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Escape to Cotton Tree

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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published August 8th 2012
It's not as marketed as Mooloolaba and certainly not as noisy as Noosa, but Cotton Tree has managed to build its own unique identity in the centre of the Sunshine Coast.

Walking down to Maroochydore Beach
Walking down to Maroochydore Beach


The small tourist town is a hit with both daytrippers from Brisbane and those visiting from interstate, which is hardly surprising given its tranquil position nestled next to the Maroochy River and Maroochydore Beach.

Relaxing in Cotton Tree Park
Relaxing in Cotton Tree Park


Foodies and coffee connoisseurs are in for a treat with a selection of home-grown stores offering a up some taste bud treats. The Silva Spoon Tea and Coffee Emporium is popular with locals, as is Mojo's Smooth Juicy Café, Cafe Envy and Nude Delicafe. There are also some more recognised names, such as The Coffee Club and Raw Energy, if you're looking for something a bit more familiar. They always look busy but never totally packed.

Looking over the Maroochy River
Looking over the Maroochy River


On Sundays, King St closes down in the mornings for the weekly markets, featuring the best from the local artists and designers to those just looking to sell second hand goods.

King St, Cotton Tree
King St, Cotton Tree


Everything you could need to make the most of your time away can be found in King St. It's populated with boutique stores and bottle shops, seafood outlets, a fruit and veg shop and even a bakery. You could spend your entire time away without having to leave the suburb.

Fishing by the Maroochy River Mouth
Fishing by the Maroochy River Mouth


Just around the corner from King St, the nearby Cotton Tree Park offers spacious grassed areas, with undercover barbecue venues and tables and a playground for the kids. With its jetty and plaza areas complimented by a scenic background bordering the Maroochy River looking out to Mount Coolum, the park is a five minute walk away from the river mouth and Maroochydore Beach. Show up to Cotton Tree Park on the right weekend and you might stumble across a local festival or even a wedding.

Resting up in Cotton Tree Park
Resting up in Cotton Tree Park


Those looking to immerse themselves in the community will find ample accommodation in and around town. The Cotton Tree Holiday Park opposite King St, is often full of holidaying Victorians looking to escape the southern cold. The most prime spots in the park back onto the mouth of the Maroochy River.

Sunset over the Maroochy River
Sunset over the Maroochy River

No matter how long or short your stay, Cotton Tree will have you wanting to come back for more.
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Why? Get out of the city, enjoy the beach and the river, dining and shopping
When: All year around
Where: Cotton Tree, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Cost: Free
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