Natalie rides into the fastest growing hot spot on the Queensland coast!
Mooloolaba is a booming destination in the middle of the Sunshine Coast, one of Australia's most popular holiday spots. It has a range of beachfront eateries, entertainment venues and retail outlets, most of which overlook the white sandy beach and bay.
Holidaymakers can simply relax on the beach or wine, dine and party the night away … maybe both!
The Mooloolaba Wharf complex is home to UnderWater World, which features huge sharks, other subterranean species and a seal show each day. You can also go fishing, parasailing, scuba diving or cruising along the canal.
For something very different and personal, visit Peter Mills' Naked Skin on The Esplanade. He specialises in body casting (hands, torsos, faces, arms) and can even include fine details such as fingerprints and wrinkles!
For a face cast, an oxygen device covers your mouth while you dip your head into a bowl of moulding ingredients for 30 seconds.
Mooloolaba Backpackers Resort is purpose-built accommodation with four share dormitories, four with ensuite, twin-share with ensuite and double rooms with ensuite.
It is just two blocks from Mooloolaba Beach and has Internet access, pool, café, bar and recreation room. You can hire bicycles, boogie boards and surfboards and a noticeboard tells you all about local activities. Dinner is $5 and breakfast $3. Tour buses make regular stops at the Resort.
Pacific Beach Resort is a 12-storey block of apartments geared towards families. The ground floor holds reception and 13 shops. The first floor has a pool, spa, half court, sundeck, barbecue area, pool tables, table tennis and video games. The other two floors have spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, each with ocean view, cable television, laundry facilities and dishwasher.
Former Queensland rugby league player Billy Moore owns Earth Bistro Wine Bar. It is on the first floor of the Mooloolaba Outrigger International complex and has attractive beach and sea views. Australian cuisine, including seafood, beef, lamb and chicken, is served.
For a tour of the Mooloolah River, Cruize Away River Tours has a luxurious, environmentally-friendly boat with a range of cruises on offer. Sunset cruises are popular, as is their guided eco cruise to the National Park.
An hour north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast
Naked Skin face casts start at $90.
Mooloolaba Backpackers Resort rooms start at $22 per person.
Pacific Beach Resort has seven-night packages starting at $725 for a family of four.
Cruize Away River Tours start at $45 per person.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.
87 The Esplanade
Ph: (07) 5444 4697
Mooloolaba Backpackers Resort
75-77 Brisbane Road
Ph: (07) 5444 3399 1800 020 120
Fax: (07) 5477 6455www.mooloolababackpackers.com
Pacific Beach Resort
95 The Esplanade
Ph: (07) 5444 4733 Fax: (07) 5444 4059www.pacific-beach.com.au
Earth Bistro Wine Bar
Mooloolaba Outrigger International
The Esplanade & Venning Street
Ph: (07) 5477 7100
Cruiz Away River Tours
Qantas: 13 13 13