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THE name Mooloolaba is thought to have de­rived ei­ther from ‘mulu’ the Abo­rig­i­nal word for snap­per fish, or ‘mullu’ mean­ing red-bel­lied black snake.

Peo­ple have stopped by on their way through and many have re­turned or stayed on to make it their home. The in­creased pop­u­la­tion of 4557 owes a lot to the pic­turesque beauty of Mooloolaba Es­planade.

A favourite with fam­i­lies, Mooloolaba Beach is con­sid­ered one of the safest swim­ming beaches on the Sun­shine Coast, with the northerly fac­ing arc of sand pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion from the pre­vail­ing souther­lies and south-east­er­lies. This lay of the land en­sures near per­fect con­di­tions year round.

With three pa­trolled beaches within 1km of each other, there is al­most al­ways some­where that is ideal for a swim or to put the boo­gie board into ac­tion. Whether it’s a big swell or gen­tle rip­ples that you are af­ter, you’re al­most cer­tain to find it at Mooloolaba.

The har­bour is a world-wide desti­na­tion for yacht­ing and also the base for a fish­ing fleet. It is also the north­ern base for pi­lot ves­sels that con­trol ship­ping through to the Port of Bris­bane.

Due to its shel­tered lo­ca­tion in the lee of Point Cartwright, it is an all-weather har­bour favoured by recre­ational sailors.

In the 1960s, le­gendary surfer Bob McTav­ish shaped boards here, at the old Ice­works which was near where The Wharf Tav­ern is now.

The beach­front of­fers views over the crys­tal clear wa­ters of the Pa­cific Ocean as well as hav­ing some of the Sun­shine Coast’s best din­ing and shop­ping.

Fac­ing the beach, the Es­planade is a cen­tre for tourist ac­tiv­ity with Sea Life Mooloolaba just around the cor­ner.

With surf to one side and the river to the other, Mooloolaba Spit at­tracts fam­i­lies and friends, new and old; to re­lax or to throw a ball.

It is the place for calm, shel­tered swim­ming as well as fish and chips from the fish­eries, a pop­u­lar choice along­side a siz­zling bar­be­cue.

From birth­day par­ties to wed­ding cer­e­monies, the parks are con­nected by a na­ture board­walk with a pop­u­lar fish­ing spot at the end.

Christ­mas day be­comes a com­mu­nal get-to­gether from the sim­ple beach towel and esky to large an­nual gath­er­ings com­plete with a mar­quee.

Fit­ness trails are busy from first light with peo­ple walk­ing, run­ning or jog­ging along the cres­cent of golden sand, bor­dered by surf. Mooloolaba pro­vides a mag­net of a health haven for ev­ery­one from ca­sual walk­ers to ath­letes.

The iconic Mooloolaba Triathlon ap­peals to the first timer through to the sea­soned ath­lete.

There are few sea­side des­ti­na­tions of­fer­ing car­a­van and camp­ing grounds as close to the beach as this pic­turesque beauty.

Nearby is the iconic Loo with a View and Mooloolaba Surf Club takes in a vast vista across the irides­cent sand, past the waves to the hori­zon.

Ex­ud­ing a mag­nif­i­cent nat­u­ral beauty, Mooloolaba has tran­si­tioned ever so eas­ily from a fruit grow­ing area of the early 1900s. To­day is pre­sents as a sea­side re­sort with an eter­nal in­ter­na­tional flavour with­out any hint of a use-by date.

Mooloolaba Beach.

Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup.

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