Tangalooma History

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The history of the original Tangalooma Residence is as intriguing as the glamorous party-goers who once gathered there. Built a century ago, Tangalooma was the holiday shack of automotive industry heavyweight Fred Eager and his family. Eager hosted parties at the home and fishing expeditions from his yacht that were enjoyed by the likes of Errol Flynn, Cary Grant and Jean Harlow. If you were looking to join a society party in the 1920s, ’30s or ’40s, Tangalooma was the place to be. Quietly passed down to family and friends over the decades, now Tangalooma will be transformed into the Sunshine Coast’s most sophisticated residential development.

“100 years in the making, Tangalooma is now transforming into the most unprecedented, exclusive residential development on the Sunshine Coast”


A successful businessman in the United States and Australia, Fred Eager’s holiday home was the perfect escape for his family and celebrity friends to relax and take in the beauty of the Mooloolaba waterfront. An expert fisherman and yachtsman who enjoyed recordbreaking catches off Mooloolaba’s shores, Eager also named his luxury yacht ‘Tangalooma’. It’s believed the name ‘Tangalooma’ comes from the local indigenous language and means ‘where fish meet’. Mooloolaba also takes its name from an indigenous word. ‘Mulu’ meaning
snapper – a fish that swam in abundance in the region’s ocean and rivers. Eager, who enjoyed much success with the family automotive business EG Eagers and
Son, holidayed in the home from the early 1900s when it was built until his death in 1949, at which time it was passed to a family friend. ‘Tangalooma’’ was then gifted to subsequent generations before the home, which Sunshine Coast locals knew as the Pink House thanks to its striking paintwork, sold in late 2014. Located in a unparalleled waterfront location in a thriving urban centre, the site will again be known as ‘Tangalooma’, a luxury residential development set to bring glamour back to Mooloolaba..


Tangalooma 1950


Tangalooma 1970


Tangalooma 1980


Tangalooma 1990


Tangalooma 2015

“The humble home hosted glamorous parties with
Hollywood stars and society figures.”