Mooloolaba has long been known as a relaxed family holiday destination, but the beachside strip is fast becoming the vibrant heart of the Sunshine Coast. The suburb boasts plenty of accommodation options, shopping, bars, restaurants and cafes, plus parks and boardwalks. Mooloolaba’s beach offers a protected and patrolled place to swim and play that draws visitors and locals to the soft white sand every day of the week. Mooloolaba is the perfect base from which to experience the many other attractions of the Sunshine Coast, but why leave home when you have so much on your own doorstep?
You can be as busy or as relaxed as you choose in Mooloolaba. From Tangalooma, it’s a quick stroll to secure a seat for a day trip or step into a day spa. Play tourist and hop on board a whale watching boat, or hook up with a scuba dive with a local tour operator. There are fishing charters to join and plenty of willing teachers to show you how to surf. Launch your stand-up paddle board off the Tangalooma pontoon and explore the canals or jump on your bike and follow the paths around town. After a hard day exploring your new home, grab a massage, join a yoga class or simply relax with a glass of wine.
It was Mooloolaba’s arc of white sand that first drew visitors to the Sunshine Coast, helping to turn a humble farming region into the international tourist destination it is today. Mooloolaba’s northfacing beach provides protection from southerly and south-easterly winds, offering safe conditions most of the year. There are a few patrolled areas on Mooloolaba Beach, so you’ll always find a spot to park your towel. The beach also draws events such as charity swims and fun runs, plus the Mooloolaba Triathlon, which attracts thousands of competitors and is the centerpiece of a there-day festival every year.
The range of cafes on offer means the most discerning coffee lovers will always find a brew to suit. You could try a new café every week and not run out of options. Seek out your favourite spot and watch the world go by, relax with the
paper or indulge in a sweet treat. For the serious foodies, there are restaurants that stretch along the esplanade offering dishes from around the world. Where else can you listen to the ocean while enjoying fresh sushi, Mooloolaba prawn pizza or tapas made from seasonal produce proudly grown on the Sunshine Coast.
After dark the families head home and Mooloolaba’s nightlife draws a new crowd to enjoy cocktails by the breaking waves. There is a friendly yet sophisticated after-hours scene in Mooloolaba, on offer at the many restaurants, clubs and bars. Enjoy a covers band with a glass of wine at the surf club, which
boasts the best beachside position on the Sunshine Coast. Or you can head over to the yacht club for a water view of a different variety. Stop into one of the intimate bars along the Esplanade for a nightcap before taking a short stroll back to Tangalooma.
Mooloolaba Harbour at the mouth of the Mooloolaba River is a safe port protected from the offshore swell. Home to a large fishing fleet, the harbour
welcomes all manner of watercraft throughout the year. Moor your boat at one of Tangalooma’s private pontoons and motor out through the wide deep harbour for a day of fishing or sailing with friends. From here it’s an easy trip to the stunning Moreton Bay and Island, where you can explore the sandy beaches or snorkel around the coral reefs. Look out for dolphins, dugong, an array of fish and the migrating whales on the way back to port.
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