From gorgeous sandy beaches, marine animal parks to huge shopping centres and thriving food scene, Maroochydore is everything you could want in a holiday destination. Known as the heart of Sunshine Coast in Queensland, it is a major commercial centre that offers a refreshing blend of business and tourism which makes it a fun seaside town for visitors and residents to enjoy. Be it a fun-filled family adventure of a quiet romantic getaway, Maroochydore is sure blow you away.
Here we give 10 reasons why this beautiful town on the Sunshine Coast is definitely a travel heaven!
1. Maroochydore Beach
Take a relaxing dip in the pristine waters of Maroochydore Beach. Great for families and water activities, and with other activities such as beachside shopping, dining and clubbing, Maroochydore offers a complete holiday experience.
2. Sea Life Sunshine Coast
Get up-close and personal with the much-loved sea creatures at Sea Life Sunshine Coast. Learn, explore and interact with thousands of marine life with their different fun talks, seal encounters and animal feeds. There’s really plenty for everyone to enjoy at this wonderful attraction.
3. Chambers Island
Considered as the hidden gem of the Sunshine Coast, Chambers Island is a great place to retreat away from bustling tourists. Cross the island by footbridge or by a boat then go sailing, paddleboarding, jet skiing, boating, kayaking and canoeing- the adventures are endless.
4. Maroochy River
Wind down and float on the gentle Maroochy River current for endless carefree hours while taking time to see the birdlife and amazing views. It is also a prime spot for water sports and fishing. The Maroochy River starts on the slopes of the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and flows through Eumundi before entering the ocean just north of Maroochydore.
5. The Wharf
The Wharf at Mooloolaba overlooks the beautiful Mooloolah River. With distant shops, restaurants, bars and cafés, the marina makes an enjoyable place to just relax and chill. Stroll around the boardwalk and admire the amazing views. You can also indulge in fun water activities such as whale watching, swimming with the whales and scuba diving.
6. Bellingham Maze
Wander around and find your way through the star-shaped hedge maze attraction called the Bellingham Maze. With activities suited for all ages, a visit can be a relaxed or active as you like. There are other mazes such as the rope maze as well as tyre and scrabble maze. You can also play 18 holes of mini golf or just sit in the garden cafe and relax with your favourite coffee.
7. Sunshine Plaza
More than just a mall, Sunshine Plaza, Sunshine Coast’s largest shopping mall has become a tourist destination. With its large cinema complex, fashion boutiques, department stores and food court, it has become a centre for shopping, leisure and entertainment.
8. The Sunshine Castle at Bli Bli
Go on a self-walk tour at an award-winning museum, attraction and function venue called the Sunshine Castle. This Norman style castle is complete with medieval touches including a moat, turrets, towers and drawbridge! Feast with Kings in the Great Hall or squalor in shame in the dungeon. The castle also has 24-metre tower which offers stunning views from coast to hinterland.
9. Marcoola Beach
Enjoy a day out in the sun at Marcoola Beach, a beautiful quiet beach with pristine waters and white powdery sands. This long, patrolled beach has rows of restaurants that you can try after a quick dip in the water. Take an enjoyable stroll and catch the fresh salty breeze of the ocean or choose to swim, surf or simply bask in the glorious sun.
10. Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden
Enjoy the gardens, spot the wildlife, listen to the native birdsong, have a picnic or go for a walk at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden. The magnificent 82-hectare garden supports native plants and wildlife which are native to the Sunshine Coast region. It also features lagoons, rocky gullies and the headwaters of Mountain Creek.
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