Why go to Mooloolaba?
Breathtaking beaches, pristine national parks, an unhurried vibe and great food
One day is not long enough to explore the Sunshine Coast area
A 'surf and sun' escape for locals that has plenty more to offer visitors
Mooloolaba Cruise Port Facilities?
The Wharf Mooloolaba is about a 200-metre walk to the start of The Esplanade and its multitude of shops and eateries. However, The Wharf Mooloolaba itself contains quite a few places to shop and dine. There is an ANZ ATM next to The Savvy Squire (123 Parkyn Parade). If a quick bite to eat before or after the day's activities is in order, or a last-minute souvenir needs to be purchased, The Wharf Mooloolaba fits the bill. It's a good point to start or end a cruise. Visit Sunshine Coast also coordinates cruise ship activations at The Wharf Mooloolaba for each cruise ship arrival. These are located immediately as passengers disembark, giving cruise passengers access to Sunshine Coast ambassadors who provide maps and local visitor information for day trips around the region. Visit The Booking Box (0419 704797) on the wharf to get onboard river cruises, fishing charters, tours, activities and experiences around the Sunshine Coast. You can also reserve tickets to attractions such as Australia Zoo. If you would like to book a pre- or post-cruise tour between the Gold Coast and Hervey Bey, you can visit thebookingbox.com.au and reserve your spot online. Editor's note: there is free Wi-Fi at The Wharf Mooloolaba.
Good to Know?
The subtropical climate means the sun can have a bit of bite, even if it's cloudy and the sea breeze feels lovely and cool. In the warmer months, it's best to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30+ To be extra careful, wear a light, long-sleeved cotton shirt.
The 'loo with a view' is a public amenity overlooking the beach on The Esplanade near Brisbane Road. Despite the name, you don't go to the toilet to look at the view. The view occurs after you've used the restrooms and walked out onto the large deck area, which juts out over the sand. It's one of the best-known landmarks in Mooloolaba because so many people use it as a meeting point.
On Foot: Mooloolaba is very much a walking destination and everything it has to offer is within a 20-minute stroll of The Wharf Mooloolaba. The walk to Alexandra Headland is about 2.5 kilometres from The Wharf Mooloolaba and does involve walking up and down a sloping footpath.
By Taxi: There is a taxi stand at The Wharf Mooloolaba should you wish to venture further then the nearby beaches. The on-demand ride service Uber is also available throughout the Sunshine Coast.
By rental car: Rental cars are available and the closest is Sunset Rent-A-Car (Shop 9, Zanzibar Arcade, 47 Mooloolaba Esplanade; 07 5370 7400; open Monday to Friday, 8 am to 3pm, Saturdays 8 am to noon, closed Sundays and public holidays) located in an office inside Mantra Zanzibar on The Esplanade just after Brisbane Road (heading away from The Wharf Mooloolaba). It is open seven days a week but with limited hours on Sunday. Other major car rental companies such as Avis (74A Aerodrome Rd; 07 5453 1999; open Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday 8 am to noon; Sunday 8 am to 11 am); Hertz (07 5443 3108) and Budget (07 5443 6555) are all located at Maroochydore, which involves a 4.8-kilometre taxi ride.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The currency is the Australian dollar. There is an ATM at the wharf and a few more located along The Esplanade. ANZ Bank is located opposite the Sunset Rent-A-Car office in the Zanzibar Arcade, just after Brisbane Road. There is also a rediATM inside Oceans Resort (101 Mooloolaba Esplanade) and a Commonwealth Bank ATM opposite the Mooloolaba Post Office (on the corner of Brisbane Road and Hancock Street). Most businesses in Mooloolaba have contactless payment technology.
English is the main language spoken in Australia. In a tourist hub such as Mooloolaba, Aussie locals are as likely to say 'g'day' as 'good afternoon'. They will almost certainly say 'no worries', too, if you thank them for their help.
Where You're Docked?
Cruise ships moor about 1.5 kilometres off Mooloolaba and come by tender from the cruise vessel to The Wharf Mooloolaba, which recently underwent a $10 million refurbishment. Mooloolaba Beach is a surf beach, so tenders enter a channel -- the entrance to the Mooloolah River and a canal system behind Mooloolaba -- and passengers disembark at The Wharf Mooloolaba.