There are some awesome things to do in Mooloolaba that you don’t even need to leave this Sunshine Coast beach town during your entire visit.
However, we suggest visiting Glass House Mountains and Noosa because there are some great things to do in both of these areas too.
Mooloolaba is a great Australian coastal town that’s perfect for anyone wanting affordable beach views from their accommodation and family friendly activities in Sunshine Coast.
Here’s the best things to do in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.
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1. Swim with humpback whales in Mooloolaba
But, did you know Mooloolaba is one of the only places where you can go on a whale watching cruise and actually swim with humpback whales? What a mind blowing opportunity and something that’s on our bucket list for sure. We unfortunately visited Mooloolaba in May, just a month too early to do this once in a lifetime experience.
Strawberry picking reminds me of my childhood. I remember gorging on loads of strawberries as a kid seeing as it’s one of the only fruits the UK seems to do really well.
But, did you know you can go strawberry picking at the aptly named Strawberry Fields, just a 15 minute drive from Mooloolaba?
If you don’t fancy picking your own strawberries, you can buy them by the punnet in the shop, alongside jams and strawberry ice cream. Did we mention they do a cream tea, I mean a Devonshire tea as well?
FYI – you can only pick strawberries at Strawberry Fields from June – November as it’s obviously a seasonal thing.
There’s quite a few things to do in Caloundra and if you have a loved one interested in planes or who just wants to pretend they’re in Top Gun, go check out the Queensland Air Museum which is based a Caloundra Airport.
Open everyday from 10am-4pm the Queensland Air Museum is a fantastic activity for kids in Sunshine Coast as you can actually sit in the cockpit in one of the planes and it’s home to the largest collection of historical aircrafts in Queensland.
It’s also a not for profit so all of the staff are volunteers.
If you’re looking for indoor activities in Mooloolaba then head over to the Caloundra Rollerdome for either roller skating or ice skating, depending on the time of year you visit. You can even have skating lessons and best of all, if you’re visiting in Summer and it’s too hot outside, they have air-con to escape the heat.
The Caloundra Rollerdome is a great one of the great things to do in Mooloolaba when it’s raining.
If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Sunshine Coast, we recommend visiting Sunshine Castle, Australia’s BIGGEST castle! Filled with medieval displays, you won’t only learn a lot but there’s loads to do for kids.
Expect a treasure hunt, play dress up in medieval themed head gear and wander around on a self guided tour whilst you find the moat, towers and a drawbridge. There’s also a cafe on site so you can stop by for lunch.
It costs $15 per adult, $12 for children or$48 for a family of four.
Aussie World is a family theme park with over 30 rides to keep the kids entertained all day. You’ll find the classics such as the ferris wheel, the dodgems and more scarier rides like The Wasp. There’s a pub on site, loads of food options and even mini golf!
Single entry costs $38, a family of four $136 and a family of five $167.
Did you know Himalayan salt helps with inflammation and respiratory conditions? It’s also a great health benefit and something to do to rejuvenate the skin.
If you’re looking for a Mooloolaba day spa, why not do something different and go to the Salt Caves. A 45minute session costs $45 but they have loads of packages on offer including massage and sauna thrown in aswell.
12. See Mooloolaba from above on a Seaplane adventure
Ever wanted to go on a seaplane? Enjoy a private tour with a pilot who will be able to tell you everything there is to know about the Mooloolaba region. You’ll take off from the Maroochy River, fly along the coast and over to Point Cartwright’s Lighthouse.
If sitting back and enjoying the views whilst eating local seafood is your idea of a great day out then we recommend going on a 1h30m cruise along the rivers and canals on an award winning tour which costs $45 per person. They also have a full stocked bar on board as well 😉
Looking for somewhere to stay in Mooloolaba? Here we offer up three options catering for all budgets including one we stayed in ourselves.
Cheap Mooloolaba accommodation
Mooloolaba Backpackers is a great cheap Mooloolaba accommodation option for backpackers as it’s situated right in the heart of the coastal town and within walking distance to the beach. Expect free breakfast, free wifi and free surfboard hire!
For mid range Mooloolaba accommodation, we recommend checking out Mantra Mooloolaba Beach which is where we stayed. It’s literally the perfect home away from home, complete with cracking ocean views, an apartment with a kitchen so you can cook if you want to save on costs and they have two pools, a gym and a games room.
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach costs around $200 a night for an apartment.
Parkyn Place offers up a beautiful 3 bedroom apartment overlooking Mooloolaba Beach. The views don’t get much better and this luxury Mooloolaba accommodation option ticks all the boxes for a great family getaway.
Rates to stay at Parkyn Place cost around $600 a night.