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Best things to do in Maroochydore

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Where in the world: South Pacific  /  Australia  /  Queensland  /  Sunshine Coast  /  Maroochydore

Top 15 things to do in Maroochydore

1. Maroochydore Beach

Swim, surf, and relax at the golden sands of Maroochydore Beach. Part of a major commercial area of the Sunshine Coast, the beach is close to a strip lined with cafes and shops. You can enjoy a BBQ on the beach with an ocean view. The beach’s name comes from Aboriginal word meaning black swan, commonly seen in the area.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $169 › Learn more about Maroochydore Beach

2. Chambers Island

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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3. Australia Zoo, Beerwah

Come see the zoo The Crocodile Hunter helped build. Steve Irwin's parents, Bob and Lyn, started Australia Zoo as a reptile park. Money that Steve and his wife Terri raised from The Crocodile Hunter transformed the park into the pristine, 40 hectare (100 acre) wildlife conservation center it is today. Head to the Crocomuseum for an introduction to massive, sharp-toothed crocodiles. Feed kangaroos at Roo Heaven. Pet koala bears at Pat A Koala. You might even see a vet in action at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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4. Maleny Botanic Gardens Bird Aviary Experience Ticket

Likely to sell out FROM $27
Overlooking a backdrop of the iconic Glass House Mountains our 18 acres of gardens are surrounded by stunning waterfalls & lakes which only add to the majestic nature of this unique attraction that sits high on the escarpment. Four walk-through aviaries are home to over 700 native and exotic birds from around the world. It's not very often that you can get up close & personal with these amazing birds, they love to come and land on your hand, shoulder or even head and say hello. You will learn so much about our beautiful birds on our daily interactive guided tours. Other points of interest are over 18 gazebos with beautiful views for a perfect picnic. The kids will love exploring our fairy tale garden, giant chair, and old fishing trawler, there is even a treehouse to climb!.
Suggested duration: 1h - 4h
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5. Spas

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza

Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza is a two-level shopping center built over Cornmeal Creek. Plenty of balcony areas offer lovely views and a place to relax should you tire of shopping. This mall has popular stores as well as plenty of places to eat and cafes with marvelous coffee. It’s the perfect place to escape on a rainy day or if you’re looking to escape the heat.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Maleny

A vivid, multicolored extravaganza of a facility more than deserving of adjectives like stunning, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World boasts immaculately manicured gardens, waterfalls, and ponds, all set against the striking backdrop of indigenous rainforest and rocky peaks. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens, a picnic by the lake, or having tea in one of the many gazebos.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $27 › Learn more about Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World

8. Mudjimba Magic Seaplane Adventure Flight for 2

Likely to sell out FROM $169
Enjoy the thrill of a water take-off and landing on the beautiful and tranquil Maroochy River in the only Wilga Warbird Seaplane in the southern hemisphere. It's 9cylinder radial engine, better-than-helicopter views, slow flight and stealthy vintage-spy-plane feel will give you a breath-taking perspective of the glorious Sunshine Coast, centred on Mudjimba Island. With every seat a window seat, you’ll have unparalleled views of the beaches and river below. You'll soar over Cottontree, and out to the open ocean around Mudjimba Island. Circle and return for northern coastline views and gentle touchdown on Maroochy River. This quintessential Sunshine Coast experience takes you on a 10-minute flight/30-minute adventure but leaves you smiling for days.  This flight also includes a brag book and memory maker 20-page hardcover Photo Book that has pictures of you on your adventure. (Expect delivery 2-4 weeks after your flight)
Suggested duration: 10min
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9. Maroochydore Rotary Park

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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10. Boat Tours & Water Sports, Mooloolaba

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Mooloolaba Whale Watching Tour

FROM $51
WHALE WATCHING LIKE YOU’VE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE!!! Coastal Express gives you the opportunity to witness the spectacular humpback whale migration off the scenic Sunshine Coast ABOVE AND BELOW the water! Taking only 20 passengers Coastal Express gives everyone a front row seat to witness breath-taking breaches, loud tail slaps, spy hops and penduncle throws while our state-of-the-art underwater HD cameras live stream all of the underwater action right to your seat! But wait, there’s more! Our brand new hydrophone allows you to hear the whales sing as they play, making it a fully immersive experience unlike any other! Our knowledgeable skipper will provide you with entertaining and informative commentary educating you about these majestic creatures whilst you watch them frolic and play! It doesn’t get any better than this.
Suggested duration: 2h
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13. Sunshine Brewery

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba

Situated within walking distance of seafood restaurants, cafes, and shops, Mooloolaba Beach remains one of the most family-friendly beaches on the Sunshine Coast. Sheltered by low rocks from its north side and the harbor wall from the east, this long stretch of coastline provides excellent swimming conditions when the waves are low. Popular with both tourists and locals, it can get crowded at times, but you shouldn't have a problem finding a secluded spot.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $51 › Learn more about Mooloolaba Beach

15. Brisbane Whale Watching, Redcliffe

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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