Sleeping in Airports

Sunshine Coast Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Sunshine Coast Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

MCY Airport Overview

sunshine coast airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Sunshine Coast Airport.

What to Expect

The small terminal at Sunshine Coast Airport (code: MCY) is divided into domestic and international areas. Amenities are limited to four eateries, two shops, a newsstand, and free WiFi.

Where to Sleep

Due to limited operating hours, overnight stays are not possible. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Sunshine Coast Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Pacific Paradise Motel – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre Marcoola Beach – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Sunshine Coast Airport Motel – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Sunshine Coast Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

At the time of this update, pay-per-use lounges were not available.  If this information is not correct, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available in Sunshine Coast Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: next to the News Travels store in the Departures Lounge • near the baggage carousels in Arrivals.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are baby care rooms equipped with diaper changing stations, diaper disposals, restrooms, microwaves, and comfortable seating for nursing are available in the Parents’ Rooms located at both ends of the airport terminal.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Water fountains are available both Landside and Airside.

Duty Free & Shopping – Two clothing stores and one News Travels shop (selling newspapers, gifts, souvenirs, etc.) are available.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of 24 hour dining. Food options include: Grinders Café • Swell Cafe • Sumo Salad • The Glasshouse Bar.

Information Desk – While there is no Information Desk, there is staffed Visitor Information Desk (in Arrivals) that could probably be of assistance.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A traveller (2017) mentioned that there are areas for charging devices. We are not sure if that includes both Landside and Airside. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Observation Area – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation area. Location: unknown, but it is also accessible to the public.

Passenger Assistance – For assistance in the airport, contact a Sunshine Coast Airport service assistant using one of the white service phones in Departures or Arrivals, or the call button on the parking machines and ticket dispensers.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: outside of the entry door of the departures building (near Virgin check-in).

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 4:15AM until one hour after tlast flight, Monday through Friday. Open later at 5:15AM on Saturday and Sunday. Overnight stays are not permitted at this airport.


Sunshine Coast airport is served by the following airlines: Alliance • Air New Zealand • Jetstar • Qantas • Virgin Australia.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Some Translink public buses stop at the airport enroute. The bus stop is located to the right of the Arrivals Hall. For more information regarding routes, schedules and fares, visit the Translink website.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies offer service onsite in the Arrivals Hall: Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • Redspot • Thrifty.

Shared-Ride Shuttles

Con-X-ion offers door to door pick-up and drop-off shuttle services throughout the region of Sunshine Coast.


Metered taxis are readily available for hire at the taxi rank in front of the Arrivals Hall. Note: An additional AUD $2.20 is added to all fares when taxis pick up passengers from the airport.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.