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Maroochydore is a city on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.


The name Maroochydore comes from the Aboriginal indigenous Yuggera language word 'Muru-kutchi', meaning red-bill: the name of the black swan, commonly seen in the area.

Maroochydore lays claim to a variety of swimming and surfing beaches, calm, clean water and green stretches of waterside parklands that have made the town a popular holiday destination – especially for families. The town is also a commercial hub for the Sunshine Coast, giving it an air of bustling vibrancy.

Get in[edit]

See Sunshine Coast guide for how to get into the region.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

Car is by far the easiest way to see most attractions in a short amount of time, or at your own pace. Larger car hire companies may offer relocations to Brisbane Airport or the Gold Coast. Try the major national renters with services at Maroochydore Airport or other local independents that hire new cars.

By public transport[edit]

The Sunshine Coast is part of the south east Queensland translink area. Sunshine Plaza is a hub for the bus services in the area.

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Shopping centres[edit]

  • Sunshine Plaza, Horton Parade, 61-7-5443-4133, [1]. A shopping mall with large outdoor areas around a waterway. Normal chain stores are represented, but there are also paddle boats and quite a few eateries alfresco style.  edit

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  • Pig 'N' Whistle Sunshine Plaza. Brews their own IPA, available on tap. A common bar chain in Australia.  edit

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  • Banyandah Towers, 150 Duporth Ave., +61 7 5443-6911. 3.5 star apartment  edit
  • Cotton Tree Backpackers, 15 The Esplanade, +61 7 54431755, [2].  edit
  • Maroochydore YHA Backpacker, 24 Schirrmann Drive, +61 7 5443-3151.  edit
  • Suncoast Backpackers Lodge, 50 Parker Street, +61 7 5443-7544.  edit


  • Maroochy River Resort & Bungalows (Maroochy River Bungalows), 38-46 David Low Way, Maroochydore (behind the Waterfront Hotel & BWS), 61 7 5448 4911, [3]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. Self contained family holiday cabins. Private boat ramp, kayaks, tennis, bbqs, pools, sunlounges. Close to the action but away from the rat race. $350-1400 per week. (-26.64358,153.052597) edit
  • The Sebel Maroochydore, 20 Aerodrome Road, +61 7 5479 8000, [4]. Apartment-style accommodation on Maroochydore beach, views of the beach, river and hinterland.  edit


  • Maroochydore Towing Service [5] Accident and emergency vehicle recovery, Sunshine Coast areas 24hr service.

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