The Girraween Sports Complex is a joint initiative between council and the Queensland Government to get more Queenslanders active through sport and recreation. The complex provides the community with a multi-use district-level sport and recreation facility, as recommended in the Noosa Sport and Recreation Plan 2004-2016.
Girraween meets the needs of a wide range of users, including but not limited to sporting organisations, schools, community groups, cyclists, tri-athletes and community members. It is the home of Noosa Lions Football Club and Little Athletics Noosa and is regularly used by the Sunshine Coast Cycling Club for twilight racing and the Noosa Triathlon Club.
The single-story clubhouse consists of a club room suitable to seat 100 people, kitchen and kiosk, two offices, four change rooms, first aid and referees rooms, associated toilet facilities and under cover storage facilities.
The sports facility consists of two senior and two junior football fields; athletics grass track and athletics facilities; a 915m criterium cycling track; clubhouse and amenities; car parking.
The facility incorporates eco-friendly attributes including utilisation of a degraded site; class A recycled water irrigation; bio-retention and filtration swales; revegetation to the surrounding perimeter.
To date the facility has hosted a number of significant events including the U19 Australian Criterium Championships; New Zealand National Junior Triathlon Training Camp; Queensland Criterium Championships; the annual Noosa Gift Sprint Race and Sunshine Coast Fire season opening football games.
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The Sunshine Coast's reputation as a cycling destination is now flourishing with the opening of the new cycling criterium track at the Girraween Sports Complex on Eenie Creek Road, Sunshine Beach. The track is part of the Girraween Sports Complex which also comprises of lit soccer and athletics fields, clubhouse and car parking.
While there are over 160 car spaces, during a large event the car park can fill. For safety reasons please do not park on Eenie Creek Road. Alternate parking is available in Langura Street and extra parking for events can be negotiated with the Bicentennial Centre and local schools. Note that these venues are a five minute walk away or alternatively shuttle buses could be organised to ferry attendees to the complex.
In 2004 Noosa Shire Council endorsed the Noosa Sport and Recreation Plan 2004-2016 which identified the Girraween Sports Complex as a very high priority due to the large deficit of sporting land in the Eastern Beaches area (Recommendation 7).
Additionally, the project was supported by the Noosa Park Strategy 2005-2016 (Recommendation 3.4.5) and the SunROC Regional Sport & Recreation Facility Study 2005-2020 (Recommendation 5.2.5) and the Sunshine Coast Sport & Active Recreation Plan 2011-2026.
The project addressed identified gaps in the provision of local sport and recreation opportunities by providing safe access to a high quality off-road cycling facility for club and community use and education purposes, additional sporting fields and athletics facilities.
The state government provided a grant of $1.5 million towards the development of the facility through the Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Program with council funding the balance of the project cost.
For more information regarding this facility, please contact council's customer service centre on (07) 5329 6500 or via email.