Proud world­wide rep­u­ta­tion

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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.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

Mooloolaba Beach.

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