Mooloolaba, The Sunshine Coast
The Marina Mooloolaba is a local Sunshine Coast town by the Mooloolah River that boasts coastal and river frontages. It has an all-weather port which is home to the Auckland-Mooloolaba and Sydney-Mooloolaba Yacht races. This area offers a harmonious mix of beach, harbour, parks and shopping with prime coastal strip panoramas. Mooloolaba is home base to International standard marinas, the "Under Water World" oceanarium and a pilot station for Moreton Bay River, coastal, deep sea and game fishing. The local trawling fleet keep the restaurants, from beachfront cafes to fine dining, supplied with the freshest of seafood.
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Situated just over one hour north of Brisbane, Mooloolaba is an amazing beachside destination awaiting discovery. Long white sub-tropical beaches, bustling nightlife and a beachfront esplanade with some of the Sunshine Coast's finest resturants and cafe's, Mooloolaba has all you could expect for the perfect holiday or weekend getaway.
The most unexplored and overlooked part of the Australian Coast. The Glass House mountains and the Blackall Range act as a backdrop to this beautiful coastline, adding a dramatic effect. The opposite of the Gold Coast; it begins an hour's drive north of Brisbane and is a quiet alternative to its southern counterpart. The many fantastic, safe and patrolled beaches with a variety of coves, make this a water sports heaven. The perfect place for a sunshine coast hinterland getaway.
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How to get to Mooloolaba!
By Car - There are several ways to get to Mooloolaba, the most popular being the motor car. Leaving Brisbane City or the Brisbane Airport, the highway is well signed and all you need to do is follow the roadsigns to the Sunshine Coast and take the first exit after the Ettamogah Pub. You can't miss it! Mooloolaba Car Rental
By Bus or Train - If you do not have access to a motor vechile, or are environmentally concious, you may take either a bus or a train either Landsborough of Nambour Stations. If travelling by bus to Mooloolaba the best way is via Roma Street station. If you plan on travelling by train leave from either Roma Street, Central or Brunswick Stations in Brisbane. CityTrain Information
By Yacht - For those fortunate enough to have access to the high seas, Mooloolaba Yacht Club offers world class birthing on the beautiful Mooloolaba River.
By Air - You may fly into Maroochydore Airport from Brisbane and most other major Australian cities. From the Airport there are many services (shuttle busses and local services) to get you into Mooloolaba. Why not indulge yourself and take a helicopter ride down to Mooloolaba from the Airport for the ultimate experience.
Mooloolaba Statistics, Facts & Figures
Mooloolaba Beach with Alexandra Headland (at right) Population: 10,939 (2004) Postcode: 4557 Area: 5.4 km2 Property Value: AUD $465,000 Location: 97 km from Brisbane LGA: Shire of Maroochy State District: Maroochydore Federal Division: Fisher Suburbs around Mooloolaba Buderim Alexandra Headland Pacific Ocean Mountain Creek Mooloolaba Pacific Ocean Sippy Downs Minyama Buddina
Mooloolaba is a tourist resort township in the centre of the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia, 100 km north of Brisbane.
Etymology + Geography
Mooloolaba derives from the Aboriginal word mulu meaning Snapper fish, or mulla meaning Red-Bellied Black Snake. Originally known as Mooloolah Heads, the name was changed to Mooloolaba by Thomas O'Connor in 1919 when he subdivided land for sale there.
Mooloolaba is bounded on the east by the Coral Sea, on the south by the Mooloolah River, on the north by Alexandra Headland and to the west by Buderim. Mooloolaba harbour (actually the mouth of the Mooloolah River) is the home of a large fleet of fishing vessels, as well as the northern base for the pilot vessels that control shipping through Moreton Bay and the Port of Brisbane. Due to its sheltered location in the lee of Point Cartwright it is an all-weather harbour favoured by recreational sailors.
The Esplanade facing Mooloolaba beach is a centre for tourist activity, containing the UnderWater World Marine Park, as well as many souvenir and clothing shops, galleries and restaurants. Behind the apartments facing the beach are camping grounds, backpacker hostels and canal villas.
Mooloolaba is serviced by coach from Brisbane, train via Landsborough station, or by air from Sunshine Coast Airport.