The times and travels of Jodie and her little men out and about on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. A focus on family-friendly venues, events, things to do and fun under the sun.
Published March 7th 2012
What is the best way to get from the University of the Sunshine Coast to Mooloolaba Beach?
You can drive along the Sunshine Coast motorway, although this will take you around 10 minutes, plus the 15 minutes you'll need to find a car park once you arrive.
You may opt for a local bus ride to make the journey. Sunbus routes 615 and 616 are your best bet, and leave from the University roughly every half hour. Allow up to 30 minutes for the bus journey.
Or, if it's sunshine, fresh air and exercise you crave, you may wish to jump on board a bicycle and make the journey using pedal power. The pathway, between the University of the Sunshine Coast and Mooloolaba, is one of the Coast's lesser-known bikeways.
The path runs adjacent to the Sunshine Coast Motorway, and can be accessed from the University via Claymore Road. The level, sealed path meanders alongside the Mooloolah River National park.
As you ride along the gentle track, you will catch glimpses of tea-tree woodlands and open eucalypt forests. Ride slowly enough and you may spot a resident eastern grey kangaroo or three. During late winter and spring, the pathway becomes an excellent vantage point for wildflowers that bloom within the National Park.
If you are feeling fit and ambitious, you can conquer the ride in less than 20 minutes. Although I would recommend allowing up to 45 minutes to cycle from the University of the Sunshine Coast to Mooloolaba at a gentle pace.
Once you reach Mooloolaba you may wish to park your bike at one of the many bike stands located at the 'Loo with a View'. Mooloolaba offers a host of activities and dining options, but make sure you save some energy for the cycle home.
A long ride deserves a cool drink at Mooloolaba Esplanade
1. Pack sunscreen and wear sun protective clothing - much of the path is exposed to the elements. 2. Bring swimwear along. Unwinding in the surf and sand is a perfect way to refresh yourself after the cycle. 3. Bring a secure bike lock so you can feel safe leaving your bike at the racks while you enjoy Mooloolaba.
4. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and pack a large drink bottle. Drink stops and public taps are limited along the path.
5. There are no public toilet facilities along the pathway until you reach Mooloolaba.