Looking for the best things to do in Mooloolaba?
Mooloolaba is one of the most popular beach destinations on the Sunshine Coast of Qld. If you are looking for a beach getaway from Brisbane and decide to go North, you will hit some of the best beaches in Australia including Caloundra, Noosa and Harvey Bay.
Another great thing about this beach town it it is also close to the Sunshine Coast hinterland towns of Maleny, Montville and the Glasshouse Mountains (only within 30 min drive away) so there are plenty of things to do and see.
Best things to do in Mooloolaba this Weekend
Many families choose to holiday in Mooloolaba as it is more affordable for a beach getaway than it’s expensive neighbour Noosa and the surf is just as nice.
If you are planning to make a trip to this gorgeous beach town on Queensland’s sunshine coast, here’s the best things to do in Mooloolaba.
Go for a Swim or Surf at Mooloolaba Beach
Probably the best activity to do in the Sunshine Coast town of Mooloolaba is going for a swim or a surf at one of the best beaches in Queensland, the absolutely stunning Mooloolaba Beach.
Don’t miss watching a great orange sunset (they are particularly magic at Mooloolaba) from the surf club which overlooks the beach. Beers are affordable at only $6 off tap. The potato wedges are also highly recommended.
Along with Harvey Bay, Mooloolaba is one one of the best places in Australia to see humpback whales. Some tour operators in Mooloolaba actually even let you swim with the whales which is a pretty cool experience for the daredevil traveller.
Going to see the whales is not a cheap experience costing at least $120 a cruise and even more if you want the opportunity to swim with the whales. But how often can you say you got the chance to swim with humpback whales?! Definitely a bucket list experience and well worth the coin if you ask me.
During the cruise, you will spot whales and also dolphins swimming wild and free in the sea while they migrate annually between Australia and Antarctica. If you are someone who also likes to learn about new things, it is a pretty fun experience as the crew tell you all about the animals as you float along.
Buy your whale watching tickets here.
Looking for things to do in Mooloolaba with kids? If you are visiting the coast with children, you definitely should not miss a visit to the Sea Life Aquarium.
Inside you will find 11 underwater exhibit zones, with lots of underwater life to see including sharks, stingrays and turtles and a cool underwater tunnel. There are also lots of fun presentations to watch throughout the day including seal and jelly fish kingdom talks, ray talk and feeding.
A reasonably affordable activity for the whole family in Mooloolaba with tickets costing only around $35 pp – substantially less than a theme park and more educational.
Book your tickets here.
Enjoy Watersports including Boating, Stand up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking
SunReef in Mooloolaba offers everything you could wish for in terms of water sports in Mooloolaba at reasonable affordable prices.
If you love fishing there are some great fishing opportunities in Mooloolaba that can be accessed by boat. Boat hire is only $60 for one hour which is a great price for boat hire. Don’t worry if you don’t have a boat license as no license is required to operate these boats.
If boating isn’t your thing, there are lots of other watersports to hire at SunReef including Jetskis, Stand up Paddle Boards and Kayaks.
Go for a Bike Ride
There are some great biking opportunities in Mooloolaba. One of the most popular trips is Mooloolaba to Cotton Tree which is an easy ride, suitable for all ages and 5km each way. This bike ride is flat and along the water so it is a good one for the whole family.
You can rent bikes for $20 an hour or $50 a day from SunReef.
One of the most popular things to do for locals in Mooloolaba is to take a walk along the rocks at Point Cartwright. If you like fishing, this is one of the most popular spots for a fish in Mooloolaba.
Sometimes you can even see whales as they head North from Point Cartwright which is a pretty cool experience.
If you find yourself in Mooloolaba between June – November we would highly recommend a trip to McMartin’s Farm where you can have heaps of fun picking your own strawberries. This is a great activity especially if you have kids as most kids absolutely love picking berries.
Located only 18 mins drive away, it is a great activity when you are sick of the beach. It is also a great place to go for adults as they serve seriously delicious scones with jam and cream. If you love ice cream don’t miss your chance to try the strawberry farm’s award winning ice cream.
Eat at some of the best restaurants in Mooloolaba
There are some really good restaurants in Mooloolaba that are worthwhile checking out. Two cool restaurants we would suggest going to in the area are the See Restaurant and Pier 33 Restaurant.
If you are staying in the area for a special occasion the See Restaurant is a good place to good as it serves high quality modern Australian seafood in an intimate dining room with ocean views.
Pier 33 Restaurant is probably one of the prettiest or instagrammable restaurants in the area and has similar vibes to The Pavillion at Burleigh which has similar vibes if you are into hipster spots.
Get Some much Needed R&R at the Salt Caves
The Salt Caves are one of the most popular places for couples to visit who are on a honeymoon or romantic getaway to Mooloolaba and need some relaxation from the stresses of everyday life. The Salt Caves are the perfect place to do this!
There are also lots of healing benefits to visiting a salt cave so if you have any inflammation or respiratory conditions, you can really justify the expense in visiting.
A 45 minute session is just $45 (cheaper for pensioners) and there is also the possibility to adding extras as you desire like a massage.
Sure, the Sunshine Coast may not be home to some of Queensland’s biggest theme parks like Dreamworld and MovieWorld but if you have kids who love to visit a theme park, it is home to the cool Aussie World Theme Park.
It is a bit of a treat for the kids and it only costs $44 for an adult ticket which is much cheaper than the big theme parks on the Gold Coast. There is also a group of 5 pass for $198 – a pretty good price for a day of entertainment for the whole family.
Aussie World is a quick 15 minute drive from Mooloolaba beach.
Take a Trip to Caloundra
Only 17 minutes drive from Mooloolaba is another amazing beachside town in the Sunshine Coast – Caloundra. Caloundra has a sleepier vibe but it is still worth visiting if you are planning a longer vacation to Mooloolaba and are looking for fun day trips to make.
If you decide to visit Caloundra don’t miss a trip to the stunning Kings Beach, a popular destination for visitors and locals. Caloundra is a good spot for a BBQ or for getting some quality fish and chips as there are lots of tables to enjoy your purchased catch as you watch the sunset.
Take a Trip to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
On 30 minutes drive from Mooloolaba are some of the coolest country towns in the sunshine coast hinterland including Maleny, Montville, Flaxton and Palmwoods. If you love country life, you will absolutely adore the cute towns in the hinterland with some of the best pubs and dining experiences on the coast.
Probably the most popular town to visit, a 30 minute drive from Mooloolaba is the country town of Maleny, which is a particularly popular destination for weddings.
If you are interested in hiking, there are some great hiking opportunities in Maleny, especially the gorgeous Kondalila Falls, which has now opened a great cafe with beautiful views of the hinterland.
You might also like to visit One Tree Hill, one of the best photography opportunities in the sunshine coast.
One of the coolest and most unique things to do on the Sunshine Coast is taking a visit to Sunshine Castle in Bli Bli, one of Australia’s very few castles and well known as Australia’s biggest.
Especially if you have kids and won’t make it to Europe anytime soon, this castle is well worth a trip.
It costs only $8 to enter which is a really affordable day out and something the kids will really love. The castle offers a mini self-guided tour with access to the Courtyard, Dancing Dolls, Fairytale walk and Model Train display. The Castle coffee bar is also well worth a visit while you are there.
Where to stay in Mooloolaba?
Mooloolaba Esplanade is a great place to stay as it is so close to all the action. Here are our top picks for Mooloolaba accommodation:
Luxury Accommodation in Mooloolaba
Positioned in upmarket Mooloolaba, this five-big name hotel in the Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to stay for both couples and families with kids in Mooloolaba.
Each rooms contain awesome balconies with sweeping views of the sea. Of course the hotel also includes free WiFi and great outdoor pools and facilities for guests to use.
Rooms at Oceans Mooloolaba boast a completely unique blend of minimalist design with ultramodern technology. All furnishings and interior décor showcase a combination of soft shades and sleek contours.
Oceans Mooloolaba also has a steam room, a hot tub and health centre. There’s additionally a sophisticated private theatre along with a projector, leather-based seating and integrated wall audio system.
The hotel is close by to lots of fun things to do in Mooloolaba and the sunshine coast. It is a 25 minute drive to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.
One of the best resorts in Mooloolaba.
More Affordable Accommodation in Mooloolaba – Great for Families
Situated on The Esplanade, Mantra Mooloolaba Beach highlights 2 warmed pools and a housetop deck offering beautiful city and ocean sees. The revamped suites gloat an overhang and a spa shower. It is 10 minutes’ stroll from Mooloolaba Beach.
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach Hotel is simply meters from a few shops, eateries and public vehicle. It is 15 minutes’ drive from Sunshine Coast Airport and Noosa Heads. Brisbane is an hour and a half’s drive away.
Every one of the cooled suites offer polished style, a kitchenette or completely prepared kitchen, a dining setting and clothing space. All incorporate a parlor region with a couch and a flat screen TV.
One of the best hotels on the Mooloolaba Esplanade.
Situated on the peak, Alexandra on the Pacific offers awesome, independent condos, most with stunning views of the beach. The property is just 5 minutes’ stroll from Mooloolaba Beach. The complex includes a pool, a spa pool and a BBQ region.
On the beautiful Sunshine Coast, The Alexandra and Mariner lofts are a 15-minute drive from Sunshine Coast Airport. Secure vehicle parks are given. There are numerous eateries, bars and shops within a 10 minutes’ walk.
All apartments at Alexandra on the Pacific include a spacious living and eating area aswell as large bedrooms. Most condos offer a spa shower. All are outfitted with full kitchen and large wardrobes + WiFi.