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Mooloolaba Esplanade
Vacation Travel Guide

Walk along the waterfront, have a barbecue on the grassy parklands, let the kids enjoy the playground and shop in the boutique shops after a swim in the ocean.

Come to the bustling Mooloolaba Esplanade to dine or shop with a view of the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. Along with the beach, the boat harbor and rock wall of The Spit, this central strip is a highlight along the scenic Mooloolaba waterfront.

The Mooloolaba Esplanade is nestled between the Korean Veterans War Memorial Wall and Arthur Parkyn Park, where the Esplanade bends south to become the River Esplanade.

Start at the northern end of the esplanade and check out the marble statue of Steve Irwin with his children Bindi and Robert. Known as “The Crocodile Hunter,” the late TV star was famous for his close encounters with crocodiles, snakes and other dangerous Australian wildlife.

There is no shortage of boutique stores and galleries along the esplanade, so shop for fashion, jewelry and gifts from Australian and international brands as you make your way east.

Arguably the Esplanade’s quirkiest attraction is a Loo With a View. Its viewing deck offers superb views across the Pacific. The artworks on and around this public toilet is part of A Gallery By the Sea, an art project involving mosaics and sculptures with boats, the sea, fish and the wind as a theme.

Take a little detour to Beach Terrace and get your photo taken at the free-standing frame with the ocean as your backdrop.

At the southern end, visit the Mooloolaba Surf Club for a coffee, fish and chips or ice cream. Extend your walk by following the River Esplanade inland, as it follows the shoreline of the Mooloolah River.

To take a beach walk instead, head eastwards to the Rock Wall, the breakwater of the river inlet. This route takes you across boardwalks and through parklands for about 20 minutes and is a favorite with jogging locals and cyclists.

At sunset, choose from the wide variety of restaurants and cafés on the esplanade or make use of the barbecues with ocean views. Let the kids run wild in the nearby children's playground before it is time for bed.

Most of the Mooloolaba Esplanade is nestled between First Avenue and Beach Terrace. Note that parking spots can be hard to find in the heart of Mooloolaba and parking fees apply.

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Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Mooloolaba Esplanade & Venning St, Mooloolaba, QLD
The price is ¥19,008 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18

Located in Mooloolaba, this luxury aparthotel is steps from Mooloolaba Esplanade and Mooloolaba Beach. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and Maroochydore Beach are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,059 reviews)

"So close to all the shops and beach the restaurants where all on the door steps no need for a car."…"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2020

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Seamark on First
Seamark on First
4 out of 5
29 First Avenue, Mooloolaba, QLD
The price is ¥22,736 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

Located in Mooloolaba, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba Beach, and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast. Maroochydore ...

4.4/5Excellent! (186 reviews)

"Lovely and clean Our apartment did not look as good as one here in picture NEED blockout curtains in main bedroom"…"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Seamark on First
First Light Mooloolaba
First Light Mooloolaba
4 out of 5
25/27 First Avenue, Mooloolaba, QLD
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Located in Mooloolaba, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Mooloolaba Beach and Mooloolaba Esplanade. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and Maroochydore ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (104 reviews)
Great Mid-Week Getaway

"Really lovely apartment (2 brm water view) well equipped with everything you need for a home away from home. Very clean and comfy. My only niggle was the cheap toilet paper.....but that's hardly worth mentioning."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

First Light Mooloolaba
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Mooloolaba Esplanade & Venning St, Mooloolaba, QLD
The price is ¥19,008 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Seamark on First
Seamark on First
4 out of 5
29 First Avenue, Mooloolaba, QLD
The price is ¥22,736 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
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First Light Mooloolaba
First Light Mooloolaba
4 out of 5
25/27 First Avenue, Mooloolaba, QLD
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Windward Apartments
Windward Apartments
3.5 out of 5
137 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QLD
The price is ¥26,473 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
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Newport Mooloolaba
Newport Mooloolaba
4 out of 5
135 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, QLD
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Breeze Mooloolaba
Breeze Mooloolaba
4.5 out of 5
3 Meta Street, corner of Mooloolaba, Esplanade and Meta Street, Mooloolaba, QLD
The price is ¥17,530 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
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Coco Mooloolaba
Coco Mooloolaba
4 out of 5
79-83 First Avenue, Mooloolaba, QLD
The price is ¥21,120 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
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Raffles Mooloolaba
Raffles Mooloolaba
4 out of 5
65-69 First Avenue, Mooloolaba, QLD
The price is ¥20,778 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Raffles Mooloolaba
Osprey Apartments
Osprey Apartments
4 out of 5
Cnr The Esplanade & Buderim Ave, Mooloolaba, QLD
Osprey Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.