Sun, surf, and seafood are top of mind in this Sunshine Coast beach town.
Part fishing port, part booming beach resort, Mooloolaba is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular spots. Join local families to swim and enjoy water sports along Mooloolaba Beach, go surfing at Alexandra Headland, then tuck into fresh-from-the-ocean seafood at an oceanview restaurant. Campers can check into a holiday park right by the beach or escape to the hinterlands for a bush camping experience.
Moreton Bay Just south of Mooloolaba, white-sand beaches stretch along the shores of Moreton Bay, but the real highlight is cruising around the bay’s many islands. Pitch your tent by the beach on Bribie Island, spot wild dolphins as you swim and snorkel around Moreton Island, or combine lazy beach days with wildlife watching on North Stradbroke Island. Sunshine Coast Mooloolaba is ideally situated for exploring the rest of the Sunshine Coast. Head south to the beaches of Caloundra, a hot spot for water sports, and spot koalas and kangaroos at Australia Zoo. To the north, the surf town of Noosa Heads has some of the region’s best coastal walks, as well as thrilling 4WD beach drives through the Great Sandy National Park. Sunshine Coast Hinterland A short drive inland, the rolling hills and farmlands of the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands offer a change of scenery for campers. Hikers can explore the unique landscapes of the Glass House Mountains, climb to the summit of Mount Tibrogargan, or enjoy woodland walks in the Beerburrum State Forest. For foodies, many artisan producers have opened their doors to visitors, so add a visit to a macadamia farm, ginger factory, or honey farm to your itinerary.
As the name suggests, sunny days are plentiful along the Sunshine Coast, so pack for warm weather even in winter (June through August). Summer (December through January) is peak season, when the town hosts several open-air events and festivals, but plan ahead if visiting at this time—coastal campsites can book up months in advance.
- The Sunshine Coast has an excellent public transport service, but having your own transport is useful for exploring the hinterlands and national parks. - Mooloolaba has a large selection of shops where you can pick up camping gear and stock up on supplies before heading out into the hinterlands. - Fire bans are common in Queensland during summer and dry periods, so check local recommendations before lighting your campfire and always use designated fire pits.