A popular beach resort, Maroochydore is also the business centre of the Sunshine Coast and home to the region's biggest shopping mall. The parklands and birdlife on the Maroochy River and the excellent, patrolled surf beaches began to attract a growing tourist interest in the 1960s, and have never looked back.
Cotton Tree Visitor Information Centre, cnr Sixth Ave and Melrose Pde; (07) 5448 9088
Nearby national parks
The natural delights of Noosa National Park include spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife and wildﬂowers. Rocky headlands protect quiet...more
Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’, is an apt name for this national park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland,...more
On the coastal plain north of Brisbane sits a collection of dramatic sheer-sided volcanic peaks that rise up out of verdant green forests...more
Mooloolaba is a popular holiday destination on the Sunshine Coast. Its fabulous beaches, restaurants, nightlife and resort-style shopping...more
Buderim is just inland from the Sunshine Coast, high on the fertile red soil of Buderim Mountain, a plateau overlooking the surrounding...more
Nambour is a large, unpretentious service town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Development began in the 1860s and sugar has been the main...more
Maroochy River: enjoy diverse birdlife and parklands on the southern bank with safe swimming.
Endeavour Replica: replica of Captain Cook's ship; David Low Way.
The Esplanade: atmospheric strip of cafes, restaurants and clothing stores.
Mt Coolum National Park Located above the surrounding sugarcane fields, the mountain offers cascading waterfalls after rain. The park is generally undeveloped, but take the rough 800m trail to the summit to be rewarded with panoramic views of the coast. (07) 5447 3243; 13km N, via Marcoola.
Nostalgia Town: emphasises humour in history on a train ride through fantasy settings. Markets every Fri and Sat; Pacific Paradise; 7km NW.
Twin Waters Golf Club: 151 Ocean Dr; (07) 5457 2444; 8.4km N.
Bli Bli: attractions include medieval Bli Bli Castle, with dungeon, torture chamber and doll museum, the 'Ski ’n Surf' waterski park and the Aussie Fishing Park. Take a cruise through Maroochy River wetlands; 9km NW.
Marcoola: coastal town with quiet beach; 11km N.
Coolum Beach: coastal resort town with long sandy beach; 17km N.
Eco-Cruise Maroochy: cruises to Dunethin Rock through sugarcane fields; details from visitor centre.
Fishing spots near town
Mooloolaba 4 km
It’s 6am on the Mooloolaba waterfront behind Kawana Waters Hotel. The temperature is mild enough to be wearing shorts and a shirt. All is quiet amid the moored boats except for the eager anglers sitting around the... Find out more
Eco-friendly activities around town
Cycling the Sunshine Coast and hinterland 27 km
Join a half-day or longer guided bike tour with Bicycle Tours of Queensland, particularly the popular Sunshine Coast ride or Maleny to Glass House Mountains. A back-up bus is included if it all gets too much.... Find out more
Golf courses around town
Twin Waters Golf Club 4 km
By the end of the 1980s, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast
had a handful of good member clubs. In the ’90s, as
the region became home to Australia’s fastest growing
population, more golf courses and more... Find out more
Palmer Coolum Resort 12 km
Resort courses are sometimes labelled, perhaps unfairly, as all being similar to one another: wide fairways, big undulating greens, large bunker schemes, the obligatory drinks cart.
Some might even say a round of golf... Find out more
Pelican Waters Golf Club 20 km
It took 54 years for his dream to be realised, but when
Pelican Waters Golf Club finally opened for play in 2000,
not even the visionary behind the original idea could
have imagined it would turn out as good as it... Find out more
Noosa Springs Resort 27 km
Laid out across 50 hectares of bushland on the shore
of beautiful Lake Weyba, Noosa Springs takes you on
a gently rolling journey between rainforest pockets,
along the edges of lakes and through bloodwood
forest,... Find out more
Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club 41 km
Challenging the best players without alienating casual
and beginner golfers is the fine line every course designer
treads in coming up with a new creation. One designer
who does it better than most is Ross Watson. His... Find out more
Campsites around town
Ocean Beach camping area 25 km
Bribie’s biggest camping area, the 64 sites are set behind sand dunes and reached via defined tracks. Access is 4WD only from the Eighth Ave carpark off North St, Woorim, but you’ll need to check tide times... Find out more
Coochin Creek camping and day-use area 31 km
A great find for those who enjoy fishing and boating, this flat and grassy site beside Coochin Creek is on Roys Rd, 3 km upstream from the Pumiceton Passage. Access is 9 km east of Beerwah and 4 km east of the Bruce Hwy.... Find out more
Gheerulla camping area 32 km
The Gheerulla creekside camping area is 8 km north-east of Kenilworth, accessed 6 km north-east of Kenilworth along the Eumundi–Kenilworth Rd (4WD only). It is illegal to collect firewood from the forest, so bring... Find out more
Mission Point camping area (boat-based camping) 35 km
Accessible only by boat from Pumicestone Passage, there are 12 numbered sites at Mission Point, along with toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces; bring your own drinking water and firewood. Mission Point is north of... Find out more
Poverty Creek camping area 37 km
Poverty Creek campsite is a popular family area, with 12 numbered sites and a group camping area suitable for camper trailers. Bring your own drinking water and firewood. Access is via White Patch Espl (navigable by 4WD... Find out more
Gallagher Point camping area 39 km
One of Bribie’s smallest campsites, with just 6 numbered sites, this camping area is typically popular with backpackers who can easily access the grounds, just 3 km north of White Patch Ranger Headquarters. There... Find out more
Caravan parks around town
Cotton Tree Holiday Park 1 km
Located along the waters edge at the mouth of the Maroochy River, this large council park has more than 400 tourist sites. It has a selection of eateries and shops immediately opposite the park entrance and is within... Find out more
Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park 3 km
This park is split over two locations. The main section is in Parkyn Parade, while the smaller section is at Mooloolaba Beach. We think the beachside section has the best outlook of any park in Australia: it overlooks... Find out more
Big4 Maroochy Palms Holiday Village 4 km
Across the road from the Maroochy River, this very good quality park has much to offer. Book in here and enjoy the facilities, including the kids club, tennis court and pool, or relax and enjoy a cappuccino from the park... Find out more
Mudjimba Beach Caravan Park 5 km
A quality council-operated establishment, this is a neat and well-laid out park in a quieter area just a short stroll from the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more
BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort 10 km
This award-winning park is set on over 19 ha of parkland. There is a large pool, tennis court, squash court, minigolf and a licensed restaurant. The Bruce Highway is close by and the Sunshine Coast beaches are just 15... Find out more
Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park 14 km
This is a popular beachside park adjoining a busy patrolled swimming beach. The park is across the road from a small shopping strip and a few minutes from the centre of Caloundra. For us, this is a great beachside base... Find out more
Coolum Beach Caravan Park 15 km
This is a popular beachfront holiday park just across the road from the centre of Coolum. Walk to the shops and restaurants, swim at the patrolled beach or soak up the sunshine, or do all three! Bookings are required in... Find out more
Ocean View Caravan Park 22 km
High above the coastal plain with views to the sea, this park is being improved and further developed. Situated midway between Maleny and Landsborough, it is well located for those exploring the hinterland. Bookings are... Find out more
BIG4 Noosa Bougainvillia Holiday Park 30 km
With good facilities, this is a quality park opposite the Noosa golf course. It is very popular year-round and a great base for spending a holiday in the Noosa area. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more
Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Park 34 km
Set in a subtropical treed area, close to the picturesque Glass House Mountains, this park has all the basic requirements and is well located for those wanting to spend some time at Australia Zoo. Bookings are required... Find out more
Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
Amytis Gardens Retreat & Spa
Although it is only ten minutes’ drive from busy Maroochydore, this retreat is in a peaceful mountain setting. It has four luxurious cabins with sunken spa baths and crackling open fires. There’s also... Find out more
Novotel Twin Waters
Recently refurbished, this resort is a perennial favourite with families and couples looking for reliable service and good value in a great location. Accommodation ranges from resort rooms to suites with kitchenettes. At... Find out more
Eco-friendly places to stay around town
Glass House Mountains Eco-Lodge 33 km
The simple, down-market rooms here include the use of old train carriages for a communal kitchen and group area. An old church has also been recycled, and all greywater and blackwater is used on site to irrigate the... Find out more
Rest areas around town
Landsborough park area 14 km
T/O 83km N of Brisbane (L) or 85km S of Gympie (R)
Under shady trees 500m off the highway via the Landsborough exit.
Coochin Creek camping area 25 km
T/O 95km S of Gympie (L)
In a bush setting in Beerburrum State Forest. Located 5km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Bells Creek and Roys rds. For southbound only. Bookings required.