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Take a Walk, Mooloolaba Esplanade to the Mooloolaba River Mouth

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published April 9th 2021
Take a walk, cycle or jog
Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
Your starting and finishing point ... Steve Irwin commemoration sculpture


Take a walk, cycle or jog from Mooloolaba Esplanade to the northern break wall of the Mooloolaba River and back again, a must-do section of the coastal pathway with spectacular beach views, playgrounds and recreational facilities.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
Spectacular beach views ...


I would advocate walking this 4.7km return route, as cycling and jogging would be too quick to take in the many little gems along the way.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
Stop for a play ...


Starting at the Steve Irwin 'The Crocodile Hunter' commemoration sculpture, head south towards the Moolooba River mouth. The pathway is beautifully paved and makes for an easy walk for the young, the young-at-heart, as well as for strollers and wheelchair users. Stop for a play (having a child with you may be a pre-requisite) at the very colourful, enormously popular children's playground just outside the Mooloolaba Surf Club.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
Open from 5.30 every morning ... a win-win for early birds!


Then onwards to a parent-spoil of caffeine at HUSTLE & flow, the espresso bar located under the Surf Club, offering speciality coffee, cold-pressed juices and tasty treats. The good news is that this little beachside gem opens seven days a week at 5.30 in the morning - a win-win for all the early birds.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
An awesomely wide boardwalk


The Council have upgraded a large section of the Mooloolaba Esplanade to the Mooloolaba River Mouth walk - the 3.4metre wide boardwalk has already proven its popularity, with the community and holiday-makers all making great use of the million dollar boardwalk. The boardwalk improvements have included new lighting (great for evening strolls); seating and viewing platforms along the route, plus a multitude of new native plants, intended to revegetate the surrounding dunes.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
Interesting 'natural history' tidbits to read ...


People of the Kabi Kabi language group of tribes were indigenous to the Mooloolah River catchment area, making it a significant region for the Kabi Kabi First National People, who are the recognised Traditional Custodians. 'Mooloolaba' is thought to have been derived from 'muloo a ba' the indigenous word for black snake place. Pause your stride to read the interesting information plaques, giving the 'natural history' of Mooloolaba.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
I learnt something new here ...


Fedor Konyukhov left Chile in December 2013 and arrived at the Mooloolaba Spit in May 2014, having completed 160 days at sea. The 62 year old professional adventurer and Russian orthodox priest rowed into Mooloolaba after having completed the longest, solo, man-powered voyage in history - a 9,400 nautical mile or 16,000 kilometre trip. Fascinating pieces of history to look out for, whilst exploring this portion of the Coastal Pathway.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
Break up your walk with a few chin-ups ...


For the really energetic, break up your walk with a stop off at an outdoor exercise platform - guaranteed to be really quiet outside of school holidays and early on a mid-week morning.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
Admire the beautiful selection of boats ...


I love the next section of this walk, where walkers can admire the privately owned boats at their moorings; look up to admire the Point Cartwright water reservoir and Point Cartwright Lighthouse, or just take a seat to enjoy the early morning breezes coming off the water. Readers may remember my article 'Nature Walk at Beacon Lighthouse Reserve in Point Cartwright' - a walk that runs parallel to this one, on the opposite side of the river.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
Looking towards Point Cartwright Lighthouse


Take your time along the Mooloolaba Spit, you might be lucky enough to spot a turtle or two; a diver may be having a bit of fun off the rocks or a boat or two might be cruising by, keen to acknowledge you with a wave.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
The beacon at the end is your turn-around point


On your return walk, why not pop into the Mooloolaba Fish Market - at 9.00 in the morning we were the only customers - and could unhurriedly select and purchase our fresh fish for the week.
Mental note to self: remember a soft cooler bag for the next walk!

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
A colourfully creative mural outside the Mooloolaba Fish Market


Detour through Fisherman's Park to admire the 'Fisherman's' memorial that is dedicated to the many fishermen lost at sea as well as a tribute to the fishing industry's heritage on the Sunshine Coast. The bronze sculpture depicts a fisherman holding onto a ship's wheel, bracing himself against a coming storm.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
Very happy to see us so early in the morning ...


During the warmer months, there are always cooling breezes coming off the ocean and a shady tree with a bench to relax under. Look out for the local population of bearded dragons sunning themselves along the pathways and bush turkeys foraging wildly through the scrubby areas.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
A dedication to fishermen lost at sea as well as a tribute to the fishing industry's heritage


We were fortunate to meet a skink - who definitely had not got the news memo regarding eating wild mushrooms that were sprouting all over the Sunshine Coast since the deluge of rain - and was merrily taking its time to select the best mushroom to transport elsewhere to eat in private.

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
Definitely didn't get the memo about not eating wild mushrooms


Continue back to your starting position at the Steve Irwin statue. This 4.7km easy return walk took us just over an hour to complete and that included stops to admire our local fauna as well as visiting the Mooloolaba Fish Market. Bookmark a sunny morning or balmy evening and get walking, this Coastal Pathway section is an awesome outing for every member of the family - our leashed pooches are welcome too!

Take a walk, cycle or jog, Mooloolaba Esplanade, northern break wall, Mooloolaba River, beach views, playgrounds, recreational facilities, 4.7km return, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, commemoration sculpture, easy walk, young, young-at-heart, strollers, wheelchair users, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Hustle & Flow, espresso bar, boardwalks, Kabi Kabi First National People, Fedor Konyukhov, Point Cartwright water reservoir, Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Beacon Lighthouse Reserve, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Fisherman's Park, memorial, fishermen, fishing industry, bearded dragons, bush turkeys, skink, leashed dogs, sunny morning, balmy evening
Such a pretty outing ...


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Why? To enjoy a spectacular section of the Coastal Pathway
When: Anytime, day or night
Where: Mooloolaba, QLD
Cost: FREE leisure activity
Your Comment
That was quite nicely done, quite a lot of different aspects to that long and active walk, quite an inspirational article for other writers and readers.
by T. A. Rose (score: 2|515) 188 days ago
Such a stunning coastline Elaine. Must have been a beautiful walk
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3249) 188 days ago
Love the mural.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|2495) 188 days ago
Great walk and article Elaine. Very educational with lots to see.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3165) 188 days ago
Love that walk... lucky to see a Skink..
by Barry (score: 3|2405) 186 days ago
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