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Maroochydore POPULATION: 17,593 approximately GENERAL INFORMATION: Geographic centre of the Sunshine Coast, offering a blend of surf beach and the calm waters of the Maroochy River whose southern bank forms a virtually unbroken stretch of parkland and picnic spots. Ideal for boating, fishing and aquatic pastimes. Venue of major surf sport carnivals and largest commercial centre for the region. Ideal central base for exploring the coast's attractions by car, coach or public transport. DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE (State Capital): 98 kilometres