But if there existed only one day in which to experience this slice of paradise, there’s plenty of ways to maximise a visit, from breakfast through to cocktail hour.
Here’s how to spend 24 hours in beautiful Maroochydore.
Start your day right with breakfast and coffee at Glass Coffee House & Wine Bar. This recently renovated Cotton Tree café – where they extended the kitchen for even more amazing breakfasts – is the perfect beachside spot to start your day. Aside from the incredible food and coffee, the trendy new space exudes a bohemian beach feel and will have you wanting to hang out there all day long.
The next stop is a definite change of pace - it's not every day you get to soar over the Sunshine Coast in a former Soviet spy-plane. You’ll be on a high long after you’ve touched down from a flight with Paradise Seaplanes at Maroochydore.
Leaving from the stunningly beautiful Maroochy River, Paradise Seaplanes will take you on a ride filled with fun and adventure over the amazing coastline and through hidden gems in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The best part is every flight is customisable, so you get to pick what you want to see. If we had to pick the most epic flight, we would go with their new Noosa to Glass House Mountains experience – that way you get to see a bit of everything.
Re-fuel yourself after that adrenalin rush with lunch at Raw Energy Cotton Tree. Raw known for their fresh, healthy approach to food so you know this meal is good for you. Take your pick from the all-day day breakfast menu, energy bowls, classic and gourmet smoothies, fresh juices, and award-winning coffee blended by local Tim Adams.
Next up, try your hand at Stand-Up Paddle Boarding. Cotton Tree is almost made for this sport - flanked by the sandy banks of the Maroochy River to the north and the beaches of the Pacific Ocean to the west. The flat water and gentle conditions are perfect for first-timers.
If you’re still a bit wobbly on the board, Ocean Addicts provides lessons for beginners to the more advanced.
Paddleboard at Cotton Tree
No day in Maroochydore is complete without a stop on Ocean Street. Packed with an eclectic array of restaurants, bars and cafes, you can while away the night with dinner and drinks. On the food front, you’ll find everything from Asian-fusion at Junk to South American tapas to old-fashioned American burgers and locally caught Mooloolaba seafood. Kick on and enjoy a drink or two. With piano bars, vintage-style bars, chic wine bars and bars for live music enthusiasts you’re sure to find the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail, glass of wine or an ice-cold beer. The only problem you’ll have now is narrowing down where to go.
All that’s left to do is rest your weary head before your next Sunshine Coast adventure. Luckily, Maroochydore has plenty of accommodation options to choose from. Head over to the Sebel Maroochydore, The Dunes Cotton Tree, Myconos Resort or get the perfect beachfront stay at Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park.
The Sebel Maroochydore