Maroochydore Tourism & Travel
98 kilometres north of Brisbane, Maroochydore, population 17 500 is the central business centre for the Sunshine Coast. Maroochydore is graced by 25 kilometres of golden sands and an inviting ocean that embraces such famous surf beaches such as Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, Coolum and Maroochydore Beach. The area surrounding Maroochydore has 3722 hectares of municipal reserves and 2000 hectares of national parkland.
Maroochydore offers a blend of surf beaches and the calm waters of the Maroochy River whose southern bank forms a virtually unbroken stretch of parkland and picnic spots. The river mouth, which leisure craft now ply, was once the site of a large timber mill from where the local lumber was shipped to Brisbane by paddle-steamer. There are now river cruises, and great fishing opportunities along Maroochy River.
The 2/3 size replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour is located in a little lagoon that branches off Eudlo Creek near its confluence with the Maroochy River. This excellent reproduction is of a scale which allows visitors to experience what it must have been like to sail, live and work on the ship, how it was controlled, including such details as what was eaten and how it was prepared. Information panels provide insight into the purpose of each section.
The award-winning Nostalgia Town features a scaled reproduction of an 1863 steam train that takes visitors on a ride through a range of settings, which depict nostalgic and humorous aspects of the past through a narrative adventure involving three convicts. There are also remote-controlled boats, silent movies, mini cars and mini golf. An arts and crafts market is held every Friday and Saturday at Nostalgia Town, offering everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, to childrens' clothing and arts and crafts.
Underwater World boasts a moving walkway beneath a 2.2 million litre oceanarium full of sharks, rays, sea jellies, corals, moray eels, turtles, sea horses, octopi, colourful reef fish and larger ocean fish such as gropers. There are educational displays, billabongs containing crocodiles, lungfish and giant barramundi, as well as a touch tank for a hands-on experience of starfish, sea urchins and hermit crabs.