I'm a freelance writer, living in the Mooloolaba area, and enjoying the chance to promote its attractions.
Published November 21st 2012
Mooloolaba - twelve wonderful sights
Want an adventure to fill a couple of spare hours, a day even? Then, you are in luck. Pack your map and camera, and in the grand tradition of expeditions to the Seven Wonders of the World begin the search for the Twelve Wonders of Mooloolaba.
Our trail begins where the Sunshine Motorway joins Brisbane Road to lead left to Mooloolaba. The First Wonder, 'The Saw of Stihl', sits atop a glass and steel pedestal. Mooloolabans refer to it as the big chainsaw on top of the lawn mower shop.
Try the popular fish and chips and sushi at the adjacent shops. Rest at the nearby BBQ facilities.
The search now backtracks to Mooloolaba esplanade's central park, to two more Wonders at its northern end. On the verge of the park there the Seventh Wonder glows brilliantly white, looking out to the ocean horizon. It is the 'Steve Irwin statue'.
Across the road is a high, freestanding concrete and metal frame, the Eighth Wonder, 'The Archway to Tomorrow', according to urban legend. Sit on the bench before it, and gaze through the 'doorway' to the far horizon.
Is there not wonder in the beyond where each new day arises?
Turning westward, you see the shopping mall of the Mantra Resort. Within its marbled maw, a splash of diffused sunlight illuminates the Ninth Wonder, 'The Ring of Subterranean Fish'. What depths do they plumb?
Journey on towards Alexandra Headland. The Tenth Wonder, 'The Buried Ship', rests in a park on the headland's seaward slopes. A closer view reveals the prow and masthead of a concrete ship emerging from the grassy hillside.
They symbolise respectively Maroochydore and its sister city Xiamen. Sit at the tree-shaded bench placed specially to view the grace of this wonderful example of international cooperation.
The Twelfth Wonder, 'The Antipodeans', rests in the shaded quiet of Nowinga Park. Actually, there are three parts to this Wonder, the gigantic 'Spotted Lizard', the 'Reclining Red Kangaroo', and the massive 'Basking Platypus'.
Great article, more interesting and better written than the usual 'Check out XX beach because OMG beach!' pieces on weekendnotes Sunshine coast. I'll definitely follow your work, Wayne Black, i like your style.
Good to read from someone who appreciated the review. There were a couple of other things that I would have liked to included - and, no doubt, others that I don't know. For instance, the octopus that used to be on the overhead walkway at Underwater World. But, they'd removed it for a refurbishment! Oh well.
Thank you very much for the appreciative comment. I wondered how the article would be received. It was meant to be a little different and a bit of fun, but there's no guarantee how it's going to be interpreted. I'm glad you saw it the same as me. Thanks for the support.
Thanks for the comment. I had a read through your 'Architectural Wonders' article and I see what you mean - coincidence occurs a lot in my life. I like the 'slant' , and you got some good stuff there. I'd like to try the same with Mooloolaba, though it doesn't have the variety and quantity of buildings. Still, now, you've opened my eyes, I'll take a fresh gander.
We had a walk through the Mooloolaba wharf last week and unfortunately your 4th wonder 'the seal on the bench' is no more. Seems to have been replaced with seating for one of the nearby new restaurants. Had a look around thinking it may have been moved to a different spot but could not see it. Maybe it will be relocated somewhere once all the refurbishment work has been completed.