Some say Mooloolaba has it all – even a loo with a view – and this explains the title of my post, Moo-LOO-laba!
Well they’re not far wrong and I thought I’d share some photos of what we’ve enjoyed during our month’s stay here, from when we arrived on 7 February 2021. If you want to read about our passage to Mooloolaba, please take a look at my blog Manly to Mooloolaba. For summary details, take a look at our ship’s log.
We’ve had a great time in Mooloolaba. We’re directly over the road from the beach so have enjoyed regular afternoon swims, as well as supporting the nearby restaurants. But I think my favourite are the Mooloolaba prawns, which we’ve had a few kilos of! We’ve also used the bus service to go to Maroochydore and Kawana, which is very efficient and with the bus stop a little over a kilometre from the marina, it means we can enjoy a ‘guilt-free’ ice cream and stock up on lollies from Fudgees at The Wharf. The Wharf was built in 1988 with further stages completed in the early 90s. Its construction was inspired by similar wharf-side developments such as the Santa Monica Pier and Fremantle Jetty. It has an interesting history and if you’re interested in more information, here’s a short story.
We also had the opportunity to catch up with new friends, the owners of another Ocean Alexander, Aquabelle, and with school friends of Robert’s.
Canals and the 'Duck Pond'
The canals and homes around Mooloolaba and neighbouring suburbs are vast, as you can see from the first image below, which is a screenshot I’ve taken from google maps. There’s always something going on around the marina, with many people involved in kayaking, canoeing and other water sports. There’s also an amphibious “Aquaduck” providing tours of land and water, I have wondered if the driver needs both a bus and a boat licence!
The area known as the ‘Duck Pond’ has a varying reputation, depending on what you read or who you talk to. I was expecting the area to contain derelict boats, not unlike those I wrote about in my blog Brooklyn’s Boat Boneyard. But this was not the case and even though there was one boat clearly needing some work (as evidence by the gaffa tape) the other boats I saw were in seemingly good condition. It’s also reported that boats often drag their anchors in storms and while there were a couple of boats that might have been too close to each other, the rest seemed OK while we were in the area.
Coolum Beach with views from Point Perry Lookout
We hired a car for a couple of days to explore a little further afield. On the first day, we went to the Buderim Ginger factory and enjoyed a short tour of the factory, learnt about how ginger was processed, and stocked up on all things ginger to help ward off seasickness! We also went to the Nut Factory nearby and stocked up on macadamias! Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos, probably because I was engrossed in sampling products. Then we took a drive via Coolum Beach and Point Perry Lookout.
Caloundra and Point Cartwright
On the second day that we’d hired a car, we headed to Caloundra for breakfast at the Sandbar cafe, and later took a walk around Point Cartwright. Unfortunately it was drizzling a little on this day. Whenever we hire a car, we also spend time shopping and stocking up on essential cat supplies, since they seem to eat a lot and consequently use a considerable amount of cat litter!
Where to next?
We’re planning to head to Hervey Bay, leaving Mooloolaba on Sunday 28 February. Stay tuned for the next blog, which will cover the Wide Bay Bar crossing and our trip up the Great Sandy Straits.