Here on the Sunshine Coast, we have a habit of getting stuck in our own neck of the woods. (Which is totally okay, because you gotta love where you live.) But occasionally, the time comes to break out, jump in the car, zip across the bridge or up Nicklin Way and find your way to somewhere else worth exploring.
And this time, we're shining a light on Mooloolaba. Sure, it’s a hub for visitors to the Sunshine Coast, but Mooloolaba is also a locals’ paradise. And with so many things to see and do, and almost never enough time, we thought y’all might appreciate a little guide on how to do Mooloolaba.
So, we’ve wined, we’ve dined, we’ve shopped ‘til we dropped… In fact, we’ve pretty much done it all to bring you this nifty little list of the best things to do in Mooloolaba. Who's ready?
- Start the day with a smooth cup of joe from The Colombian Coffee Co.
- Wander along the Alex-Mooloolaba foreshore for a solid dose of Vitamin D, salty sea air and spectacular coastline.
- It’s not a Mooloolaba bucket list without a visit to Acai Brothers. Can’t decide what to order? We have three words for you: raw nutella bowl.
- Do as the vegans do and brunch at CK Coffee Bar and Wholefoods.
- Hands up if you live on the Coast and don’t know how to surf? There’s no time like the present and Mooloolaba Beach is one of the best spots to learn. Take your cue from the pros at XL Surfing Academy—you’ll be standing up after your first sesh!
- Have a barbecue at one of the free setups. Grab the crew and some brews and secure your beachfront posi for a cheap afternoon of fun.
- Pack your inflatable donut/flamingo/whatever-you’ve-got, and head to the spit for prime floating conditions.
- Up your Insta game with a photoshoot at the rocks. Not feeling the candids? Get the ultimate group shot at the free-standing photo frame near Beach Terrace.
- Brunch at The Velo Project, possibly Mooloolaba’s worst-kept secret. Go there and you’ll understand why.
- Sit at Gainsbourg and people-watch the shit outta everyone along the esplanade. With a cocktail in hand, of course.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat from Around The Corner.
- Shop up a storm along the esplanade, popping in to Number Nineteen and Ark and Arrow, of course.
- Head to Good Bar on a Thursday and chow down on some $2 tacos. You couldn’t cook dinner at home for that price… Or maybe you could, but it totally wouldn’t be anywhere near as delish.
- Order fish and chips (with chicken salt!) to go from the Fish & Chippery or Mooloolaba Fish Market and set up on the sand for a sweet sunset-turned-evening picnic.
- Mooloolaba is home to some of the Sunshine Coast’s best Italian food – head to Via Italia for fresh and modern dishes, or hit up the infamous Augello’s to see what all the fuss is about.
- Cruise in to the Beach Bar and Grill on Thursdays for an epic $18 parmy. With a whole menu dedicated to parmies, you know they’re gonna be good.
- Reel in tonight’s dinner from the break wall.
- They say the best views come after the hardest climbs. Luckily for us, one level up does just fine! Head to Spice Bar for the meal of a lifetime and Pacific Ocean vistas.
- Turn your Sunday arvo into a ‘craft-a-noon’ at Your Place, with $10 pizzas. Ace!
- Saunter along the esplanade with a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in hand.
- Take a classic “hot dogs or legs” shot while tanning. Upload and “check in” at Mooloolaba Beach.
- Bring your pooch along for some fun and go for a run along the boardwalk—just don’t go at peak times, unless you’re into sharing the path with 27,000 other people.
- Pull up a stump at the surf club and check out the lifeguards action.
- Explore Mooloolaba’s backstreets a little differently—secure a SUP board from Hire Hut and paddle your way around the canals.
- Get messy with a rack of melt-in-your-mouth beef ribs from Dirty Moes. Don’t be shy about doing the old button pop halfway through your meal.
- Head down to Pier 33 and have a cocktail with a water view.
- Then it's time to hit up Rice Boi or The Dock for dinner. Sweet!
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Image credit: Daniel Hine for The Urban List