8.3 out of 10

Maroochydore

Ranked 27th best suburb in Sunshine Coast
-26.6560157750631 153.086185194305
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Clean & Green
  • Resale or Rental Value
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice area, Great place to live"

Lived in Maroochydore for 25 years and love it. Great shopping centres, heaps of beaches, rivers, waterfalls, bushlands and mountains close buy. Local buses and trains go to and from city. Kids always have something to do or somewhere to go to keeping them out of trouble. Very little crime around here. Very safe to walk around by self at night. Lots of nice fancy restaurants as well :) A very green suberb. Lots of nice parks.
Pros
  • Great place to raise families
  • Low crime
  • Always something to do
  • great beaches
  • centrally located
Cons
  • Not many big shopping centres
  • Not much in the way of public transport other than buses
  • Higher rents
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Young professionals now calling Maroochydore home"

Having grown up on the Sunshine Coast and now working in Maroochydore, this once small town is emerging into the Sunshine Coasts CBD and fastest growing precinct. Set on the banks of the Maroochy River, Maroochydore and its Baby brother Cotton Tree offer the perfect ying and yang lifestyle options. Maroochydore for its energy, bars, cafes and restaurants and Cotton Tree for its beach/river parks, relaxed cafe scene and Sunday markets. Just an easy 800m stroll down the esplanade along the river foreshore.

Young professionals are now working and living in this vibrant city, with major developments including Emporio, Big Top Market Fresh and the Sunshine Plaza $350m expansion, locals see Maroochydore as a town with a energy supported by the vision of many of its local business community.

Living and working options have never been better in Maroochydore, home prices are still relatively low and commercial lease rates are favouring the tenant. Most would agree that the opportunity to live here today is ore affordable then ever.

The employment sector is also expanding with the establishment of the Birtinya Medical precinct just 20mins away, home to over 6000 medial professionals, the Sunshine Coast more broadly is offering a diverse economic base, away from the traditional building and tourism sectors.
Pros
  • Emerging CBD
  • Proximity to the Birtinya Medical Precinct
  • great beaches
  • amazing shops
  • centrally located
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Maroochydore - a bad facelift and too much botox"

In 1999, Maroochydore and Cotton Tree was a sleepy fibro beach shack sea side town full of unemployed surfers, single Mums and retirees. With the boom years, from 2001 to 2007 many of the old shacks were pulled down as retirees sold out and low income people were priced out of the area by expensive high rise apartments.

The local shops have gone up market to cater for all the high end luxury apartments, most of which sit empty for the majority of the year. Cotton Tree slips between manically busy during the holidays, where there is hardly enough room to put your towel on the beach and morbidly quiet the rest of the year. For those people who own a shop, they have to make their money in the peak season and try to hold on till the next set of holidays, a difficult situation for many. If it rains a lot as it has for the last two summers, businesses start to fold.

Local employment is in either construction or hospitality, mainly labouring or waitressing. Locally wages are low. Due to the massive building boom construction has tapered off and is likely to remain subdued for a while. The other option is to drive the 120km to Brisbane for work. This can be a hit or miss affair as the road is only 2 lanes wide and often gridlocks. My partner has been caught in traffic jams for over two hours trying to make the one hour trip home. Also the two hour daily commute (on a good day) gets very boring and tiresome in a short space of time - and spending all your time in traffic is not why any one moves to the beach.

Most people are not originally from the Sunshine Coast, they have moved there from another major city with the dream of living the beach life. They dont know anyone and as a result the Sunshine Coast does not have much of a sense of community. Often people get lonely, miss their old friends and realise they dont actually like the beach that much. One real estate agent told me they get a lot of turn over sales from this, as people last about 2 years before they move back "home".

While I loved living on the Sunshine Coast it is turning into a little Gold Coast. I've always said its about 10 to 15 years behind the Goldie. So if you like that, you know what to expect from this area in the next few years.

If you stand on the beach and look at the ocean, its the most beautiful place on earth, if you turn around and look at the land, its a rather dull, souless place.
Pros
  • great beaches
Cons
  • drug addicts and dealers
  • people living in their cars on the beach car parks
  • Not much of community feeling
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
juggler
juggler Hey Whats with the drug addicts and people living in cars? I have never seen them and we have a unit on the Esplanade at Cotton Tree, opposite both the parks and the beach. This is a little oasis away from the pretensions of Noosa, and Mooloolaba both of which remain however easily accessible. Plenty of community feeling I have noticed even being an intinerant local, talking to most folk is a bit like being in the Country when you are used to Melbourne, but it is such a REFRESHING change to have straight shooting helpful people around. Choose your happiness I say.
2yrs+
Digit
Digit I agree with juggler, I live near the plaza and have lived here for just over 20 years. Through my teenage years I spent most nights down at the beach with friends and I don't remember seeing anyone living in cars? Every so often there would be a caravan or a combi but they would just be people getting some rest and moving on in the morning. I also have no idea where you live that you see drug dealers and addicts in maroochydore, but that's not something common that I've seen. And lastly as for the "not much of a community feeling" I think you've been talking to the wrong people. You'd be surprised how talkative people can be if your a nice person.
2yrs+
Dan Sowden
Dan Sowden I actually think that the concept of 'people living in cars' is pretty cool. Think about it; these are the cool vans that people use to drive the length of our East Coast. Rising early to hit the water and surf the morning break for then to continue on their journey. Lets keep everything in context, my parents used to trip from Brisbane in the 70's to both the Sunshine and Gold Coasts + Byron on a long weekend. The classic beachside Odessey, perhaps this is something we all should do one in our lifetime
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"A beautiful stretch along the Sunshine Coast - highly recommended"

Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"absolute waterfront living"

its the hub of the sunshine coast, what broadbeach is to the gold coast, its where you go to watch movies, fine dining, shop and also to work, its so centrally located its no wonder why locals are paying premium prices for highly sort after property
Pros
  • centrally located
  • great beaches
  • amazing shops
Cons
  • there's really none
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Far too many rowdy young people for such a small beach town"

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2yrs+
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A beach community for the young"

Recommended for
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+
3/5
2yrs+

"Enjoy summer all year round!"

Maroochydore is the commercial hub of the Sunshine Coast. Offering a large number of businesses, shops, schools and other services, this coastal town is a good spot for families to be based.

The major drawcard for Maroochydore, like many other spots along the Sunshine Coast, is the balmy weather and rolling surf beaches. It is a pristine coastline, and many of the locals hit the sand before and after school or work.

The town has a major airport and a number of other transport links, and is only 120 km north of Brisbane.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Maroocydore - beach, shops and fun."

Maroochydore is on the Qld Sunshine Coast one hours north of Brisbane and boasts a great river and superb beaches. There are all the water sports you can think of and the fishing is great. Maroochydore has a beautiful golf course and numerous other recreational venues. There is ample shopping with many shops as well as a large shopping centre offering supermarkets, department stores specialty shops etc. There is also plenty of accommodation for the tourist with some lovely caravan parks as well as motels, hotels, guest houses and B&B’s. Maroochydore continues to grow as do the home prices with many homes exceeding Brisbane prices yet there are still some good bargains around.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Great for the Family"

If you're looking for somewhere beachy to relocate to , or just holiday at, try Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. Less pretentious than other Sunny Coast spots, it still retains a sense of style and affordability. There are family friendly spots to spend time at the beach and attractions for the little ones like Sunshine Castle, where they can live out some knight in shining armour fantasies. There's also the Bellingham Maze that sure to tire them out. The local restaurants are great, and stylish lifestyle shops abound if you need a little retail therapy. All the mod cons are here, shopping centres, great houses and apartments. But be warned, just because here is more affordable than the rest of the Sunshine coast, does not mean that it's cheap.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"An area with a changing face. Talk about facelifts!"

Cotton Tree has modernised over the last few years and the park area that runs along the Maroochy River now boosts play areas for children, covered BBQ areas, clean safe beach, concrete walkways, and large grassed areas for activities. The park is often used for promotional functions and other fun commercial activities.

Cotton Tree has a Sunday market which is very popular and draws many people into the area who then go on to enjoy other activities.

There are many quality restaurants of all standards which cater to all age groups and economic conditions. Also there are many coffee shops open during the day and you will see people lounging away their time in these, enjoying the warm weather.

One of the Sunshine Coast's most popular bowing greens is in Cotton Tree and during the winter months this attracts hundreds of southern and kiwi bowlers for the winter tournament.

Backing on to Cotton Tree is the Maroochydore surf beach which is always popular and many go and sit in the renovated surf club and have a leisurely lunch while overlooking the surf.

Cotton Tree is only a short walk to the modern Maroochydore shopping centre where people spend hours wandering around and entertaining themselves.

The area is slowly becoming more and more tourist and apartment orientated as the older homes of the area are pulled down and the area redeveloped.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Maroochydore is seen to be the business hub of the Sunshine Coast."

Maroochydore is an interesting city in that it has so many positive aspects to offer residents and holidays alike. It virtually has everything that anyone could want. It is the business hub of the Sunshine Coast so there is a lot of employment in the area and it is growing at a rapid rate.

The Maroochy River runs along the boundary of the city and there are lovely parks and children playgrounds which are very popular. There is also a great set up at the local pools next to the park.

There is an assortment of home, units and townhouses available for living and there is a strong influence from the holiday sector.

It is busy by coastal standards, but relatively speaking it just ticks along at a nice pace.

For entertainment there is fishing, boating, golf, putt putt, various sports, windsurfing, jet boat riding and of course swimming and surfing.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees