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Mooloolaba Holidays

High-rise apartments, bistros and cafés line the Esplanade of this busy coastal town, known for it’s family-friendly beaches and fresh seafood.

Mooloolaba is one of the busiest destinations on the Sunshine Coast thanks to its beautiful, family-friendly beaches and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Sip a coffee in a café along the Mooloolaba Esplanade and then browse the shops along the beachfront boulevard. Visit the Underwater World SEA LIFE Mooloolaba marine park or sign up for a scuba diving tour to a sunken ship.

Mooloolaba was built around the mouth of the Mooloolah River. Today the town has a population of around 12,000 residents. During summer the popular beaches are packed with families, couples and international visitors who come to soak up the sun.

Three separate beaches along a 1-kilometre (0.6-mile) stretch offer calm, small and medium waves. Lifeguards patrol the beaches every day of the year. Choose to paddle in the shallows or sign up for surf lessons. Bring a shade umbrella and sunscreen, as there is no shade on the beach itself.

Picnic underneath trees in the parks that overlook the beach. Use the barbecue facilities and picnic tables provided or buy takeaway fish and chips and eat on the grass. Wholesalers around Point Cartwright, or “The Spit”, sell some of the freshest seafood around. Try the famous Mooloolaba prawns. The park in front of Main Beach has a big playground for children.

Visit the Mooloolaba Wharf, a short walk from the Esplanade, where you’ll find Underwater World SEA LIFE Mooloolaba. There are restaurants, shops and markets surrounding the marina. Take one of the fishing tours or scuba diving trips that depart here regularly. Scuba dive around the HMAS Brisbane, which was sunk off the coast and turned into an artificial reef.

Mooloolaba is situated 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Brisbane, about halfway between Caloundra and Coolum. Get around by car or bus. There’s a mix of pay and display and free street parking, although spaces fill up quickly on weekends and during school holidays. Once in town you can easily move between beaches and restaurants on foot. There are paved walkways along the water.


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AU$199
Beach Club Resort

Beach Club Resort

87 - 97 First Avenue, Mooloolaba
3.7
of 5, from 23 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this spa apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Salt Caves Mooloolaba, Mooloolaba Beach, and Ripple Sunshine Coast Massage Day Spa and Beauty. Underwater World Sea Life and Maroochydore Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

AU$182
Nautilus Mooloolaba

Nautilus Mooloolaba

30-32 River Esplanade, Mooloolaba
3.8
of 5, from 47 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Mooloolaba, this apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Mooloolaba Beach, Underwater World Sea Life, and Salt Caves Mooloolaba. Ripple Sunshine Coast Massage Day Spa and Beauty and Maroochydore Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

AU$105
Twin Pines Motel

Twin Pines Motel

36 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba
3.4
of 5, from 28 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mooloolaba Beach and Underwater World Sea Life. Kawana Beach and Eumundi Market are also within 32 mi (52 km).

AU$169
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

Cnr Mooloolaba Esplanade & Venning St, Mooloolaba
4.1
of 5, from 243 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Mooloolaba aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Salt Caves Mooloolaba and Mooloolaba Beach. Underwater World Sea Life and Ripple Sunshine Coast Massage Day Spa and Beauty are also within 15 minutes.

Cilento Mooloolaba

Cilento Mooloolaba

19 First Avenue, Mooloolaba
4.0
of 5, from 32 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Mooloolaba Beach and Underwater World Sea Life. Sunshine Plaza is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

AU$191
Landmark Resort

Landmark Resort

Cnr Esplanade And Burnett Street, Mooloolaba
3.9
of 5, from 121 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Mooloolaba, this luxury apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Mooloolaba Beach and Underwater World Sea Life.

AU$109
Mooloolaba Motel

Mooloolaba Motel

46 - 56 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba
3.7
of 5, from 59 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Mooloolaba, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Underwater World Sea Life and Mooloolaba Beach.

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