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The Twelve Wonders of Mooloolaba

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by Wayne Black (subscribe)
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.
The Saw of Stihl
The Saw of Stihl atop its pedestal
But, in our adventure, this is the First Wonder - and its sawblade points the way to the other Wonders. Sojourn Brisbane Road towards Mooloolaba.

The Second Wonder, the 'Branches of Decision' appears ahead. In reality, it's a big tree in the middle of a roundabout. Isn't a green island wonderfully better than grey concrete?
The Branches of Decision
The Branches of Decision guards the way

Decide to turn to the marina. There you will find the Third Wonder, the fabled 'Blue Tower'. A winding wooden staircase spirals up within, and at the top, a balcony gives a panoramic view.
The Blue Tower
The Blue Tower oversees all
Entry is free. Find its entrance via the way beneath the overhead walkway to Underwater World.

As you approach the Tower's entrance, you find the Fourth Wonder, the 'Seal on the Bench'. Is this meeting mere coincidence or subtle planning? The Seal won't tell.
The Seal on the Bench
The Seal on the Bench greets the seekers

Amble through the Wharf's mall towards the eastern end. There stands the Fifth Wonder, the 'Statue of the Smiling Shark'. It's a relic from when the Wharf was built, as is the 'Seal on the Bench'.
The Smiling Shark
The Statue of the Smiling Shark lives long

The Sixth Wonder, 'Monument to Lost Fishermen', is in the little park at the fisheries' end of the Mooloolaba Spit.
Monument ot Lost Fishermen
The Monument to Lost Fishermen
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'.
Steve Irmin Monument
Steve Irwin shines on

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.
The Archway
Tomorrow is just over the 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?
The Subterranean Fish
The Ring of Subterranean Fish

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.
The Buried Ship
HMAS Brisbane serves on
Actually, it is the 'HMAS Brisbane Monument', featuring the real ship's antenna.

The Eleventh Wonder, 'The Metal Birds', stands on an island in a lake. In Nelson Park, on the northern side of Alexandra Headland, a pair of enormous bronze birds, a swan and an egret, take flight.
The Metal Birds
The Black Swan of Maroochydore and the Egret of Xiamen fly together
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'.
The Antipodeans
The Spotted Lizard of the Antipodeans
They lie beside a pathway to a little gazebo. Sit and rest a while. For the time being, the adventure is ended.

The Twelve Wonders of Mooloolaba, an adventure of the monumental kind.
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Where: Walan Street, Mooloolaba, Qld, 4557
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Your Comment
Thanks for this article! I used to live Mooloolaba and know these things well! :)
by Julian Groneberg (score: 3|1806) 3131 days ago
Well done Wayne, the article caught my eye as I and others have recently and coincedently used something similar. Like the Big Chainsaw. Not sure if that one is on the unofficial Big Thing website
by glenop (score: 2|823) 3123 days ago
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.
by krist (score: 0|2) 3131 days ago
Hi Julian,
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.
by Wayne Black (score: 1|16) 3129 days ago
Hi Krist,
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.
by Wayne Black (score: 1|16) 3129 days ago
Hi Glenop,
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.
by Wayne Black (score: 1|16) 3120 days ago
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.
by grrdm (score: 0|2) 1032 days ago
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