Caboolture to Maroochydore Corridor Study

We are proposing a new public transport line for the Sunshine Coast to link the coastal urban area to Brisbane.

We undertook the Caboolture to Maroochydore Corridor Study to investigate the feasibility, preferred development, impacts and benefits of a new public transportation corridor between Beerwah and the Sunshine Coast Airport.


  • Returns local roads
  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Better active transport
  • Contributes to economy
The Queensland Government proposed a major initiative to investigate an integrated land use and public transportation system for the Caboolture to Sunshine Coast region. The development of an integrated transportation system challenges traditional approaches to urban management and to quality of life enhancements.

The Caboolture to Maroochydore Corridor Study recognises the importance of integrating transport networks and land use distribution.

What was the study about?

In consultation with the local community, the study focused on:

  • developing an integrated land use transport strategy for the Caboolture to Maroochydore area
  • determining the need for a new public transport corridor
  • identifying a preferred route for the corridor
  • identifying the preferred public transport mode (for example, busway, heavy rail, light rail and so on)
  • identifying station locations
  • developing an integrated public transport system
  • undertaking impact assessment studies and identifying environmental management strategies
  • establishing staging options for the development of public transport infrastructure.

What happened during the study?

The study was undertaken in three stages.

Stage one – corridor identification

Stage one gathered baseline data to identify environmental and social constraints and opportunities. These were produced in a map format to illustrate the most significant environmental, engineering and social constraints that needed to be considered when looking at locations for public transport corridors. Along with public consultation they were used as evaluation criteria to assess and finalise the corridor options.

Stage two – corridor evaluation

Stage two involved:

  • investigating existing and future travel patterns and alternative mode options
  • investigating economic, transport, environmental, engineering and social issues
  • undertaking a preliminary economic and financial viability study of the public transport within the corridor
  • undertaking an evaluation of the different corridor options
  • narrowing the short-listed corridor options.

In stage two, it was decided that:

  • the preferred transport mode is heavy passenger rail, similar to the current Citytrain network
  • detailed evaluation should be undertaken for the short-listed corridor options.
Stage three – route assessment

The first part of stage three involved an assessment of options around Caloundra and the identification of a preferred corridor.

The second part of stage three was the preparation of the Impact Assessment Study to examine the alternative options, benefits, environmental impacts, proposed strategies to counter any significant impacts and ways to enhance a beneficial outcome.

What was decided at the end of the study?

The Queensland Government agreed to implement the recommendations from the Caboolture to Maroochydore Corridor Study, including the need to protect the preferred future public transport corridor from Beerwah to Maroochydore and on to the Sunshine Coast Airport. Since then, the government has been actively acquiring land for the corridor.

Track upgrading and duplication from Caboolture to Beerburrum was completed in 2009, as was the elimination of the open level crossing at Beerwah, ultimately providing for the branching off of the new line to Caloundra and Maroochydore.

Community involvement

The local community was engaged in a range of ways throughout the study including:
  • 'district working groups' consisting of community members
  • public displays at local events and shopping centres
  • media releases and advertisements in local print, radio and television media
  • public meetings and meetings with interest groups
  • community newsletters.

The Impact Assessment Study and aerial photographs of the study area were on public display for six weeks, up until 21 October 1999.