Nestled on the banks of the Maroochy River in Maroochydore, right in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, is the fabulous Maroochy Palms Holiday Village. At a mere 5km from the Maroochydore CBD and very handy to the Sunshine Coast airport, Maroochy Palms blends old fashioned customer service with some of the best modern facilities to be found within any holiday park on our coastal strip. A 4.5 star rating will come as no surprise to anyone staying there.
Guests are pampered right from the outset. Visitors can be transported from the Sunshine Coast Airport, Nambour Rail Station, or the Maroochydore Bus Terminal via courtesy bus and taken to the Park with its entrance on Bradman Avenue. The Maroochy River is right across the road.
If you have your own vehicle it’s best to take the Sunshine Motorway exit on the east side of the Bruce Highway. This exit is close to the Ettamogah Pub (on the opposite side) which is a landmark that’s hard to miss.
Once you’re on the Sunshine Motorway, take the first Maroochydore exit and stay on the road until you see the Bradman Avenue, Bli Bli exit. Turn left at the first T junction into Bradsman Avenue, and from there it’s only around 500m to the Maroochy Palms Holiday Village. The welcoming signs are hard to miss, including the sign proclaiming this park as a member of the BIG 4 group, which has over 30 holiday parks in Queensland alone.
Maroochy Palms is a modern resort style park which caters for campers, caravan owners and people wanting to enjoy luxury cabin-style accommodation. There are almost 200 caravan and camping sites along with villas offering various levels of appointment. The villas are classified as Luxury Spa style, Deluxe and Ensuite, plus open plan Riverside Villas. There are also en suite sites for caravan owners which offer both the convenience of power as well as their own toilet and shower facilities. Concrete slabs for caravans are also on hand, naturally.
All the park’s tent sites are well laid out and are on grassed, level areas with both camp kitchens and BBQs close by. Same as the caravan sites, power is on hand for those that require it. Roads within the park are wide enough to make travel easy, while boat parking at most sites is also stress free.
Within the park and not far from the entrance is a kiosk and store, where a large range of small goods and other items are on hand. The kiosk offers tasty meals, is open to 7pm and can deliver meals to a site or villa. Alternatively you can simply enjoy them at the BYO courtyard adjoining.
There’s also a large swimming pool complex with a special kids’ pool, a large recreation room with table tennis, video games, TV and other attractions, along with half court tennis, mini golf and a gym. A bonus attraction is the large lake at the rear with its bird life and shady ambience. There are also camp kitchens and BBQs to enjoy near the main attractions such as the pool, lake and golf course.
Located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, the park is very well placed for visitors seeking that bit of extra enjoyment during their stay. Nearby are several extensive shopping centres, and there are also world class golf courses and other sporting facilities handy, along with theme park attractions and some fabulous surfing beaches. Staff at the park’s reception and planning centre offer useful information regarding many local attractions, and can even book visits for you where necessary.
The locally owned Storyline Tours are always popular, and prominent nearby attractions include Underwater World at Maroochydore and Australia Zoo.
The nearby markets and sidewalk cafes of Noosa and Mooloolaba are high on the list of must-do activities, as is a walk through the beautiful Noosa National Park. If you’re a seafood aficionado, Maroochy Palms reception can arrange transport for you to the renowned Terrace seafood restaurant.
Exploring the Noosa River’s upper reaches and wetlands is a rewarding way to spend time thanks to the Everglades Water Bus Company. There are also river tours of the Maroochy River with Maroochy Eco Tours providing half or full days on the water.
Anglers are going to be drawn to this river, which is clean, pristine and unspoiled. Best of all there’s a boat ramp virtually opposite the Park’s entrance. The Maroochy is a mainly shallow body of water, perfect for anglers with small boats, with the main fish caught being those that family anglers in particular like to catch and eat. Whiting, flathead and bream are the mainstays with occasional catches of trevally tailor, or mulloway also creating excitement.
While there’s great fishing from bank areas there are also wide sandy beaches where yabbies (nippers) can be pumped for bait – and don’t the youngsters just love that sort of activity!
On a recent trip to the area I noted several anglers fishing from shore areas, others by boat, and yet in amongst all this activity there were a few sporting types enjoying some kite boarding, the odd jet ski and even a few swimmers. Yet the river fishes consistently well simply because the outflow to the ocean is so very close, with fish able to leave and enter as they please.
At this time of year I’d be looking to mainly target bream, and also fish for whiting should there be a fresh present, and give the flatties a go as well. Some people think of flatties as a warm weather fish but a lot are taken through winter as well.
Offshore anglers will find the boat ramp at Mooloolaba is only a short drive away and allows easy access to the Sunshine Coast’s prolific reef fishing grounds.
In all, Maroochy Palms is a great place for a winter holiday. For more information or to make a booking you can free call 1800 623 316 or phone direct on 07 5443 8611. The email address is --e-mail address hidden-- and the web address is www.maroochypalms.com.au.Reads: 1156