Mooloolaba Beach is one of the best in Australia. In fact, it was recently named in the Top 10 beaches in the South Pacific in the TripAdvisor traveller's Choice Awards, so it’s little wonder that holidays here revolve around the coastline.
Make a splash at Mooloolaba
But there's more to explore than simply throwing a towel down on the sand (though we suggest you do that too).
We've rounded up some of the best ways to explore Mooloolaba's coastline, from Australia's first sully submersible tourist submarine to snorkelling with turtles and swimming with whales.
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba
Mingle with the little blue penguins, examine the star fish in the tidal pools, and try not to freak out over the gigantic sharks looming above you in the 80m long underground sea tunnel.
At SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast you’re bound to discover new things about the amazing features and habits of cool and quirky sea creatures. From jellyfish to turtles, rays and seals, there’s hours of exhibits, tunnels and aquariums to explore.
The aquariums’ Australian fur seals and sea lions are huge fan favourites, with the entertaining seal presentations delighting crowds of all ages. You’ll have to reef yourself away!
Saltwater Eco Tours on the Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba
Ahoy! All aboard the Spray of the Coral Coast, a 113-year-old timber sailing vessel for a one-of-a-kind experience on the calm waterways of Mooloolah River.
Saltwater Eco Tours combines local indigenous culture with maritime history, delicious native bushfoods and live music to create incredible immersive experiences that will stay with you for life.
Learn more about the Sunshine Coast’s First Nations people with Kabi Kabi traditional owner Aunty Bridgette Chilli explaining the rich stories and vital lifeline the river systems provided to her people and how they survived.
As you cruise along the river keep an eye out for the many bird species like eagles and osprey as the sun sets behind the Glass House Mountains in the distance.
Swimming with whales
The crew at Sunreef Mooloolaba are possibly more at home underwater than above it.
With their careful guidance, you could find yourself swimming, snorkelling or even diving alongside whales or duck diving among turtles in no time. Does it get much better than that?
Learn how to scuba and free dive here with Padi experts and hire all your kayak’s, SUP’s, jet skis and boats too. It’s ALL about the marine with these fine finned people!
Taking groups regularly to the ex-HMAS Brisbane dive site and other world class sites, get ready to discover colourful hidden worlds, with hard and soft corals and an array of sub-tropical fish species and wonderous sea life.
Taking a tour on the amphibious Aquaduck Sunshine Coast vehicle will quack you up! (sorry, we couldn’t help it...)
Cruising along Mooloolaba Beach, the Esplanade, and taking in views over the Pacific Ocean by road, enjoy the roar of delight from your fellow tour group as the Aquaduck transforms from truck to boat and hits the water for a boat cruise spotting wildlife, and experiencing the majestic beauty of the Mooloolah River.
Watch the bustle of fishing trawlers and the locals in their little tinnies zipping by.
For an outing that feels oh-so-European, put your loafers on for a boat cruise with Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba, where you will enjoy ample waterfront viewing from anywhere onboard.
Your journey begins at a leisurely pace toward the bustling Mooloolah River mouth to enjoy breathtaking, scenery right up to Noosa headland.
Next, your guides will stop at the local Mooloolaba Fish Markets to pick up fresh, local seafood for your dinner. Sit back as you enjoy local snapper and Mooloolaba prawns while the sun sets behind the Glass House Mountains, gliding past little islands, the harbour and canals. Lunchtime cruises are also available. Toot toot!
Adventure Rafting & Coastal Express heading out into the ocean from the Mooloolaba Spit
Pack your boardies and hold on, you’re about to go on the wildest boat ride on the coast with Adventure Rafting!
Feel the wind whipping your face and the world whirr by as you skim over the deep blue waters from Mooloolaba to Old Woman Island near Mudjimba on a custom-built RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) speed boat.
Originally built for Australian Border Force missions, the raft is equipped with unparalleled manoeuvring capabilities and safety standards, ensuring your time on the water is first class fun.
Get ready for some high-speed tricks, turns and wave riding as you take in the stunning coastal scenery and wildlife on tour!
From whale spotting to cruising the seas in a kayak, scones and tea on a slow cruise or a spot of deep sea fishing, Sunshine Coast Afloat loves looking after your sea faring adventures.
Winner of Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards in 2020 and 2021, you’re in the best of hands with the crew as you venture out for the day to the deep sea to land a ‘monster’ or prepare yourself to cruise the canals of Mooloolaba on a sturdy kayak.
Whatever your happy place is on the water, you’ll find it here.
Down Under Submarines in front of Mudjimba Island off the Sunshine Coast
See the world from the bottom up on Australia’s first and only submarine for tourists with Down Under Submarines.
Embarking on your deep-sea journey, take the plunge of diving in a true submarine going down up to 30 meters or stay ‘top side’ in a surface only experience.
As part of the underwater tour, you’ll learn the ins and outs about the submarine as you take in the dark depths, sealife and scenes as they unfold in the underwater world surrounding you. Ready to get deep?