Mooloolaba is one of the more well known Queensland beaches located at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast. If its your first time in South East Qld and you are looking for a great day out you might choose to come here, as it's a shorter drive. Only around 110 kms from Brisbane!
It is well known as one of the areas most stunning white sandy beaches and combined with its world class surfing has built a reputation as a place to visit.
Due to the popularity of the beach, there are now a great number of apartments that have sprung up along the main street opposite the beach.
© GO Holiday | Flickr - At the Beach
This makes it easy to find somewhere to stay, and you can simply go to street level to eat or go shopping. The shopping strip opposite the beach has a large number of small specialty shops you can browse in during the heat of the day, and a large number of cafes and restaurants to eat at.
Mooloolaba is famous for many things including as a "Loo With A View." The local council built a viewing platform on the waterfront, that is regularly used for wedding ceremonies, and underneath there are public toilets, with a great view, hence the nickname. This north-facing beach offers protection and sheltered waters for swimmers and families, and is very popular.
© Adam Campbell | Flickr - Mooloolaba
On weekends and holidays you will find many children building sand castles close to the waters edge, splashing in the safe patrolled beach and soaking up that beautiful Queensland sunshine. This beach is patrolled year round by lifesavers from the local surf club.
Remember to always swim between the red and yellow flags, so you'll be within view of the surf lifesavers patrolling the beach.
© texaus1 | Flickr - Wind Surfing at Mooloolaba
The Surf Club is situated right next to the waterfront, and you can have a meal at the club overlooking the beach. If you prefer you can bring a picnic or have a BBQ, as there is an undercover barbecue and picnic areas, as well as toilets and showers available. After you have eaten, take a walk along the walkways that have been built behind the beach to protect the sand dunes, or browse in the shops.
Before you head back to Brisbane, you might visit Underwater World, located at the southern end of Mooloolaba Esplanade. There you'll find a variety of shows and displays plus a walk-through tunnel with more than seven varieties of sharks on display.