Nambour State College

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Principal's Welcome

​Welcome to Nambour State College, located between the subtropical Blackall Ranges of the hinterland and the majestic golden beaches of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Our students experience a vibrant 24/7 learning hub that embraces technology and global connectivity. We have a strong, proud tradition of academic excellence, with former Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd being a past student. Our students are global influencers, creating the future and making their mark on our world.
The College is a friendly, warm and welcoming place for international students and our dedicated support team of highly skilled, caring people are excellent mentors.
We inspire students to reach their full potential, exceed their expectations as a learner and reach their career goals. The College offers high quality education for a diverse range of learners, in a safe environment. We will support you to excel in your chosen pathway, nurturing independence, compassion, innovation and global citizenship.

Three reasons to choose Nambour State College

  1. ​A safe, supportive environment that provides a full range of learning pathways and welcoming of all cultures and backgrounds
  2. A highly ranked college delivering excellent academic outcomes and opportunities for success
  3. English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) support provided in all curriculum areas

School Information

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Nambour State College sits within the beautiful green valleys of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, close to beaches and at the foot of the magnificent Blackall Range.
Originally established in 1936 as Nambour State High School, in 2016 the College began welcoming students from primary age to Year 12 to study at its large and well-resourced junior and senior campuses.
Nambour SC students can choose from an extensive range of academic programs along with a wide choice of sports and extracurricular activities.
An on-campus school farm supports the delivery of the College’s agricultural science program. As a Registered Training Organisation, Nambour SC also offers a number of nationally recognised vocational subjects such as business, hospitality, rural operations, visual arts and tourism.
The college’s experienced and dedicated staff ensure students are well supported to focus on their studies and reach their full potential.

Contact details


Homestay* enables EQI students to truly experience Australia's famous lifestyle.

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practise their English in a safe and caring home environment. International students often develop lasting friendships with their homestay families.

  • Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities
  • Host families are carefully selected from within the school community and undergo a police check as required by Queensland law

Standard Homestay fees have been set and these are listed on the EQI program fees page.

Read more about accommodation and welfare.

* Students enrolled in Primary School must live with a parent or close relative as defined by the Australian Immigration Regulations.

University or vocational pathways

  • ​Head Start program with University of Sunshine Coast and Central Queensland University

School facilities

  • Junior and Senior campuses
  • Science laboratories
  • Technology centre
  • Industrial technology and design facilities and professional kitchens
  • Performing arts hall and auditorium
  • Farm and agricultural facilities
  • Sports courts (tennis, basketball, volleyball)
  • Sports grounds (soccer, rugby, athletics)
  • Gym
  • ‘Thunderdome’ volleyball facility
  • Swimming pool
  • International study room
  • Coffee shop
  • Wireless internet access

Extracurricular activities

  • After school study program, homework club and tutoring
  • School musicals and performances
  • Instrumental music (strings, woodwind, percussion)
  • Public speaking and interschool debating
  • Interschool sports competitions
  • Academic competitions
  • Leadership programs
  • Community projects, Rotary Interact Club, Lions Youth of the Year
  • School camps, leadership camp and excursions
  • School trips (Italy, Japan, skiing)
  • Cattle and horse showing at agricultural shows

Holiday adventure programs

EQI Holiday Adventure Programs are an exciting and safe way for International Students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

There's an EQI adventure to suit every taste - from visiting city landmarks and riding camels on an unforgettable Australian 'outback' adventure, to exploring ancient rainforests and swimming with turtles off Queensland's pristine white sand beaches.

All EQI Holiday Adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified Queensland Government teachers and staff to ensure student safety. These programs are open to international students enrolled in an EQI high school, and additional fees apply. To find out more visit the holiday programs page


  • ​Japanese
  • Italian
  • Other languages via Distance Education

Special programs

  • ​Accelerated studies for gifted students to work in higher year programs
  • Leadership programs for students in Years 4-12
  • Volleyball Excellence programs  (National Champions)
  • Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths (STEAM) programs - Years P-12 including robotics coding
  • Agricultural science
  • School farm including miniature horse program
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate programs
  • Aquatic practices
  • Dance, music and drama specialist studies
  • Film, TV and new media
  • Laptop program Years 7-12
  • iPad program P-6


The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:

  • a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
  • particular school facilities;

please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

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Last updated 22 January 2019