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Maroochydore: Sunshine Coast’s Heart and Soul

Maroochydore’s central location on the Sunshine Coast has turned the seaside town into the region’s premier business hub, ensuring plenty of action in and out of the water. Only an hour north of Brisbane, Maroochydore is home to 50,000 full-time residents. Whether you’re after a beach break with a side of shopping or an action-fuelled escape with a touch of sunbathing, you can be sure that your activities of choice won’t be far from urban amenities and services. And if you’re visiting Maroochydore with the kids, you can choose from a mix of educational and energy-consuming attractions. Holiday rental options in town include well-appointed apartments with water views, cosy villas and self-contained rental homes.

Swim and Surf in Maroochydore

Approximately 25 kilometres of sandy beaches surrounds this Sunshine Coast hotspot, and there is a river on the other side. Make your way over to Maroochy River to enjoy much calmer, wave-free waters that are ideal for swimming, especially if you have smaller children. Along the banks, a vast amount of parkland is yours to explore, boasting many comfortable spots for picnics. Heading back over to the coastline, the town’s main surf beach, Maroochydore Beach, is an ever-popular destination. In fact, this beach hosts many surfing competitions and lifesaving events each year. There are multiple other beaches of the coast, some of which are sheltered for swimmers and others that cater more to surfers. Before getting in the water, check with the locals to see what the best destination is for your needs.

Water Sports in Maroochydore

Thanks to Maroochydore’s warm coastal climate, visitors can participate in numerous water activities throughout the year. In the ocean, water skiing, kayaking, wakeboarding, kite surfing, diving and jet skiing are favourite options. Cast a line in the Maroochy River near the river mouth and catch your dinner. If you do not want to take your catch home, use the onsite facilities to prepare your meal. Around Maroochydore, there are a number of places to hire a boat, allowing you to explore the coastal waters on your own terms. Many types of boats are available, from cruisers and pontoons to tinnies and even faster boats for water sports.

Shop 'Til You Drop

Maroochydore is known as the Sunshine Coast’s shopping destination. Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre is the largest retail shopping centre on the coast and includes well over 200 retailers. In addition to shopping, Sunshine Plaza features a number of restaurants, a 12-screen cinema and rentable paddle boats. Alternately, walk down Cotton Tree and Duporth Avenues to find a wide range of boutiques. This part of Maroochydore benefits from strip style shopping, ensuring that all the stores you need are close together. For a different type of retail environment all-together, check out Maroochydore’s weekly outdoor markets, which sell fresh produce, locally made crafts and ready-to-eat food.

Stay Active Out of the Water

Of course, a good portion of the action is in Maroochydore happens on the water, but there is still plenty to do while keeping your feet on the ground. Check out the Horton Park Golf Club to play an 18-hole round or two. Other inland sports are played at the Maroochydore Tennis Club and the Maroochydore Beach Bowls Club. Changing themes, the Superbee Honey factory is a free, educational attraction for the whole family, where you can learn more about the honey making process and play games, go on rides and even feed lorikeets. Want more to do with the kids? Top Shots Fun Park is designed for children of all ages to play in an arcade, have a go on the Extreme Vertical Trampoline or soar through waters on blaster boats.

Travelling to Maroochydore

Maroochydore is a popular, easily accessible holiday destination only an hour from Brisbane. Bring the whole family and spend your days on the beach, browsing the shops or participating in child-friendly sports and activities. Rent a car or use local public transport.

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                                                                                                      This amazing home was a favourite with all of us. We will be keeping the address and coming back in the future. The owners are lovely and couldn't have been more helpful. Everything we needed to make for a special girls weekend was in the house, including some great music.
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                                                                                                      The unit was in a great location close to shops and eateries without being too busy. Easy access for fishing and crabbing. Great break and the furry child was also impressed!!
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