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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Verve on Cotton Tree
Verve on Cotton Tree
4 out of 5
92 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore, QLD
The price is AU$185 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
Located in Maroochydore, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Maroochydore Beach and Sunshine Plaza. Mooloolaba Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (452 reviews)
"One of the cleanest hotels ever stayed in! Sea views. Nice verandah in the afternoon shade. Good spaces, included a study. Location is close to Cotton Tree, a unique little hub with great coffee. Beds and couches are of average comfort. Air con was a little bit temperamental."

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2021

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Catalina Resort
Catalina Resort
4 out of 5
47 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore, QLD
Located in Maroochydore, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Maroochydore Beach and Sunshine Plaza. Mooloolaba Beach is 2 mi (3.3 km) ...
4.3/5Excellent! (385 reviews)
"Great location, clean, tidy and convenient"

Reviewed on 26 Apr. 2021

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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! (485 reviews)
"Upgrade upon arrival. Wonderful view from our room. TV responded to Chromecast."

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

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The Sebel Maroochydore
The Sebel Maroochydore
4.5 out of 5
20 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore, QLD
The price is AU$255 per night from 11 Oct. to 11 Oct.
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! (568 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

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Langley Park Apartments
Langley Park Apartments
3.5 out of 5
12 Parker Street, Maroochydore, QLD
Located in Maroochydore, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maroochydore Beach and Sunshine Plaza. Mooloolaba Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.
4.2/5Very Good! (180 reviews)
"Was close to everything, onsite secure parking."

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

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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 AU$189 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
Located in Maroochydore, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Maroochy River Conservation Park and Sunshine Plaza. Mooloolaba Beach is 3 mi ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (69 reviews)
"Check in process was very easy and explained prior so made it very simple. Room was very clean and tidy and well set out. Very handy location in walking distance to shops and food etc. Definitely will stay there again."

Reviewed on 9 Sep. 2021

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