Mooloolaba is a fun, family-friendly destination on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. This coastal town is a great place to visit with kids, and it’s close to Brisbane. I love bringing my boys to the beach; we’re lucky to call this place home.
Whether you’re planning a day trip or a long weekend, here’s a round-up of the best fun family things to do in Mooloolaba.
Fun Things to Do in Mooloolaba with Kids
1. Swim at the Beach
Mooloolaba Beach is the perfect beach for swimming with little ones. There are lifeguards year-round, and you can usually find a shady spot underneath the trees. When the kids are done swimming and building sandcastles, head over to the beach playgrounds for some fun.
2. Visit SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is an aquarium home to sharks, penguins, sea turtles and rays. Kids can learn about animals, play in the indoor playgrounds and grab a snack at the cafe. There is a seal presentation and an Ocean Tunnel that you can walk through and watch sharks, rays and turtles.
3. Walk along the Mooloolaba Esplanade
The Mooloolaba Esplanade is a scenic walkway that runs along the coast. It’s pram and bike-friendly too. Stop and enjoy the view, or check out a cafe or restaurant for a bite.
4. Splash in the Rock Pools from Alex to Mooloolaba
Little ones will love to splash around the rock pools along the coastline. Pack a sun hat, sunscreen and snacks for a fun morning or afternoon checking out the different rock pools.
5. Visit the Spit
The Mooloolaba Spit has a playground, picnic area, and walking trail. It’s a great place to have a barbeque and enjoy the perfect afternoon with your family.
6. Dine at The Wharf Mooloolaba
Whether you’re in the mood for donuts from Kenilworth Bakery or want to enjoy lunch at Rice Boi, there are plenty of places to dine at The Wharf. We love checking out the boats and grabbing a gelato for a treat.
7. Visit the beach parks
Let your little ones climb, swing and explore at the park. We love visiting the parks in Mooloolaba because they have the best ocean views. There are also picnic tables, barbecues and plenty of space to run around.
8. Take a boat trip
Whether you prefer whale watching or fishing, Mooloolaba has plenty of boat tours you can check out. I brought the boys on the one-hour Mooloolaba Canal Cruise, and we had a great time.
Is Mooloolaba worth visiting?
Mooloolaba is a world-class getaway location. The best time to visit Mooloolaba is Spring (September to November) or Autumn (March to May).
Where to Stay
Book your accommodation in advance and stay close to the beach for the best views.
With its beautiful beaches and clear waters, Mooloolaba is the perfect place to visit with kids. What’s your favorite family thing to do?
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