Free activities in Mooloolaba.
Free activities often make great memories. The best memories and lasting family stories do not always come from visiting theme parks or attractions. There are free activities in Mooloolaba you can do with your family.
When you stay with us here at Northwind we have tennis racquets and tennis balls we lend to our guests at no charge for use on our half tennis court. We also have a selection of buckets and spades for our guests to borrow at no charge for the quintessential beach activities of castle building, water carrying, treasure collecting and hole creating. We also have some body boards our guests can borrow at no charge, so they can get an extra buzz from body boarding down at the patrolled Mooloolaba Beach.
The rock pools opposite Northwind are great to explore (with or without a bucket) at low tide. The pools have sea weeds and algae, limpets, anemones and a seemingly infinite variety of hermit crabs. The beach is over 2 kilometres of sand that is ideal for sand castle building, sand sculpture creation, hole digging, and for writing messages. Paddling , poddling or just plain standing in pools either self-made or naturally occuring along the beach is a favourite passtime for all ages. Running away from the waves and jumping the waves are energetic ways to pass the time. Creating a sculpture out of found materials such as feathers, stones, sticks, leaves, seaweed and shells can result in a piece of art which will disappear back into the environment over time and the component parts used to create another work another time.
There are many species of birds in and around Mooloolaba and watching them is endlessly fascinating: the ibis both along the Esplanade and along the canals, pelicans near the marina and flying over head, osprey fishing near the rockpools, the river mouth and canals as well as nesting near the river mouth; wagtails, terns, blackbacked gulls, pigeons under the canal bridges, swallows around and under the wharf, frog mouths, kookaburras, king fishers, glossy blacks in the casuarinas, oyster catchers around the rock pools and canals, and the ubiquitous brush turkeys along the Esplanade, in the parks and roosting in trees along the board walk. Just opposite Northwind there is a park where you can find water dragons on sunny days. These creatures often go unobserved as they are well camouflaged and motionless. Skinks and geckos are also in the same area, with the magnificent blue-tongued skinks basking in the warmth and eating the endless supply of ants and termites in the area.
All around Mooloolaba there are artworks -murals, memorial statues, quirky pieces that make you think.
While you’re down at the Wharf you can have your photo taken with the friendly creatures – a seal and a crocodile who are eternally waiting for someone to sit with them. There are also a few tricky mirrors to stand in front of to get a giggle.
The Coastal Walkway extends from the Mooloolah River mouth at Point Cartwright, and travels northwest to the Eudlo Creek where it joins the Maroochy River. Close to 10km in length there are various points of interest along the way, including the Fishermen’s Memorial on Parkyn Parade, the Steve Irwin Memorial on Mooloolaba Esplanade, various playgrounds and fitness parks, viewing platforms and picnic spots, the Ex-HMAS Brisbane memorial, ANZAC Memorial at Cotton Tree, Chambers Island and the delightfully retro-looking boathouses along the Maroochy River. There are BBQs, seats and public toilets at regular intervals along this route. The Maroochydore Library is at Cotton Tree and this is always an interesting place to visit – art displays, holiday activities for children and of course, books!
There are several Botanic gardens, reserves and parks which are worth exploring. Foote Sanctuary is a real little gem of a reserve at the top of Mount Buderim. Trees are labelled and there is a great deal of bird life. The Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens has 82 hectares of eucalypt and riparian forest with creeks, lagoons and walking tracks. It also houses the Arts and Ecology centre which is always worth a visit. More information on the Sunshine Coast Regional Council website.
The Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary borders the Maroochy River at Bli Bli. With over 950m of board walk through mangrove forests, casuarina woodlands, eucalypt forest and rainforest it is a pleasant way to spend over an hour watching several species of birds and the jewel-like fiddler crabs.
Mooloolaba is blessed with several playgrounds for children of all ages. These are scattered along the beachfront, near the marina and by the bowling club. Free electric BBQs are in Mooloolaba’s many parks and are popular at all times of the day from breakfast to dinner time.
If you bring your fishing gear you can fish from the rocks along the river mouth and the Spit, along the canals or from the beach. Or you can just watch the fishermen – some of the locals are happy to chat about what they’ve caught.
Watch the diffrent boats going in and out of the harbour – tuna boats heading off to Tonga, prawn boats off for a week or two, fishing charter boats and dive boats off for a day’s adventures, yachts of all sizes, pleasure craft, jet skis, surf boats, standuppaddle boarders.
Last, but not least there’s window-shopping. Mooloolaba has many interesting shops and the shop windows are always interesting as seasons, fashions and stocks change.