Port Mooloolaba, a jewel of Australia’s Sunshine Coast, has long been a getaway for local Aussies. For the last few years (since 2014), cruise travelers have also begun to experience what this bustling port town has to offer. Popular excursions include visiting the Australia zoo, trying local ginger at the Buderim Factory and getting some sun at the local beach.
When the worst thing that you can say about a place is that you’ll probably get a sunburn, it’s hard to go wrong when choosing what to do there. Mooloolaba is located an hour north of Brisbane, and is a great jumping off point for all kinds of nearby adventures. There’s a remarkable amount of attractions but how to decide what to do in Mooloolaba?
If you only have part of a day to explore, shop at Eumundi Markets or spend a few hours at The Spit. Eumundi is the largest art and craft market in Australia with over 600 stalls. You’ll find locally made foods like breads, cheeses and coffee. For unique souvenirs, take home handmade toys and jewelry or original artwork and trinkets. Keep one thing in mind – the markets are only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Port Mooloolaba Beach
The southern end of Mooloolaba Beach is called The Spit. It’s a bit more sheltered, the water is calm and clear, and it’s a nice walk from the livelier boardwalk. Another fantastic way to experience the great outdoors is on the Mooloolah River. The river begins on the slopes of the Blackall Range and flows east to southern Mooloolaba and into the South Pacific Ocean. This eastern end of the river branches off into canals throughout the town. You can take a cruise through these canals on one of many tours, or venture further off into Mooloolah River National Park on a self-guided kayak tour. Kayaks will cost about $25 for two hours.
If you have more time or a more adventurous spirit, go further into the rejuvenating hinterland. Inspire the hiker in you by exploring the Glass House Mountains. Visit the charming mountain top village of Montville or artsy Maleny where you can make a whole day of it, stopping at a dairy farm, craft brewery and spa.
Port Mooloolaba isn’t only a lovely port to spend a day in but also a superb home base from which you can explore much more of the Sunshine Coast, from Noosa down towards The Gold Coast.
Travel tips from smart travelers like you.