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Published August 12th 2016
Living the Dream
Cotton Tree is in a very unique location so it can only be built upwards. And it is doing that and starting to resemble a mini Surfers Paradise but successfully retains its warm charming local feel.
Cotton Tree Park Memorial
The village centre is a hub of activity with trendy cafes, fashion shops, and the best butcher on the coast - as a vegetarian but I have to trust others on that one. There are all the usual facilities such as the post office, general store, fish n chips, stationers and bakery. Directly opposite are the caravan park, bowling club, library, childcare centre, veterans centre, neighbourhood centre, tennis courts… get the drift? Cotton Tree really does have it all and in very close proximity, everything is within comfortable flat strolling distance.
And if you need the major supermarkets, art galleries, movies and big shopping malls then the Big Top and Sunshine Plaza are also within easy walking distance. But please read on for some of my favourites.
Cotton Tree is blessed with two water boundaries – the ocean to the east and the river along the north so hire a stand up paddle board in order to get another view of the area whilst staying fit. The beginner can paddle up the river while the more experienced might dare to venture over to the ocean side.
Maroochy River from Cotton Tree
Or do you prefer your water even calmer? Maybe even heated in the cooler months? Enjoy the hypnotic rhythm of doing laps? Then the aquatic centre is ideal for you – they provide aqua aerobics and much more.
Wander through the park that has several playground areas, ideal picnic and barbeque facilities with large covered table areas and a clean ablution block. Take a quick dip in the river or indulge that coffee craving just across the road. Nothing is far in Cotton Tree.
If you cycle then there are exciting options – the coastal path can take you north along the river towards Bli Bli, or if you are a distance rider cross the river and head towards Noosa, or go south to Mooloolaba.
Keen on a spot of gardening but don't have the space? Then hire a plot at the community gardens for a nominal rate and grow your own organic vegetables. Good way to eat cheaper and meet more locals as you tend your plots. Or chat to the friendly volunteers at the neighbourhood centre and find out about other local activities.
As I said at the beginning the central hub is busy with boutique and large chain coffee shops but personally I prefer those a bit more removed from the bustle. These three suggestions all provide delicious breakfast, lunch or cuppas at indoor or outside tables.
The Harvest Breads and Café is a popular small venue beside the bike shop overlooking the park and river.