With its funky cafes, multicultural cuisine and thriving live music scene - Maroochydore is the spot where you can enjoy an ocean dip during the day and a cocktail at night.

Set beside the Maroochy River, the seaside suburb of Cotton Tree is a popular place for a picnic or BBQ and true to its name, it is dotted with sprawling native cotton trees. There is a scenic coastal walk stretching from Cotton Tree that will take you to Alexandra Headland – a popular spot with surfers.

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Feast on gourmet delights by the sidewalk, sip a cocktail in a bar, or soak up some live music along Ocean Street in Maroochydore, a vibrant hive of cultural activity. Or head over to Sunshine Plaza, the largest shopping centre on the Sunshine Coast, where you will find hundreds of retail stores, restaurants and cinemas.