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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Mooloolaba is a coastal town at the southern end of the Moroochy area on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Its beach goes north through Alexandra Headland to Maroochydore. It has beachfront and riverfront along the Mooloolah River and the main beach, backed by park and picnic areas, is ideal for families. It is also excellent for surfing and deep sea and game fishing.

Most people head to Noosa when they fancy a holiday on the Sunshine Coast, but Mooloolaba is also worth considering.

One of the many attractions is UnderWater World, Queensland's largest oceanarium and aquarium. Its 2.5 million litres hold around 25,000 sea creatures. You come face-to-face with sharks, rays and other predators, swimming around with thousands of coral fish, seals in their natural habitat (they also put on a show), otters, weedy sea dragons and giant crabs.

Roll up your sleeves and feel what it's like living beneath the waves in interactive touch pools. There are 18 tours to choose from, talks and feeding times every day. You can even dive with sharks, swim with seals and receive a seal kiss!

Once you've been there, stroll along The Esplanade, right opposite the beach. It has cafés, restaurants, boutiques and gift shops.

A day could easily be spent browsing in Sapien Arts, which is jam packed with jewellery, clothes, furniture and carvings. It's a visual feast as you take a trip around the world in one loop of the shop.

The town's large port accommodates the Auckland to Mooloolaba and Sydney to Mooloolaba yacht races. The Wharf right next to the port is a large shopping, dining and entertainment complex.

There are many places to enjoy good food. Mooloolaba Surf Club offers balcony dining and unsurpassed views. The Spit area features a range of great seafood restaurants and fresh fish and seafood wholesalers where you can buy your choice fresh off the trawlers.

Zachary's is an all day, every day laidback bar and pizza restaurant. The bar has a great atmosphere with excellent cocktails and a good wine list and pizzas are served till midnight. There is an outdoor area with seating and some day beds.

Mooloolaba has a great range of accommodation, but if you fancy pitching a tent you will need to book early to bags a spot at Ocean Beach Caravan Park. It has 34 sites, overlooking the beach and rockpools. For tents only, they have power, water and sullage points and concrete pads for annexes. There are shower, toilet and laundry facilities.


An hour north of Brisbane.


Underwater World entry is $25.50 for adults, $15 for children and $69 for families of four.

Mooloolaba Beach Caravan Park Parkyn Parade sites are $28 a night for up to two people. Ocean Beach Caravan Park waterfront sites start at $37 a night and $230 a week. Non-waterfront sites start at $32 a night and $200 a week. These camping prices apply to off-peak periods. Extra people four years and over are $6 a night.

Virgin Blue has flights to the Sunshine Coast.

One-way fare from;
  • Sydney, $89
  • Melbourne, $109
  • Adelaide, $155
  • Perth, $305

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at April 19, 20(07), and are subject to change.

Prices quoted are correct at 19.04.20(07)

More information

Underwater World
Mooloolaba 4557
Ph: (07) 5444 8488
Fax: (07) 5444 8515
Sapien Arts
Shop 14, 47,
The Esplanade,
Mooloolaba 4557
Ph: (07) 5452 6480

The Surf Club
The Esplanade
Mooloolaba 4557
Ph: (07) 5444 1300
Fax: (07) 5444 5146

Ocean Beach Caravan Park
The Esplanade
Mooloolaba 4557
Ph: (07) 5444 1201
Freecall: 1800 441 201
Fax: (07) 5444 1042

Zachary's Mooloolaba
17-19 Brisbane Road
Mooloolaba 4572
Ph: (07) 5477 6877
Fax: (07) 5478 2596

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789

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