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Sunshine Coast Holidays Overview
Maroochydore is located in the centre of Queensland's Sunshine Coast. The world famous Noosa is about 30 minutes to the North and Caloundra is about another 30 minutes to the South. Maroochydore is home to beaches, a river, and many shops and restaurants. Maroochydore offers holiday makers varying accommodation from resorts, motels, hotels, apartments, and a camping ground.
Maroochydore was discovered by an escaped convict in the 1840's who lived with an Aboriginal community. In the late 1800's, Maroochydore was used as logging settlement for timber being sent south to Brisbane. Maroochydore was used as a beach side holiday destination by Queenslanders from the early 1900's, but was really discovered by tourists in the 1960's and has constantly been updated ever since. Maroochydore is very much a contemporary river and beach side location, with very little history on display, apart from some old beach side cottages yet to be developed.
Holiday makers who enjoy shopping, fishing, 4WDing, outdoor activities, and dining, set amongst beautiful sunny weather are extremely well catered for.
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Noosa Jazz Festival is a must see for all food, wine and jazz lovers. This festival is held annually, in late August or early September and runs for 4 days. Outdoor venues, along with many restaurants are the backdrops for more than 90 jazz performances. Jazz lovers will be thrilled to know that some sessions are free. Some of the jazz styles include modern, Dixie, swing, traditional, R and B, and funk, and along with locally grown musicians such as James Morrison, and Monica Trapaga, many international jazz musicians showcase their music as well.
Coolum Kite Festival. Combine the beautiful backdrop of a Sunshine Coast beach, with the Spring winds, and the end result is a 2 day weekend full of free fun filled activities. The sky is literally full of a spectacular display of colourfully ornate kites, along with kite surfers on the waves. Fireworks, sand sculptures, food stalls, bands, and family friendly entertainment make this a great weekend for anyone. The Kite festival is generally held the first weekend of October, but can fluctuate a little due to the wind, weather, and tide charts.
Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival. The Noosa Tri is the most popular triathlon in Australia, and has been for more than 25 years. This festival runs for 5 days usually at the end of October, and the first weekend in November when the weather is warming up nicely and the sun is shining. Apart from the world famous Olympic distance triathlon, the Noosa Tri has many other sporting events to compete in for everyone aged from 7 to over 80, professionals and amateurs included. Running, cycling, swimming. golf, and many varied triathlons are all on the agenda. Pack your swimmers, bike, running shoes, and sunscreen for this one.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights The Sunshine Coast is well serviced with plenty of flights daily with both Jeststar and Virgin Blue.
Sydney to Maroochydore is serviced with 4 flights daily, with Jetstar providing flights at 8.45 am, 1.50pm, and 6.45 pm, and Virgin Blue having a flight leaving Sydney at 11.15 am. Maroochydore back to Sydney has 5 flights daily with Jetstar providing flights at 10.50 am, 3.55 pm, and 8.50 pm. Virgin Blue has flights at 12.35 pm and 1.20 pm. The flight between Sydney and Maroochydore is roughly 90 minutes.
Melbourne to Maroochydore is serviced 7 days a week by both Jetstar and Virgin Blue with 4 flights arriving on the Sunshine Coast daily. Virgin Blue has flights leaving Melbourne at roughly 8.45am, 9.15 am, and 9.45 am. Jetstar has a flight leaving Melbourne at 10. 40 am and 3.30 pm. Tiger's flight leaves at 8.10am on the days that it flies. Leaving Maroochydore there are 4 flights provided by Virgin Blue and Jetstar. Virgin Blue leaves Maroochydore at 12.35pm, and 1.20pm. Jetstar leaves at 1.25 pm, and 6.15 pm. The Melbourne Sunshine Coast flight takes about 2 1/2 hours
The nearest Australian embassy to the Sunshine Coast is located in 313 Adelaide St Brisbane.
Link to Australian Embassy: http://www.migrationint.com.au/australianembassies.asp#QLD