Underwater World SEA LIFE
Ever wanted to swim with sharks but didn’t quite have the courage? At Underwater World you can take the plunge with a scuba chaperone, diving in the Shark Shipwreck tank with more than eight species of the feared man eaters. If the thought has you quaking in your booties, how about walking through a tunnel while the sharks swim and circle overhead? With 16 themed zones, the award-winning aquarium has something for everyone. Say hello to Marge the crocodile in Freshwater Streams, see tentacles galore in Jellyfish Kingdom, have your photograph taken with a fishy friend at Seal Island, and be dazzled by hundreds of tropical fish in Pacific Reef. The attraction also has a Tidal Touch Pool, where you can handle a starfish, and an Octonauts Zone and three-level playground for the kids.
Join the locals with a bundle of freshly caught fish and chips at The Spit, a shady peninsula wedged between the ocean and the Mooloolah River. The area has a safe, sheltered beach, several playgrounds and treed grassy areas, and is a hit with families. Have a snooze in the shade, enjoy a swim, then stroll out to the end of the rock wall for great views of Mooloolaba Beach and to watch boats cruising through the river mouth.
The iconic Loo with a View could never be accused of false advertising. Occupying pride of place overlooking Mooloolaba Beach on the esplanade, the public changing complex is the main access point to the beach and a popular meeting place. Dine at one of the many restaurants and cafes overlooking the water, then get set for a lazy afternoon on the beach. There are ample showers to wash away the excess sand, patrolled swimming zones and a kids’ playground. When it’s time to beat the heat, head to the Mooloolaba Surf Club for a quenching drink served with stunning views.
There’s a colossal warship begging to be explored just off Mooloolaba. But you’ll need a tank and a wetsuit to see it. The scuttled HMAS Brisbane is a diver’s playground and one of Australia’s top 10 dive sites. Join a reputable dive company and discover the mysterious marine treasures lurking in this man-made reef. Fin down the chimney festooned with soft corals and patrolled by lionfish, eyeball an octopus and come face to face with giant grouper.
Mooloolah River Cruise
If you prefer your water-borne adventures above the surface, join one of the many cruise operators on a gentle meander up the Mooloolah River and canals. Boats depart from The Wharf Mooloolaba, and there are several cruises from which to choose. Book a seafood lunch cruise and explore the harbour, river and canals while you tuck into a feast of prawns, or why not up the romance on a sunset voyage, where you can enjoy gorgeous twilight views of Mooloolaba over a glass of champagne with your beloved.
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