The weather is really warming up in Queensland and if you are a born and bred Queenslander like me you know what that means; storm season has begun. You also know it is time to take full advantage of your weekends when it is a super day with clear blue skies, temps in the mid 20’s and a cool breeze. So what do we do? We get ourselves to the nearest beach thats what!
Living in Brisbane this means the choice of best beaches leads you north to the Sunshine Coast or south to the Gold Coast. Our adventure would take us north to Mooloolaba, around 1 ½ hour’s drive. Mooloolaba (pronounced: Moo-Loo-La-Bah) derives from the Aboriginal word mulu, meaning snapper fish, or mulla meaning Red-bellied Black Snake. Yes the area has both.
You could not have planned for a more pristine day!
Firstly, we stroll around the boat harbour where we watch the live-in boaties go about their lives.
Next a short walk up the hill we make our way to Mooloolaba Spit where you find the surf club, quirky shops, loads of eateries, cafes & restaurants along with I am sure the best outdoor picnic area with stunning views you could only dream for!
Amber and Indy were so excited they could see the sand and could not wait to get onto it; sadly as with many parts of Queensland dogs were not permitted on the beach or foreshore. I dream of the day when well behaved ‘pet-parents’ are permitted to bring their ‘fur-babies’ with them everywhere, until then always check the signage as council will slap you with a hefty fine. But don’t worry, just ask a local with a dog to point you in the direction of a pooch friendly zone. In this case, just a short stroll up the esplanade we discover a dog friendly on-leash beach.
Amber and Indy were beside themselves with excitement! They raced this way and that way, trudging through the soft sand, galloping up onto the rocks (slipping in some spots), jumping with fright as they were splashed from crashing waves, both misjudged the depth of a few small water holes, chased a seabird and a crab. Pure pooch heaven!
The esplanade is also home to a statue carved out of Queensland marble dedicated to the late Steve Irwin (Australia Zoo’s “Crocodile Hunter” & “Wildlife Warrior”). The statue is depicted with his two children, daughter Bindi and son Robert.
Sadly the day went too quickly and it was time to head home. Mooloolaba we will be back again very soon!
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