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MaroochydoreSunshine Coast

Swim in the surf, fish from the Maroochy River, dive a sunken warship, or just relax with the pelicans at this laid-back beach town.

For a taste of Australia’s original 1950s coastal lifestyle, Maroochydore is the place to visit. Friendly locals, rolling surf, fibro holiday houses, caravan parks by the water and boats with on-board barbecue facilities for hire make Maroochydore the perfect place for a relaxed family holiday. All this is less than 30 minutes’ drive from the stunning rainforests of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where hiking trails lead to waterfalls and natural pools. Maroochydore is also just under half an hour’s drive from Australia Zoo, the wildlife park established by famous Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin.

If you have little ones, head for the protected mouth of the Maroochy River, in the suburb of Cotton Tree. Here, you’ll find calm swimming waters, a playground, the esplanade and plenty of grassy areas for the kids to run around. Learn to surf at the main swimming beach in front of the Maroochy Surf Club, where consistent novice-friendly sets roll in.

Throw in a fishing line from the banks of the Maroochy River, or hire a small boat for the day to venture up and down the river. Even if you’re not into fishing, a river cruise is a must! Pack a picnic lunch or take a boat outfitted with a barbecue up the river to the beautiful Dunethin Rock picnic area at Yandina.

For an underwater adventure, join a dive trip to the sunken guided missile destroyer HMAS Brisbane. Scuttled 5 kilometres (3 miles) off the coast in 2005, the ship has already become a thriving marine habitat and is a great introduction to wreck diving.

To reach Maroochydore from other parts of Australia, fly into either Brisbane, which is about 100 kilometres (62 miles) south, or the Sunshine Coast. From either airport get a shuttle bus or rent a car to get to Maroochydore. Once there, it’s easy to get around on foot or by bicycle or public bus, but you’ll need private transport if you want to explore the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.


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Direct Hotels - The Rhythm on Beach
Direct Hotels - The Rhythm on Beach
4 out of 5
20 Beach Road, Maroochydore, QLD
The price is £115 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

Located in Maroochydore, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Maroochy River Conservation Park and Sunshine Plaza. Maroochydore Beach and Mooloolaba ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)

"This is a great spot. It’s a great hotel: modern, clean, central. Great views. Free upgrade to upper floor. Great staff. I cannot say enough about how good this hotel is. Big, spacious with loads of room."…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2020

Direct Hotels - The Rhythm on Beach
Verve on Cotton Tree
Verve on Cotton Tree
4 out of 5
92 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore, QLD
The price is £102 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

Located in Maroochydore, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Alex Beach, Maroochydore Beach and Sunshine Plaza. Mooloolaba Esplanade and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (397 reviews)

"Very clean immaculate apartment. Extremely Comfortable bed! Highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

Verve on Cotton Tree
Loea Boutique Hotel
Loea Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
361 Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore, QLD
The price is £93 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

Located in Maroochydore, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Eudlo Creek Conservation Park and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Sunshine Plaza. Maroochy River Conservation ...

5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Absolutely stunning interior, friendly and accommodating staff. Beds are very comfortable and lovely and luxurious bath/shower products provided!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2020

Loea Boutique Hotel
Wunpalm Motel & Holiday Cabins
Wunpalm Motel & Holiday Cabins
3.5 out of 5
137 Duporth Avenue, Cnr Duporth Ave & Philipp St, Maroochydore, QLD
The price is £72 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

Located in Maroochydore, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maroochy River Conservation Park and Sunshine Plaza. Maroochydore Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (215 reviews)

"Room is clean and tidy. The staff are friendly. Good facilities."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2020

Wunpalm Motel & Holiday Cabins
Argyle on the Park
Argyle on the Park
4 out of 5
31 Cotton Tree Parade, Maroochydore, QLD
The price is £109 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

Located in Maroochydore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maroochydore Beach and Sunshine Plaza. Mooloolaba Esplanade and Mooloolaba Beach are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (433 reviews)

"Excellent location, and a clean, large apartment. Friendly staff. Nice view."…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2020

Argyle on the Park
Langley Park Apartments
Langley Park Apartments
3.5 out of 5
12 Parker Street, Maroochydore, QLD
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Located in Maroochydore, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Suncity Tenpin, Maroochydore Beach and Sunshine Plaza. Mooloolaba Esplanade and Mooloolaba ...

4.2/5Very Good! (164 reviews)

"The beach views were wonderful, great location, parking is secure and undercover. Furniture etc was fine, nothing amazing. Close by is a cafe called 'coffee criminal' - WOW they do a good coffee and grilled toasties. I think the place could have been cleaned a bit better, I felt like the floor was ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2020

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