Mooloolaba - Holiday Destination
Mooloolaba sits on a spit of land between an international standard marina on the Mooloolah River and beautiful ocean beaches with great surf that the Pacific Ocean has to offer.
This town enjoys the best of both watery worlds and is home to the Mooloolaba to Auckland and Mooloolaba to Sydney Yacht Races.
Visitors can enjoy the intimate restaurants, shopping, sparkling white beaches with highly patrolled areas for swimming and surfing, walks along the broadwalk and through tropical foliage. The town - with approximately 17500 residents - is situated in the south eastern corner of the Maroochy shire and approximately 100 km (1 hour) from Brisbane
For more information about accommodation in Mooloolaba and to book online, check out the Mooloolaba accommodation page.
Mooloolaba is one of the Sunny Coast's favourite destinations and offers visitors a diverse range of accommodation options. There's plenty of family friendly resorts and apartment complexes offering comfortable digs for longer stays. Many of the apartments are larger and offer 2 to 3 bedrooms which is great for large families or groups of friends. There's also luxury boutique complexes which help complete a perfect romantic getaway. There's also plenty of places that give those on a tight budget plenty of choice.
Things to Do in Mooloolaba
Mooloolaba Beach is one of the most picturesque on the Sunshine Coast with its clean, white sands and azure waters. The beach is patrolled every day of the year by lifeguards and is perfect for those a little more timid in the sea as the waves aren't too big. The beach is the perfect hang out as long as you slip, slop and slap. If you're interested in doing more than lazing about on the sand then learning to surf is a great way to spend your holidays.
Bring the family down and cook a barbeque picnic on the grassy parklands that overlook the beach. There's also a chldren's playground to keep the kids busy when they're not splashing about in the water. If you're up for an adventure make your way up to Point Cartwright which is known as 'The Spit' to feast on seafood at one of the wholesalers or choose one of the glamorous restaurant spots.
The Mooloolaba Esplanade is fast becoming a shopping destination and is the perfect place to go in search for the perfect cup of coffee, lunch, bikini or special dress. There's a variety of clothing boutiques offering fashions from Australia and around the world. There are also speciality jewellery stores, galleries and specialty stores selling gorgeous homewares and gifts. Other areas not to miss are First Avenue and The Wharf which also have several upmarket stores that should not be missed.
A free activity to help you stay fit while on holidays is to take a walk or jog from the Esplanade to the Rock Wall. The walk only takes 20 minutes and winds its way along the beach or on the boardwalk and through the parklands. It's a fantastic way to start or end the day.
Mooloolaba's UnderWater World is an award winning tourist attraction which gives visitors the chance to explore what lies beneath. There's 8 unique zones to discover while you walk amongst throusands of marine and freshwater animals without getting your feet wet.
Watch the hilarious seal and otter show, view the daily shark feeding, dive with the sharks or get a kiss from a seal. UnderWater World is a fun and educational day out for everyone.
Explore the underwater world in the wild and scuba dive the Sunshine Coast's number one dive site, the Sunreef Mooloolaba. Sunreef is a PADI 5 Star Training Centre and offers accredited dive courses for all levels of divers as well as local reef dives in the Sunshine Coast region including the ex-HMAS Brisbane and offers international dive trips and travel as well as Swim with the Whales experience, dive equipment sales and servicing.
Now, the 'The Brisbane' sits on the ocean floor and is covered in hard coral, soft coral and home to more than 200 species of fish. It's fast becoming popular with divers around the country for its consistently good water clarity and minimal swell.
Mooloolaba Wharf has long been one of Mooloolaba's best drawcards. If you're into boats then it is a great place to wander about and pick out your dream cruiser or yacht. If boating's not your thing then content yourself with a wander around the great clothing and specialty shops. There's also a variety of restaurants and bars to choose from which offer great al fresco dining.
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Dolphin Discovery Cruise
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Mooloolaba Jet Boat
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Fresh, tasty seafood is widely available in Mooloolaba. I don't think there's a better way to end the day then with a nice big bowl of Mooloolaba Prawns and a crisp glass of white wine. Mooloolaba Prawns are a good looking crustacean and are bigger, richer and stronger than other prawns. If you don't fancy seafood then there's plenty of other options including Italian, Thai, Japanese and more Mooloolaba Restaurants.
Fish on Parkyn is an fishy institution located at Mooloolaba Wharf. It opened its doors in 2003 and has become one of the Sunshine Coast's leading restaurants. Sit down to dine at lunch or dinner on several varieties of reef fish, Mooloolaba prawns, scallops, Moreton bay bugs, mud crabs, sand crabs and much more. Recently they opened Sakana Sushi Bar next door to utilise the huge variety of fresh fish.
Augello's is an award winning restaurant specialising is modern Italian fare served for lunch, dinner and as take away and home delivery options. Choose to dine alfresco on the deck downstairs and watch the passing parade on The Esplanade or head upstairs for incredible views of the ocean. Augello's is a favourite with locals and tourists and was an International 2010 Winner of the Global Pizza Challenge for their smoked salmon pizza.
The Surf Club sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean on Mooloolaba Beach and serves up fantastic food day and night. The Deck is a relaxed cafe with a great selection of snacks, sandwiches and meals served throughout the day. The Boathouse Restaurant is a family friendly restaurant and has a great menu ranging from pizzas to hot and cold seafood platters, curries, pasta and all your other favourites.
Weather & Climate
Residents and visitors can enjoy a sub-tropical climate tempered by the ocean - therefore, it is never blazingly hot and rarely freezingly cold. Tropical lightning storms are common in the summer months.
The temperature ranges from 21°C to 28°C in the height of summer and 10°C to 20°C in winter. Visit the Weather page for more information about the Sunshine Coast climate and current weather conditions.
Getting to Mooloolabah
Mooloolaba is a one hour drive (98km) from Brisbane. The Bruce Highway is nearest highway to the coastal town. All major coach lines ervice the Sunshine Coast. Visit our Getting to the Sunshine Coast and Getting Around the Sunshine Coast pages for transport options.