The weather was looking promising this morning so after breakfast we walked 150 metres or so into the Cotton Tree shopping centre to catch the 600 bus into Mooloolaba. Theoretically we could have walked there but we had decided to use our energy walking around Mooloolaba rather than walking to Mooloolaba. We’d driven through Mooloolaba several times in the past but had never had an opportunity to actually have a walk around.
After a 10 minute bus trip we were at our destination. The main drag was very busy and obviously popular with visitors. Each of the high rise apartment blocks has one or more cafes at ground level and chairs and tables all over the footpath. We certainly had plenty of choices for coffee and after a bit of a wander around we settled on Entice Café. The coffee was very good and we had a good view of the water, but there were people everywhere and it wasn’t exactly restful.
From Entice we crossed over the road to have a wander along the beach. It’s a bit unusual to comment but the structure around the public toilet block was very impressive with timber and stone, a couple of huge taps that were actually outdoor showers, seats and benches, and there was a children’s play area, and so on.
The views along the beach were also impressive. We could look out towards Point Cartwright in one direction and back towards Maroochydore in the opposite direction. The lifesavers were on duty but it was interesting to note that the flags were only about 10 metres apart. There were still a few people in the water though.
After a good look at the Mooloolaba beach we headed for a walk along The Spit. It was a very pleasant walk in dappled shade but eventually we headed back towards civilisation.
We ended up at the Wharf precinct which was quite a surprise to us. There were plenty of large and small yachts and motor cruisers moored there. This is the place where whale watching tours are based, and there are also scuba diving schools and other water sport activities available. It’s also the home of ‘Underwater World’. There are several cafes in this precinct and a range of other retail outlets as well.
From the wharf area we had a bit of a walk around the back streets but eventually decided it was time for lunch so we headed back towards the main tourist area. We stopped at Bellissimo Café which overlooked the water and importantly wasn’t overly crowded. We enjoyed a delicious meal of fresh local fish with appropriate liquid refreshments.
All good things must come to an end at some stage so eventually we had to leave Bellissimo and make our way to a bus stop and back home to Bertha.
Another great day in paradise !