Sunshine Beach State High School

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Principal's Welcome


Three reasons to choose Sunshine Beach State High School

  1. Live and learn near the famous Noosa beaches in  one of the most attractive schools in Queensland
  2. A choice of 44 subjects
  3. Marine science and certificate courses.

School Information

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Sunshine Beach State High School is located in a biosphere reserve that is recognised by the United Nations.

We have a progressive international school culture and we encourage positive relationships between students, teachers and our community.

Our academic focus is on technology and innovative thinking in environment studies, sustainability and reef guardianship. You can select your studies according to your area of interest for a flexible pathway to higher education and vocational opportunities.

We value diversity, and through our international student program, our students have opportunities to communicate respectfully with students from other cultures.

Our supportive, caring, safe environment enables you to be successful and enjoy your stay with us.

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

  • University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Headstart program
  • Central Queensland University (CQU)
  • TAFE Queensland East Coast

School facilities

  • Photography – wet and dry darkroom
  • Marine aquaculture and boating equipment
  • Located adjacent to an Olympic-sized swimming pool and 10 tennis courts
  • Performing arts centre
  • Outdoor and indoor sports facilities

Extracurricular activities

  • English – debating, writing, publicspeaking, and a spelling competition
  • Marine research project on the Great Barrier Reef (Heron Island)
  • Beginners surfing lessons – learn from a champion (on-demand, additional costs apply)
  • Scuba diving for students who have a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Certificate (on-demand)
  • Coffee barista course (hospitality)
  • Leadership camps
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme

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 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 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. Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.


  • Junior Italian, intermediate Italian and senior Italian
  • French, Japanese, Chinese, German and Spanish and other languages through distance education​

Special programs

  • Elite program in Italian
  • Excellence in Surfing program (invitation only)
  • Music Excellence (Years 7, 8, 9)
  • Photography, film and television
  • Italian exchange program
  • Marine science (boat licence)
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Fashion studies​
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) support for international students
  • International study tours
  • Cheerleading
  • Work experience in Year 10
  • Surf Lifesaving Certificates​


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 21 June 2022