Location and Boundaries
Maroochydore is bounded by the Maroochy River in the north, the Coral Sea in the east, Maroubra Street, Wirraway Street, Surf Road, Oogar Street, Centenary Crescent, Sugar Road and the Sunshine Motorway in the south, and Commercial Road and Eudlo Creek in the west.
Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with land used mainly for grazing and timber-getting. Population was minimal until land was subdivided in the early 1900s and the area became popular as a seaside resort. Significant residential development occurred from the 1960s, spurred by tourism, with many apartments and units built. Rapid growth took place during the 1980s. The population continued to increase from the early 1990s, largely a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly high density housing.
Major features of the area include the Big Top Shopping Centre, Maroochy Waters Shopping Centre, Plaza Parade Shopping Centre, Westfield Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre, Sunshine Homemaker Centre, Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE (Maroochydore Campus), Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex, Maroochydore Beach, Adolph Blanck Park, Arana Park, Bradman Avenue Foreshore, Christiansen Park, Cod Hole Park, Cotton Tree Park, Cyss Park, Des Scanlon Park, Hoop Court Park, Maroochydore Rotary Park, Maroochy Lions Park, Maroochy River Conservation Park, Martins Creek Soccer Facility, Mayflower Park, Milwell Park, Nowingi Park, Osprey Park, Park Reserve, Pepper Tree Park, Picnic Point Park, Pierce Park, Riverbreeze West Park, Roydons Park, Seabreeze Park, Traill Park, Vic Perren Memorial Park, Weirs Park, the Maroochy River, Chambers Island, Channel Island, Goat Island and a number of schools.