Cotton Tree holidays mean good times with family, in a place that feels like home on the beach. True to its name, it is dotted with sprawling native cotton trees – their large round leaves and twisted branches providing welcome shade to this sun-kissed stretch of the Sunshine Coast.
Located right next door to trendy, bustling Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, Cotton Tree is fringed by the sandy banks of the Maroochy River to the north and the white silica beaches of the blue Pacific Ocean to the west.
Surrounded by so much clean, pristine water, it’s only natural that Cotton Tree is home to an impressive range of watersport activities. Hire a boat and head to Pincushion Island at the mouth of the river. This tall sand and rock formation is famous with the locals for its fishing and confounds visitors as it appears to move position with the changing tide.
The walk from Cotton Tree to Alexandra Headland takes in glorious, sweeping ocean views and along the way you’ll find idyllic spots to picnic and breathe in the fresh ocean air.
On the weekends, Cotton Tree comes alive with Sunday markets and a thriving al fresco cafe scene. Browse through the stalls and sample some of the fresh local produce on offer. For funky fashion boutiques or stylish homewares head to trendy Duporth Avenue and shop til you drop!
Soaking up the tranquil river views over a long lazy lunch in one of the many fine riverfront restaurants completes a perfect day at beautiful Cotton Tree.
Cotton Tree has its own post office located in King Street since the 1930s.
The suburb consists of a beach, a river mouth, several restaurants and cafes, Club Maroochy lawn bowls club with Chinese restaurant, Maroochy RSL club, Maroochy surf club, tennis club (6 courts), Swan’s rugby club, library, olympic swimming pool and numerous other shops, offices and businesses. The Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club is right on the beach.
Directly across the road from Argyle on the Park is the Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre featuring a 50m swimming pool, 2 half basketball courts, 1 half netball court and 2 ping pong tables. With 2 waterfront parks – 1 on the river and 1 on the beach the suburb is sometimes known as Forgotten Tree.