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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Osprey on Mooloolaba Spit

The osprey are back in their nest down on the Spit  at the mouth of the Mooloolah River, just 2.4km from Northwind Apartments. These magnificent creatures (also known as sea hawk, fish eagle or fish hawk) are large raptors reaching 60 cm in length and 180 cm wingspan. They have distinctive brown upper body parts with pale grey heads and under parts, dark eye patches and wings. This diurnal bird of prey usually nests near a body of fresh or brackish water that produces the main component of it’s diet – fish. While fish comprise up to 99% of its...
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Off Beat Eco Tours

Off beat Eco Tours runs personalised (Maximum 13 people) tours to the sub-tropical rainforest in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The crew treat the passengers as friends and encourage them to see, hear, smell and touch the magic of the rainforest. The gourmet standard lunch includes gourmet busk tucker  fare – the delicious, nutty, chocolaty flavour of ground wattle seeds, the tang of lemon myrtle leaves -these  tours are an absolute feast for the senses. The Full day tour to the Conondale National Park is super. This is an area of national significance and home to a diverse range of flora and fauna,...
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Maroochy RSL

Maroochy RSL is an icon on the Sunshine Coast. They regularly drop off their dining and entertainment booklets for our guests. The booklets set out the entertainment for three months at a time. The RSL is popular with all ages as it has a variety of dining and entertainment options. It is a great place for families to dine and Mystery Island Kids Club is a fully supervised area children’ s recreation room. They are closed on Good Friday and open at 1.00pm on ANZAC Day but apart from that they open at 9.00am every day. The free courtesy bus is...
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Dolphins in the bay and marina

“Is it possible to see too many dolphins and not get excited about it?” The answer is definitely “No”. For the past month we have seen dolphins every afternoon been for a walk along the beach down to the end of the Spit. We are continually delighted when we see them swimming and diving in the waters of the bay just metres from the shore, in the river mouth or in the marina area. Whale One regularly reports seeing pods of dolphins when they are out on their cruises. Coastal Cruises recently saw a juvneile dolphin ‘playing’ in the canals. There are...
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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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Fishing Charters Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast

Mooloolaba is known as a fishing port: tuna boats, long-liners and prawn boats are all based in the sheltered waters of the harbour. There are excellent facilities for those who wish to bring their own boat as the boat ramp on Parkyn Parade has two large ramps as well as boat and trailer parking. For those who like to go out fishing but don’t have their own boat the next best thing is a fishing charter. We have had fantastic feedback from many guests about Mooloolaba’s Fish’n’Crab Deep Sea Charters. . Their magnificent vessel, Crusader 1 (a 55′ Westcoaster) has been converted...
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Family Holidays in Winter

Family holidays in winter were a feature of this writer’s childhood. Not everyone can get to holiday with family during the summer months. The writer has many memories of winter holidays because that’s when the cows were “dry” and Dad could get a couple of days away. Here in Mooloolaba the weather never really gets too cold to enjoy the beach. The sea temperature rarely goes below 20 degrees C. With the life guards on patrol year round it is still a good place to have a swim if you are from cooler climates. With families, children seem to enjoy...
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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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Three bedroom beachfront apartments for families

Beachfront three bedroom apartments at Northwind Beachfront Apartments are spacious, well equipped and ideal for families. Each apartment has sleeping positions for 6 people and another can be accommodated on a fold out bed for an extra charge. Each floor of the Northwind Apartments building has two three bedroom apartments. Looking at the building from the road, these are the apartment on the northern and southern ends of the building, with the shorter balconies. The apartments go from the balcony at the front of the building through to the back of the building. The open plan living/dining area is at the front of...
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