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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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
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.
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.