The coastal suburb and popular tourist destination of Mooloolaba is a great base for a huge range of exciting experiences across this stunning region.
Whether you’re a local looking to liven up a weekend, or a visitor planning your Sunshine Coast holiday itinerary, you’ll find lots of options in the town itself, as well as a variety of exciting things to do on the Sunshine Coast as a whole, including in Noosa around an hour’s drive to the north.
One of the must-do experiences in Mooloolaba, for those lucky enough to be in the area between June and November, is getting out on to the water to see whales. A whale watching cruise is the best way to see whales up close, and each year thousands of them migrate along Australia’s east coast.
This best-selling whale watching cruise offers spectacular views and even comes with a sighting guarantee! Humpback whales and minke whales are commonly sighted, but if you don’t see any whales during your three-hour trip, you can cruise again for free during the same season. Look out for a range of other marine life too, as dolphins, turtles and more are regularly spotted.
If you’ve never seen these magnificent creatures from close range, Mooloolaba is a great place to make it happen. For an added shot of adrenaline, you can strap-in to a racing seat for the two-hour extreme whale watching trip on a jet boat with a fully-enclosed, air-conditioned cabin. This gives you a high-speed ride to and from the whales and great views once they’ve been located.
For a real bucket list adventure, you can even jump on a swim with whales tour from Mooloolaba. Suitable for competent swimmers aged eight and up, this is a unique opportunity to join these creatures in their natural environment, and an experience you’ll be talking about for years to come! Wetsuit, snorkel and expert crew provided.
Come rain or shine, SEA LIFE Aquarium is there for a great family day out on the Sunshine Coast. The area’s top family attraction is easy to reach, as it’s located a short distance from the main esplanade at Mooloolaba Wharf. Walk underwater through the glass viewing tunnel, and look out for seals, sharks, tropical fish, turtles, otters, stingrays, sawfish and more as you make your way around the place.
Make your marine experience even more memorable by booking a swim with seals, or a seal encounter. These are an awesome opportunity for an up-close and personal encounter with these gorgeous creatures, with the chance to learn more about them and have a souvenir photo.
If it’s a thrill you want, Mooloolaba has you covered. Get out on to the water to see this stunning coastline from a whole new perspective with a fast-paced jet boat ride. Enjoy a range of high-speed manoeuvres and twists and turns as the captain cranks the throttle and rides the waves.
Fancy yourself as a pilot? Make this the year you finally learn to fly, with this incredible hands-on flying lesson from Caloundra Aerodrome over spectacular Sunshine Coast scenery and Mooloolaba Beach! Your training will start with a 15-minute flight simulator, then your experienced flight instructor will show you how to do it for real with a 30-minute flight in a real aircraft. All flight time is logged and can go towards your licence, if you decide to continue your learning. You’ll even walk away with free HD footage of you flying the aircraft. Perfect for showing off your new skills to family and friends.