Mooloolaba Spot Guide

About Mooloolaba

The Sunshine Coast's hardcore surfing center, this wave is a thick right that draws off man-made groins just south of the Mooloolah River and grinds along with a tube section for around 100 yards before smashing directly into the far groyne. Another 100 yards further up the point is Platform, a mean, sucking, ledgey right tube over rock reef. A top-to-bottom tube is followed by a closeout which sometimes links down to the normal Point Cartwright takeoff zone. The Platform is a serious wave when it's on and shouldn't be fooled with by less-experienced surfers. Around the headland heading south, you'll find a right-and-left reef named Secrets, exposed to the south, which starts breaking at four-feet or so and keeps going in a bigger swell. Plenty of beachbreaks beyond that.

Going the other way, Mooloolaba is framed at its northern fringe by the mellow rollers of Alexandra Headland, where a right reef leads into sand-bottom peelers, good for just about any surfcraft. Alex has a San Onofre sorta vibe, though the waves are a bit hollower than that famous old zone. Head north of Alex to Maroochydore for a very cool rivermouth left in a good E swell, running off a small sandbar exposure called Pincushion Island. A little further north again, you'll look offshore and see Mudjimba, or Old Woman Island, and its excellent though extremely inconsistent left.

Source: Mooloolaba Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv


Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Not too heavy.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Can be packed

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Usually above average and gets good quite often.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Moderate to strong.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Clean most of the time

Additional Information


Rocks, sharks, currents.


Straight off the beach road into parking lots

Bring Your



Rock, sand

Best Season

Summer and cyclone season

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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