Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast has long been a favourite destination for holiday makers since the mid 1920’s when the fishing and timber industries began to flourish in the region, and the first allotment of land was sold in 1921.
As the population increased holiday cottages and houses started to dot the beachfront, roads soon after were improved, and the area soon became a popular holiday destination for locals, and shortly after visitors from other regions.
Turn the clock forward almost 100 years and it is now one of Queensland’s premier holiday destinations, attracting visitors from all over the world to this wonderful location, and if you have been to Mooloolaba before it’s not hard to see why.
From the moment you arrive at Mooloolaba you fall in love with the surroundings, the smell of the fresh sea breeze that stirs from the picturesque main beach, offering uninterrupted views of the Sunshine Coast shoreline all the way up to Noosa National Park.
You’ll find that while Mooloolaba may be one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular tourist destinations, it is surprisingly relaxed and leisurely, where you’ll immediately feel like a local rather than a tourism as soon as you arrive, and will probably feel out of place if you’re not wearing your casual holiday attire. After all, it is all about being on holiday!
Most visitors start the day at Mooloolaba with a leisurely stroll along the beach or if you’re more of a fitness buff, then a run up to the Mooloolah River entrance might be on the agenda, followed by a mouthwatering breakfast, juice or coffee and one of the popular Mooloolaba cafes or eateries, such as the Mooloolaba Surf Club offering great views of the beach, or many of the other popular spots that line the Mooloolaba Esplanade. There are plenty of options, so you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Then it’s off to the beach for some sun and fun in the water. Mooloolaba has one of the widest sandy beaches on the Sunshine Coast, with it patrolled by surf lifesavers year round, so you know the kids will be fine. Mooloolaba also offers some great surfing spots at the left side of the main beach area, so bring your board for a barrel or two!
Take a stroll along the Mooloolaba Esplanade, and you’ll discover many gift stores, as well as art galleries with the likes of David Hart, and other renowned artists showcasing their works. You’ll also find plenty of great fashion and jewellery stores offering popular fashion labels as well as alternative fashions unique to the region.
As you near the end of the Mooloolaba Esplanade towards the Mooloolaba Surf Club, a quick turn will find you at the Mooloolaba Wharf complex, and home to one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular tourism attractions, Sea Life Underwater World. Underwater World boasts one of the largest enclosed aquariums in the southern hemisphere where you can see marine life up close, including sharks, giant rays, or the more tame species such as seals and turtles. The kids will be enthralled with the daily seal shows.
Mooloolaba Beach offers a terrific walking/running pathway alongside the beach which takes you the full length of Mooloolaba right through to the Mooloolaba Spit, where you’ll find the very best of the Coast’s seafood stores awaits. Here you’ll find a huge selection of the freshest seafood around, straight from the trawlers to your plate, with the option to dine in the licenced premises or takeaway and enjoy in the parkland or on the beach.
While you are visiting Mooloolaba, a sunset cruise is well recommended, taking in the views of the exclusive waterfront homes that line the Mooloolah River and canal system, and then out to the open waters offering views of the Sunshine Coast shoreline, and possibly even around the legendary Old Woman Island.
After a hard day enjoying yourself it is time to head back to the Mooloolaba Esplanade or the Brisbane Mooloolaba Road where you’ll find a selection of great dining options that caters for everyone. From 5 star a-la-carte dining to some of the best italian, mexican, balinese and thai dining on the Coast, as well as all your favourite takeaway options, or alternatively, right opposite Raffles Mooloolaba is the Coles Grocery store in case you want to cook yourself up a meal back at your accommodation.
Finish the day with a relaxing drink on your balcony or a night under the stars on the beach, and you’ll never want to leave this holiday paradise!