Cruises to Mooloolaba - Sunshine Coast
Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast
As the gateway to the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba is blessed with beautiful beaches and heavenly hinterland - a pairing that’s hard to beat.
Just north of Brisbane, Mooloolaba has sophistication and relaxation down to a fine art. But if you only do one thing in Mooloolaba, make sure you sink your toes into Mooloolaba Beach. It’s one of Queensland’s most famous and its northfacing position provides natural shelter, making it exceptionally safe for swimming. Along the Esplanade, the historic Surf Club Mooloolaba, built in 1919, marks the moment when holidaymakers discovered the lure of Mooloolaba’s shores, and it still stands proud today. Prior to life as an iconic beach destination, Mooloolaba was best known for its timber-cutting depot and fishing industry. In fact, Mooloolaba Harbour is home to the largest trawling fleet on Australia’s east coast.
At A Glance
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What To See
Swim with humpback whales
Ever dreamt about swimming with humpback whales? If you’re lucky enough to cruise into Mooloolaba during whale watching season (June - November), you can do just that - a Sunshine Coast first. As the curious whales come close, witness their breathtaking displays of breaching, lob tailing and pectoral fin slaps, and enjoy an experience unlike any other.
With over 600 stalls, there’s not much you won’t find at Australia’s biggest art and craft market. Every Wednesday and Saturday - rain, hail or shine - you’ll find original artwork, handmade toys, locally-designed jewelry, coffee, freshly-baked breads, locally made cheeses… the list is endless. When you’ve had your dose of retail therapy, sit back and enjoy local performers or a massage.
A visit to Sunshine Coast’s rejuvenating hinterland is like a breath of fresh air. Stroll the laneways of Montville. Venture across the Blackall Range to arty Maleny, where you can find every kind of healing therapy or chill out in an organic café. Or visit the mysterious Glass House Mountains.
Your ship will anchor off shore and a regular tender service will operate to SEA LIFE Mooloolaba.
Mooloolaba’s town centre and beachfront is within short walking distance.
Mooloolaba is blessed with delicious produce from the sea and hinterland, and it can be found at the end of Parkyn Parade or along Mooloolaba Esplanade (also great for alfresco dining), where local restaurants take pride in locally-sourced offerings. For fresher than fresh seafood, wholesalers offer great deals on catches straight from trawlers - make sure to try the famous Mooloolaba prawn.
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed, subject to inspection.
Sweeping ocean views, a relaxed vibe and a distinct style make Mooloolaba a gem of a shopping destination. All retail outlets are located within walking distance of the Wharf and Esplanade. Just opposite the Wharf, beneath the Sandcastles on the Beach apartments, you’ll find designer boutiques.
Mooloolaba Esplanade offers an array of designer clothing, shoes, swimwear, jewellery, unique gifts and accessories. There are also excellent art galleries featuring paintings and handcrafted ceramic, bronze and glass ware.
Mooloolaba enjoys a year-round mild climate. Summer can be hot with average temperatures between 21 and 29 degrees, often accompanied by a refreshing sea breeze. Sea temperatures range from around 26 to 28 degrees in the warmer months and 20 to 22 degrees during the cooler months.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign cardholders.
Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home (where applicable). Free Wi-Fi internet is available along Mooloolaba Esplanade near The Surf Club Mooloolaba and outside Mantra Mooloolaba Beach.
WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.
There are a range of Shore Tours available to really get the most out of your time at Mooloolaba. Shore Tours can be booked onboard at the Shore Tours desk and are subject to availability. Guests are required to meet at a specific location for each Shore Tour departure. Please refer to your Shore Tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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