Underwater World is a fantastic Aquarium on the Sunshine Coast. It is world class and definately worth a look when you visit the Sunshine Coast. See the Seal show and enjoy the underwater tunnel. Don't forget your camera!
Well this Yogurt World naturally addictive fun place is new here in Mooloolaba....maybe you have seen heaps of these 'do it yourself' yogurt places elsewhere but for me and my friend it was a first.
The shop is open and inviting and there is someone there to show you how it works. Simple really....You grab a container, small, medium or large and choose your flavour. we both had mango but there were heaps more ...just help yourself....then move down to the extras ...nuts, fruits, sauces, all sorts of things you can add to your serving....take as much as you like....you pay by weight
Well the customers were rolling in...literally ....some were on rolling boards....there were mums with prams...plenty of room.
Most went walking off with their treat ...others sat inside at the tables.
And the spoons were cute....blue, green,...many colours to match the Yogurt World bright decor...see the photos of the bright aprons the staff are wearing...
If you enjoy cruising canals we have quite a nice one on offer leaving The Wharf Mooloolaba. You will board M.V. Mudjimba and can choose to have a tavern lunch.
A canal cruise costs $18 and with a Tavern Lunch $26 (current in 2012)
"One Hour Still Water Cruise ----- Informative commentary,
Views of multi million dollar homes on the Kawana Canals and Mooloolah River Islands.
Feed the pelicans. See the local prawn and tuna fishing fleets, Yachting Marinas"
Departs 11am....1pm.....2.30pm....but just check before rollling up....extra cruises usually available in school holidays.
photo from the website
For family fun........
If you take Parkyn Parade right down to the very end you will be at The Spit.....You will have passed The Wharf, and The Yacht Club on your right and now you will have found a spot for the family, with kids, which is fun night and day.
Sure these photos will seem a little sombre in the night light but put it down to my little camera.
There were families sitting in the beach sheds having a meal as the kids ran around and had fun in the playground...one was riding some sort of board on wheels.
There are heaps of fish and chip shops or you can barbecue your own food.
One of the cafes had a sign board with 'Kids Specials" just near the entrance.
You will enjoy this little spot.
Cotton Tree is one of those places on The Sunshine Coast which holds memories of days gone by in the minds of the locals. They remember coming down as kids to play on the Esplanade...to swim in the safe waters.
There used to be a dance hall...many memories of girls sitting around the hall and boys hovering around the door......
Today there is an aquatic centre (swimming pool), a backpackers, cafes, access to a beach area where you can walk along the sand, a leather shop, a tea house, and on Sundays a Market till 12md. Nice place to enjoy breakfast.
Oh and there is a post office hidden down an alley...and a barber......and a bowls club
The area takes its name from the Hibiscus tiliaceus plant which is also known as Coastal Cotton tree or Cottonwood. Plenty of these are still visible near caravan park and the old creek near Fourth Avenue....see the photo
For some history read here
The sun rising over the sea is always spectacular but when you add a few cluds on the horizon, Norfolk Pines and fishing boats and have the advantage of a bit of height you are in for a treat. It is well worth getting woken by the lorikeets.
The first market in Eumundi was in 1979. It had three stalls eight customers and a turnover of $30!
After a year of trading the market gained a reputation for great produce and friendliness.
By 2002 there were over 250 stalls and the markets now operated on a Wednesday.
The markets are known worldwide and are very popular with visitors for that unique Aussie gift!
There are an increasing number or musicians and performers as well as numerous international food outlets from Dim Sum to Paella.
The market hours are - Sat 6:30am - 2:30pm and Wed 8:30am - 1:30pm.
The land for the sanctuary was given to the people by the Foote family in memory of their son Eric, who was killed in WWI. It lies on the eastern slope of Buderim mountain and is 9hectares in area.
It is mostly wet sclerophyl forest with some remaining rainforest. As time has passed and the area has regrown more fauna, especially birds (82 species at last count), has made it home there.
The main entrance is via Foote Avenue from the carpark. Other entrances are off local streets.
Entry is free but dogs are not allowed in the sanctuary.
Well Australia has beaches....outback regions....and national parks but here in Mooloolaba it is all about the beach. This is my favourite beach on The Sunshine Coast... and in my time I spent a lot of time in the water.
There is good surf yet some protection....the surf is just across from the esplanade where there are shops and restaurants galore. The main drag to Noosa skirts around the back so you do not have the fast traffic between you and the beach.
And there are life savers on duty...be sure to swim between the flags....and do not take our sun for granted ...it will burn....see Mind the the sun, the jelly fish, and rips
There are rock pools ....have a scramble... great for the kids and big kids as well.
See you on the beach
You can do this Dunethin Rock road trip from Mooloolaba even though I originally wrote it starting at Yandina.
Just drive along the Mooloolah River at the Maroochydore end of town heading towards Bli Bli.
You are now close to homemade strawberry icecream........
In the Strawberry season you will find the McMartins Strawberry farm open for business and serving cups of tea. The homemade strawberry ice cream is famous.
McMartins Farm Sports Road, Bli Bli, 4560
Ph. 07 5448 5497 / 0410 534 560
The Wharf is where you will see may ships in their moorings and where you can dine at the elegant See Restaurant. ...Of course Hogs Breath is there as well if you prefer a less formal dining...a real Aussie icon and the food surprisingly good.
There are a few boutiques and also a spot to buy an icecream if that takes your fancy.
Underwater world is just across the way from the shopping complex and down at the far end you will find a Tavern. where you can find a few poker machines (slots) to get rid of some spare cash
When in Mooloolaba you have a number of options for your Saturday morning.
You can visit the EUMUNDI MARKETS or Australia Zoo, or enjoy breakfast at the Surf Club, and /or loll on the beautiful Mooloolaba beach..
You can visit the EUMUNDI Markets Wednesday or Saturday every week
Come rain or shine you will enjoy visiting historical Eumundi and the wonderful Markets for the best Saturday morning on the coast
Eumundi Market Bus
Leaves Mooloolaba 7.30 am (pick up and drop off)
Door to door transport is available in air conditioned mini coaches.
includes discounted morning tea.
3 hour stay
24 hour bookings 07 54741500
By Sunbus or train Ph 13 12 30
If you are driving your own car there are large parking areas....just mind yourself in the main street....the meter men have a field day.
Here is a link to Markets on Sunshine Coast
A Day at Australia Zoo
For a fun filled unescorted day at the world famous Australia Zoo...home of the crocodile hunter keep reading.....
You will see the crocodiles being fed....enjoy a leisurely lunch in the complex
"There is no other zoo like Australia Zoo! We pack in stacks of wildlife action every day and there are always plenty of exciting wildlife shows to see" This promise is on the website
You can easily drive from the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane.
BUS BOOKING ESSENTIAL ,,,,Tourist Info centre or 07 54362000
There is a bus every day $A5 but it has to be booked in advance.The bus is large and comfortable and picks up at Caloundra, Maroocydore, Alexandra Headlands ,and Mooloolaba by PRIOR arrangement.
At present (2012) the bus starts its run at 8.45 am at Caloundra
It leaves for home at 4pm
So you will be a bit tired at the end of this full day but save a bit of sparkle for a fun filled night at the Coast!
Cost $59 adults
$47 on a pension
and a family pass option
payable on admission
Mooloolaba ,the same as the other small places nearby such as, Alexandra Headlands, Cotton Tree, and Maroochydore are not far from many other attractions on the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland.
You will find a number of great attractions easily enjoyed in a day.
You can drive to Buderim,20 minutes by car at the most or Montville high up on theBlackall Range and even discover The Secrets on the Lake or my very favourite place to eat on the Range(best food IMO)The Elements
Not far away of course is Maleny and the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains.
The Mooloolah River near the coast is very busy with boats from commercial trawlers to private dinghies. Tour companies operate from here and it is the home of the Mooloolaba Yacht Club.
For a quiet day fishing on the river try the Maroochy River. There are many ramps to launch a boat or you can hire one from operators along the river at Bradman Avenue.
A favourite fishing spot is Dunethin Rock in the upper reaches of the river near Yandina.