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Mooching Around Maroochydore

  • December 29, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
  • 12 Comments
Mooching Around Maroochydore

The Sunshine Coast, 100 kilometres north of Brisbane, is a place that I have visited often over the years. During a ten year involvement with Nipper competition in Surf Lifesaving, we travelled to many surf carnivals on the Sunshine Coast and now it is the place that our daughter calls home.

Maroochydore Surf Lifesaving Club

Maroochydore Surf Lifesaving Club

Maroochydore

Known as the urban centre of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore is located on the Maroochy River and is a popular holiday spot with both the river estuary and beautiful beaches.

Maroochy River

Maroochy River

Sunshine Plaza is the Sunshine Coast’s largest shopping mall, and has a large cinema complex, fashion boutiques, department stores and food courts. Maroochydore also offers nightlife with fashionable bars, restaurants and several Surf Life Saving Clubs always brimming with visitors.

Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydroe

Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore

Cotton Tree

Cotton Tree is a trendy little suburb located north of Maroochydore on the river mouth and beach and where there is a large caravan park, high-rise holiday apartments, cafes, restaurants and a small shopping centre. Camping at the Cotton Tree Caravan Park is a family favourite of ours and where we’ve spent most of our Sunshine Coast holidays.

Cotton Tree Cafe

Cotton Tree Cafe

Surf the waves at the beach or make use of the calmer waters of the river by windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding or sailing. Maroochy River is an angler’s delight with great fishing all year round.

Mooching Around Maroochydore

The Maroochy River at Cotton Tree

A long walking track runs from Cotton Tree – Maroochydore through Alexandra Headland, southwards to Mooloolaba, and is always busy with people strolling, jogging or cycling along the beachfront. The headland at Alexandra Headland has some spectacular views of the coastline towards Mooloolaba to the south and Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore beaches to the north.

Mooching Around Maroochydore

The Oceanway at Alexandra Headland

Mooloolaba

Nearby Mooloolaba with its beautiful beachfront esplanade boasts upmarket fashion boutiques, cool cafes, healthy juice bars, outdoor restaurants and stylish clubs and bars. Mooloolaba Surf Club with it’s prime position on the beach is a great spot to sit, relax and have a cold drink or a meal with stunning views.

Mooching Around Maroochydore

Mooloolaba Beach, Qld

Underwater World at Mooloolaba Wharf is home to thousands of marine animals, including sharks, seals, turtles, stingrays, otters, sawfish, tropical fish and where you can walk underwater through the glass viewing tunnel and see Australia’s marine life like never before.

Underwater World, Mooloolaba

Underwater World, Mooloolaba

Eumundi

A 34 km drive north west of Maroochydore are the famous Eumundi Markets which has a diverse and amazing range of art, craft, products, entertainment and local produce. The drive itself out through the lush green terrain surrounding Eumundi is worth the trip alone, and once there you will enjoy a stroll around this charming historical town with the most magnificent Fig trees adorning the streets.

Mooching Around Maroochydore

The Eumundi Markets

Aside from the world famous Eumundi Markets, Eumundi boasts six fabulous art galleries, showcasing the finest in contemporary art, Aboriginal art, as well as stained glass and hot glass art. There are also plenty of places for a bite to eat or drink with options ranging from the iconic pubs Joe’s Waterhole and The Imperial Hotel, to relaxed cafes and coffee shops.

Mt Coolum

For those who like an uphill challenging walk try the hike up Mt Coolum, that is 15 kilometres north of Maroochydore. Once you scale to the top there are gorgeous panoramic views of Coolum, the Sunshine Coast beaches and Hinterland.

View from Mt Coolum

View from Mt Coolum

Maroochydore is one of those holiday destinations that has everything on offer: sun-drenched beaches, calm water river with a host of water activities to entertain all ages, great shopping, trendy eateries and coffee shops, a wide rage of accommodation for all budgets and heaps of tourist attractions within a short distance. I could easily return here time and time again for a relaxing break and change of scenery.

For more information about Maroochydore go to Visit Sunshine Coast.

Want to read more about holidaying in Queensland? See my article on discovering Queensland: A State of Excitement!

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By 50 Shades, December 29, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

12 Comments
  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    December 29, 2014

    Apart from a week in Noosa I’ve never spent any time on the Sunshine Coast. It wasn’t really established when I was a kid and we always gravitated towards the southern beaches. It certainly has a lot to offer by the look of your post Kathy.

    • Kathy
      December 29, 2014

      Yes the Sunshine Coast always came a poor second to the Gold Coast, but now it has so much more to offer and I love its laid back feel. There are some beautiful places there. :)

  • Rae
    December 29, 2014

    I love how the water is so close to the plaza, those markets look great x

    • Kathy
      December 29, 2014

      Sunshine Plaza is a great shopping centre with all the eateries outside surrounded by water. Also the Eumundi Markets are the best markets I have ever been to!

  • jennyandstephenmilan
    December 29, 2014

    It’s a long time since we visited the Sunshine Coast but your post reminds me that we must visit soon. Queensland Surf Clubs are unique in their great restaurants and bars. On our trip north many years ago, we ate in many of them enjoying great food and fantastic views.

    • Kathy
      December 29, 2014

      The Sunshine Coast is a beautiful part of Queensland with so much to offer. I have been involved in Surf Clubs for many years and think they have the best locations, reasonably priced meals and beverages and like you say – fantastic views!

  • Red Nomad OZ
    December 31, 2014

    HHHMMMmmm… must be time for another visit!! Someone told me there was an excellent Scenic Public Loo (just right for my next book?!?!?!) up that way somewhere – I think on the Maroochy River!! Have to check it out!!

    • Kathy
      December 31, 2014

      A scenic loo on the Sunshine Coast? I will look forward to finding out where it is located! I love the Sunshine Coast for a change of pace to the very touristy busy Gold Coast. :)

  • Nancie
    January 2, 2015

    Love those beaches, Kathy, and the market looks like a lot of fun (and popular) !

    • Kathy
      January 2, 2015

      The Sunshine Coast has some lovely beaches but I still prefer the ones here on the Gold Coast and Tweed Coast. Eumundi Markets are the best markets I’ve been to in Australia. They have a huge array of arts & crafts, delectable food, clothing, jewellery, etc to choose from.

  • budgettraveltalk
    January 2, 2015

    We have holidayed many times on the Sunshine Coast (Peregian and Coolum) and my brother and wife live at Maroochydore. You’re preaching to the converted here!

    • Kathy
      January 2, 2015

      Yes it is very special Jan. I love getting away from the busy Gold Coast to a much slower pace of the Sunshine Coast. :)

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