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.
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.
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.
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.
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.