Mooloolaba Beach is located on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane. Approximate travel times by car:
- From Brisbane – 75 minute drive
- From Noosa – 30 minutes
- From Maroochydore – 5 minutes
- From Gold Coast – 2 hours
Mooloolaba is the quintessential Queensland beach. A wide expanse of white sand slowly dropping off into the water. The beach is just over 1,500 meters long giving you plenty of real estate to find a place for your towel.
Even with all the room it can get crowded on the weekends, particularly near the surf club. So if your idea of visiting a beach is to lie back and relax, then you might struggle during the busy times, as the beach is very popular with families.
How to get there
Like most of Australia the best way to get to the beach is by car. There are a few hundred car parks near the beach, but they will fill up very quickly on a hot summers day, so it’s best to get there early.
There are buses available and it may be feasible if you are staying semi local, not coming in from the Gold Coast or Brisbane. If you are staying in Brisbane or on the Gold Coast you will need to hire a car.
The other option is to use one of the accommodation options on the beach. That will save the travel time!
Things to Do in the Area
One of the better beaches on the Sunshine Coast for ‘things to do’ other than the beach itself. Running along the length of the beach is a reserve where there are playgrounds, grassed areas and pathways for you and any children to enjoy. There is also the Mooloolaba Surf Club that welcomes visitors to enjoy a drink and a feed. The surf club is quite enjoyable and offers great views of the beach itself.
A road runs behind the reserve and you will find plenty to do just on the other side. Cafes, restaurants and small boutique stores line sections of the street. Also within a short walk you will find Underwater World and a Marina which offers tours and rentals.
Near the marina you will also find a great fish and chip shop called Fisheries on the Spit, which has often been voted amongst the best fish and chips in Queensland. We concur!
If you are feeling up to it the walk from Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headlands Beach is a wonderful stroll, with beautiful views across the water.
Definitely only a beginners area. The best surf is to the west end of the beach and can reach a meter high, but if you are looking for a surf, there are a lot better options on the Sunshine Coast.
Probably the best swimming beach along the Sunshine Coast. It is a patrolled beach for those wishing to swim between the flags. You will find these flags near the Mooloolaba Surf Club, located central along the beach. Generally the further you head towards the rock wall to the east, the smaller the waves tend to become as the beach is protected from the Pacific Ocean.
Be warned that even though it is probably the safest beach on the Sunshine Coast, rips are not uncommon and you should stay back from the rocks.
Fishing – It is generally too popular for fishing off the beach itself and you will find most fisherman casting from the Mooloolaba harbor entrance at the east end of the beach.
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