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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Loea Boutique Hotel
Loea Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
361 Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore, QLD
The price is NZ$197 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Located in Maroochydore, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Eudlo Creek Conservation Park and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Sunshine Plaza. Maroochy River Conservation ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (42 reviews)
"This was our second time at Loea and will definitely not be our last. There is something special about this place. From the cocktails to the amazing king bed! Its a great place to run a muck or just kick back and relax! Thanks for having us."

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2021

Loea Boutique Hotel
Argyle on the Park
Argyle on the Park
4 out of 5
31 Cotton Tree Parade, Maroochydore, QLD
Located in Maroochydore, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Maroochydore Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sunshine Plaza and Mooloolaba Esplanade. Mooloolaba ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (485 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$198 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Located in Maroochydore, this beach aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Maroochydore Beach, Sunshine Plaza, and Mooloolaba Esplanade. Mooloolaba Beach and SEA ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (460 reviews)
"Apartment is beautifully presented and spacious. Great location - short walk to the beach entrance. Lots of lovely cafes around. Thanks to Shelly for the great communication. She made everything easy."

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

Verve on Cotton Tree
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$320 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Located in Maroochydore, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Maroochy River Conservation Park, Sunshine Plaza and Maroochydore Beach. Mooloolaba Esplanade ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (76 reviews)
"Good size room and parking spaces, easy access. Everything you need incl washing machine and drier. Main bathroom shower very temperamental, hot to cold in seconds."

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2021

Direct Hotels - The Rhythm on Beach
Catalina Resort
Catalina Resort
4 out of 5
47 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore, QLD
Located in Maroochydore, this beach apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Maroochydore Beach, Sunshine Plaza, and Mooloolaba Esplanade. Mooloolaba Beach ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (390 reviews)
"Property and unit was very clean and tidy."

Reviewed on 3 Oct. 2021

Catalina Resort
Elouera Tower Beachfront Apartments
Elouera Tower Beachfront Apartments
4 out of 5
81 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore, QLD
Located in Maroochydore, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Maroochydore Beach, Sunshine Plaza and Mooloolaba Esplanade. Mooloolaba Beach and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (100 reviews)
"Great location beside the beach with awesome unimpeded sweeping views of the beach coast line. All the bedrooms, and living room had large sliding door on to balconies with these view. The unit we stayed in was freshly renovated. Spotless and had all amenties, appliances, cutlery etc needed for our ..."

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2021

Elouera Tower Beachfront Apartments
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