Things to do in Mooloolaba

Over the past 50 years, Mooloolaba has evolved from a small holiday village to a vibrant tourist destination.

Mooloolaba is located on a beautiful beach and magnificent waterways. The Mooloolah River meets the sea at Mooloolaba Harbour where a series of man-made canals provide waterfront living. It is a paradise for boating, fishing and watersports.

Here are a few things to do in Mooloolaba. To enjoy all these recommendations, stay a while and book your Mooloolaba accommodation online.

Mooloolaba Esplanade

Mooloolaba Esplanade is a beautifully landscaped area along the Mooloolaba beachfront. It is a lively place with restaurants, cafes, shops and holiday apartments.

On the Esplanade you can relax with a coffee, enjoy a meal or visit the shops and boutiques.

The "Loo With A View" on the Esplanade is a viewpoint created on the rooftop of the 'loos'. Here you can read about the history of Mooloolaba and details on the creation of the Esplanade.

The Esplanade is a great place to find accommodation with ocean views - right in the heart of Mooloolaba.


Mooloolaba Beach

Mooloolaba Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the Sunshine Coast. The beach is patrolled daily and safe for swimmers between the red and yellow flags. The beautiful Sunshine Coast weather offers great surfing, body boarding or whatever beach sports you enjoy.

Mooloolaba is an ideal place to learn to surf - Mooloolaba Surf School will be happy to help.


Mooloolaba Wharf & Underwater World

At the Mooloolaba Wharf complex you will find Underwater World, cruise boats and adventure tour operators. There are a couple of restaurants too however on our visit in early 2012 the Mooloolaba Wharf is not the busy place it used to be. All the action seems to have moved to the Esplanade and the Spit. However, the Wharf is conveniently located between the Esplanade and the Spit and easy to visit.

Don't miss Underwater World - not just a fabulous aquarium but a place where you can swim with the seals and dive with the sharks.


Mooloolaba Spit

The Spit is at the Point Cartwright end of Mooloolaba Beach - along Parkyn Parade. You can walk from the Mooloolaba main beach to the Spit in just 20 minutes - along the beach or the beachside pathway.

The Spit is home to the Mooloolaba Marina, Sunshine Coast Yacht Club, Mooloolaba Fish Market, seafood restaurants and fishing charter companies.

The Spit is the place to eat fresh seafood, enjoy fish and chips, relax on the beach and to enjoy the views.

There are some fabulous apartments along Parkyn Parade.


Mooloolaba's Hinterland

Don't miss a trip up to the Hinterland. You will enjoy gorgeous views of the Glasshouse Mountains and the coastline.

Visit the pretty towns of Maleny, Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton, walk in the rainforests of Mary Caincross Scenic Reserve, visit a local market, dine at one of the award-winning restaurants and shop for arts and crafts.


Beyond Mooloolaba

There are many attractions and activities on the Sunshine Coast in close proximity to Mooloolaba.

Australia Zoo is one of the most popular attractions on the Sunshine Coast. It is only 30 minutes drive from Mooloolaba.

Eumundi is popular for its market, held every Wednesday and Saturday. Nearby Yandina is popular for its Ginger Factory and Nutworks & Chocolate Factory.

Have a look at our Sunshine Coast Day Tours which take in Fraser Island, the Hinterland, Noosa Everglades, and the best attractions on the Sunshine Coast.

The Sunshine Coast has magnificent waterways - be sure to take a Cruise on the canals of Mooloolaba, the Noosa River, the Maroochy River or the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park at Caloundra.

From June to November is the time to see Humpback Whales off the coast of Queensland. Take a whale watching cruise for a once in a lifetime experience.

Mooloolaba from the Spit beach

Mooloolaba Beach

Mooloolaba Esplanade to Mooloolaba Beach

Esplanade Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba Esplanade cafes

Mooloolaba Esplanade gardens

Loo With a View Mooloolaba Beach 

Mooloolaba Spit beach

Mooloolaba Spit Yacht Club

Mooloolaba Wharf