Mooloolaba Beach Queensland for its stunning beach, restaurants and shops

Mooloolaba beach

Mooloolaba beach

Last weekend I found myself departing Melbourne to escape the cold of winter by heading to the popular holiday destination of Mooloolaba Queensland.

Mooloolaba Beach is a popular destination because it is located on the Sunshine Coast, approximately 90km north of Brisbane and has an excellent year round climate, during winter averaging 25 degrees.

This is a great destination for couples, families and groups of friends alike as there is something for everyone.

For me, given that Alex (my long suffering partner) is sadly back at home in Melbourne, I am meeting up with two friends to enjoy the pristine Mooloolaba Beach, diverse choice of restaurants and shops contained along Mooloolaba’s substantial esplanade.

Other activities on offer include water sports or all sorts (jet ski, paddle boarding, surfing), exploring Underwater World, fishing tours or wandering the Mooloolaba Harbour.

The first part of my journey is a 2.5 hour Virgin flight from Melbourne to Brisbane (AUD$122), cruising altitude 30,000 feet.

Virgin flight Melbourne to Brisbane

Virgin flight Melbourne to Brisbane

On arrival at Brisbane Airport I collect my Apex hire car which I had pre-booked for a very reasonable AUD$50 per day (trust me I looked and looked).

4:00pm
With my hire car collected and my complimentary Navman hooked up I head off to collect my two companions for the weekend.  Both friends live in sunny “Brisvegas” and will make up our threesome for the weekend.  With everybody collected we head straight up the Bruce Highway for the easy 1.5 hour drive, passing the Glass House Mountains and the quirky Ettamogah Pub along the way.

5:30pm
It is early evening on a Friday night when we three arrive at Mooloolaba.

Mooloolaba esplanade restaurants and shops

Mooloolaba esplanade restaurants and shops

We are checked into the Landmark Resort which is a self-contained apartment located right on the esplanade and overlooking the Mooloolaba beach.

 

Landmark Resort exterior

Landmark Resort exterior

Our two bedroom apartment is on level 2 and we have a decent view overlooking the street to the beach.

Balcony view

Balcony view

This will be home for the next two nights and have to say it is none too shabby.  I am sure we can easily survive two nights here!

Apartment interior

Apartment interior

7:30pm
Time to eat. With plenty of eating to be done over the weekend we begin with Friday night dinner at the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club which, like most of the surf clubs along any coast, usually have a prime beach view.  This is no exception and the place is buzzing. 

My simple but filling beef burger with chips for $23 is not bad eating and is fairly standard surf club fare.   As the band sets up we three ladies set off in search of O’Malley’s Irish Bar located further along the Mooloolaba esplanade for a refreshing beverage of course.

9:30pm
O’Malley’s Irish Bar is set back off the street, down an arcade but not hidden.  Inside, we are surrounded by multiple TV screens showing an assortment of sporting events including the AFL, Rugby League and The Ashes.  There is a band on here tonight also and we stay for a couple of songs while finishing the remnants of our second round of drinks which I have to admit have gone down far too well!

With everything so convenient, the walk back to our accommodation only takes a couple of minutes, back along the esplanade past the restaurants where we manage to grab a take away coffee, to be consumed in the comfort of our apartment.

Our Friday night in Mooloolaba has been relaxing and a perfect start to the weekend.  Tomorrow is Saturday and the forecast is for a fine sunny day…. just perfect for enjoying the beautiful Mooloolaba Beach.[showmyads]

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