Sunshine Beach State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  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.

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School overview

Number of students

Year school established

School website

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.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special programs

  • Elite program in Italian
  • Excellence in Surfing program (invitation only)
  • Music Excellence (Years 7–9)—international students welcome to join
    • School choir
    • Concert band
    • Strings
    • Percussion
    • Stage band
  • Photography, film and television
  • Media studies
  • Italian exchange program
  • Marine science (boat licence)
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Fashion studies
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) support for international students
  • International study tours
  • Certificate Engineering (Building Formula 1 Car)
  • Work experience (Year 10)
  • Surf lifesaving certificates

Extracurricular activities

  • English—debating, writing, public speaking and a spelling competition
  • Marine research project on the Great Barrier Reef (Heron Island)
  • Beginners surfing lessons—learn from a champion (on-demand, additional fees apply)
  • Scuba diving for students who have a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Certificate (on-demand)
  • Leadership camps
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme

School facilities

  • Marine aquaculture and boating equipment
  • There is a tennis club very close to the school that offers coaching and the use of 10 tennis courts
  • Performing arts centre
  • Outdoor and indoor sports facilities
  • Noosa Aquatic Centre is also very close to the school that offers swim coaching, gym facilities, swim club​

Tertiary pathways

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


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

Homestay and accommodation

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.

Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities.

Read more about homestay and accommodation options.

Holiday adventure programs

Holiday adventure programs are an exciting and safe way for students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

All holiday adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified teachers and staff to ensure student safety.

Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.

Contact details


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.

Last updated 29 May 2023