The Sunshine Coast’s geography and climate gives it a significant natural advantage in the food production industry.
The Coast is quickly developing into one of Australia’s most prominent food growing regions, making it a leading location to study Agribusiness.
- The area produces a very diverse range of produce including macadamias, ginger, olives, strawberries, pineapples, avocadoes, and more
- The Coast is home to a successful dairy industry, honey farms, fresh local seafood, and a wide variety of value-adding businesses, wineries, and beef, pork and chicken producers
- Most local food producers are also sustainable and organic, as the community truly values health and the environment
- Our proximity to Brisbane and its infrastructure enables us to export our products and be a global player in agribusiness
Sample Schedule (Alternative site visits/speakers available upon request)
Arrive and check in to hotel
Tour of the Sunshine Coast and Welcome Dinner
The tour provides an interesting perspective of some of the Coast’s treasured tourist assets:
Noosa Biosphere / National Park: Home to wildlife such as koalas and echidnas along the protected coastline where rainforest meets the sea.
Hinterland Montville / Maleny: Explore tropical rainforests and waterfalls.
Mount Coolum: A quick and easy hike to the top, at the bottom enjoy Coolum beach.
Welcome Dinner: Guest speakers will engage you in the possibilities of your future.
USC Campus Tour and Innovation Centre
Experience the unique blended learning capabilities of USC.
Enjoy a boardroom lunch with members from the Sunshine Coast Council and some of Australia’s most innovative companies and members of USC Innovation Centre, such as Grow Coastal – the Sunshine Coast’s first food accelerator.
Sunshine Coast Local Harvest From Paddock to Plate
Sunshine Coast Regional Food Directory is a comprehensive guide of the Sunshine Coast producers, growers and processors based in the region.
Kunara Organic Market
Visit Kunara Organic Marketplace and learn about the primary producers and companies they support. Enjoy samples of their products as well as lunch with them while hearing the story of how they have started.
Learn about all the sectors of the Sunshine Coast’s food supply chain from these successful local experts.
\Gourmet Garden is a successful, environmentally and health conscious Australian business with a wide range of valuable knowledge in agribusiness.
Walker Farm Foods
Walker Farm Foods is a responsible farm with high quality animal welfare as well as produce. Be inspired by their commitment and dedication for beef, chicken and chicken egg production.
Buderim Ginger Factory
From a small ginger farming community, Buderim Ginger has come a long way to holding the status of the world’s finest ginger producers, food processors and tourist destinations. Learn about their history and how they have reached success from both their growers and producers as well as their marketing team.
Visit Queensland Yoghurt and learn about how Noosa Yogurt made its way from the beach town of Noosa all the way to grocery store shelves around the United States.
After only 16 years, Maleny Dairies has easily become one of the Sunshine Coast’s most successful businesses. Take a guided tour of their facilities, and learn about their growing social media marketing skills.
1 Day Tour of Fraser Island
Fraser Island is a heritage-listed island located along the south-eastern coast of the state of Queensland, Australia. It is the world largest sand island stretching 120kms.
2 Day Tour of Lady Elliot Island
Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, and unspoilt coral reef.