The Best Hotels and Places to Book Your Stay in Mooloolaba, Queensland

The Wharf Mooloolaba is a picturesque spot lined with unique restaurants, stores and attractions
The Wharf Mooloolaba is a picturesque spot lined with unique restaurants, stores and attractions | © Rachael Bowes / Alamy Stock Photo
Richard Bradbury

A treasure of a find for locals and visitors, Mooloolaba is just an hour’s drive from Brisbane Airport. It has one of the best and safest beaches on the Sunshine Coast, with a sprawling, clean strip of sand. The local wharf is both the launchpad for whale-watching excursions and the point where the local catch comes in daily. It’s a great holiday spot for anyone eager to wallow in some quality Queensland sunshine. Here, we have all the best places to stay in Mooloolaba – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Beach Club Mooloolaba, for glass-bottomed fun

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The glass-bottomed rooftop pool at the Beach Club Mooloolaba
Courtesy of Beach Club Mooloolaba / Expedia

At the Beach Club Mooloolaba, the fun starts from the moment you arrive. When you’re in the lobby, look up to see people swimming in the rooftop glass-bottomed magnesium mineral pool. After a swim, book in for a massage in the circular rooftop spa, or have a not-too-serious game of bocce and get the barbecue sizzling. Our favourite accommodation? Book the superior single apartment for its extra-large balcony with loungers – where better to while away a sunny afternoon? If you can drag yourself away, it’s just one block to the pristine beach esplanade. Go and trawl its cafes and restaurants.

2. Landmark Resort and Spa, for thinking like a whale

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A rooftop terrace with a hot tub, seating and ocean views at the Landmark Resort and Spa
Courtesy of Landmark Resort and Spa / Expedia

Fancy a spot of cetacean-spotting? During winter, humpback whales swim past Mooloolaba, which you can often spot from the rooftop of this four-star resort. You can then have a whale of a time yourself – in a hot tub under the stars or the heated tropical lagoon. Get pummelled and pampered at the on-site day spa, where a relaxing waterfall gushes. There’s an apartment size to suit, whether you’re travelling solo, with a loved one or a larger group – there are three-bedroom options.

3. Nautilus Mooloolaba, for rooftop fun

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A spacious, partly shaded balcony with city views at Nautilus Mooloolaba
Courtesy of Nautilus Mooloolaba / Expedia

The curving balconies on these one- and two-bedroom apartments are evocative of the ocean waves curling in close by. Apartments are arranged around a central rock-lined pool with a waterfall. Inside the white, modern spaces, you’ll find ample room to sit and relax, including at the breakfast bar or out on the balcony. Make the rooftop your next port of call; it’s home to a spa, minigolf, a gym and barbecues. The esplanade, with cafes, a boardwalk, viewing platforms and a patrolled beach, is three minutes away.

4. Breeze Mooloolaba Beach, for designer style

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A sleek balcony with water views at Breeze Mooloolaba Beach
Courtesy of Breeze Mooloolaba Beach / Expedia

Life is easy for everyone staying in this ultra-modern luxury resort. Each of the 57 one- and two-bedroom self-contained apartments is filled with designer furniture, beautiful throws, appealing artworks, and stylish lounges and chairs. Here, you’re adjacent to the beach and just five minutes from central Mooloolaba. Resort facilities include a pool, a spa and barbecues. If you find yourself weary from beach and pool explorations, sit back and enjoy the complimentary latest-release movies in your room.

5. Pandanus Mooloolaba, for a holiday in a dream home

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A large living room opening onto a balcony at Pandanus Mooloolaba
Courtesy of Pandanus Mooloolaba / Expedia

Stretch out and feel like the star you are in one of these 35 generously proportioned apartments in a central Mooloolaba location. The one- and two-bedroom options are ideal for couples. For larger groups, choose a huge three- or four-bedroom family number; each is around the size of a family home, lent extra grandeur with nearly 3m (9ft) ceilings, urban-stylish decorations, and granite and terrazzo countertops. Step out and stretch your legs with a walk along the beach, which is steps away. Alternatively, hang around at home to make the most of the lap pool and spa – perfect for 24-carat relaxing.

6. Beachcomber on the Spit, for its proximity to the beach

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Bright and spacious living space with large balcony at Beachcomber on the Spit
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These discreetly located deluxe two- and three-bedroom beachfront terrace apartments are spread over three levels, ensuring your absolute privacy. The property is in a dream location, right at the end of the Spit. It’s a quick skip through lush tropical palms from the white sands of the front beach. In the other direction, you’re a short walk from the placid waters of the river. If swimming in a pool is more your jam, make the most of the lap and leisure pool and poolside lounges, breaking to barbecue lunch – facilities are provided.

7. Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, for holiday positivity

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The landscaped grounds and pool area at Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
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This centrally located, multilevel apartment complex honours the international reputation of Mantra among the honorary hotels in Mooloolaba – such is the quality of its facilities. There’s a 24-hour reception, a game room and an observation deck. When you’re ready for action, there are indoor and outdoor pools as well as a sauna, a gym and a spa. The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments have private balconies and photogenic Mooloolaba views. When tummy rumbles plead for dinner, head out – dining spots are plentiful and diverse. Try the tapas, salads, steaks and seafood at Lemon and Thyme.

8. Pacific Beach Resort, for video game fun

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The colourful game room at the Pacific Beach Resort
Courtesy of Pacific Beach Resort / Expedia

Families clamour to book themselves into these roomy, modern holiday apartments. The kids will make a beeline for the large recreation room with a pool table and arcade video games. Sporty family members can don their whites for tennis on the resort court, followed by a refreshing spa treatment and a dip in the pool. Make dinner in the wide-open outdoor barbecue area, or since you’re in central Mooloolaba, walk out the door and explore the range of cafes and restaurants right outside.

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