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The Maroochy River

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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published September 24th 2012
Much to do and see around the Maroochy River
Whether you're in it, on it or around it - Maroochy River is the ultimate spot for relaxation on the Sunshine Coast. Meeting the ocean at Cotton Tree and running as far inland as Nambour, Eudlo, Yandina and Coolum, the Maroochy River is one of the Coast's greatest environmental areas and has long been a source of fun, work and relaxation for the region's residents and tourists.

Don't you just wish you were sitting by the Maroochy River?
Don't you just wish you were sitting by the Maroochy River?


There is plenty to see and do when it comes to the Maroochy River. There are multiple places you can choose from - The Bradman Ave Foreshore, Chambers Island or even Picnic Point are just a few. One of my favourite areas has to be Cotton Tree on the river banks and near the river mouth. You'll find plenty of people swimming, fishing and riding jet skis around here.

The Maroochy River mouth just outside Cotton Tree Caravan Park
The Maroochy River mouth just outside Cotton Tree Caravan Park


Cotton Tree is also a great starting point if you want to jump on a kayak or even try stand up paddle boarding. The Sunshine Coast Kitesurfing Company in Cotton Tree is a great spot just 50 metres from the river mouth where you can rent some gear.

An old private jetty by the side of the river on Bradman Ave
An old private jetty by the side of the river on Bradman Ave


The Sunshine Coast Council has spent $1.2 million in recent times on implementing its master plan for the Maroochy River Foreshore. A lot of that money has gone to areas along Bradman Ave, which tend to be the most populated. They have put in plenty of seating, undercover area and thankfully car parks so you can hop straight and into the river if you like.

The view from the Maroochy River Bridge
The view from the Maroochy River Bridge


If you're up for it you can also give the Maroochy River Trail a go. It's approximately 30km in length and starts from Lake Dunethin. From there it's either north to George Best Park or south to Coolum Creek and the lower reaches of the Maroochy River. If you're interested in how long the different trails are consider this helpful guide.

Fishing in the river is another popular pastime
Fishing in the river is another popular pastime


However, if you're up for exploring the river a but quicker consider hiring a boat for the day. Swan Boat Hire on Bradman Ave is an excellent choice. They have more than 20 boats on offer from six-eight seater tinnies to BBQ boats (including toilets) for 8-12 people. Trust me, there's nothing like a sausage sizzle in the middle of a river to remind you that you're in paradise.

Consider hiring a vessel of some kind for the day. It's worth every dollar.
Consider hiring a vessel of some kind for the day. It's worth every dollar.


Fishing is another pastime the river is more than known for. The riverbanks are always populated with fishers. They know the river is teeming with bream, whiting and flathead, as sell as tailor, mullet, mangrove jack, black bream and jew. Swan Boat Hire also do multiple fishing reports during the week for anyone keen to head out.

The view from Chambers Island - just beautiful
The view from Chambers Island - just beautiful


Maroochy River is one of the most stunning natural assets you could hope to discover on the Sunshine Coast. With plenty of different wants to enjoy its beauty you'll find yourself coming back weekend after weekend.
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Why? To relax and have fun in, on or around one of the Sunshine Coast's most beautiful rivers
When: Any time of year
Where: Maroochy River
Cost: Free
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