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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Wunpalm Motel & Holiday Cabins
Wunpalm Motel & Holiday Cabins
3.5 out of 5
137 Duporth Avenue, Cnr Duporth Ave & Philipp St, Maroochydore, QLD, 4558
The price is AU$135 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly motel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (285 reviews)
"Nice, reasonably priced hotel within an easy walk of the river."

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2022

Wunpalm Motel & Holiday Cabins
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sunshine Coast, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sunshine Coast, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
42 First Avenue and Fairway Drive, Maroochydore, QLD, 4558
The price is AU$184 per night from 18 Jul. to 19 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Mooloolaba Esplanade and Mooloolaba ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (18 reviews)
"Likes: Staff were approachable and friendly. Clean and tidy rooms. Dislikes: Upon arrival room not serviced until after 3pm.Room offered was a KING Bed but upon arrival a Queen Bed. No top sheet on bed only doona. After 1st night dirty towels left on unmade bed. Coffees and teas not replaced. Cards ..."

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2022

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sunshine Coast, an IHG Hotel
Direct Hotels - The Rhythm on Beach
Direct Hotels - The Rhythm on Beach
4 out of 5
20 Beach Road, Maroochydore, QLD, 4558
The price is AU$189 per night from 31 Jul. to 1 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (103 reviews)
"The property was in a great spot and was really well equipped and comfortable. It could be a little noisy but nothing out of the ordinary."

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

Direct Hotels - The Rhythm on Beach
River Sands Apartments
River Sands Apartments
3.5 out of 5
271 Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore, QLD, 4558
The price is AU$160 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4/5 Very Good! (152 reviews)
"Very clean ,friendly staff,close yo the highway and all amenities"

Reviewed on 27 Apr. 2022

River Sands Apartments
Verve on Cotton Tree
Verve on Cotton Tree
4 out of 5
92 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore, QLD, 4558
The price is AU$238 per night from 3 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (499 reviews)
"Very nice place, excellent location with everything needed within walking distance."

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2022

Verve on Cotton Tree
Argyle on the Park
Argyle on the Park
4 out of 5
31 Cotton Tree Parade, Maroochydore, QLD, 4558
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities in their ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (504 reviews)
"Large rooms, beautiful view and a perfect location. Walking distance to beach, restaurants, shopping centres. Great spot to have a short or long getaway."

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2022

Argyle on the Park
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