Stretching from the coastal city of Caloundra, near Brisbane, to the Great Sandy National Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast region consists of more than 100km of coastline and hinterland up to 90km from the coast. It is home to pretty villages, renowned surf spots and spectacular rural landscapes.
At its heart sits Mooloolaba, settled by Europeans on the Mooloolah River in 1861, and now renowned as a laid back family-friendly holiday destination.
In 1799 Mathew Flinders became the first European to climb the local Glass House Mountains, named after James Cook had noted that they reminded him of glass making furnaces around the area of his home in England.
Ancestors of the first inhabitants are believed to have come to the region as far as 30,000 years ago. In the local Jinibara and Gubbi Gubbi people’s stories the mountains represent a family, with Mt Tibrogargan being the father and Mt Beerwah the mother. All of the others are their children.
Lotus 2019 is packed with activities but still allows some free time to relax or enjoy the things Mooloolaba has on offer within strolling distance of the Mantra such as its picturesque beach, Sea Life Aquarium and seafood precinct.
Visit the Eumundi Markets in the lush Noosa hinterland or take a drive north to dine at one of Noosa’s top Hastings Street restaurants.
Did you know?
- Mooloolaba comes from the Aboriginal word mulu or snapper fish.
- At 17, Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail around the world unassisted when she ended her tour in Mooloolaba.
- Sean Connery once owned Mudjimba Island (just north of Mooloolaba). Between 1962 and 1973, the suave Scot was married to Mooloolaba born actress Diane Cilento.
- Moooloolaba was featured in Season 4 of the Amazing Race.
Area: 1,633 km
Population: 279,870 (2011) United Nations
Location: 100km from Brisbane
If your planning to make a holiday of your visit to Queensland the following are some of the many attractions of interest: