Mooloolaba is a great place to base yourself and explore the area more. Mooloolaba's a small resort town with big beaches and a big river which makes it the perfect spot for a holiday. Safe walkways and cycle paths run all along the beach front making it the ideal place to enjoy the cooling breezes and go for a stroll or run.

The kids can hang out at the playgrounds right by the Mooloolaba beach and the waterfront area has a huge variety of fine restaurants and cafes to suit every taste and appetite, with the Surf Life Saving Club restaurant always a family favourite and Aussie icon.

The beaches in Mooloolaba are great for surfing with lessons available for newbies while keen surfers can easily surf a different spot every day at tops surf spots in Alexandra Headland, Coolum, Maroochydore or the points in Noosa which are all just a short scenic drive from Mooloolaba. As with any beach on the Sunshine Coast swimmers should always read the lifeguard warnings, stick to the patrolled areas and swim between the flags.

Mooloolaba has an international standard marina and is well known for sailing and fishing with the name Mooloolaba deriving from an Aboriginal word meaning snapper fish.

But no worries if you don't have any luck catching your own fish. Just head down to the wharf area where there are plenty of excellent fishmongers selling the freshest seafood for you to take back to your accommodation and cook yourself. Or have a night off cooking and choose from fish and chips eaten outside while the kids play nearby or feast in at one of the seafood restaurants. If you need to burn off calories rather than take more on board the Mooloolaba wharf area is another great place to exercise with fabulous play and work out equipment for adults as well as kids.

The Sunshine Coast hinterland make a stunning backdrop to Mooloolaba's sparkling coast and white sand beaches. Take a trip to the Glasshouse Mountains just a short drive inland or to quaint rural towns like Maleny for a walk in one of the national parks, to see a waterfall or for a dip in a freshwater swimming hole.

No visit to Mooloolaba is complete without a trip to Underwater World to learn more about the ocean inhabitants and be entertained by them. Huge aquariums boast shark, rays and every type of fish you've ever heard of plus many more you haven't, and get ready to be impressed by the antics at the seal show.

If you're visiting Mooloolaba between June and November this is the time of the whale migration with whales frequently seen off the coast. Try climbing nearby Mount Coolum and you might see whales spouting out at sea. Or better still go on a whale-watching tour to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures. Australia Zoo which is only a 20 minute drive from Mooloolaba runs whale watching tours from Mooloolaba wharf cruising the beautiful coast line of the Sunshine Coast daily in search of majestic humpback whales. A trip on Whale One is an experience to remember.

Conveniently situated about a 90 minute drive north of Brisbane, Mooloolaba has everything you need for the perfect holiday and makes the ideal base for day trips to Noosa, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the Glass House Mountains, Australia Zoo and the Eumundi markets.