Well around the Coast the young people say there is nothing for them(2009). A picture in the local rag said "all dressed up and nowhere to go"
There are nightclubs around Mooloolaba which are well patrolled by security and O'Malley's Irish pub. Not my cup of tea once the disco starts.
Caloundra RSL attracts quite a few and as the night gets later the young ones roll in.Week ends the music is more often disco especially after 9pm. There is an odd shaped dance floor and food is available till later on. Our RSLs (Returned Sevicemen Clubs) are much more active than in some areas.
There are also RSLs at Nambour, Maroochydore , and Tewantin that I know about. Open every day and night. Some of the pubs, Duporth Tavern for example,have music at weekends.
But unlike some other places in the world ,in general, outwardly, things go quiet fairly early in the night. Restaurant kitchens close early.
I have just added info ( in another tip) about things to do with "Lively Fish" a Sunshine Coast Group . So look at my travel page and scroll to see what is on with Lively Fish. All the latest happenings and company if you want it. Sunshine Coast area. Not a dating service.
Also look at Queensland and my tip on Casinos. Brisbane not far away.
Sometimes there are general dances and you can find out about these on the Brisbane based website . There are of course functions to raise money for charity etc on regularly but not much fun for a tourist.
Let me know if you have more info. Sometimes when you live in a place you are in the dark about some happenings..
NB There is also this great website What is Happening on Sunshine Coast....updated regularly
Dress Code: Usually collared shirt and no jeans or sneakers after 6pm for the RSL.
On Friday or Saturday night when it is a good LOUD band...you know the disco type .... "a makes you jump and clap hands band".... then the young people flock there. After a Race Day you are lucky to find a spot . They don't arrive early but after 10pm here come the girls in short skirts and high heels and the boys not far behind.
Of course everything is there earlier on for the more sedate...restaurants (Clearwater is by far the best choice), poker machines, music. And the club is open 7 days so you can get some real dance music at times.
Entertainment is free.
Of course there is a separate section where concerts are held from time to time...you pay to attend these .
Dress Code: After the ode (to the honour servicemen and women who gave their lives in war) tidy dress is required.
RSL stands for Returned Servicemen's League.