MAR­COOLA, QLD

Australian Traveller - - The 100 -

Mar­cool-huh? We’re not sur­prised if you have never heard of this lit­tle Sun­shine Coast town lo­cated just 10 min­utes from Sun­shine Coast air­port. It has flown un­der the radar, al­low­ing Noosa and Ma­roochy­dore to steal the lime­light, and that’s why we love it. Un­crowded beaches, grassy park­lands per­fect for fam­ily bar­be­cues, the Ma­roochy River at its back door, this lit­tle gem is the clas­sic coastal es­cape where do­ing very lit­tle is the de­light­ful thing to do. There’s a lovely beach­side walk that leads to Ma­roochy­dore and Mt Coolum Na­tional Park is less than 10 min­utes’ drive north; walk to its sum­mit for a panoramic view of the coast. When it comes to food, glo­ri­ous food, we rate Lit­tle Boat Espresso for an in­ven­tive brunch menu, Mar­coola Mar­ket (ev­ery Fri­day 4-8pm) where there’s food trucks and re­lax­ing tunes with a great fam­ily vibe, and Bulli, a lo­cal’s favourite for good pizza.

Un­crowded beaches, grassy park­lands per­fect for fam­ily bar­be­cues, this lit­tle gem is the clas­sic coastal es­cape.

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