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.
Point Cartwright Light is an active lighthouse located on Point Cartwright, a point near the mouth of the Mooloolaba River, in Mooloolaba. It marks the entrance to the North West Channel, a deep water channel into Moreton Bay and the Port of Brisbane, and provides guidance into the Mooloolaba Harbour.
Dive the world-famous ex-HMAS Brisbane wreck, one of Australia’s top dive sites.
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium
Enjoy a full day of fun at the SEA LIFE aquarium on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Explore the 11 underwater exhibit zones, get up close to sharks, stingrays and turtles in the underwater tunnel and spot a rainbow of tropical fish. That’s not all: watch animal presentations such as seal and jelly fish kingdom talks, ray talk and feeding, take an ocean tunnel tour, explore the new interactive Finding Dory and Friends exhibit and see unique creatures such as lion fish and much more.
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 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.
Tours and Sightseeing
Go on a Canal Cruise
Mooloolaba is filled with little canals that cut into the coastline from the harbour area. A canal cruise offers a unique view of some local multi-million dollar mansions, with expert commentary from a local guide. You have the option of taking the one-hour cruise with or without lunch at a local tavern.
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 thousands of marine and freshwater animals without getting your feet wet.
Coastal Cruises is based at the Wharf Mooloolaba complex in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. We offer a variety of experiences and have an excellent reputation for affordable, reliable service. Coastal Cruises is a family business built on hard work and experience. Our company offers everything from seafood lunch cruises, sunset cruises, to private parties and boat charter. www.cruisemooloolaba.com.au
Whale Watching http://whaleone.com.au/cruises/whale-watching/
The humpback whale migration is one of the most magnificent natural encounters we can have. You can feel the excitement all around as we look along the horizon for the first blow or splash from these gentle giants. These amazing animals can sense us near them and curiously swim up to see our excitement – get up close to experience their breath-taking breaches, loud tail and pec slaps, tail lobs, spy hops and performing their classic peduncle throws!
Food, Wine and Nightlife
The Velo Project
Brunch at The Velo Project, possibly Mooloolaba’s worst-kept secret. Go there and you’ll understand why.
Lot 104 lot104.com.au
Is a funky Mooloolaba restaurant located directly opposite one of the best beaches on the Sunshine Coast.
Modern Asian Street Food
The Wharf Tavern
In Mooloolaba is known for entertainment and the excellent riverside restaurant views. The Wharf Tavern offers a modern vibrant atmosphere with indoor and outdoor dining seven days, selection of bars, gaming, sports bar, HELM nightclub and function facilities.
Fish On Parkyn
25 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
Beach Bar and Grill
Cruise in to the Beach Bar and Grill on Thursdays for an epic $18 parmy. With a whole menu dedicated to parmies, you know they’re gonna be good.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Visit the Spit
The Spit is the portion of land in Mooloolaba that juts out into the ocean. It is about a kilometre long, so you can choose to either walk or drive along it, although parking is scarce in the area. You’ll find a number of shops, restaurants and bars on The Spit, making it a great place to hang out and meet new people, both day and night. There are many fishing boats and private yachts.
The newly refurbished Wharf Mooloolaba offers locals and visitors an escape from the everyday; a chance to immerse yourself in the Sunshine Coast lifestyle and seaside culture. Boasting retail, food and drink, entertainment, adventure and education services, there’s something for everyone. Take a stroll through the marina and along the Mooloolaba river and sit down for a bite to eat, or perhaps if you’re feeling adventurous book a scuba experience, hire a jet ski or plan a fishing tour or whale watch cruise.