A lot of people like the vibe of living inner city, so it’s not surprising to hear that many are now looking to make their home within the bounds of Maroochydore city. And who could blame them for wanting to live right in the middle of all that the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Often referred to as the Coast’s beating heart, here’s a just a few things to consider before you pawing you way through the for sale signs in this seaside town. However, whilst Maroochydore has definitely got a city feel, it’s lost none of its coastal charm. How many cities have a beach within a few minutes of its CBD! Inner city yes, hustle and bustle… no.
Work within walking distance of home… or the beach.
Maroochydore is to take its rightful place as the coasts Regional Centre that now sees the Sunshine Coast Regional Council busy preparing for the redevelopment of the old Horton Park Golf Club site. Early designs shows a future for the site as one of the most picturesque and green civic hubs in Australia. Acres of parkland and open public spaces intertwine within a vibrant residential and business urban community. Through a careful development mix of multi level retail, business, and residential community precincts it promises a centre that truly attains it’s ‘liveable city’ objective. Keeping in good health is easy also with numerous Gyms well established in and around Maroochydore along with a broad range of ‘alternate’ health options. It’s so easy to feel great when you live in Maroochydore.
Besides its brilliant beaches, Maroochydore is becoming quite famous for fresh and quality produce. Prawns come in fresh off the trawler, local mangoes quench your summer thirst and homemade treats are fused organically. And a raft of restaurateurs is taking full advantage of it all. Maroochydore offers a variety of restaurants. Contemporary Australian fare can be found at Mulu Char, tantalising Spanish cuisines should be tasted at Ba Vigo and for a truly unique experience; one cannot go past The Boatshed. And where would we be with good coffee? The coffee culture is alive and kicking on the Sunshine Coast with many boutique cafes serving up unique blends. Morning fix? Don’t skip Caffeine Culture on First Ave, a niche café close to the river. If coffee doesn’t satisfy your morning rumbles, Beach Street Deli serves up a delicious organic fare.
This way to the nightlife
While Mooloolaba used to be the main attraction for nightlife, new venues in Maroochydore are popping up to cater for lovers of live entertainment. The Piano Bar hosts live jazz and blues acts whilst The Project, located at the Sunshine Plaza is the new hip joint in town. If an after-work brew is something you crave, the Sunshine Coast Brewery has bottled the essences of the Sunny Coast into a selection of brilliant boutique draughts.
The Sunshine Plaza is the Coasts must go place for a spot of retail therapy. With over 220 specialty retailers, including department stores – Myer, Target and KMart, you’ll find all you wardrobe could ever desire. Word around town is that Sunshine Plaza is also about to embark on a massive $350m renovation bringing even more shopping opportunities and David Jones! If your shopping list includes fresh produces and plants, the Fisherman’s Road Market is a must for any lazy Sunday.
The must haves. Public Facilities
As you would expect, Maroochydore is well resourced when it comes to public facilities too. Relax in the cool confines of the Cotton Tree Library with a book or utilise on of their computers. Council also services an office in the CBD offering a great port of call for information or concerns on Council and their services. Maroochydore has first-class ambulance and fire services that can be contacted via the 000 hotline. Transport is well taken care of too. Planning a trip to Brisbane? Catch a bus from the Central Public Transport Hub straight to Landsborough Station. Or if you prefer to drive, you’re just minutes from away from easy flowing motorway and freeway systems. North or south, there’s an onramp waiting to take you there. Medical centres are abundant in Maroochydore with practices like Wise Road Medical, Medicine on Second and Maroochy Waters Medical to choose from. If you prefer private, the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital is located five minutes away in Buderim or the brand new Kawana Private Hospital in Birtinya. Supported medical facilities are also on hand – Red Cross Blood Bank on Aerodrome Road, Xray and QML on Plaza Parade plus so many more.
If you’re looking to bring your family to live in Maroochydore, there are many reputable and recognised schools within easy walking distance or a short drive of the CBD. Maroochydore Primary and Secondary are among the longest-lasting public schools in the area, while Stella Maris Catholic School and Immanuel Lutheran College are the preferred private establishments that surround Maroochydore. If you’re looking for tertiary or further study opportunities, the local TAFE provides a wealth of courses and the University of the Sunshine Coast, located only 10 minutes away, is world renowned for many of their programs including Engineering, Nursing and Sport.