The name Mooloolaba is thought to have derived from either the Aboriginal word 'mulu' for snapper fish or from 'mullu' meaning red-bellied black snake. Lieutenant Heath surveyed and chartered the Mooloolah River mouth and harbour in 1861. The following year, Tome Petrie, explored the region for timber resources. By 1864, the first land was purchased at the mouth of the Mooloolah River by William Pettigrew.
Residents and visitors can enjoy a sub-tropical climate, it is rarely blazingly hot and rarely freezingly cold. Tropical lighting storms are common in the summer months. The temperature range from 17°C to 28°C in Summer and 7°C to 23°C in Winter.
Mooloolaba offers both a beachfront and riverfront location along the Mooloolah River. The main beach in Mooloolaba is the Mooloolaba Spit, which is ideal for families and is backed by pretty parkland offering wonderful picnic areas. Due to its fabulous location, Mooloolaba is the perfect place to enjoy surfing and fishing. From Mooloolaba you can also head out to sea to enjoy a day of deep sea or game fishing.
The Esplanade is situated opposite the beach featuring a number of cafes and restaurants. There are also several shops and boutiques where you can purchase gifts, clothing and unique artwork. Another large shopping centre is the Sunshine Plaza, which is located a short distance north of Mooloolaba and offers a number of different shops and dining outlets.
Mooloolaba is also home to a large port, which accommodates the Auckland to Mooloolaba and the Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Races. Next to the port is a large shopping, dining and entertainment complex called The Wharf. Underwater World is located at The Wharf and is a great place to learn about and see a number of different sea creatures including sharks. Mooloolaba also features a number of other attractions that you can enjoy.
If you want some fantastic photographs of Mooloolaba then visit the famous 'Loo with a View'. The public conveniences have become a fantastic photo spot.
Mooloolaba offers a range of accommodation suitable for a range of different budgets and styles, including hostels, hotels and apartments.
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