Mooloolaba has seduced many with its sublime climate, family-friendly beaches, and laid-back lifestyle. Once a humble fishing village, it's now one of the Sunshine Coast's main holiday hubs, its lively Esplanade and riverfront lined with cafes, bars, boutiques and a recently improved dining scene. The town is also a launching pad for numerous day activities and tours, including diving and snorkelling trips.
Further north, booming Maroochydore takes care of the business end, with a brand-new city centre, a sprawling shopping centre, and its own stretch of buzzing eateries and bars. And while the vibe here may be more workaday, it too claims a stretch of sandy beachfront.