Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW
Camping in Mooloolaba
Getting a spot in this caravan park was like scoring a little piece of heaven! From the north side of Brisbane, it took just under an hour to arrive at Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park. Most other campers seemed to have been there a week or two, so there was no trouble getting to our site, which was the last one along the beach front. There are only 34 pitches, with 24 of these with beach and rock pool frontages.
Our days were spent enjoying the beach front location. We had a set of stairs beside our van which lead straight down to the beach. With hot weather and extreme UV conditions, we made the most of swimming for a few hours early in the morning and again later in the afternoon. We found that spending the mornings swimming, surfing and boogie boarding, followed by a big morning tea, a bit of a play on the beach or a walk along the beach, lunch, a relax and then back into the water for a couple more hours was our days done and dusted. We all fell into bed exhausted but invigorated each night and looking forward to doing it all again the next day. We also enjoyed a lovely on shore breeze most afternoons which cooled it down nicely.
We enjoyed a dinner one night at Alex Surf Club, where kids meals were $10 and included an ice-cream and the meals were yummo! We walked to the surf club from the park along the pathway, passing the lookout along the way which gives great views out to sea.
Being a fair and blonde family, we found that, regardless of how much sun protection we had, at some stages we had the need to get out of the sun. Usually this was playing a card game or reading a book. One day we enjoyed ten pin bowling, which we were able to enjoy at discount prices from a voucher on the back of the Coles shop-a-docket! Being an air-conditioned venue we weren’t in a hurry to leave either!
We walked all the way along the rock pools one morning, exploring as we went and finishing up at the yummy ice-cream shop on the Esplanade. A one-off treat for the family that was truly delicious.
Everyone in the camp ground was very friendly and it seemed the majority of the families had been coming for a set period of the school holidays for years and years. Our campsite neighbours had been coming for over 40 years and I can understand why you want to come back here time and time again—it truly is a piece of paradise!
Facilities at Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park
- There are 34 sites which all have power, water and concrete slabs
- There are 24 beach front and 10 back row camp sites
- Coin operated laundry
- Washing lines
- BBQ facilities with table and chairs
- Dump point for rubbish
- You pay a $50 refundable deposit for the key to the amenities, which whilst a little tired looking, are meticulously cleaned. The showers are excellent, spacious and you don’t need to be 5ft tall to enjoy your nice hot decent pressured shower!
- There is a laundry tub come baby bath available for the little ones.
- There are also cold showers outside both men’s and lady’s amenities if you just want a rinse off after a trip to the beach. I was advised that the amenities are soon to be upgraded.
- Along with your amenities key, you get a remote for vehicle access into and out of the park through the gate.
- There are stairs directly down to the beach where you can swim and explore the rock pools. There are scattered trees throughout the park so of an afternoon we usually had some shade to get from relief from the hot sun.
Activities to enjoy at Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park
- Scooters and the like are not permitted in the park but once outside the park there are paths in all directions.
- We hardly found the need to leave the park, except to top up ice and supplies.
- If you wanted to venture further afield, nearby you have everything you could possible want and then some!
- A short walk through the park sees you on the Esplanade where there are coffee shops, clothes shops, restaurants, Coles and more.
- You can walk to either Alex or Mooloolaba Surf Clubs for a meal or to swim at the patrolled beaches.
- Towards Alex Surf Club there is a great skate park for the kids, as well as a playground.
- There is a bus stop outside the caravan park which you could catch to Maroochydore if you wanted to go to Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre or go to the movies.
- There are bike paths and walkways stretching up and down the coast for you to enjoy.
How to make the most of your stay at Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park
- You check into this park at the Mooloolaba Caravan Park on Parkyn Parade, which was a lesson learnt for the new comers.
- The beach is not patrolled.
- Pets are not welcomed at this park.
- Sunscreen, long sleeve rashies, board shorts, zinc, hats and a cricket set are just about all you need for a week of relaxing. When the kids weren’t in the water, they were exploring the rock pools, burying treasure and finding it, collecting shells, playing cricket or kicking the ball on the beach. They joined in with other kids on the beach and all just made their own fun.
- Having slightly older kids meant that when they were playing on the beach in front of the caravan we could oversee from our vista and sit back and read a book. This made for perhaps the most relaxing of weeks camping we have ever had.
- We did notice that families with babies and toddlers had their pitches fully enclosed with mesh or safety fencing which I thought was a very sensible precaution, being that we were right on the water and also on the edge down to the sand.
Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park is located on Parkyn Parade in Mooloolaba.
Please visit their website for more information – http://www.sunshinecoastholidayparks.com.au/holiday_parks/mooloolaba_beach_holiday_park/
Thanks to Allison for this camp site review!
Take a look at the Brisbane Kids list of Your Favourite Camping Spots for lots more recommended family camp locations to explore, like Boreen Point Campground. We will have many more campsite reviews coming in the very near future.