It might not be on everyone’s beach holiday destination, but Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is well worth a visit. The Sunshine Coast literally has countless beaches as it stretches from Caloundra to The Great Sandy Straights. Do you enjoy a beach holiday where you can just park the car and leave it parked for the duration, a location with no roads to cross, walking and bicycle pathways at your front door, beachside dining with BBQ’s and picnic tables with unsurpassed ocean views or just relax by the pool as you listen to the surf as the tide rises and ebbs, then Marcoola Beach is truly my Secret place in the sun.
If you are looking for a beach holiday that’s not all glitzy like Noosa or Surfers Paradise but a place that is away from the bright city lights, crowds and the hustle and bustle of every-day life where everything just happens at just a slightly slower pace. Also, a place with a village atmosphere that’s an easy 1.5 hours’ drive north of Brisbane and is easily accessible by car or fly in with the airport only a few kilometres away.
Pack your sunscreen and togs (an Australian term for bikini’s, swimmers or board shorts) because today we’re Road Trip’n to Marcoola Beach and experiencing a little slice of heaven with some breathtaking beaches, a superb fishing spot and other hidden gems as we explore some of the lesser known locales of the area all just waiting to be discovered. This is a beach holiday where there is something for all the family to enjoy. Whether you prefer to book and go on a guided tour, check out the neighbourhood cafes, restaurants, bars and taverns serving the most delicious local foods and coffee or just relaxing around the resort pool, Marcoola Beach is our port of call.
Marcoola Beach situated just north of the Maroochydore River and south of Noosa Heads boasts quiet uncrowded beaches (some are patrolled during the summer months) with a very local feel, this is one serious spot for beach lovers, surfers and fisherman. Unwind with a quiet picnic or use one of the BBQ’s that are scattered along the pathways with open grassy parklands and children’s playgrounds set amongst shady trees sprinkled along the ocean foreshore.
There is a huge range of Accommodation Options (click here for more info) to choose from. Unit and apartments as well as a range of motels are all available and most are within easy walking distance of the Marcoola Village shops and cafes.
🔥Tip: When booking accommodation, check out the units that are on the ocean side of the road that passes through Marcoola – David Low Way – and book the units that are over-looking the beach and ocean. These are in the quietest location with the bonus of snapping up unsurpassed views of the Sunshine Coast.
The Marcoola Village shopping precinct also boasts a bakery (the tastiest fresh bread, cakes and pastries).That aroma of fresh baked bread as you head to the local coffee shop for your early morning brew is something that you never get tired of). A chemist, hairdresser, several take-away food outlets and a service station if a fuel top up is required and are all close by.
The beach is what a break in Marcoola is all about. Kilometre after kilometre of the purest white sand with the waves of the blue Pacific Ocean lapping on its shoreline. Quiet uncrowded beaches that are just perfect for a swim or an hour or two just wetting the line hoping to catch that big one that might be lurking in one of the surf gutters that often form as the tide rises and ebbs.
There is plenty of opportunity to take an easy stroll along the beach, keeping an eye out for some beautifully marked shells and driftwood that often washes ashore and is left behind on the receding tide.
While walking along the beach, check the tide and surf conditions, and if you are looking at fishing with fresh bait, try the Eugarie (also known as the Pipi) twist with your feet in the sand as you forage in the surf shallows for this smooth hard-shelled mollusc. Hours of fun can be had, and you don’t have to dig very deep as the Eugarie is often found only centimetres below the surface on exposed sandy beaches and intertidal areas. The locals will probably guess what you are doing but everyone else that’s not in the know might think you’re a little crazy. It’s just a whole lot of fun. 🔥Tip: The Eugarie makes an excellent bait for fishing the surf gutters. Only take what you need for a fun few hours fishing and leave the others for another day.
There is such a wide range of things to do on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland which makes it a great destination for a beach break. Whether you want to relax on the beach, go fishing, surf and swim in the Pacific Ocean or just take in the surrounding nature, you will not be disappointed with a trip to Marcoola beach.
- 🔥Tip: Marcoola Beach is located close to any number of great day trip tourist attractions. Take a bus for a scenic trip north to Noosa or south to Maroochydore (click here) and Mooloolaba (click here). The local bus winds its way through all the local suburbs scattered along the coastline and will eventually arrive at your chosen destination.
- Take a day trip and explore the old gold mining town of Gympie and include an historic rail journey on the Mary Valley Rattler (click here).
- Journey further afield and lose yourself in the breath-taking scenery of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland towns of Mapleton, Montville and Melany through to the Glass House Mountains and Kenilworth
- Visit the iconic Eumundi Markets (click here) and then stroll down Hastings Street, Noosa with its many cafes, restaurants and fashion outlets.
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