Will be coming over early Jan 2013 for around 4-6 weeks to look at short-list of areas to live in and possibly some job interviews / introductions. Area being considered is the Sunshine Coast from north of Brisbane up to Noosa, at a push Hervey Bay. Thinking of spending roughly 2/3s of the time doing this and 1/3 doing some holiday stuff like Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays possibly even a quick trip to Byron Bay. I am wondering what is the most comfortable and cost-effective way of staying on the Sunshine Coast while looking around and where to look for accommodation. The hotels look great but this seems mightily expensive if staying for 3+ weeks; is there anywhere who provides a good standard of private rental for such a short period of time and if so, where to look for it? Is 6 weeks too long even? Any other advice and assistance would be greatly accepted. Thanks in advance.