Things to do in Maroochydore

Maroochydore is the geographic centre of the Sunshine Coast so it is easy to access the numerous attractions and activies on the Sunshine Coast.

Whether you enjoy the shops, restaurants, beaches, river, hinterland or rainforests - there are plenty of things to do in Maroochydore and the surrounding area.

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The Maroochy River

Maroochydore is situated on the banks of the Maroochy River and its outlet to the sea. Riverside parks are perfect for picnics and BBQs along this beautiful waterway.

The Maroochy River is popular for fishing and boating. Be sure to stop at Swan Boat Hire on Bradman Avenue - they have an extensive range of boats to hire including tinnies, runabouts, cruisers, kayaks and paddleskis.

Discover the beauty of the Maroochy River by taking an eco cruises. Cruise Maroochy Eco Tours are located on Bradman Avenue and offer a variety of experiences.


Maroochy River Trail

The Maroochy River Trail offers you a choice of amazing scenic journeys taking you through a rich and diverse landscape, overflowing with wildlife and history. Ideal for families, seniors, couples, and groups with all levels of fitness and paddling experience. Discover a peaceful, healthy way to connect to a stunning natural environment with the fascinating history and culture of the Sunshine Coast region.

The Maroochy River Trail is located in the heart of Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast on the magnificent Maroochy River. With an approximate length of 30km, the upper reaches of the trail starts at Lake Dunethin, a main entry point which provides disability access.

From this trailhead paddlers have the option to paddle north to George Best Park, located east of the Bruce Highway, or south to Coolum Creek, the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary and Mangrove Islands, into the lower reaches of the Maroochy River.

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Maroochydore Beaches

Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast is known for its long, white sandy beaches. Maroochydore Beach is a popular surf beach and is patrolled by the local Surf Lifesaving Club.

Learn to surf with Maroochy Surf School or kite surf with Kite X Academy at Cotton Tree, Maroochydore - one of the best spots on the Sunshine Coast for kitesurfing.

Other excellent beaches nearby are Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba.


Cotton Tree, Duporth Avenue & Picnic Point

The Esplanade at Cotton Tree and Duporth Avenue is the place to go for good restaurants and cafes.

Enjoy waterfront dining at restaurants such as the Ebb and The Boat Shed at Cotton Tree.

Stay in one of the luxurious apartments on Duporth Avenue and Picnic Point and enjoy fabulous water views.

Visit the Cotton Tree Markets, held every Sunday, for fresh produce and local crafts.

Sunshine Plaza, the largest shopping centre on the Sunshine Coast is nearby.


The Maroochydore Hinterland

It is about 30 minutes drive from Maroochydore to the Hinterland where you can visit the pretty towns of Maleny, Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton. Visiting the Hinterland is a highlight of any holiday on the Sunshine Coast.


Attractions close to Maroochydore

If you stay in Maroochydore you are well placed to visit all the Sunshine Coast attractions. Visit our Things to Do on the Sunshine Coast page for more ideas on what to see and do while on holiday in Maroochydore.

Maroochydore Beach

Maroochy River, Maroochydore

Sailing and kayaking, Maroochy River, Maroochydore

Beach on Maroochy River, Maroochydore

Novotel Hotel, Twin Waters Maroochydore

Novotel Hotel Twin Waters Maroochydore

Maroochy River Maroochydore