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Maroochydore is a gorgeous seaside town, right in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. With scenic coastline from every angle, you can't miss the opportunity to take a stroll from Cotton Tree to Alexandra Headland on a beautiful sunny day. Whether you want to surf, hit the high ropes at Next Level Adventure Park, or see the region via seaplane, Maroochydore will leave a lasting impression. Whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, don't forget our Best Price Guarantee means that you can be sure of booking at the best rate.

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Why visit Maroochydore

Known as the beating heart of the Sunshine Coast due to its location in the geographic centre of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore is the perfect place for a seaside getaway. Bursting with good weather, surf beaches, delectable dining and drinking establishments, and a myriad of things to do out and about in nature, a holiday in Maroochydore is perfect for couples, friends and families.

Best time to visit Maroochydore

As with most towns on the Eastern coast of Queensland, Maroochydore has an oceanic climate so temperatures are mild and stable year-round. January is the hottest month with average temperatures reaching the mid-20's to low 30's (degrees celsius) during the day while July is the coldest month with temperatures reaching the mid to high teens. To go at the hottest times for summer activities and beach swims visit over summer (December to February), or late spring/early autumn for high temperatures with less crowds.

Getting around Maroochydore

There are public buses for getting around the sunshine coast. To hop on a public bus, purchase a go card for cheaper fares and convenience getting around. Maroochydore is a small township so it is possible to get around the main central attractions and the beaches by foot. If planning to visit other coastal areas and do wider exploring, it is recommended you have a car with you or hire a car. Alternatively, there are coaches and tour services that can be arranged.

What to do in Maroochydore

Maroochydore pulses with natural life. Home to stunning beaches, lush forests, adventure-packed activities, and vibrant dining establishments and nightlife, Maroochydore gives visitors the option of rest and solitude or thrilling adventures. Hit the beaches for a sunny day out lounging on white sand and catching the waves. Take to the sky in a seaplane to view it all from above then come back to earth in Cotton Tree with parklands for picnics and nearby the calm waters of Maroochy River for kayaking and languid swimming.

Free things to do in Maroochydore

Cool down at the beach
The Sunshine Coast is no stranger to beautiful beaches and Maroochydore will leave you spoiled for choice. Head to Maroochydore Beach, popular with locals and visitors due to its central location and surf waves. If you prefer calm waters, visit nearby Cotton Tree Beach or head on over to Maroochy River. However you decide to cool down, you're guaranteed pristine waters.
Go on a scenic coastal walk
Take the coastal pathway from Cotton Tree Park to The Esplanade in Mooloolaba for a 4.4km walk along the coastline. Enjoy the views and fresh ocean air as you stretch your legs then finish up in Mooloolaba where you can easily enjoy a few hours browsing trendy boutiques and sipping a coffee on the beachfront.

Fun things to do in Maroochydore

See it from above in a Seaplane
See the Sunshine Coast in all its glory from above in a seaplane. For those seeking adventure and unique memories, this is the perfect activity and will remain the highlight of your trip.
From boutique stores selling Hamptons style homewares to the Cotton Tree Markets offering artisanal wares, Maroochydore offers shopaholics a chance to shop local and purchase something truly unique.

Where to eat & drink in Maroochydore

Start your morning at Criminal Coffee for locally roasted coffee and a choice between five toasties oozing cheesy goodness. For lunch with views at an iconic establishment, head over to The Boat Shed. Situated at the mouth of the Maroochy River, the views are unbeatable. This is a local's favourite. If heading out for the night, start with dinner at Orleans, upmarket dining offering New Orleans cuisine with a modern french twist. Think intimate lighting, chic interiors and delectable food. Finish up your night with a bar hop along Ocean street.

Where to stay in Maroochydore

Stay close to the coast and town centre with Accor. With all of our hotels offering convenient locations and resort facilities, you'll have plenty to do during your coastal holiday. Whether you're visiting Maroochydore for work, on holiday with family or friends, or just for a weekend getaway, our Sunshine Coast accommodation helps you make the most of your time away.

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