Category Archive for "At the Wharf"

August Newsletter

August newsletter 2014. July has brought us some fabulous days with clear skies and gentle breezes; just right for sitting on our balconies and watching the world go by. Some of our guests have been lucky enough to see whales close to the shore from their apartments. Early in July Sunreef Scuba Diving Services introduced a new experience – Swimming with Whales! Dan Hart is the staff member who has introduced this to Sunshine Coast visitors. He told us that the only other place where people can swim with whales is Tonga. Sunreef is offering two trips a day, each...
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What can you do when it rains in Mooloolaba?

What can you do when it rains in Mooloolaba? When it rains or you need an indoor activity for yourself or your  family there is a wide variety of attractions to visit in and around Mooloolaba. We have some of them listed here:  Visit     Sealife Mooloolaba. Formerly known as ‘Underwater World’ you can find this world-class aquarium in The Wharf  precinct, Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. This is just a 10 minute walk from Northwind Beachfront Apartments. Featuring a hands on touch pool and Australia’s largest display of Jellyfish, this is a must do for those fascinated by life in the oceans around...
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Mooloolaba Jet Boat Experience

The Mooloolaba Jet Boat ride gives passengers a thrilling off-shore experience.  One of only three jetboats in Australia designed purely for offshoore and open ocean conditions, this boat has over 600 horse power delivered through two high power Doen Jets. This high performance thrill ride includes wave-jumping, jetboat spins, oceanswell surfing, sharp turns and figure eights – in the right conditions the boat even dives under waves. Passengers are strapped into bucket racing seats with a 4 point racing harness in fully enclosed, air-conditioned cabin. The jetboat departs from The Wharf,  Parkin Parade, Mooloolaba, twice a day at 11.00am and 1.00pm...
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Mooloolaba Triathlon

The annual Subaru Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival has been held in Mooloolaba each March since 1993. USM owns and manages the event.  While the event attracts elite international and international athletes, there are also events for the “not so elite”. The Elite men’s and Elite Women’s events are the feature events for the three day festival. Opportunities for the athletes of varying abilities andinterests include the Age Group Triathlon, teams triathlon, the Asics Twilight 5 km run, Mooloolaba 1K Ocean Swim,  and the  Special Tri.   The triathlon comprises a 750m swim – usually swum off the beautiful Mooloolaba beach but moved to...
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Giant Grouper at Sea Life Mooloolaba

The Giant Grouper, also known as the Queensland grouper is the largest bony fish found in coral reefs, and is the aquatic emblem of Queensland. It is found throughout the Indo-Pacidic region, with the exception of the Persian Gulf. The species can grow up to 2.7 metres long (9 feet) and weigh up to 600kg (1320lbs). There are unconfirmed reports of larger specimens. They are fairly common in shallow waters and feed on a variety of marine life including small sharks and juvenile sea turtles. Sea Life here in Mooloolaba has a magnificent Giant Grouper specimen which measures 1.8metres in...
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Sunset Cruise with Coastal Cruises.

We went on a Sunset Cruise with Darren Smith and his team from Coastal Cruises recently. The company vessel, the Pacific Star, can carry up to 30 people. On our cruise there were only 15 passengers so we spread out a bit! The one and a half hour cruise with entertaining commentary by Darren took us around the harbour, along the Mooloolah River out to the river mouth (where we saw dolphins) and then into some of the canals. We passed the moored prawn boats and fishing boats in the harbour and were able to have a close look at...
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Sawfish at Underwater world

In April, 2013 Sealife Mooloolaba announced the arrival of Black and Decker, two new sawfish from Melbourne aquarium. The male and female have joined  Makita in the new ocean walk-through, giving visitors an opportunity to see these fascinating critically endangered animals up close.   These new residents are part of a project to increase numbers of the species. Sawfish are a type of ray and related to sharks. Found in both marine and fresh water these predatory fish derive their name from their long snouts (rostrum) with sharp points.  Overfishing and habitat change have caused major declines in sawfish stocks globally. Fine electromahnetic...
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