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Wikipedia: Mooloolaba, Queensland

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Mooloolaba
Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Mooloolaba Beach with Alexandra Headland (at right)
Population: 7,376 (2006)[1]
Postcode: 4557
Area: 5.4 km² (2.1 sq mi)
Property Value: AUD $477,000[2]
Location: 97 km (60 mi) from Brisbane
LGA: Sunshine Coast Regional Council
State District: Maroochydore
Federal Division: Fisher
Suburbs around Mooloolaba:
Buderim Alexandra Headland Pacific Ocean
Mountain Creek Mooloolaba Pacific Ocean
Sippy Downs Minyama Buddina

Mooloolaba is a tourist resort township in the centre of the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia, 100 km north of Brisbane.

Etymology

Mooloolaba derives from the Aboriginal word mulu meaning Snapper fish, or mulla meaning Red-bellied Black Snake. Originally known as Mooloolah Heads, the name was changed to Mooloolaba by Thomas O’Connor in 1919 when he subdivided land for sale there.[3][4]

Geography

Mooloolaba is bounded on the east by the Coral Sea, on the south by the Mooloolah River, on the north by Alexandra Headland and to the west by Buderim. Mooloolaba harbour (actually the mouth of the Mooloolah River) is the home of a large fleet of fishing vessels, as well as the northern base for the pilot vessels that control shipping through Moreton Bay and the Port of Brisbane. Due to its sheltered location in the lee of Point Cartwright it is an all-weather harbour favoured by recreational sailors.

The Esplanade facing Mooloolaba beach is a centre for tourist activity, containing the UnderWater World marine park, as well as many souvenir and clothing shops, galleries and restaurants. Behind the apartments facing the beach are camping grounds, backpacker hostels and canal villas.

Mooloolaba is serviced by coach from Brisbane, train via Landsborough station, or by air from Sunshine Coast Airport.

Mooloolaba featured in the fourth season of the Amazing Race. Evangelist Peter Foxhall and Pastor Bill Furler pioneered an Assemblies of God church at the Mooloolaba Surf Lifesaving Club in the mid-1980s. It is also where the Christian pop/rock/gospel band the Newsboys started out.

References

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). “Mooloolaba (State Suburb)”. 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved on 2008-02-28.
  2. ^ domain.com.au, accessed 27 December 2007
  3. ^ South East Queensland – Place Names 16 December 2006
  4. ^ Maroochy Council – Place Name Origins 16 December 2006

Coordinates: 26°41′S 153°07′E / -26.683, 153.117

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