Maroochydore

Maroochydore is the Principal Regional Activity Centre for the Sunshine Coast. The options take into account a more direct route that minimises travel time and a longer route that serves established residential and tourist accommodation and tourist destinations in the Cotton Tree and Sixth Avenue areas.

Option A – Aerodrome Road and Maroochydore City Centre
Key characteristics include:

  • Shortest and most direct route providing fastest travel time
  • Reinforces Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area (PDA) and transit interchange with future heavy rail
  • Supports urban renewal and streetscape improvements along Aerodrome Road
  • Has a broad pedestrian catchment including areas south of Aerodrome Road
  • Is less prone to flooding in extreme weather events.

Option B – Kingsford Smith and Aerodrome Road
Key characteristics include:

  • A slightly longer route comparable in travel time to Option A and faster than Option C
  • Reinforces the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area (PDA) and transit interchange with future heavy rail
  • Slightly reduced pedestrian catchment of areas south of Aerodrome Road but has a greater catchment from Cotton Tree and Sixth Avenue areas
  • Partially supports urban renewal and streetscape improvements along Aerodrome Road
  • Improved access to Maroochydore Surf Club and sporting grounds
  • Partially prone to flooding in extreme weather events
  • Reduces interface with traffic and signals on Aerodrome Road.

Option C – Cotton Tree via Sixth Avenue
Key characteristics include:

  • Directly accesses the tourist and residential accommodation and tourist destinations in the Sixth Avenue and Cotton Tree areas
  • Longest route resulting in longer travel time and greater cost to build
  • Less direct and bypasses ridership potential along Aerodrome Road and residential areas to the south
  • Some areas of the route may be subject to flooding in extreme weather events
  • Provides greater access to Sunshine Plaza.

Maroochydore is the Principal Regional Activity Centre for the Sunshine Coast. The options take into account a more direct route that minimises travel time and a longer route that serves established residential and tourist accommodation and tourist destinations in the Cotton Tree and Sixth Avenue areas.

Option A – Aerodrome Road and Maroochydore City Centre
Key characteristics include:

  • Shortest and most direct route providing fastest travel time
  • Reinforces Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area (PDA) and transit interchange with future heavy rail
  • Supports urban renewal and streetscape improvements along Aerodrome Road
  • Has a broad pedestrian catchment including areas south of Aerodrome Road
  • Is less prone to flooding in extreme weather events.

Option B – Kingsford Smith and Aerodrome Road
Key characteristics include:

  • A slightly longer route comparable in travel time to Option A and faster than Option C
  • Reinforces the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area (PDA) and transit interchange with future heavy rail
  • Slightly reduced pedestrian catchment of areas south of Aerodrome Road but has a greater catchment from Cotton Tree and Sixth Avenue areas
  • Partially supports urban renewal and streetscape improvements along Aerodrome Road
  • Improved access to Maroochydore Surf Club and sporting grounds
  • Partially prone to flooding in extreme weather events
  • Reduces interface with traffic and signals on Aerodrome Road.

Option C – Cotton Tree via Sixth Avenue
Key characteristics include:

  • Directly accesses the tourist and residential accommodation and tourist destinations in the Sixth Avenue and Cotton Tree areas
  • Longest route resulting in longer travel time and greater cost to build
  • Less direct and bypasses ridership potential along Aerodrome Road and residential areas to the south
  • Some areas of the route may be subject to flooding in extreme weather events
  • Provides greater access to Sunshine Plaza.