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Maroochydore
Sunshine Coast

Maroochydore showing landscape views, a beach and tropical scenes

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 NZ$192 per night from 20 Jul. to 20 Jul.
Located in Maroochydore, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Maroochy River Conservation Park and Sunshine Plaza. Maroochydore Beach and Mooloolaba ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)
"Walking distance to restaurants & major shopping mall."

Reviewed on 24 May 2021

Direct Hotels - The Rhythm on Beach
Argyle on the Park
Argyle on the Park
4 out of 5
31 Cotton Tree Parade, Maroochydore, QLD
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! (466 reviews)
"Upgrade upon arrival. Wonderful view from our room. TV responded to Chromecast."

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

Argyle on the Park
Verve on Cotton Tree
Verve on Cotton Tree
4 out of 5
92 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore, QLD
The price is NZ$200 per night from 13 Jul. to 13 Jul.
Located in Maroochydore, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Alex Beach, Maroochydore Beach and Sunshine Plaza. Mooloolaba Esplanade and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (429 reviews)
"Clean, modern, close to beach, great spacious apartment."

Reviewed on 3 Jun. 2021

Verve on Cotton Tree
The Sebel Maroochydore
The Sebel Maroochydore
4.5 out of 5
20 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore, QLD
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$297 per night from 13 Jul. to 13 Jul.
Located in Maroochydore, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Suncity Tenpin, Maroochydore Beach and Sunshine Plaza. Mooloolaba Esplanade ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (564 reviews)
"The apartment was amazing, the views outstanding, close proximity to beach, restaurants etc, pool and spa areas easily accessible, loved our stay!!"

Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2021

The Sebel Maroochydore
Elouera Tower Beachfront Apartments
Elouera Tower Beachfront Apartments
4 out of 5
81 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore, QLD
The price is NZ$474 per night from 15 Jul. to 15 Jul.
Located in Maroochydore, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Alex Beach, Maroochydore Beach and Sunshine Plaza. Mooloolaba Esplanade and Mooloolaba ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (97 reviews)
"Units are very close to the beach Corporate body needs to change smoking laws. Cannot leave doors open or Sit on balcony when people in units below are smoking. Big MINUS!"

Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2021

Elouera Tower Beachfront Apartments
Beachfront Towers
Beachfront Towers
4 out of 5
4 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore, QLD
The price is NZ$302 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
Located in Maroochydore, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Suncity Tenpin, Maroochydore Beach and Sunshine Plaza. Mooloolaba Esplanade and Mooloolaba ...
4.3/5Excellent! (438 reviews)
"Upon first arrival apartment looked beautiful and modern with spectacular beach views. Great hotel location, spacious 2 bedroom apartment. Upon closer look room was quite run down, needs some maintenance and things fixing up. Only one small tv in 2 bed apartment with DVD player that worked intermittently ..."

Reviewed on 30 Jan. 2021

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