En-route to Maroochydore, are the serious waves of Mudjimba Island, aka Woman Island. Legend has it that the island is the ‘head’ of a nearby mountain, which was decapitated. The island provides a rocky base for some chunky lefts and grinding, ledgy rights that wrap around the ends of the island. Air drops and dry sucks are common, making this a favourite with the bodyboarders. Go to the opposite end from where the wind is blowing to get protection. The left at the south end is longer, with multi barrel opportunities in NW to N winds. Careful surfers will hire a boat, as the 30min paddle back is arduous and scary in the sharky waters. Always much bigger than the town beachbreaks, which are often nice and peaky as swell refracts around the island and hits at funny angles.
Barnacles and holes in the reef make wipeouts a real ordeal over the ledge. Get cut then get paranoid on the paddle back. Experts only at higher tides. Local vibe can be strong.