Maroochydore oh how we love thee. You're the beating heart of the Sunshine Coast, pulsing with night life, full of blood-thirsty adventure, and oozing with soul. With its pristine beaches and riverways, high-end retailers, and a foodie’s wonderland, this ever-growing suburb tops our list when it comes to never-ending fun!
So without further ado, we rounded up some of the best things to do in Maroochydore.
Take off from paradise and enjoy the warm spray of the Maroochy River waters as you cruise through the sky with the doors off! The Wilga 80 warbird is perfectly designed for reconnaissance, has more glass than a helicopter and excels at flying low and slow. This is not your ordinary joy flight, this is an adventure flight! Paradise Seaplanes has the best views not only of Maroochydore, but the entire Coast.
Strike Bowling and Holey Moley
One of the most pumping spots on the iconic Ocean Street night strip, this new mega-entertainment precinct incorporates an 18-hole crazy AF mini golf course and disco-style bowling lanes thrown in together with private karaoke rooms and cocktail bar. This is fun city. If you're looking for a night out on the town, then Holey Moley has got you covered.
Sitting opposite the Maroochy River on the corner of First Avenue and The Esplanade, you’ll probably know Coast by its slick, Hamptons-style, beach shack vibes. From homewares, furniture, fashion, jewellery, books, gifts, and even a small providore, if you don’t know what to buy Mum, Aunty Jan, or your bestie, we’d pretty much put money down on the fact that you’ll find something here.
The Silva Spoon
This uber-posh, bohemian-style tea and coffee emporium is a perfect spot to reconnect with an old friend as you unwind and reflect with a warm cuppa served with opulent perfection. Raise a pinky for us here! Meghan Markle would defs approve of The Silva Spoon we thinks.
This stunning converted warehouse in Maroochydore’s industrial area offers a light and bright space decked out with a handpicked selection of goods from local and international brands and makers. Complete with textiles (think: antique Moroccan rugs), furniture and homewares, you’d best be putting a max spending limit on your card before stepping inside, or risk going a little cray-cray buying up everything. #noregrets Hello Trader has all your needs covered and then some.
Stoker Brewhouse Inside Boardstore
Where else can you chase a few schooners with some skate board retail therapy? Nowhere. Stoker Brewhouse on Aerodrome Rd not only stocks local brews on tap but allows punters to pick up their skate wear supplies on the way out. Hop to it!
Fashion mavens, listen up! Hunter Concept is where it's at. This lifestyle boutique on Ocean Street boasts racks and racks of incredible threads and ladies, this place will be dangerous for your credit cards. Want some fresh pieces for your wardrobe? Hit up this on-trend fashion house.
Artisan bread lovers, start lining up! Hella good coffee? Check. Baked treats? Check. Food that will nourish your soul and be kind to your body? Check, check, check! This family-run business has all your fave sourdough breads, cakes, pies, pastries and amazing brekky and lunch options. Think: smashed avo on seeded paleo toast with lemon and dulse salt, and cumin smashed pumpkin and dukkah (holy yum!). We're in lurve with Harvest Breads and you'll be too.
If you’re looking for a sumptuous vegetarian feast for under $20, you can’t go past the eye-boggling fare here. The curries and salads are always on point and the portions are hefty. Try the veggie koftas. You’ll be back to Gopal's in no time at all.
Finn And Dash Bikes
This family run bike shop caters from kids to beginners through to mountain, road and triathlon bikes. Owner Warren McDonald has more than 15 years of elite coaching experience at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, plus numerous world championships. Mad keen bikers should scooter in here.
It’s winter here so say hello to steamy, hot bowls of ramen goodness! And these guys serve up the best in town. This cute little hot spot has had locals flocking here since it opened this year and boy is it good. If you want a piping hot bowl of broth, noodles, finely sliced meat, and all the fixings then get down to Umami!
Cakes. Yes, let there be cakes. The sophisticated signature, taffy encrusted, and flowery macaron adorned specialty cakes are right here. And they’re good. Coffee? It’s good coffee. It’s all good at Tome, all the time.
Vegan, pixie-inspired cocktail bar, anyone? This plant-based restaurant and alchemy bar will prove to your non-vego mates that you can really make friends with salad! With a totally cute whimsical atmosphere, the food, cocktails, non-alcoholic elixirs and beers on tap—many infused with rare active botanicals—means Elixiba gets the seal of approval from us.
Forget the fish and anything else on the menu and order this right now: loaded fries with bacon strips, barbecue sauce, sour cream and melted cheese, topped with a sprinkle of chives. 59 Fish have got all your indulgent needs covered. You’re welcome.
Are the beaches piling up with tourists? Then we will fill you in on a local’s secret. Get the fishing rods out, grab your boogie boards and a picnic, and walk over the small foot bridge to the quaint, clear waters of Chambers. There’s toilets, a playground and plenty of space to find a private spot for a relaxed morning or afternoon. Pack a couple of sundowners (we won’t tell anyone) and sip away the arvo as the sun sets.
Somewhere between an inner-city jazz bookshop and an alleyway saloon in New Orleans, The Piano Bar is a standout among the best bars in Maroochydore. Decked out with art deco lampshades, a fully functioning baby grand piano, and the scent of something Mediterranean, this warm little hub beckons savvy wine drinkers and those who fancy an espresso martini or two.
The granddaddy of Ocean Street night life, Sol Bar is at the centre of all great Maroochydore nights out. The perfect culmination of music, arts and culture—this is where after-work drinks and dreadlocks come together. Undoubtedly the Sunshine Coast’s premium hotspot for live tunes and affordable food and brews, this music establishment has even recently introduced its own Playhouse featuring comfortable tiered seating and an intimate environment.
Swan Boat Hire
This iconic seafood shop and boat hire business has been catering to locals for decades and isn’t stopping yet! Take a picnic, pack some drinkies and hire one of the boats with its very own barbecue. Your family and friends will be entertained for hours with Swan Boat Hire.
Dishing up a fusion between New Orleans and French cuisine, this dimly-lit restaurant and bar with exposed brick walls, Chesterfield-style booths, and an indoor vertical garden is all kinds of sexy. But it’s the taste and tipples that seal the deal. Try the pressed pork belly or seafood gumbo washed down with a Vieux Carre—a tantalising blend of rye whiskey, cognac, and Benedictine. Orleans has got you covered. YOLO!
Weir’s Surf Shop
A little slice of Sunshine Coast surfing history can be found at this offbeat surf shop, which offers original ’60s surfboards and skateboards, vintage posters, surf art and photography, and surf wear. While the original shop opened in the early ‘80s opposite the Maroochydore Surf Club, it is now based in Cotton Tree but still owned by the Weir family, who between the three generations have won several national surfing titles. Surf’s up here!
Originating up the road in Noosa, with Maroochydore their latest location, the burgers dished out here are pure, unadulterated deliciousness. And don’t even get us started on their concrete AKA custard ice-cream blended with your choice of mix-ins. As with any top notch burger joint, there’s always a favourite, and the pick of the bunch is the Betty’s Classic—a simply satisfying 10-buck burger loaded with an Angus beef pattie, lettuce, onion, tomato, cheese and Betty’s secret special sauce. It’s ridic!
The husband and wife dream team behind Spice Bar (one of our most loved spots on the Coast) have decided to spice (wink, wink) things up and open up a second venue on the Coast—a super sleek, sexy new bar. Kiki Bar is ALL about the classic cocktail, with a splash of spice of course.
Common Collective & SC PIlates
Wanna work in a uber-cool co-working space by day and then work out by night? Then Common Collective is the place for you. Calling all freelancers, work-from-homers, creatives and everyone in between, located on bustling Aerodrome Road right in the middle of Maroochydore, we were more than a little stoked when we discovered this place. Did we mention it's directly across the street from Stoker Coffee? #lunchdate
Soul Kitchen Bakery
PSA peeps! This first ALL vegan bakery is a massive hit on the Coast guys. Yep, that's right, all those sweet and savory treats we know and love are coming right at us in all their delicious vegan (and gluten free) glory. To say we're in love is an understatement. Did we mention it's smack bang in the middle of Maroochydore? No need to trek outta town to curb those cravings anymore. Soul Kitchen Bakery has all your vegan needs covered kids.
Cotton Tree Markets
If you're wanting to get out of the house and bask in some of our sunshine, then we've got good news for you. For 25 years the Cotton Tree Markets have featured local artisans, designers and inventors selling their own unique and creative works. This spesh precinct is located near one of the Sunshine Coast’s most picturesque beaches. What more could you ask for?
When the mood strikes, nothing beats a monster meal at a cosy pub beside your fave humans, particularly on a chilly winters eve. Pub grub over recent years has had a moment with diners, not only in Australia but also globally and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s comfort food at its very finest and the ONE thing those Brits do very well (we’ll give ‘em that). With a plethora of lunch and dinner options you’ll be spoilt for choice, and if you arrive hangry we promise you’ll leave happy. Welcome to the party Uptown Gastropub.