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No official anchorages, but some cruisers anchor upstream from the Mooloolaba Yacht Club near Minyama Island where the Mooloolah River turns south.

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Mooloolaba Yacht Club Located on the north side of the river after you come through the breakwater and channel.  Very friendly marina right across the street from the "world-class" Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast.  This is an incredibly beautiful beach with great swimming and surfing.  Click here for Berthing Diagram and Mooloolaba Town Map.


Floating docks Self-service Laundry Yacht Maintenance Yard
Toilets Internet Access Travel Lift
Showers Receive & Hold Mail Chandlery on premises
Power and Water at berth Fuel Dock Pump Out Facility

Friendly yacht club which welcomes visitors.

Mailing Address: 
Mooloolaba Yacht Club Brokerage and Marina Management
33-45 Parkyn Parade
Mooloolaba, QLD  4557

Dockmasters:   (61) 7 5444 4822



  • Across from the fabulous Mooloolaba Beach

  • Walking distance to the Mooloolaba Esplanade


  • About 15-20 minute walk to most cruising amenities

Lawrie's Marina - Located on the South side of the river and down a canal.  This is an older marina and mainly used by cruisers who need work done on their boat as there is a large yacht maintenance yard.


Floating docks Self-service Laundry Yacht Maintenance Yard
Toilets Internet Access Travel Lift
Showers Receive & Hold Mail Chandlery on premises
Power and Water at berth Fuel Dock Pump Out Facility

Restaurant, pub and take-away place on premises.   

Mailing Address: 
Lawrie's Marina
Orana St.
Buddina, QLD  4575
Dockmasters:   (61) 7 5444 1122
  • Fax:   (61) 7 5478 0265
  • Mobile:  0418 980 776
  • Email
  • Website 
  • VHF:  16  


  • Yacht Maintenance yard

  • Close to all cruising amenities as it is next to the Kawana Shopping Centre.

  • Less expensive than Mooloolaba Yacht Club


  • Older marina

  • Very far from Mooloolaba Beach and Esplanade as it is across the river and you must travel about 5-10 kilometers to get to the Esplanade.  There is bus which you can take and some of the "Clubs"  will send a mini-bus to pick you up if you plan to have lunch or dinner at the club.

Other Marinas in the Area -

Wharf Marina - Located up the harbor past the Mooloolaba Yacht Club.  This marina is rather small, but it is located right next to the Hog's Breath Cafe and several other Cafes and Pubs.  This could be either an advantage or disadvantage depending on what you like.  It will be rather noisy though.

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Cruising Amenities

Grocery Stores -
  • Coles - Sunshine Plaza, Horten Parade, Maroochydore
  • Coles, Venning St., Mooloolaba
  • Woolworths - Kawana Shopping Centre,  Nicklin Way, Buddina

Self-Service Laundry -

  • Mooloolaba Yacht Club
  • Lawrie's Marina

Internet Access 

  • Kawana Shopping Centre has an internet kiosk in the mall.  You put in coins for a certain period of time.  The connection seemed to be a bit slow.
  • Traveland - 148 Brisbane Rd., Mooloolaba.  Has internet PCs for use by the public.  Good connections.
  • Public Library - Nanyima St., Buddina, near Lawrie's Marina.  Least expensive.
Shopping Centers -
  • Sunshine Plaza, Horten Parade, Maroochydore.  This is a large shopping mall and is accessible by bus.
  • Kawana Shopping Centre - Nicklin Way, Buddina.  Within walking distance of Lawries Marina.  Oddly enough, it is also somewhat convenient to Mooloolaba Yacht Club, if you go by dinghy to Lawries.

Banks/ATMs -

  • Sunshine Plaza
  • Kawana Shopping Centre
  • Mooloolaba Esplanade

Postal Services -

  • Sunshine Plaza
  • Kawana Shopping Centre
  • Brisbane Rd.  Mooloolaba

Propane Gas Canister Refill - Available at all marinas

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Buses -
  • Public bus system which services most of Mooloolaba, Buddina and Maroochydore and goes to Sunshine Plaza.  Ask for schedules and information at the marina offices.
  • Sun Air Bus - Transfers to Brisbane airport.  Phone:  5478 2811, Email:
  • Suncoast Pacific - Transfers to Brisbane Airport.  Phone:  5443 1011
Taxis - Taxis service the whole area.  Phone:  131 008

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Yacht Services

  • Sunsport Marine - Chandlery adjacent to Mooloolaba Yacht Club.  Phone: 5444 1076
  • Taylor Marina - 123 Brisbane Rd., Mooloolaba, QLD  4557  Ph.  07 5444 0800
Yacht Maintenance - Lawrie's Marina has good-sized Yacht maintenance yard with travel lift.  You can do the work yourself or hire it out.

Sailmakers/Canvas Work -  Mooloolaba Yacht Club

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Doctors - Brisbane Road Family Medical Practice,  166 Brisbane Rd., Bundilla, QLD.  Ph: 07 5444 6717  (This place is very close to Mooloolaba Yacht Club.)

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The following are services or places visited and recommended by Bob and Judi. We can only say that our experience was a good one and we hope that you will also have a favorable experience.
Restaurants -  
  • Auguellos Pizzeria Italian Ristorante - The Esplanade, Mooloolaba.  This is a terrific Italian Restaurant - reservations are a must.
  • Several other Cafes and Restaurants on Mooloolaba Esplandade
  • Mooloolaba Surf Club - great ocean views

Things to See and Do -

  • Visit the Sea Aquarium
  • Drive up to Noosa
  • Go to Saturday Markets at Eumundi
  • Drive up to the Glass House Mountains
  • Visit Montville on the escarpment in the Great Dividing Range.  Terrific crafts, gifts, cafes, and views out to the ocean.
Theaters/Cinemas - Sunshine Plaza

 More Information

  • Lonely Planet Guide - Australia
  • Cruising the Coral Coast, Lucas, Alan

Accommodations/Tourist Info:

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