Mooloolaba: a beach playground

Each year, in July, we try to abandon our New Zealand winter, and head for the sunshine and warmth of the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia, just for a few days.  Mooloolaba is a resort township right on the coast of South East Queensland, with a population of about 7,000. The average maximum temperature in mid winter (July) in 20C, making it a favourite get-away destination for Australians from the southern states, and for New Zealanders.

The name Mooloolaba is derived from the Aboriginal word “mulu”, meaning snapper fish, or “mulla” meaning red-bellied black snake.  There are shops, alfresco dining, and accommodation beachside.  Mooloolaba has been our favourite beach since we spent many hours sandcastle-building there when our children were young, during the time we lived in Australia.

Photos were taken in July 2012.

Sunrise swim at Mooloolaba

Sunrise swim at Mooloolaba

 

Early morning on the Mooloolaba Spit

Early morning on the Mooloolaba Spit

 

Mooloolaba Beach

Mooloolaba Beach

 

Sand dredge Port Frederick

Sand dredge Port Frederick

Mooloolaba Harbour is home to many recreational craft and commercial fishing vessels. There is a dangerous sandbar at the entrance to the harbour, which can be very hazardous to negotiate at low tide.  The sand dredge Port Frederick was brought in to try and resolve the ongoing problem. It was frequently on view from Mooloolaba Beach, where we were walking in the late afternoon sun.

 

Club life saving day

Club life saving day

 

Mooloolaba harbour entrance

Mooloolaba Harbour entrance

The curved beach is very pleasant for walking .  At the southern end, on The Spit, is  this rock wall which provides shelter for the harbour entrance.  It is a favourite fishing spot.  There is a popular beachside pathway/boardwalk along the entire Mooloolaba Beach and it continues alongside neighbouring Maroochydore Beach.

 

Neighbouring Maroochydore Beach

Maroochydore Beach

 

Kayaking at Maroochy River mouth

Kayaking at Maroochy River mouth

 

Windswept at the Mooloolaba

Windswept at Mooloolaba

 

Mudjimba Island, with Coolum behind, from Mooloolaba

Mudjimba Island with Coolum behind, from Mooloolaba

 

Australian White Ibis on the beach

Australian White Ibis on the beach

 

Surfing at sunset

Surfing at sunset

 

Dusk on Mooloolaba Beach

Moonrise on Mooloolaba Beach

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