Maroochydore, QLD: Destination Guide


City meets the sea in Maroochydore, a place where the best of urban culture and relaxed beach living blend in holiday harmony.

Read on to discover the best things to do and see in Maroochydore, or find and book accommodation in Maroochydore today.

About Maroochydore

With 17,000 residents, Maroochydore is one of the most populous communities on the Sunshine Coast, and is also considered its geographical centre. The Maroochy River snakes around one side of the township, leading out into the ocean, while the largest shopping centre on the Sunshine Coast takes pride of place in the centre of town. It’s easy to see that Maroochydore is still a hassle-free beach town at heart, there’s just a few more luxury touches nowadays.

Things to do

Like all good Sunshine Coast destinations, the beach and its natural surrounding are Maroochydore’s biggest drawcards. Any kind of water sports or activities are extremely popular, as is exploring the parklands around the river, which has some great fishing, picnic and swim spots. The strong surf and surf lifesaving presence in Maroochydore means there are always events and competitions being held in the area.


Sunshine Plaza

This is your one stop shopping paradise if you’re visiting not only Maroochydore, but the Sunshine Coast in general. Sunshine Plaza is the biggest centre on the Sunshine Coast, so you’ve got all your major retailers conveniently located in the one place, not to mention a multitude of dining options to work your way through.

Maroochy River

Step away from the hustle and bustle of the main surf beach and head for the calmer waters of the Maroochy River. Walking tracks along the river allow you to admire the scenery at a leisurely pace, or hire your own boat and indulge in a spot of fishing. Various swimming spots along the way will help you cool off if the heat becomes too much!

Blackall Ranges

A short half hour drive west of Maroochydore, into the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands, you’ll find the Blackall Ranges. Views of lush, rolling hills and plantation farms make it worth leaving the sand and sun back at Maroochydore, as you soak up natural beauty of the landscape. Villages Maleny and Montville are worthwhile pit stops along the way, and don’t forget to stock up on fruit from the roadside stalls, with fresh and delicious pineapples and strawberries among the selection.


Maroochydore’s sub-tropical climate ensures the weather conditions don’t tend to fluctuate too significantly. Summer temperatures sit at an average of 28 degrees, and only drop to about 20 degrees during winter. Look out for tropical lightning storms during summer, as they are a common occurrence.

Getting there

Maroochydore is situated at the very heart of the Sunshine Coast and is around 98km from Brisbane.

By car

Head straight up the Bruce Highway from Brisbane for an hour and you can’t miss Maroochydore.

By air

You can fly directly into Maroochydore via the Sunshine Coast airport, with main carriers Tiger, Jetstar and Virgin servicing the airport daily with frequent flights.

Where to stay

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