Cotton Tree is located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and provides the perfect location for a family holiday away from the more crowded tourist destinations, yet within a ten to thirty minute drive of popular tourist attractions like Underwater World and Australia Zoo.

Cotton Tree offers a unique outlook, being situated between the beautiful backdrop of the Maroochy River, and the very popular Maroochydore Beach…one of the Sunshine Coast’s safest swimming and surfing beaches.

The Sunshine Coast offers an almost year round perfect climate, making it the ideal place to take the family on vacation.

At Cotton Tree you will find everything you need for a great holiday…the beach nearby, a safe river where the kids will love to swim, well maintained parklands, and all the convenience of every facility you could need. Located in the Cotton Tree Shopping Village are award-winning restaurants and fashion and retail stores to meet your every need. The major shopping centre for the Sunshine Coast, the Sunshine Plaza, is a leisurely walk or short drive away..

History of Cotton Tree

Cotton Tree was first settled around the 1850’s by Andrew and Tom Petrie, two of the  early settlers to the region. Tom Petrie originally explored the area for resourcing Timber to be shipped to Brisbane.

Pioneer Thomas Pettigrew established a local sawmill by the riverside, and built a number of cottages to house the workers.

Unfortunately the Maroochy River proved too hazardous for the steam ships to cart the timber from, and later Cotton Tree instead became a timber depot, with Mooloolah River being used for the shipping instead.

The cabins later were to become  a holiday camp run by the Salvation Army, and most likely the start of the tourism industry on the Sunshine Coast.

This also started activity in the Cotton Tree region, with farming and even sheep grazing becoming the local scenery of Cotton Tree area, and nearby Maroochydore established as the shopping heart, with Cliff Butt setting up the first retail store in the region, which many years later expanded to become what is now the Big Top Shopping Centre.

Since then Cotton Tree has seen many changes, with the riverside location becoming a very popular place for tourism. In 1916 the Sunshine Coast’s first Surfclub, the Maroochydore Surf Club, was opened, then in 1921 Maroochydore saw the opening of the first school on the Sunshine Coast, and from there the growth has continued, proving Maroochydore to be one of the most popular areas of the Sunshine Coast to both live and holiday, with generations of families coming back to visit the area year after year.