Maroochydore

With its funky cafes, multicultural cuisine and thriving live music scene - Maroochydore is the cultural capital of the Sunshine Coast where you can enjoy an ocean dip during the day and a cocktail at night.

The seaside suburb of Cotton Tree is a popular place for a picnic or barbecue - with several play areas for the kids and lots of shade. There's a range of holiday accommodation on offer in this area as well as some great coffee shops along the waterfront.

For those who like being out on the water, Maroochy River offers sunset cruises, fishing charters, canoe hire and aquatic activities like wind-sailing and stand-up paddle boarding. To catch a wave or work on your tan, head to open beaches like Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore.

Retail therapy can be found at Sunshine Plaza - the largest shopping centre in the region with over 220 specialty stores.

Maroochydore is about 100 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Maroochydore
Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast Area
Queensland
Australia

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Marcoola Beach

Marcoola, Sunshine Coast Area
Marcoola Beach is located just north of Maroochy River and boasts quiet uncrowded beaches, which are best suited for serious surfers and walkers. Marcoola Beach is a great escape - unwind for a quiet barbecue or picnic with open grassy parkland, shady trees and children's park.

Alexandra Headland

Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast Area
Alexandra Headland, known by the locals as 'Alex', is a coastal town situated on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. The township has a relaxed and laid back atmosphere that complements the soothing rolling surf and inviting beaches.

Cotton Tree

Cotton Tree, Sunshine Coast Area
Located right next door to trendy, bustling Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, Cotton Tree is fringed by the sandy banks of the Maroochy River to the north and the white silica beaches of the blue Pacific Ocean to the west.

Mudjimba

Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast Area
If a laid-back beachside holiday is your idea of heaven, then beat a path to the best kept secret on the Sunshine Coast, Mudjimba. This secluded stretch of golden beach is surrounded on two sides by the clear, blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and Maroochy River and flanked by the Maroochy River Conservation Park.

Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Dine on the freshest seafood straight off the trawler or hop on a fishing charter to catch your own. Mooloolaba is home to the largest trawling fleet in the region and a favourite anchorage for ocean cruisers and leisure boats.

Mount Coolum National Park

Mount Coolum, Sunshine Coast Area
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Mount Coolum's impressive dome dominates the skyline of the Sunshine Coast lowlands. Follow the rough, 800 metre track to the 208 metre summit of the mountain. Here you'll be surrounded by rare montane heath—one of only two places it grows on the Sunshine Coast.

Magic Mountain Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
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Magic Mountain, a dive site on the Outer Gneerings Reef off Mooloolaba's coast, is a dive for more experienced divers due to its depth of 25 metres. The large group of outcrops extend from the sandy ocean floor to form numerous gullies, ravines, bommies, swim-throughs and pinnacles, all housing soft and hard coral colonies.

Mooloolaba Beach

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
A Mooloolaba holiday is a waking dream to be shared by your whole family. You can step out of your accommodation and onto the pure white sand of Mooloolaba Beach within two minutes, or cycle up the road to Mooloolaba Spit for calm, sheltered swimming and excellent seafood cafes.

Hanging Rock Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Hanging Rock is a popular reef dive off Mooloolaba, at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast. Located on the large Outer Gneerings Reef, Hanging Rock is similar to other sites in the area, with a network of rocky ridges and gutters covered in corals.

Mudjimba Beach

Marcoola, Sunshine Coast Area
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Mudjimba Beach is an unspoiled coastal haven just a stone’s throw from Maroochydore and 90 minutes from Brisbane. The endless, golden sands of this beach are bounded by the Maroochy River and the Pacific Ocean.
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