It is a brilliant sunny Saturday morning and the first proper day of our weekend break at Mooloolaba in Queensland.
Today’s weather is in stark contrast to Melbourne’s which I have been reliably informed by Alex (my long suffering partner back in Melbourne) is a chilly 5 degrees. I am so pleased to have a break from that!
Our BYO breakfast is enjoyed on our private balcony of the Landmark Resort, which I have to say is huge and close to the action.
Our grand plan for the day is to walk the beach and then join two more friends for a leisurely catch-up lunch.
We set off to the beach, turn right at the sand and walk the length of the Mooloolaba beach down to the marina area.
The wide sandy beach looks brilliant in the sunshine of the aptly named Sunshine Coast.
We walk the water’s edge where the sand is clean and smooth. The water is cool and, with the hint of a breeze, we enjoy the near perfect conditions.
There are kids swimming, mucking about on boogie boards, people on paddle boards, jet skis, a group of little nippers are here and there is a wedding about to start. It is a perfect day.
Coffee time. We manage to source what looks like could be a reasonable coffee option amongst the selection of fish and chip shops in the marina area. I am hesitant to think that fish and chip shops and decent coffee making necessarily go together but am willing to give it a try… they do have a coffee machine at least.
With coffees in hand we return to the brilliance of the beach and find a shaded spot to sit and enjoy the view.
“25 degrees” says the weather indicator on the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club as we return from a long wonderful walk along the wide clean beach of Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.
With our morning exercise done for the day, its time to look to lunch.
Lunch is a casual affair taken over the next 2.5 hours. Our group is now five, with two additional friends who live further up the Sunshine Coast having driven down for the afternoon to join us. The main esplanade which fronts the Mooloolaba Beach has a smorgasbord of eating options so the biggest decision we have is where to eat.
Also amongst all these cafes and restaurants are the usual ice creameries and smoothie bars, best left for another time…
Time to walk our two friends back to their car and take the opportunity to check out the marina precinct.
With everything a short walk from our accommodation, the hire car will sit safely tucked away in the complimentary car park of the Landmark.
Also as part of the marina area is Underwater World, a tavern and some more eateries including the Hog’s Breath Cafe.
Kiss kiss…. as we wave goodbye to our two friends. Now back to our original threesome, we head back to the esplanade to take some sunset/twilight snaps of the Mooloolaba Beach.
Could it really be time to eat again? Montezumas mexican restaurant is the destination where we partake of some tacos, burritos and chilli bean dishes. The meal is ok.
Coffee to go… and back to our accommodation to linger a while from the upper deck of the Landmark Resort to check out the view.
There is also a spa and bbq area hidden up here.
Finally back to our apartment to enjoy its comforts for our final night staying at the beach… (insert sigh here).[showmyads]
For previous Mooloolaba Beach series post see Mooloolaba Beach Queensland for its stunning beach, restaurants and shops
For next Mooloolaba Beach series post see Mooloolaba Beach Queensland for a perfect winter break