Maroochydore is at the very centre of the Sunshine Coast
, with Caloundra to the south and Noosa to the north. Cotton Tree, an oceanside suburb on the Maroochy River, is a popular holiday spot, well-serviced by holiday flats and a caravan park.
The rivermouth, which leisure craft now ply, was once the site of a large timbermill from where the local lumber was shipped to Brisbane by paddlesteamer. There are river cruises, and great fishing opportunities in this aquatic paradise. The Maroochy Shire is graced by 25 km of golden sands and inviting ocean, that embraces such famous surf beaches as Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, Coolum and Maroochydore.
To balance the call of the sea, the shire boasts 3722 hectares of municipal reserves and 2000 hectares of national parkland.
The bayside Sunshine Plaza hosts a broad range of shops, restaurants, bars and coffee lounges. The other Sunshine Coast resorts and the scenic jewels of the hinterland are within easy reach.
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