Magnet for families, foodies and health
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 ITU Triathlon World Cup.