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There is always something exciting happening in Mooloolaba.

Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast is known for its iconic annual events, held throughout the year. And if you’re looking to add some extra excitement to your beach holiday, why not time your visit to coincide with one of the following?

From local live entertainment to huge annual Mooloolaba events such as Mooloolaba SUP Fest, the Mooloolaba Tri, Old Woman Ocean Paddle, Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade and more, Mooloolaba won’t disappoint if you’re looking for excitement, atmosphere and entertainment on your holiday.

The following Sunshine Coast events are either held in Mooloolaba, finish in Mooloolaba or are close to Mooloolaba. Either way, this region is the heart of the events and live entertainment to be found on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Mooloolaba Annual Events

This location is a picturesque surf suburb and one of the most vibrant destinations the Sunshine Coast has to offer. So it makes sense that it’s also one of the Sunshine Coast’s busiest destinations when it comes to annual events, festivals and world-class live entertainment.

 Just a few of our famous annual events include Mooloolaba SUP Festival, The Old Woman Ocean Paddle, Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast, the Mooloolaba Tri, Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade and New Year’s Eve in Mooloolaba – where music and fireworks light up the picturesque Esplanade for all to see.

And that’s not all. Each week, there is non-stop live entertainment to catch at various local venues, including The Events Centre Caloundra, Solbar in Maroochydore and NightQuarter in Birtinya, all reachable within a short drive from us. After a full day on the beach, nothing beats a live show if you want to end the day with a bang, and these venues offer everything from live music and dance, to cabaret and theatre.

Looking for more? Take a look below to find out what happens in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast throughout the year.

Australian Surf Life Saving Championships (The Aussies)

13 – 21 April 2024

The 2024 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will be held on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, at Alexandra Headland SLSC, Maroochydore SLSC, and Mooloolaba SLSC. The Aussies is an annual event where members from Australia’s 314 Surf Clubs compete in more than 480 beach and ocean events.

Kokoda Challenge

20 – 21 April 2024

The Kokoda Challenge returns to the Sunshine Coast in 2023! The Kokoda Challenge is Australia’s toughest team endurance event and will test your physical and mental limits, proving to yourself what you’re made of. Raise funds for the Kokoda Youth Foundation, which is changing the lives of local teens in our community./p>

The Bloody Long Walk

2 June 2024

The Bloody Long Walk is more of a fun stroll than a test of your endurance, offering the opportunity to admire the Sunshine Coast’s coastal scenery on a route that takes you from Coolum to Mooloolaba Beach.

It’s held annually each Autumn and can be completed for charity or just for fun. In total, it measures 35km and is best done with a group of friends. If you want to do it for charity, all funds raised go to people living with mitochondrial disease.

All in all, it’s a fun, charitable, and eco-friendly way to see the Sunshine Coast. The route takes you past Coolum Beach, Yaroomba, Marcoola, Mudjimba, Maroochydore, and more before finishing in Mooloolaba.

Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show

14-16 June 2024

Located at Nambour Showgrounds, the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show Society captures the traditional Maroochy Shire from the glistening coastline to the lush green hinterland. Behind the sand and grass lies a history steeped in sugarcane fields, rows of pine forests, pineapples and strawberries, and rich, creamy milk and cheese from local dairies. The Show Society prides itself in highlighting the many facets of our region whilst providing affordable entertainment for the whole family.

Sunshine Coast Marathon

11 August 2024

There is something about running on the coast, right next to the beaches, that hits a little differently. 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon is the region’s huge annual marathon, held each winter with a variety of distanced races for all ages and abilities.

Each event starts at Alexandra Headland, heading down the coast past Mooloolaba Beach. There is the Marathon and Half Marathon, plus 10km, 5km and 2km distances for first-timers.

Ultimately, if you’re looking to run – both for fun or competitively – the Sunshine Coast is the perfect spot, offering flat routes, the cooling sea breeze and of course, stunning beach and ocean views to take in along the way.

But you don’t have to wait for the Sunshine Coast Marathon. Have you tried running along Mooloolaba Esplanade and Parkyn Parade? It’s a fantastic way to explore the area with the beach and the sparkling Pacific Ocean at your side.

Horizon Festival

Returning 2024

Sunshine Coast’s leading contemporary multi-arts festival, presenting ten days and nights of visual art, music, theatre, dance, words and ideas, film and creative workshops inspired by the stories and beauty of the Sunshine Coast.

Iron Man 70.3 Sunshine Coast

8 September 2024

September 11 marks the return of IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast.

If racing on a world-class course in a spectacular coastal location is what you want, then IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast has the best of everything. Start your swim off our beautiful Mooloolaba Beach, followed by a fast and furious ride and a picture-perfect two-lap coastal run course – before recovering a few steps from the finish line with the sand in your toes.

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Close to everything, no need to use the car. Surf club across the road, as well as the wharf. Rooms were clean and spacious. Lovely balcony with views. Pool area with spa (both heated). Reception staff were lovely. Very happy with the choice of staying

Andrew Niebling

We have stayed at the Aegean a couple of times now, its just been repainted on the outside and has got new balcony furniture. The ocean or marina views are great rooms to get, especially in summer as the balcony’s are in the shade from early afternoon onwards. Its a great location right in the heart of Mooloolaba with great views and easy walking distance to everything. The interior rooms are a little dated but


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Stayed here for 2 weeks, location is fabulous and unit was spacious and comfortable. The whole complex is clean the pool was great and the spa on our roof top great. Bathroom was a little on the small sign but manageable. The managers are lovely and made us feel quite welcome. We enjoyed our stay and would definately rebook at the Aegean again hopefully

Prof and Mrs Pilsner

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I loved my stay at the Aegean Mooloolaba, me and my family stay for three weeks every year. Beautiful views and super clean, close to everything and public transport. Managers and staff are wonderful and helpful, I would highly recommend the Aegean

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