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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published August 18th 2012
Shop, dine and play all in the one location
The Sunshine Plaza is the unofficial centre of the Sunshine Coast for so many reasons. Not only is it the biggest shopping centre by far in the region, it's a destination for food and entertainment. No wonder it's popular with locals and tourists alike.

Welcome to Sunshine Plaza
Welcome to Sunshine Plaza

It's hard to miss the Plaza, it's situated over Cornmeal Creek in the heart of Maroochydore and is by far the biggest development in the area. There's a great range of diverse specialty stores here. With more than 200 stores in the centre, chances are whatever you want is there: clothing, kitchen appliances, jewellery, shoes, video games, DVDs, you name it. All the big names you come to expect from a place like this are around as well, including Coles, Kmart, Myer and Target.

There are more than 200 stores here
There are more than 200 stores here

If you want to be cheeky with luring your friends to the Coast consider buying them a Sunshine Plaza Gift Card for their next birthday. They're great for the smaller outlets, but I've found some of the bigger stores don't accept them. Best to check before committing to it.

If you need a break from the kids while you shop consider your options. There's the Sunshine Squirts supervised childminding for ages 2-6. Out on the creek, there's the Sunshine Watercraft, who hire out paddleboats, waterbikes, kayaks and water balls for as little as $6. It's great fun.

There is supervised child minding available
There is supervised child minding available

There's also a bunch of events, activities and competitions that are run at the Plaza depending on what time of year it is. For example, they've hosted mini school concerts in the past and of course welcome Santa Claus every year. They're also in touch with the community through the Community Connect program.

One of the many entrances into the Plaza
One of the many entrances into the Plaza

Sunshine Plaza is not just a shopping destination – it's a great place to relax, have a meal, get some entertainment and catch up with friends. The Sunshine Plaza Riverwalk comes alive at night. There's a range of restaurants to choose from. The Beach House Bar & Grill is great for a cheap feed, while something like Toscani's Café Bar and Restaurant and Cherry Blossom Sushi might be a bit more up market. Whatever you do, be sure to save room for dessert at Chocolateria San Churro. If you show up on a Friday or Saturday night, you might even be treated to some live music.

There's even a waterfall
There's even a waterfall

Speaking of entertainment, the Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinemas is also at the Plaza. They show all the latest releases including sessions in 3D if it's available. The Cow and Anchor also offer some great live music if that's what you're into.

Welcome to the Riverwalk
Welcome to the Riverwalk

Parking can be an issue on busy days. There are electronic signs outside the plaza as you approach from all angles letting you know if a car park is full or not. If it's a Thursday night, weekend or school holidays, you might find yourself driving around for a bit waiting for one to pop up.

It's hard to miss the Sunshine Plaza in the heart of Maroochydore
It's hard to miss the Sunshine Plaza in the heart of Maroochydore

If you don't feel like hanging around waiting for a park, consider taking the bus. There's a large bus station at the Plaza which all routes either start or end at. You can get to anywhere you want on the Coast just by jumping on a bus at the Plaza.

Just another beautiful day at the Sunshine Plaza
Just another beautiful day at the Sunshine Plaza

Sunshine Plaza fulfils many roles. It's a shopping destination, a place to catch up with mates for coffee, somewhere to grab a meal and a movie on a date and a place to keep the family entertained. Add Sunshine Plaza to your shopping list next time you're in the area.
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Why? Shopping, food and fun in the heart of Maroochydore. What more could you want?
When: Open seven days a week. Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm (Thursdays 9pm). Saturday 9am-5.30pm. Sunday 10.30am-4pm. The cinemas and some restaurants have individual trading hours
Phone: (07) 5443 4133
Where: Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre, Maroochydore
Cost: As little or as much as you want to spend
Your Comment
Lovely photographs - great idea for a piece.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|6006) 3119 days ago
This is a little out of date. the Cow and Anchor no longer exists - hasn't for over a year. Great wrap for the Plaza though
by pammy (score: 1|35) 1719 days ago
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