Whilst Easter summons spring up in the Northern Hemisphere, here in Australia it devastatingly marks the end of summer. As everyone knows, the best way to go out is with a bang, thus off we went to Mooloolaba! A breezy 75mins from Brisbane, and tucked nicely along the Sunshine Coast, it makes for the perfect long weekend hideaway! Unfortunately, not even Mooloolaba is immune to holiday traffic, with almost all of Brisbane heading up the Sunshine Coast – turning our little drive into a full blown road-trip marathon! Don’t let the crowds deter you, as they start to pile away early following Caloundra. Boasting scenic and sheltered beaches, rock pools for exploring, cafes, shops and nightlife, you’d be crazy to skip Mooloolaba!
The main stretch of sand, popular with tourists and locals alike, is Mooloolaba Beach. A true Australian beach, epitomised by it’s white sands, endless horizons and the iconic red and yellow flags! If you’re planning on amping up your tan, we recommend setting up further down towards the spit. This way, you can daydream away, without the threat of children throwing sand! Towards the other end is the appropriately titled, The Loo with a View. Not any old toilet, but rather a great viewpoint from which to scan
for hotties the entire beach.
If you’ve ever needed motivation for exercise (that isn’t linked to the possibility of more food), Mooloolaba offers fantastic walks, with unequivocal views. Towards The Spit, the sheltered cove creates a nice respire from the wind as you walk around the lighthouse and harbour. In the opposite direction, skip rocks and peer into the rock pools for crabs and starfish, as you make your way towards Alexandra Headlands. This more northern beach again offers beautiful ocean views and platforms to view the surfers carving it up in the large swells.
Mooloolaba Pier is home to tourist attractions, lunch spots and is where most boat cruises start from. Our favourite activity is to hire paddle boards from The Wharf and explore the river canals, you may spot Steve Irwin’s house among the exuberant waterfront mansions! Next to the pier is a great family excursion – Underwater World. A wonderful aquarium with seal experiences, conservation programs and even shark dives!
Tracking back along the Esplanade there’s plenty of adorable cafes and boutiques to browse. Don your active wear and fit right in as you enjoy a hearty brunch, or a drink with the sunset. Shop up a storm, an ice cream in hand – careful so that it doesn’t melt too quick, before downing a coffee or two! Is this heaven or what?!
Talking about food, don’t forget about the trusty Mooloolaba Surf Club, a true staple at any good beach, with pub grub and views on par! Don’t let you acai addiction go unattended, as Acai Brothers makes a refreshingly good bowl. A 5 minute drive and you’ll arrive at Ocean Street, full of bars perfect for a drink, karaoke, and bands after a long, tiring day of soaking up the sun.
Easter is always a great time, and not just because we are allowed to eat our weights in chocolate (okay, well partially that). Mostly, however, as this Easter long weekend at Mooloolaba brought back many fond memories of family holidays here! Without a doubt, Mooloolaba is always where we drive to when we need our fix of salty air and sandy beaches. To stay up to date with our next adventures, be sure to follow us on Instagram!
E and A xx