Things to do in Mooloolaba

Our most recommended things to do in Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba: Seafood Lunch Cruise

1. Mooloolaba: Seafood Lunch Cruise

Depart for your seafood lunch cruise from The Wharf in Mooloolaba. Jump aboard this entertaining 1.5-hour cruise along the river and canals of Mooloolaba, a top destination in Australia! Kick back and relax with table service and entertaining commentary from your guide. Come with an appetite - included on the cruise is a choice of four meals: fish and chips, calamari and chips, fresh Mooloolaba prawns, or a burger and chips. Upgrades and extras will be available on board. Enjoy your delicious meal while sailing by the beautiful sunny coastlines of Mooloolaba. With a fully licensed bar and comfortable booth seating onboard, this is a day out for the whole family to enjoy! 

Sunshine Coast: Mooloolaba River Sunset Cruise

2. Sunshine Coast: Mooloolaba River Sunset Cruise

Unwind into the Mooloolaba evening with a cocktail or two and a selection of the catch of the day while sailing effortlessly through the magical scenery of the Mooloolah Rivers.  The cruise picks you up from Wharf Mooloolaba, and takes you out to the river mouth first to enjoy scenic views right down to the Noosa headland.  Next stop is the local Mooloolaba fish markets to pick up the fresh catch of the day. You’ll then continue on a leisurely cruise through the bottom section of the Mooloolah River, and then through the harbor and canals. The boat is fully licensed so you can purchase wine, beer, cocktails and soft drinks all on board. And if you’d like to eat, A full à la carte menu is offered, using the fresh catch of the day picked up at the market.

Sunshine Coast: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Ticket

3. Sunshine Coast: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Ticket

Take part in animal conservation activities on Australia’s Sunshine Coast Aquarium with access to the SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba, approximately 1-hour from Brisbane. Learn about projects to protect the local environment, discover the unique wildlife of the billabongs and more. Then, come face to face with seals, otters, and even sharks! General admission will get you up-close to many of the creatures that live beneath the sea and show you more about their fragile ecosystems. Discover what animals inhabit the surrounding waters of Queensland and what measures are being taken to protect them. Be entranced by the delicate movement of seahorses in the Seahorse Sanctuary. Touch an array of sea stars and sea cucumbers in the Tidal Touchpool. Explore the coral gardens, clown fish, and sea anemones of the Pacific Reef. Go to the brand new Coastal Wreck zone, and learn about the many species that inhabit the coral reefs of Australia. Learn about the unique wildlife of the billabongs, including freshwater sawfish, barramundi, and pacu fish (a cousin of the piranha). Marvel at creatures whose ancestors have been in the world for more than 650 million years in Jellyfish Kingdom, come up close to fierce-looking moray eels, and much more.

Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

4. Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

Discover the Sunshine Coast from the water on a canal cruise on a historic timber ferry, the only 1 still in operation in the region. Departing from Mooloolaba, explore the coast and canal system and enjoy an optional lunch at a nearby restaurant after the cruise. Upon departure, cruise past the wharf complex and marina towards Mooloolah Island, a man-made island where you can find some of Mooloolaba’s most luxurious mansions and award-winning homes. Continue on past Minyama Island and learn all about its famous residents including celebrities and sports stars. Then, enter the Kawana Canal system and learn the history of the area's development from useless swamp land to some of Queensland’s most expensive real estate. Enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline from Mooloolaba Beach right up to Noosa Heads as the boat turns around at the river heads before returning back through the river. Pass the pilot boats used by the Brisbane pilotage service and see where the wild Osprey Eagles nest. On the way back, pass by commercial fishing boats, including the largest long-line fishing fleet in Australia. Finish off the cruise by passing the Mooloolaba Marina and Yacht Club. Select the lunch option and combine the cruise experience with a meal at a local restaurant. Choose from a specific menu of fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes, plus sides, and 1 house wine, beer, or soft drink.

Mooloolaba: Sunshine Coast Sunset Canal Cruise

5. Mooloolaba: Sunshine Coast Sunset Canal Cruise

As the setting sun slowly slips behind the majestic Blackall Mountain Range to the west of Mooloolaba, cruise through the waterways. Watch as nocturnal wildlife begins to appear and bird calls welcome the evening. Listen to commentary from your onboard skipper. Grab some dinner to bring onboard and purchase drinks with the licensed on board bar. Head to the pier to meet your guide and group and hop aboard the vessel. Your skipper will provide commentary while the glass-fronted waterside mansions reflect the setting sun. Check out the fishing boats returning to the harbor with their fresh catch of prawns, crabs, and fish. The trip ends back at the wharf.

Mooloolaba: 1-Hour Land and Water Tour

6. Mooloolaba: 1-Hour Land and Water Tour

The one-hour amphibious Aquaduck tour includes an informative tour along Mooloolaba Beach, the Esplanade, and Sunshine Strip with a cruise through the canals and waterways. This tour offers a perfect mix between beautiful natural landscapes, wildlife, and waterways with the homes and mega-mansions of the super-rich and famous. Onboard, stories are shared featuring the history of the region including those from the original owners, beach culture, local produce, wildlife and much more. The tour has a one-hour duration and is a fantastic way to see and experience the heart of the Sunshine Coast. There are many photo opportunities on the tour and guests are encouraged to bring cameras, phones, and GoPro's.

Mooloolaba: Adventure Rafting Wildlife Tour

7. Mooloolaba: Adventure Rafting Wildlife Tour

Set off on a rafting adventure on a custom-built vessel as you explore the Mooloolaba coastline and Mudjimba Island. Get some informative commentary about the Sunshine Coast while you keep an eye out for dolphins and other sea life. Kick off your tour with a safety briefing before boarding your raft. Cruise the Mooloolah River while taking in the sights. See the local fish market, La Balsa Park, and some charming local houses. Admire the impressive Mooloolaba birdlife and meet some of the local Pelicans living at Point Cartwright. Check out the artwork featured on the Point Cartwright Lighthouse. Afterward, head to Mudjimba Island where you'll stop to view the local turtle population and learn about the Indigenous history that surrounds this interesting island.

Sunshine Coast: Hinterland Tour with Snacks and Drinks

8. Sunshine Coast: Hinterland Tour with Snacks and Drinks

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in Noosa, Mooloolaba, or Alexandra Headland and head straight to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Immerse yourself in 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest and admire epic views of the Glass House Mountains. From here, visit Maleny, a small but charming town bursting with character and friendly locals. Next, arrive at Gardners Falls, a local favorite that boasts breathtaking vistas. Enjoy a refreshing dip under a glistening waterfall and soak up the beauty of nature. After your swim, stop at Gerrards Lookout where you can marvel at yet more epic Hinterland landscapes. Continue the tour to Montville, arguably the jewel of the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland. Spend some time exploring this picturesque location, then enjoy a break for lunch. After lunch, visit Mapleton Falls National Park for an epic rainforest walk to an impressive 120-meter high waterfall. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, begin the return journey to your accommodation.

From Brisbane: Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure

9. From Brisbane: Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure

Your guide begins the adventure by letting the tires down on the 4WD and hitting the surf beach. Make your way towards Fort Bribie WWII Bunkers along the sand. Stop to view wildlife and the various lagoons along the way. After an informative, historical tour of the WWII bunkers, this is when the real adventure begins! The scenery changes from rugged Australian bush to open forests, swampy wetlands and dirt roads, all in the blink of an eye as you head inland and hit the 4WD tracks of the Bribie Island National Park. Following a stop for lunch, enjoy the opportunity to see local kangaroos, goannas and other wildlife at Poverty Creek. Next enjoy the serenity and the stunning views of The Glass House Mountains. After a picnic lunch and group photo in front of the Pumicestone Passage, continue along the 4WD track to White Patch.

Mooloolaba Turtle Tour

10. Mooloolaba Turtle Tour

Get up close with the wildlife of the Sunshine Coast on a boat tour from Mooloolaba wharf. Listen to educational onboard commentary from your local skipper. Sit back and relax in a comfortable seat with a high back as you cut through the water in a high-speed vessel. Feel the power of the engine as your skipper takes you to wildlife hot spots. Look for fish, turtles, and playful dolphins. See graceful sea birds and take a peak at what life is like below the waves with underwater cameras that live-stream what is happening below the ship in real time.

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What people are saying about Mooloolaba

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 252 reviews

It was fantastic. Our Captain/Tour guide, as well as the other crew member, who waited on us made the cruise exceptionally enjoyable. the food-especially the fish was delicious. Fully recommended!

Beautiful views and great tour guide history telling with a nice drink

relaxing trip,the right length, good food and beverages

Easy bus transfer, fun markets and lovely little town.

Recommend this to anyone wanting a relaxing night out