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Sunshine Coast Town – Maroochydore

Maroochydore lies in the heart of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Named “Maroochy” by locals, Maroochydore is a major commercial area of the Sunshine Coast which serves as the perfect launching point for visitors to travel throughout Queensland.

With over 200 restaurants, cafes and shops as well as a cinema, pristine beaches and a large range of accommodation options, Maroochydore has everything you will need on your next holiday to the Sunshine Coast.

Maroochydore Attractions, Activities & Things to Do on the Sunshine Coast


If you are looking for things to see and do in Maroochydore, start with the beach and have a relaxing day walking, swimming, picnicking on the beautiful shore. Head up the Maroochy River and try some fishing, or hire a kayak or paddleboard and head out into the open ocean.

Catch a movie at Sunshine Plaza and take a stroll around this large shopping mall. There are heaps of restaurants in Maroochydore, so stop for a bite to eat at any of these excellent venues and try some of the best Queensland seafood on offer.

Maroochydore also hosts surfing events and community festivals throughout the year which draws thousands of visitors to their shores.

For those looking for a quiet place for kids to swim and play, try Cotton Tree, near the mouth of the Maroochy River, which is surrounded by parklands and boasts picnic areas, walking trails and a caravan park. Not far from the beach, there are shops, cafés, and restaurants at the Cotton Tree Esplanade, where visitors can drop by after a swim.

Thrill Hill

Thrill Hill

Woombye, QLD

Thrill Hill is a fun amusement venue for visitors of all age groups and is conveniently located just a few minutes drive from Maroochydore. Located just 2kms north of the Big Pineapple, come past Thrill Hill and cool...

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Chambers Island

Chambers Island

Maroochydore, QLD

Located in the middle of the Maroochy River, Chambers Island is a fantastic getaway which can be accessed by footbridge or boat. Chambers Island is a great place to retreat when the beaches are bustling with tourists...

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Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden

Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden

Tanawha, QLD

The Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden comprises 82 hectares of lush forested areas and is located off Tanawha Tourist Drive. The gardens are a place of natural beauty, where visitors can come for a peaceful stroll and...

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Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary

Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary

Bli Bli, QLD

With more than 950 metres of boardwalks through eucalypt forest, rainforest and mangrove forest, the Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary is a great place to spend the day with friends and family. Located in Bli Bli, the...

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Goat Island Conservation Park

Goat Island

Maroochydore, QLD

The Maroochy River Canoe Trail is ideal for families, seniors, couples, and groups with all levels of fitness and paddling experience. Make your way to Goat Island near the mouth of the Maroochy River, where you will...

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Big Top Market Fresh

Big Top Shopping Centre

Maroochydore, QLD

The Big Top Shopping Centre is a premium shopping centre located in Maroochydore (previously known as Big Top Market Fresh). It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends, grab a great coffee, stop for a bite to...

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Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre

Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre

Maroochydore, QLD

The Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre is a water park where guests of all ages can enjoy water exercises, take swimming lessons, or simply relax. Located next to the caravan park right on the Maroochy River, this centre is a...

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Cotton Tree Cenotaph

Cotton Tree Cenotaph

Maroochydore, QLD

The Cotton Tree Cenotaph is a war memorial located in the park, erected in honour of the 100th anniversary of the culmination of World War I. It’s the first cenotaph of its kind in the Sunshine Coast. Cotton Tree...

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Cotton Tree Pier

Cotton Tree Pier

Maroochydore, QLD

Cotton Tree Pier is a popular landmark in this idyllic seaside town. Located near the Esplanade and Second, as well as the Alexandra Headland, this pier is a great place for photo ops – especially at sunset...

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Cotton Tree Beach

Cotton Tree Beach

Maroochydore, QLD

Cotton Tree Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches around Maroochydore. The stunning beach area, kids’ play area and charming cafes here make it the perfect place to spend a day in the sun. Cotton Tree Beach...

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