Eleven celebrities to spot on the Sunshine
The Sunshine Coast can boast its share of famous faces when it comes to music, politics, sport, television and film.
If you live here for long enough, you might just brush up against someone you recognise.
1. Jon Coghill
The former Powerfinger drummer attended Nambour State High School where his father was a science teacher. Since Powderfinger, he has pursued journalism and is a multi-platform reporter with ABC Sunshine Coast
2. Luke Arnold
Actor Luke Arnold, who played Michael Hutchence in the INXS mini-series Never Tear Us Apart, lived at Sunshine Beach during his last two years of high school and performed with the Noosa Theatre Company.
3. Andy Ryan
Andy Ryan, who was keyboard player and songwriter Andrew Farriss in the same series, grew up at Mountain Creek and attended Sunshine Coast Grammar School and Matthew Flinders Anglican College.
4. Pat Rafter
Tennis player Pat Rafter was born in Mount Isa but his family moved to Eumundi when he was a kid and he attended Eumundi State Primary School. The shots which won him a Wimbledon title began on the tennis court at his parents home.
5. Kevin Rudd
Like Pat Rafter, ex-Prime Minister K-Rudd had a Eumundi childhood, growing up on a dairy farm and attending the local primary school. After the death of his father in a car crash, he went to boarding school in Brisbane for a couple of years but finished his school at Nambour State High School.
6. Wayne Swan
Former Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan also went to Nambour State High School, where he was school captain. The family's home was not far from where the back of the school farm is now. Wayne still likes to get back to the Coast and rarely lets a year go by without a holiday at a unit close to the beach between Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland.
7. David Williamson
Dramatist and playwright David Wiliamson, whose works include Don's Party and Gallipoli, to name a few, made the move from Melbourne to the Noosa area with his wife, Kristen, more than 15 years ago. He was one of the founders of the Noosa Longweekend festival.
8. Keith Urban
Country singer Keith Urban was born in New Zealand but moved to Caboolture with his family when he was a kid. He established his career and a fairly good blond mullet there before moving to Nashville, where his career took off and his hair got better.
9. Jo Beth Taylor
Television presenter Jo Beth Taylor made a name for herself as the host of Australia's Funniest Home Videos and on Hey Hey It's Saturday in the 1990s. She became resident of the Noosa hinterland with her second husband, tennis player Thomas Muster, about 15 years ago and moved back to Perth after they parted company in 2002 but apparently returned three years later with their son, Christian. She had been quietly practising yoga until popping up on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here this year.
10. Lisa Curry
Swimmer Lisa Curry-Kenny had made a name for herself as medallist at three Commonwealth Games when she married Sunshine Coast ironman Grant Kenny. She was crowned a supermum when she won four gold medals and one silver at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games while their first daughter, Jaimi-Lee was a toddler. She and Grant had two more children, Morgan and Jett, before they split in 2009.
11. Grant Kenny
Grant Kenny became a national superstar at the age of 16 when he won both the junior and senior ironman titles at the National Surf Life Saving championships at Maroochydore in 1980. When he married Lisa Curry, they became the nation's golden couple. He has since got together with Fifi Box, and is the father of a three-year-old girl, Trixie Belle.