833
Opening date1994; 30 years ago (1994)
OwnerAPPF Retail
GPT Group[1]
No. of stores and services345
No. of anchor tenantsMyer, Kmart, Target, Woolworths, H&M, Coles Superstore, Birch Carroll & Coyle, David Jones, and Big W
Total retail floor area107,000 m2 (1,150,000 sq ft)
No. of floors2

Sunshine Plaza is a large regional shopping centre located in Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia and is the largest shopping centre on the Sunshine Coast. Anchor tenants included in the centre are Coles, Woolworths, Myer, Kmart, Target, Big W, H&M, David Jones,[2] and a 12-screen Birch Carroll & Coyle cinema. The centre is currently managed by Lendlease.[3]


Previously operating under a different structure, the centre began trading in 1980 as The Sands Shopping Centre.[4] The Lend Lease Corporation purchased the centre in 1990 and began redevelopment of the site. The new centre began trading in 1994 under the new name Sunshine Plaza. It contains approximately 62,000 square metres of floor space; increased by recent expansions in the early 2000s. An expansion completed in 2002 included the addition of a Woolworths supermarket, a new leisure and restaurant precinct, and the expansion of the Birch Carroll & Coyle cinema complex.[5]

In early 1999 it was announced that the Westfield Group would take a 25 percent stake in Sunshine plaza feet with clearance from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission.[6] The General Property Trust wanted to sell its stake, but joint owners Lendlease (through APPF Retail) had argued that they had exercised their pre-emptive rights over the centre, which gave them the rights to buy any part that GPT wants to sell before anyone else could buy it.[7]

In mid-2010, it was announced that David Jones was planning to open a two level store, after a development application was submitted to the Sunshine Coast Council in August.[8]


In September 2016, the $400 million makeover commenced. The proposed plan continued west along Cornmeal Creek and included introducing retailing giant, David Jones into a two-storey site. On top of this there would be a further 1,400 car spaces, 100 more speciality retail and restaurant spaces and an expansion of the Myer department store. It was scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.[9]

Grand opening of redevelopment[edit]

In March 2019, the $440 million redevelopment opened to the public, including a one-level David Jones store, a two-level H&M, and a new concept Big W store.[10] The redevelopment increased the total number of stores from 276 to 345, and increased the total number of parking spaces to nearly 5,000.[citation needed]

High Ropes course[edit]

A High Ropes attraction was expected to be built by mid 2019, and be possibly the world's largest ropes course on poles.[11] It opened in November 2020.[12]


Sunshine Plaza contains 107,000 sqm of total floor space, and has 345 stores post redevelopment. Major retailers are Coles, Woolworths, Myer, Kmart, Target, Big W, David Jones, H&M, JB Hi-Fi, MECCA, Sephora, and Rebel. The plaza also has a 12-screen Birch Carroll & Coyle cinema.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The GPT Group - Sunshine Plaza". The GPT Group. The GPT Group. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  2. ^ "New Retailers! - Sunshine Plaza". Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Australia Home - Lendlease". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Maroochydore & Cotton Tree | Suburb Profiles". Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  5. ^ "GPT > Our Business > Investment Portfolio > Retail > Sunshine Plaza". Archived from the original on 16 October 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2007.
  6. ^ "ACCC not to oppose Westfield acquisitions". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2007.
  7. ^ "Encompass News". Archived from the original on 14 January 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2007.
  8. ^ "David Jones hopes to open a story at Sunshine Plaza at Maroochydore". The Courier-Mail. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Sunshine Plaza Redevelopment - Sunshine Plaza". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Sunshine Plaza celebrates grand opening of $440 million redevelopment". Sunshine Coast Council. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Outdoor high ropes and 130m zip line across creek to be built on the Sunshine Coast". Commercial Property & Real Estate News. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Australia's largest high ropes course opens at Sunshine Plaza". 27 November 2020.
  13. ^ "Sunshine Plaza Redevelopment - Sunshine Plaza". Retrieved 6 April 2019.

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