Mooloolaba is a coastal suburb of Maroochydore in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. It is located 97 kilometres (60 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane, and is part of the Maroochydore urban centre. At the 2016 census, the suburb recorded a population of 7,730.[1]


Mooloolaba derives from the Aboriginal word mulu, meaning snapper fish, or mulla meaning Red-bellied Black Snake. Originally known as Mooloolah Heads, the name was changed to Mooloolaba by Thomas O'Connor in 1919 when he subdivided land for sale there.[2][3]


Mooloolaba Esplanade, 2019

Mooloolaba is bounded on the east by the Coral Sea, on the south by the Mooloolah River, on the north by Alexandra Headland and to the west by Buderim. Mooloolaba Harbour (actually the mouth of the Mooloolah River) is the home of a large fleet of fishing vessels, as well as being the northern base for the pilot vessels that control shipping through Moreton Bay and the Port of Brisbane. Due to its sheltered location in the lee of Point Cartwright, it is an all-weather harbour favoured by recreational sailors.

The esplanade facing Mooloolaba beach is a centre for tourist activity, containing the UnderWater World marine park, as well as many souvenir and clothing shops, bookshops, galleries and restaurants. Behind the apartments facing the beach are camping grounds, backpacker hostels and canal villas. It is also a tourism destination, with cruise ships regularly anchoring outside the port.

Mooloolaba is serviced by coach from Brisbane, by train and connecting bus via Nambour, Woombye, Landsborough station, and by air from Sunshine Coast Airport.


The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits Moondarra Drive.[4]


Mooloolaba is also home to the Mooloolaba Triathlon and the Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race. It is also home to various on beach events.[5]

In popular culture

Mooloolaba featured in the fourth season of The Amazing Race. Evangelist Peter Foxhall and Pastor Bill Furler pioneered an Assemblies of God church at the Mooloolaba Surf Lifesaving Club in the mid-1980s. The town was also the home of the Christian pop/rock band Newsboys, and is the fourth town mentioned in the original Australian version of the song "I've Been Everywhere".

In August and September 2015, the town garnered media attention when a French woman recorded a video claiming to have had a one-night stand with a male resident of Mooloolaba, asking him to come forward. It turned out to have been a promotional advert for the town, masterminded by a British social media expert - the woman was a French university student and actress.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mooloolaba (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ South East Queensland - Place Names 16 December 2006 Archived 22 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Maroochy Council - Place Name Origins 16 December 2006 Archived 10 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race". Sunshine Coast Daily. Sunshine Coast Newspaper Company. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  6. ^ Stephens, Kim (2 September 2015). "Natalie Amyot video: Marketer admits viral hoax". The Brisbane Times. Retrieved 18 January 2020.

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