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Posted: 28 Jun 2016
Queensland's first five-star luxury "glamping", caravanning and camping resort is the latest tourism operation to call the Sunshine Coast home. rivershore resort is under construction at Diddilibah and when complete in mid-2016 it will offer a unique visitor experience for modern travellers. Resort developer Bernie McGovern said the 10 hectare site at 93 David Low Way would include luxurious self-contained safari tents along with spacious areas for private caravanning and camping. "This resort will create a real point of difference for tourism on the Sunshine Coast with three different accommodation options to appeal to separate markets," Mr McGovern said. "Glamorous camping or 'glamping' is becoming increasingly popular with holiday makers around Australia and RV tourism is a $7 billion industry in this country so the region will be tapping into some very popular and lucrative tourism markets when rivershore opens mid next year. "Along with fantastic creature comforts like a resort-style pool, dining and recreation facilities, rivershore will also include conference facilities in a beautiful natural setting right on the Maroochy River. "We'll also be creating new fulltime employment positions within the resort, including a number of opportunities for young people on the coast. "We've enjoyed a great working relationship with Sunshine Coast Council and we're extremely grateful for their support in helping us create what will be an outstanding and valuable tourist attraction for this region. "rivershore also aligns with the Sunshine Coast's vibrant, green, diverse values. "We have a beautiful natural setting on the Maroochy River. Our roads are the only concrete that will be used on site and our aim is to create a beautiful natural setting that is aesthetically pleasing and in keeping with the resort's beautiful natural surrounds." Tourism Sport and Major Events Councillor Jason O'Pray said rivershore resort was an extremely exciting development for the Sunshine Coast. "We're already renowned for having some of the most spectacular coastal locations and hospitality in Australia and our hinterland accommodation businesses were recently rated the best in the country," Cr O'Pray said. "rivershore resort will broaden our region's appeal even further, particularly for RV travellers who are a rapidly growing tourism market both in Queensland and nationally." Campervan & Motorhome Assoc. of Australia (CMCA) director Ken Kipping said rivershore resort would enable the Sunshine Coast to tap further into the lucrative RV tourism market.. "rivershore looks like a fantastic facility in the making and one that will be extremely attractive to RV travellers throughout Queensland and Australia," Mr Kipping said. "There are currently around 500,000 RVs registered in Australia and that number is expected to increase by 60% over the next decade. So rivershore has the potential to become an extremely valuable tourism drawcard for the Sunshine Coast."
Maroochydore, which sits along the Sunshine Coast is one of the major commercial urban areas in Queensland. If you are a shopaholic, this is the place to be. With the famous Sunshine Plaza at its center, this urban area has a huge bus exchange here also, so it’s easy to get to, making it convenient for tourists to travel to all the other areas of the Coast from Maroochydore.
Andrew Petrie, an explorer from the 1800s, named Maroochydore after the black swans in 1842. He even built the first house here and opened a sawmill on the beautiful riverbank. Later on, there was a post office until Petrie closed his mill and basically abandoned the land. Afterward, a surveyor purchased the land and subdivided it into what is now an exquisite seaside resort and urban center that is the heart of the Sunshine Coast.
Actually, Maroochydore is one of the main places where Australians will go for their holiday since it was the very first holiday resort along the Sunshine Coast. It seems to be the mecca of holiday industry out of all the different resort towns in the area. There is so much to see and do here, especially if shopping is on your itinerary. No one can claim to be bored in a place like this.
The thing is, an itinerary isn’t really needed. The relaxed atmosphere is breath-taking. Sitting on your balcony from a luxury apartment or on the beach watching the surf, Maroochydore is filled with fun and sunshine. If you love shopping, plan to spend the day at the Sunshine Plaza, with its outdoor areas surrounded by a waterway. Alfresco eateries, paddle boats, and chain stores can be found here. Girls night out at the Plaza sounds heavenly. Or, guys night out if shopping isn’t your thing. Take the ladies and relax on the paddleboats or at one of the many eateries.
If you are looking for beaches and surfing, clean water that is so calm, and parklands along the water that make you want to come back each year for another holiday, Maroochydore is the place to be.