Loved for its sub-tropical climate, Maroochydore’s year-round holiday feel keeps locals loyal and tourists knocking at the door. Considered the central hub of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore is in hot demand – an outdoor enthusiast dream with thriving shopping centres and an all-embracing community.
Spoiled by the area’s natural charm, Maroochydore delivers on all fronts. The long stretch of sandy beaches on one side and the calm waters of Maroochy River on the other, provide a perfect playground for water sports – surfing, swimming, paddling, gliding, cruising, you name it, there is a place for it here. On land, playing fields and parklands are in abundance, catering well to weekend sports and lazy afternoon picnics by the water along Cotton Tree Pier.
The main centre is teeming with boutiques stores, cafes and eateries, particularly around Sunshine Plaza and Big Top Market Fresh, while the weekly Cotton Tree Street Markets have you trading with local providores, growers and artisans first-hand. Capitalising on Maroochydore’s waterfront location, there is a burgeoning foodie scene that lets you relish in either traditional fish n’ chips or a leisurely brunch by the sea.
Located only an hour and a half north of Brisbane, Maroochydore has become a firm favourite for those seeking a slower pace, but still with direct access to a major metropolis. The family homes that line the coastline and canals are in high demand, while mid- to high-rise apartments and holiday parks cater well to holiday-makers. With the Sunshine Coast University and hospitals within easy reach, it’s little wonder that this sun-kissed town has people sitting up and taking notice.