Free Public Wi-Fi
  • Last updated:
  • 18 Jul 2016

Council has expanded and improved its free Wi-Fi services for the community. There are now access points at Mooloolaba Beach, Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore Beach, expanding Wi-Fi to over 70 access points at 21 locations across the region.

SC Free Wi-Fi builds on the free Wi-Fi which was available as part of a trial since December 2012 to create a permanent expanded service to the Sunshine Coast Community. 


Site  Status
Alexandra Headland Surf Club Active 
Beerwah Library Active
Caloundra Art Gallery Active 
Caloundra Library  Active 
Coolum Caravan Park  Active
Coolum Library  Active
Cotton Tree Caravan Park Active
Kawana Library Active
Kenilworth Library Active 
Maleny Library Active
Maroochydore Beach Caravan Park Active
Maroochydore Library Active
Maroochydore Pierce Park Active
Maroochydore Surf Club Active
Mooloolaba North Active
Mooloolaba South Active
Mooloolaba Esplanade Active
Mooloolaba Surf Club Active
Mudjimba Beach Caravan Park Active
Nambour Library Active
Sunshine Coast Airport Active

Wi-Fi access

The Wi-Fi service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anyone can access it with a Wi-Fi enabled device.

To connect to the service, search your wireless networks, select ‘SC Free Public Wi-Fi', and read and accept the terms and conditions.


Council does not capture personal information of individuals accessing the service unless the user opts into providing that information while using the SC Free Public Wi-Fi service.
The Wi-Fi network does automatically detect Wi-Fi enabled devices moving through the coverage area. The network uses the beacons that every Wi-Fi enabled device periodically emits to collect information of the number and movements of devices.

Once the terms have been agreed to, council will record information relating to use of SC Free Public Wi-Fi. 

Information recorded includes:

  • location of the device accessing SC Free Public Wi-Fi
  • time of log on and log off
  • web services accessed by a device
  • if a device has previously logged on to the service.

The MAC address of the device that has accessed the SC Free Public Wi-Fi is used to obtain this information. A device’s MAC address does not provide any personal details about the individual who owns or is using the device. MAC addresses are ananomized with an irreversible encryption before storing in a data centre.

Once you open the internet browser application to the website,  council will capture and process information about the web browser type and/or operating system information used by the enabled device in order to determine the most effective and/or customised means of displaying the requested website on your device.

Wi-Fi use

Hotspot areas are to be used in a fair and community-minded manner. Council may choose to limit downloads and connection times and use content filtering systems as part of this service. More information can be found in the terms and conditions.

Mobile technology and health concerns

Council relies on the expert advice of an authoritative international health authority, the World Health Organisation (WHO), for overall assessments of health and safety impacts.

EMF Explained Series developed by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association in conjunction with the GSM Association and Mobile Manufacturers Forum have a number of resources regarding Wi-Fi and Health.