Mooloolaba

Sunshine Coast
Mooloolaba featuring landscape views, a sandy beach and views
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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Direct Hotels - Sea Breeze Mooloolaba
Direct Hotels - Sea Breeze Mooloolaba
4 out of 5
24 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$239 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a library. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the overall value in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (216 reviews)
"Great location and view. Furniture etc could do with an upgrade"

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

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Landmark Resort
Landmark Resort
4 out of 5
11 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
Stay at this 4-star spa apartment in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,611 reviews)
"Nice clean hotel, close to everything"

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2022

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Breeze Mooloolaba
Breeze Mooloolaba
4.5 out of 5
3 Meta Street, corner of Mooloolaba, Esplanade and Meta Street, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
The price is AU$280 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the pool and the convenient ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (332 reviews)
"Well appointed apartment in a great location, beachfront property with grocery store within walking distance. Friendly and helpful reception staff."

Reviewed on 10 May 2022

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Osprey Apartments
Osprey Apartments
4 out of 5
Cnr The Esplanade & Buderim Ave, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (303 reviews)
Great place to stay
"Fantastic apartment. Stayed ocean view. Great pool. Close to Main esplanade"

Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2022

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Excellsior
Excellsior
4 out of 5
104 River Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (250 reviews)
"Very comfy bed and amazing unit"

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2022

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Nautilus Mooloolaba
Nautilus Mooloolaba
3.5 out of 5
30-32 River Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
The price is AU$337 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (779 reviews)
"Always a comfortable stay. Friendly staff and a great location."

Reviewed on 23 May 2022

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