The Sunshine Coast of Queensland is dotted with numerous small towns that swell with visitors every year. Right in the centre is Maroochydore, on the Maroochy River. Visitors to the area can plan for a busy stay or relax by the soothing waters of sea or river.
Start slow with a trip to a local Sunday Market to purchase unusual souvenirs. Spend some time on the beach catching some of that famous Australian sunshine. Choices lean towards the active visitor, but you can take a quiet break here too.
Hire a bicycle and take a professionally guided or self-guided tour of the area. Walkers rejoice: Bli Bli offers both cruises and boardwalk access to the Wet Lands Sanctuary. Spend some time observing the swamps and mangroves plus wildlife protected here, if you are quiet and patient enough to watch for signs of them in the tall reeds. The Bellingham Outdoor Maze will also keep guests on their toes as they navigate their way out. Enjoy other puzzling activities here too set up for children and adults who like a challenge.
Of course, being situated by the water, you may want to get out and try playing in it. Arrange for lessons in knee boarding, tubing and more. Kite surfing is a popular pass time to witness or try but if you want to start slowly there is room for all abilities. Even kids can take a class in some kind of water sport and enjoy some thrills.
Try a four wheel drive safari for comfortable transportation. Tours will take you swimming in clear lake waters, snorkelling and more. View dolphins, tour rain forests, admire the view and meet people from across the globe.
2006 Kids are bound to love Sunshine Castle. Explore the genius of a re-created castle built to Norman-style design. Ascend to the circular look-out tower, gazing down over a moat and drawbridge to the imagined enemy below. View the throne room, courtyard and stage. Observe a fairytale diorama, Lord of the Rings display and even send kids on a treasure hunt. This spot should keep everyone busy for a full day.
Get your gifts and supplies at Sunshine Plaza, including extra clothes if you packed the wrong things for Maroochydore weather. This is a shopping mall with a difference featuring not just cinemas and shops. Relax next to a natural waterway with your shopping bags and a snack.
The Plaza food court offers up a wide variety of menu choices. Dip into Turkish food or sushi. Order a coffee or tea. Even indulge in the delights of cocoa at the Spanish chocolate bar.
You can choose to stay at a caravan park or budget friendly, cheerful motel with colour TV and private bathroom. On the other hand, expect high quality lodgings at Cotton Tree, an up market suburb or Maroochydore. Select from self-contained Maroochydore apartments and chalets or opt for resort style rooms with luxurious amenities. Retreat into the bush, rest on the river, or gaze out over gardens from a private balcony.