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16 finest issues to do in Mooloolaba


It has been certainly one of our favorite seashores on the Sunshine Coast for years. It has a lot going for it from the white to golden sands, a number of surf-patrolled sections of seashore, rock swimming pools, contemporary prawns off the trawlers, and nice cafes. There actually isn’t any scarcity of high issues to do in Mooloolaba and it’s a great place for all ages and pursuits!

The highest choose of issues to do in Mooloolaba

1. Sit back on Mooloolaba seashore

Enjoyable on Mooloolaba Seashore is a wonderful approach to spend the day at any time of 12 months. Select a spot on the sand, cool off within the ocean, stroll the seashore, the waterfront promenade or out onto the rock stroll. Deliver a picnic or seize one thing for lunch regionally.

beach towels, hot cup and magazine on the sand on Mooloolaba beach

I’ll usually arrive with my sizzling cup topped up with a great espresso or chai however there are many locations to seize a handy refill round. The Hustle and Circulate kiosk underneath the surf membership barely requires you to depart the sand for a good espresso and they’re open from 5.30 am.

Don’t neglect your shade in case you are planning to spend a while out on the sand. There are just a few obliging Cassurarina timber down the Spit to sit down underneath however these prime spots are often claimed fairly early within the day. We hardly ever go anyplace with out our Cool Cabana in summer time and it’s been very helpful right here, you may learn our overview of this seashore shelter however there are many different options that swimsuit totally different wants and budgets.

2. Meet up with pals

The toilet with a view is understood to most because the assembly level in Mooloolaba, everybody is aware of the place it’s, it’s centrally positioned close to the surf-patrolled part of seashore, outlets and cafes, set over 2 ranges the highest part is sheltered from the solar and it has a wonderful view from the elevated decks out over the size of the seashore.

You actually do should cease by only for curiosity’s sake if not for the extra sensible use of the loos, altering rooms and bathe amenities.

Mooloolaba meeting place - a loo with a view

3. Check out the various Espresso outlets, cafes and eating places

Mooloolaba has a implausible vary of eateries and spots to get a extremely good espresso, smoothie or one thing a bit stronger.

At all times a favorite for us now’s Rice Boi on The Wharf, it has a number of seating areas and types itself on a Japanese Izakaya. They outline their menu as ‘Asian avenue meals’ and whereas there are some informal favourites right here it’s all performed so extremely nicely. The ten-hour coconut braised beef is full of flavour and is rendered to perfection in order that it melts aside in your mouth and the duck salad alone could be well worth the 3.5-hour drive from residence.

Brunch must be my favorite meal of the day and Mooloolaba is filled with nice choices. On our final go to Craft Espresso actually stood out and it’s simple to search out with that firey pink moped avenue artwork on the wall and the odor of nice espresso wafting out however there are numerous others that deserve a point out. We’re headed again for an extended keep in early 2023 and can add a information to our favorite Mooloolaba Cafes you may also wish to attempt.

Duck salad at Rice Boi on the Mooloolaba Wharf
The fabulous duck salad at Rice Boi on the Mooloolaba Wharf
Corn fritters and great coffee at Craft Espresso in Mooloolaba
Corn fritters and nice espresso at Craft Espresso in Mooloolaba

4. Depart some footprints within the sand

Strolling the size of the seashore is one thing you’ll wish to do not less than as soon as throughout your keep and a dawn stroll earlier than the day actually kicks off is especially particular. It’s laborious to go incorrect although with a wander alongside right here at any time of day, you may simply must share the seashore with just a few extra individuals because the day heats up.

Sunrise on Mooloolaba Beach

5. Discover the wharf precinct

Situated at the beginning of the Spit one can find the Wharf Precinct, it’s located on the Mooloola River and throughout the highway from the seashore parklands.

Many of the Mooloolaba water-based excursions and cruises depart from right here however it’s also residence to many nice cafes and eating places together with The Dock and Rice Boi. Additionally it is the place one can find what we predict is the most effective ice cream in Mooloolaba at Fior di latte Gelateria.

Icecream on Mooloolaba Wharf looking down the Mooloola River

6. Go to Sea Life Aquarium

The Sea Life Aquarium is positioned inside the wharf precinct within the coronary heart of Mooloolaba. It’s open 7 days and whereas it’s a enjoyable place to discover any day it may be a great one to have up your sleeve in case you occur to strike just a few hours of less-than-ideal seashore climate.

There are interactive hands-on experiences inside the tidal contact pool, a wonderful stroll by aquarium the place the fish, sharks and every kind of sea life float above and throughout you, tanks full of brightly colored and strange creatures, little blue penguins and glowing jellyfish. There may be additionally the Seal Island present aimed toward entertaining and educating the youthful viewers.

Red Sea Urchin at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

You may go behind the scenes to study extra about how the aquarium works and the conservation work carried out by the Sea Life group with devoted breeding applications and their work with Turtles in Bother to rescue, rehabilitate and launch our stunning sea turtles.

7. Go Snorkelling

Whereas Mooloolaba isn’t a famend snorkelling spot, within the space across the rock wall on the seashore aspect you’ve a great probability of seeing small fish, rays and we’ve noticed inexperienced sea turtles off the wall a few occasions lately. It’s sheltered and simple to get out and in from both the sandy seashore or the wall making it a great choice for learners.

Mooloolaba along the rock wall looking back at the beach

8. Stroll the boardwalk and paths alongside The Spit

Paths and boardwalks wind their manner alongside the beachfront proper the way in which by Mooloolaba, alongside the Spit and out to the top of the rock groyne. These devoted paths assist defend the dunes behind the seashore whereas offering simple and frequent entry to the seashore. The walkways join the parklands, automotive parks, amenities and picnic areas adjoining to the seashore.

The boardwalk and several other park sections have some mild tree shade which is welcome throughout sizzling summer time days. From the japanese finish of the Spit to the HMAS Brisbane Lookout is slightly below 6 km as a return stroll. It’s a extremely enjoyable strolling path whether or not you do it for train or to discover Mooloolaba from one finish to the opposite stopping often alongside the way in which.

Mooloolaba Spit boardwalk and walkway

9. Stroll into the ocean on the rock wall

From the top of The Spit, a rock wall or groyne separates the southeastern finish of Mooloolaba seashore from the doorway to the river. You may stroll out on a simple path alongside the highest of the rock wall into the bay whereas protecting your ft dry. It’s a fantastic perspective to look again on the seashore but additionally look out into the water on both aspect, through the years now we have seen each dolphins and turtles from out right here.

Mooloolaba rock wall

10. Take a Canal cruise

There are a few totally different canal cruises that run out on the Mooloola River from the Wharf space. Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba operates each a sundown and a seafood lunch tour by the waterways whereas Saltwater Eco Excursions is a more recent cultural tour within the area incorporating lunch, an perception into the world’s maritime historical past, the attractive Mooloolah River and Indigenous Tradition.

11. Have an Aquaduck journey

Is it a bus? Is it a ship? It’s truly each and the children particularly will love the Sunshine Coast Aquaduck. Excursions depart day by day from outdoors Sea Life Aquarium, a simple strolling distance from the native lodging so that you gained’t must spherical up everybody into the automotive.

Cruise alongside the beachfront esplanade earlier than driving off the highway and into the canal. You’ll float previous million-dollar waterfront properties and get some fabulous views together with attention-grabbing commentary on the world.

Aquaduck in Mooloolaba

12. Discover the rock swimming pools

On the northern finish of the seashore, there’s a rock desk the place attention-grabbing rock swimming pools are uncovered on the low tide to discover. Uncover all types of small sea creatures that hand around in the tidal swimming pools.

The rocks at Mooloolaba Beach

13. Deal with your self to prawns contemporary from the ocean

The trawlers pull up immediately behind the Mooloolaba fish market and you may ensure you might be all the time getting contemporary and scrumptious prawns. We love choosing up contemporary prawns after which including a salad and a few candy chilli sauce for an epic picnic however you may get all kinds from uncooked seafood by to fish and chips to remove or simply carry them upstairs to take pleasure in on their deck overlooking the river.

14. Take the brand new walkway from Mooloolaba to Alexandra Headlands

The Sunshine Coast coastal walkways have been prolonged with the brand new part that opened in 2022 between Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headlands. Plantings and inexperienced house encompass the walkway and it means you now not should stroll alongside the highway excessive of the hill, you may reduce out a little bit of that uphill slog and stroll alongside the seashore reasonably than the visitors.

New walkway from Mooloolaba to Alexandra Headlands

And when you have time left to discover close by, good choices embody:

15. Level Cartwright

To the south of Mooloolaba is Level Cartwright only a brief hop throughout the river. There was once a river taxi you would take for the short journey to the opposite aspect however that appears to have stopped working now so until you’ve your personal boat it’s a 10-minute (6 km) drive winding across the canals.

There may be intensive parkland on the Level with strolling paths winding its manner round. The riverside seashore is a well-liked canine seashore the purpose itself is on the high of the hill giving some nice views as you head down the ocean aspect onto Kawana Seashore heading south.

Kawana Beach

16. Alexandra Headlands

Headed north, Alexandra Headlands is the following seashore alongside from Mooloolaba so that they mainly be part of collectively however name it a 1-2 km stroll alongside the beachfront and clifftop relying in your start line and vacation spot.

Alex Headlands is a good seashore and barely much less busy than Mooloolaba. There are a number of kilometres of sand, with a seashore park and barbeque amenities, plus patrolled swimming areas. The seashore is well-liked for browsing, there’s a skate park and several other cafes close by.

The place to remain in Mooloolaba

There’s all kinds of lodging sorts to select from in Mooloolaba and its surrounding seashores.

For residences, we’ve stayed on the Seaview Resort and Mantra Mooloolaba Seashore. They’re vacationer residences with the amenities you should self-cater and chill out on the seashore. They’ve swimming pools, BBQ amenities, and free WIFI and are positioned immediately throughout the highway from the seashore and adjoining to the Esplanade eating places.

Non-public leases in blended condo blocks are additionally way more accessible now for on-line reserving and may supply a fantastic different tailor-made to the place and amenities you might be in search of.

Mooloolaba additionally has a implausible seashore caravan park with its coded entry gate opening immediately onto the boardwalk and seashore. It’s lately been given a full makeover and is a good place to base your self in case you are travelling in a motorhome or caravan, all websites are powered slab websites and the amenities are trendy and immaculately clear however you have to to plan forward for this one, they’re nearly all the time busy.

The perfect time to go to Mooloolaba

The great thing about Mooloolaba, the Sunshine Coast and many of the Sunshine State is that ‘now’ is often the most effective time to go to no matter whenever you ask the query. With a subtropical local weather that’s hardly ever impacted by cyclones and extra sunny days than nearly anyplace else within the nation, you should have a fantastic seashore vacation right here.

That mentioned, you may all the time strike it a bit off when a climate occasion comes by so checking the 14-day forecast will assist you determine whether or not this week might be one other magnificence.

Mooloolaba has a major residential inhabitants and is a simple day journey distance from Brisbane so when you have your alternative of days, midweek is healthier than weekends, and outdoors faculty holidays is healthier than throughout these peak intervals. You’ll simply discover it’s a bit simpler to get a parking lot, a greater deal on lodging or a desk at your alternative of cafe. That mentioned we’ve been in Mooloolaba on Australia Day, throughout the Yr 12’s ultimate day celebration and loads of faculty holidays, and we all the time adore it.

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