It’s often said that the Sunshine Coast is a slice of paradise that doesn’t need much improving at all. But having the ability to take a shot of that perfect wave and upload it to Facebook, or read your favourite magazine online for free is certainly one way to do it.
As befits a region with a rapidly growing online and technology sector, complete with it’s own start-up internet company economy, the Sunshine Coast and surrounds have embraced the connected culture. To that end, free Wi-Fi hotspots are being rolled out, up and down the coast, to benefit businesses and personal users alike.
At Tele2 we love finding a café or spot by the water that has a free internet connection, so we thought we’d share some that we’ve found with you.
Free Wi-Fi was an initiative by the Sunshine Coast Council as far back as 2012. Originally commenced on a trial basis, the feedback from locals and tourists alike was so overwhelmingly positive that the program was extended several times.
Over the first 15 months of the trial a staggering 90,000 people made over half a million separate connections to the Wi-Fi network.
There are currently 36 separate hotspots in 23 locations around the Sunshine Coast. Wi-Fi hotspots are identifiable by the blue “Free Wi-Fi Sunshine Coast” signs in the locations. Users simply open the connectivity settings on their device and agree to the on screen prompts to gain access.
If you’re a business which provides Wi-Fi to their customers, the council also has a program where you can register and be included on their list. It’s a useful reciprocal arrangement where local businesses get free advertising and exposure to the community and visitors for something they are already providing.
Where Are They?
All large council-run facilities, including libraries and galleries, are Wi-Fi enabled hot spots. In addition, the popular tourist park areas of Coolum, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Mudjimba and Cotton Tree all have one or more hot spots in their vicinity.
The ever popular part of Mooloolaba, the Esplanade, is serviced by it’s own dedicated hotspot, as are the Brightwater and Bells Reach park areas.
Peregian Beach also has free Wi-Fi thanks to local company Atmail, a next generation email platform. With a strong internet connection in the area, Atmail saw the opportunity to share this and create a free community WiFi in and around the town.
For more information about free hotspots in the Sunshine Coast area, or to register as a free Wi-Fi provider, you can visit the Sunshine Coast Council website, where there is also a great interactive map to help you pinpoint locations. Click here to view the map.
From the team at Tele2, happy (Internet) surfing!