Sunshine Coast Attractions

By staying at Maroochy River Resort & Bungalows you are locating yourself in the centre of the Sunshine Coast.  This means that you will be half way to everywhere on the Coast and that all of the local attractions are within an easy 30 minute drive.

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For beach lovers

The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its sun-drenched beaches, sparkling water and year-round swimming in temperate waters. Free of nasties such as stingers and crocodiles the patrolled beaches are a must do on any visit to the Sunshine Coast.

Each beach offers its own unique experience and is within easy driving distance when you are staying at Maroochy River Bungalows.

  • Rainbow Beach north of Noosa (30 minutes north) is a 4WD adventure park with kilometres of unspoilt, white sandy beaches and turquoise rolling surf.  The dramatic coloured sand cliffs are quite spectacular.  Hire a 4WD for the day or take a guided day tour.
  • The long quiet sandy beaches of Sunshine Beach (25 minutes north), Coolum (15 minutes north), Maroochydore (5 minutes east) and Kawana (10 minutes south) are ideal for surfing, boogie boarding and long relaxing walks.
  • Alexandra Headlands (5 minutes east), Mooloolaba (10 minutes southeast) & Point Cartwright (10 minutes south) offer rocky outcrops that are great for learning about sea life with their small rock pools
  • The calm waters of Mooloolaba Spit (10 minutes south east) and Golden Beach (25 minutes south) are perfect for kids to make a splash or learn to fish
  • Dicky Beach (20 minutes south) boasts the rusting skeleton of the SS Dicky wreck, one of only a handful of Australian beaches with its own shipwreck.
  • Kings Beach (25 minutes south) is a unique combination of a surf beach with a salt water swimming pool.
  • The Pumicestone Passage (30 minutes south) is a sheltered waterway dotted with kite surfers and small craft.


Theme parks and attractions for all ages

No holiday would be complete without a trip to a themed playground. Take your pick. All are located within an easy 30 minute drive (many much less) when you are staying at Maroochy River Resort & Bungalows.


For adrenalin junkies

Some people like to push themselves to the limit. Check these out. All are located within an easy 30 minute drive (many much less) when you are staying at Maroochy River Resort & Bungalows.


For those that love to take a walk

Enjoy all of natures bounty.  Wander up mountains, down to waterfalls, along the rivers or beaches. Take a picnic lunch.  Let the beauty of it all really soak in. All are located within an easy 30 minute drive when you are staying at Maroochy River Resort & Bungalows.

  • Glasshouse Mountains National Parks - Craggy volcanic peaks. Tracks ranging from easy to very challenging. Panoramic views.

  • Wetlands Sanctuary - Bli Bli - Explore eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, salt marsh and mangroves. Over 200 species of birds, crabs, butterflies and other wildlife species.

  • Mary Cairncross Park - Maleny - The 52 hectare rainforest reserve complete with tree identification tags. There are picnic tables, bbq facilities, children’s playground, toilets and a kiosk. Guided walks can be arranged.

  • Point Cartwright Lookout - Kawana - High cliffs in this coastal headland reserve provide spectacular views including migratory humpback whales and turtles as well as ships entering and leaving the Port of Brisbane. Grassy slopes for family picnics.

  • Buderim Rainforest Walk - Tucked in behind the famous ’Harry’s Restaurant’ on Harry’s Lane at the bottom of Lindsay Road, is a brilliantly constructed boardwalk with viewing platforms overlooking the natural surroundings. Features subtropical rainforest with creeks and waterfalls

  • Conondale National Park - At the heart of the Upper Mary Valley this park protects magnificent forests, deep gorges and creek catchments and is an important refuge for many rare and threatened animals.

  • Ben Bennett Botanical Park - features walking tracks which guide visitors through Melaleuca and Eucalypt forests, coastal heaths and one of few areas of coastal lowland vine forest.

  • Noosa National Park - four walking tracks of varying length start from the park entrance at the end of Park Rd where there is an information centre, toilets, drinking water, a car park and picnic area with electric barbecues, beach showers and lookouts. Walks include the Coastal Track (2.7 km one-way), Palm Grove Circuit (1 km), Tanglewood Track (4.2 km one-way) and Coastal Heath Track (1 km one way).


For those that were born to shop

No holiday would be complete without taking home a few extra items or gifts for family and friends.

  • Maleny/Montville Arts & Crafts – 20 minutes drive to the west

  • Noosa – cafes, beaches, designer shopping - 25 minutes to the north
  • Mooloolaba Promenade - lots of eateries and boutiques - 10 minutes to the south
  • Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza - cinemas, restaurants, Myer, Target, KMart and over 200 specialty stores - 5 minutes to the east

The Sunshine Coast also has an abundance of markets specialising in arts and crafts, fresh produce, international food, entertainment and second hand goods.  All are located within an easy 30 minute drive (many much less) when you are staying at Maroochy River Bungalows.


  • Eumundi Town Centre, 8am to 1pm


  • Eumundi, Town Centre, 6am to noon

  • Pomona, beside Stan Topper Park every second Saturday, 9am to noon
  • Yandina Car Boot Sale, sports grounds, 6.30am to noon
  • Beerwah Village Craft Markets, every second and fourth Saturday, 6am to 12.30pm
  • Coolum Market, CWA Hall, Coolum Terrace, first Saturday of month, 8am to noon
  • Landsborough Country Markets, Peace Park, Maleny Rd, Landsborough, 7am to noon
  • Mapleton Markets, Mapleton Hall Grounds, first Saturday of the month 8am to 12.30pm


  • Maroochydore, Fishermans Rd, 6am – 12 noon

  • Eumundi Butter Factory 8am to 2pm
  • Caloundra Flea Market, Corbould Park 7am to noon
  • Nambour Showgrounds 7am to noon
  • Mooloolaba, Venning Road, 6am to 12.30pm
  • Maleny, RSL Hall, 9am to 2pm
  • Cotton Tree, King St, 7am to 1pm
  • Peregian Beach, in front of shopping centre first and third Sunday of each month
  • Caboolture Show Society Fleamarket, Beerburrum Rd, Caboolture until noon
  • Peachester Country Craft Market, Peachester Hall, 9am to 2pm


The surrounding waterways have lots of secluded spots for an afternoon picnic.

Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo is a must do attraction in the area.

Aussie World has rides and attractions for the whole family

Get lost in the Bellingham Maze

Fortune favours the brave

Enjoy the many National Parks that are surprisingly close by

Be spoilt with choice at the various Sunshine Coast weekend markets

Take a plunge and go sky diving.

Head out to sea for some deep sea fishing

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