Updated: Jul 2, 2022
Mooloolaba is one of those places which may fly under the radar, but don't let it fly under your radar! This beachside town on Queensland's Sunshine Coast may be one of the coolest up-and-coming holiday destinations. Check out our guide on the top things to do, where to stay, and how to get here.
Top 3 must-do's
Mooloolaba boasts one of the best beaches in Australia, so you can't visit without spending some time here. Think pristine white sand and turquoise waters when you come here. Try catch a wave or two or just simply soak up some sun.
If you're at the beach, you can't miss the esplanade which is adjacent. Stroll along and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants on offer, or pick up a souvenir at a boutique. Did you know that the esplanade also boasts a public 'Loo with a View' which has uninterrupted views of Mooloolaba Beach while you're taking care of business!
Afterward, visit The Wharf precinct where you can visit the Sunshine Coast aquarium, enjoy more beautiful restaurants, such as Rice Boi (get in early. to avoid long lines), and boutiques, or try your luck at stand-up paddleboarding or another water sport.
Where to stay?
Mooloolaba is a great place for families and there's plenty of accommodation on offer for all budgets. If you're looking for a budget-friendly spot, try Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort which offers comfortable amenities and a lagoon-style resort pool. A great option if you don't mind being a little distance away from the centre of town.
For a bit more, try the Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, situated right on the esplanade with 180-degree views of Mooloolaba or the beach. Hot tip: this hotel boasts a very cool 80s style spa-bath shower with a window so you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the ocean.
Oceans Mooloolaba Beach is a great option for those wanting to spoil themselves. This luxe resort is also situated along the esplanade for uninterrupted views of the ocean. And, if you're feeling really fancy, you can stay in a penthouse with a rooftop pool!
How to get there?
Getting to Mooloolaba is easy! Most major hubs in Australia offer a direct flight to Maroochydore Airport which is 15 minutes away from Mooloolaba and flight time is approximately 1-2 hours from most capital cities.
Mooloolaba makes for a great family getaway with plenty of options for all budgets and tastes. Start planning your next getaway to Mooloolaba with this handy guide.