What The Locals Love
💗 Go for a sunrise SUP along the Maroochy River.
💗 Grab a coffee from Wynd Espresso Bar and stroll the coastal path.
💗 Enjoy a seafood feast at The Boat Shed.
💗 Have a sunset picnic at Alexandra Headland.
Nestled on the sandy banks of the Maroochy River, the seaside suburb of Cotton Tree is a watery wonderland worth chucking your togs on for.
Wake up before the rest of the world with a sunrise SUP (that’s stand-up paddleboard for the uninitiated!) session along the river, watching the golden rays illuminate the water. As the day rolls on, go for a sail or kayak, or throw a line in to catch your dinner. Here you’ll likely snag Bream, Flathead and Whiting - and trust us, nothing tastes better than a freshly caught fish.
Swap your togs for sneakers and stroll the coastal path from Cotton Tree to Alexandra Headland where you’ll score sweeping views of the ocean waves fizzing onto the sand. Do as the locals do and pack some snacks - along the way you’ll find idyllic spots to picnic at and breathe in the fresh ocean air.
Feast on drool-worthy eats by the sidewalk, sip a cocktail in a bar, or soak up some live tunes along Ocean Street in Maroochydore. Want to treat yourself? Head over to Sunshine Plaza, the largest shopping centre on the Sunshine Coast, where you will find hundreds of retail stores, restaurants and cinemas.
And should you find yourself in this stunning spot on a Sunday, head to the Cotton Tree Markets. Held from 7am to 12pm, listen to live music and fill your basket with designer wares, arts, crafts and fresh local produce.
Sunrise at Cotton Tree and Maroochydore
A place this special is absolutely worth spending a few nights in. Pitch your tent or park your camper at the Cotton Tree Holiday Park or check into The Dunes Cotton Tree.