Proud worldwide reputation
THERE’S a lot to like about Mooloolaba. With its curve of golden sand at the surf beach and deep water access for boating, the area has built a worldwide reputation as a great place to visit and to live.
The ocean and river have been part and parcel of the long-time beach suburb, yet things are changing, with several major developments proposed, as well as infrastructure upgrades.
Among them is the Brisbane Rd carpark redevelopment that is proposed to deliver a five-storey carpark with a retail component, a hotel, and residential and retirement facilities.
It is also a port of call for cruise liners as they make their way around the Pacific and along Australia’s eastern coastline.
The Esplanade takes advantage of the ocean beach, yet the renewal of The Wharf along Parkyn Pde and Pier 33 at the sailing club has added impetus to the river precinct, with a number of bar/restaurants and cafes creating an ‘eat street’ flavour.
This is in addition to the existing reputation for quality seafood at the eastern end of Mooloolaba Spit, where the fishing fleet is moored. 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. This deep-water access has encouraged substantial homes to be built along the waterways on the rivermouth side of Brisbane Rd.
Median house prices have been steadily on the rise in recent years, climbing from $597,500 in March 2014 to $760,000 for the same month this year. Median prices for units sit at $420,000 for March. Units under $400,000 can be listed and sold in a week. At the same time cashed-up buyers in the $1m to $1.5m range are looking for prime sites.
The name Mooloolaba is thought to have derived either from ‘mulu’ the Aboriginal word for snapper fish, or ‘mullu’ meaning red-bellied black snake.
The river mouth and harbour were charted in 1861. The following year, Tom Petrie explored the region for timber resources.
By 1864, the first land was purchased at the mouth of the Mooloolah River by William Pettigrew. Pettigrew dominated the timber trade in the Maroochy district for the next 30 years with mills and a wharf to ship timber to the Brisbane sawmill.
Over the years people have stopped at Mooloolaba for holidays or on their way through and many have returned and stayed 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 is considered one of the safer swimming beaches on the Sunshine Coast, with the northerly facing arc of sand providing protection from the prevailing southerlies and south easterlies.
The surf club is a popular community venue as well as helping keep beachgoers safe.
The landmark tourist attraction Sea Life Mooloolaba is just around the corner.
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 you’re after, you’re almost certain to find it at Mooloolaba.
Fitness trails are busy from first light with people walking, running or jogging along the crescent of golden sand, bordered by surf.
The iconic Mooloolaba Triathlon has wide appeal for everyone from the first-timer to the seasoned athlete.