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Mooloolaba Beach & Esplanade

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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published August 15th 2012
Make a move on Mooloolaba
It's hard to imagine any time on the Sunshine Coast that doesn't include at least a little spent in Mooloolaba on the beach and esplanade. Perhaps the jewel in the crown that is tourist destinations on the Coast, Mooloolaba doesn't ask for your attention, it demands it.
Looking out over Mooloolaba Beach from the Loo with a View
Looking out over Mooloolaba Beach from the Loo with a View

It all happens on the Mooloolaba Esplanade and beach. Even as a local you'll feel like you're a world away walking down the street. You'll be overloaded with cafes, restaurants and boutique shops on offer. It has a Surfers Paradise kind of feel too it, and not in a bad way. It's very easy to feel relaxed around here.
Picture yourself here
Picture yourself here

If you're up for a nice panoramic view of the area (and why wouldn't you be), cross the road for Loo with a View. Now this is a location that definitely lives up to its name it's a toilet block with outside viewing decks. While the bathroom facilities themselves could do with a bit more maintaining, the decks outside and up above really does offer some beautiful shots of the area.
Great spot for tourist snaps
Great spot for tourist snaps

Around the Loo you'll see a lot of playgrounds and park areas lining the beachfront. There's also a considerable amount of tables available for an outdoors breakfast, lunch or dinner, with a couple of public barbecues on offer. Make sure you arrive early though if you're keen to set up camp, it can get quite crowded down there.
The Esplanade
The Esplanade

Mooloolaba Beach truly is something to behold. It's not world famous for nothing, you know. This is a great place to kick up your feet and relax. The beach is massive, so even on the busiest days you'll manage to find a patch of sand to call your own. This is a great beach for beginners or those not too confident with ocean swimming. For that added peace of mind, the beach is patrolled seven days a week, all year round.
Looking out to sea
Looking out to sea

Shopping wise, the Esplanade has a lot on offer but it can be a bit price. You'll notice lots of boutique shops popping up around the place, and a couple of souvenir outlets as well.
Mooloolaba Beach is one of the most popular on the Sunshine Coast
Mooloolaba Beach is one of the most popular on the Sunshine Coast

You're spoiled for choice when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat in Mooloolaba. Besides a handful of famous restaurants (Hot Pipis, See Restaurant, M@Mooloolaba just to name a few), there are also some local favourites. Thai Seasons cannot be overlooked. It may look a bit odd but there's no better Thai food on the Coast. Montezuma's is another. The choice really is yours, you'll find a bit of everything here: Italian, Indian, sushi, pizza, vegetarian. The list goes on. Name it, it's probably along the Esplanade. As mentioned before, there's also a great selection of coffee to be tried. One of my favourites has to be Emjays Coffee.
Beautiful but busy day out on the Esplanade
Beautiful but busy day out on the Esplanade

Give just how popular Mooloolaba is, be ready for a race to the parking spots. I visited on a recent weekend with stunning weather and had to search for a while for a park. If it's a day like this, go straight for a back street, don't wait around, everyone wants to spend their entire day here just like you.
The footpath along side the beach
The footpath along side the beach

By now it's probably easy to see why Mooloolaba hosts such great events all year round, best of all including the biggest New Year's Eve party on the Coast and the annual Mooloolaba Triathlon.
A beautiful sunset over Mooloolaba
A beautiful sunset over Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba really is the Sunshine Coast's crowning glory. A trip to the Coast without at least swinging by the area is just time wasted.
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Why? To tell you're friends you're at the world famous Mooloolaba Beach, to soak up the sun, enjoy fine dining and drinks in relaxed environment
When: Whenever the sun is shining
Where: The Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Cost: Free
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