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Beth McFadden4 years ago

Photo opportunities for everyone

Whether you’re holidaying in the Sunshine Coast with the whole family or for a couple’s getaway,chances are you’ll want some pictures to remember the trip by. Don’t stress about having to pose awkwardly with a mundane background; we’ve found the best places to get a quirky or exquisite pic and found equally as exciting food nearby for you to indulge in. Whether you want to cozy up to a cute statue, or take a breathtaking photo to share with your friends and family, this guide will show you around the Sunny Coast and keep you fed and happy while doing so.

A family photo

Parkyn Parade Boardwalk

The boardwalk at Parkyn Parade - Sunshine Coast
The boardwalk at Parkyn Parade – Sunshine Coast

Along this boardwalk you’ll find plenty of photo opportunities. Firstly, there is the iconic seal statue relaxing on the bench, and you also have the old blue tower, which you can climb to the top of to get panoramic views of the area. Stop here for a photo with the whole family and make some memories before checking out the local restaurants and cafes.
Where: 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557

Mooloolaba Fisheries on the Spit

The oceanside restaurant, Fisheries on the Spit - Sunshine Coast
The oceanside restaurant, Fisheries on the Spit – Sunshine Coast

This restaurant is a long standing food establishment; opening in 1982 they’ve spent decades serving the locals in Mooloolaba incredible fresh and cooked seafood meals. Whether you’re up bright and early with the pack and after some breakfast, or are looking for a filling lunch, Fisheries on the Spit (located just down the road from your photo op) can provide. Choose from seared mahi mahi or tuna to go, or eat in and grab a the little ones a kids meal including whiting, chips and sauce. If seafood is your thing, make sure you don’t go past their southern rock lobster or their NZ Greenlip mussels. Located right across the road from the beach, this idyllic location is sure to make your tastebuds water with the smell of the sea and fresh food fusing together in this restaurant.
Where: 21 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557

Bigger the better

The Big Pineapple

See the giant sights, The Big Pineapple - Sunshine Coast
See the giant sights, The Big Pineapple – Sunshine Coast

Australia has an affinity for large and oversized objects. The most notable one on the Sunshine Coast is The Big Pineapple. You may not know that this tourist attraction is actually heritage listed and is home to weekly Saturday markets and a pineapple-themed café. Take a photo outside (or on top of) the 16-metre statue and then grab a pineapple parfait in the café. There is even a miniature train track and a petting zoo onsite, so you’re guaranteed not to be bored if you head to The Big Pineapple for a day trip!
Where: Nambour Connection Road, Nambour QLD 2004

Under the sea

Sunreef Mooloolaba

Dive the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Sunreef - Sunshine Coast
Dive the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Sunreef – Sunshine Coast

If you’re after a unique photo opportunity, contact Sunreef and organise a dive in the Ex-HMAS Brisbane. This ship was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1967, served for 34 years and then sunk off the coast of Mooloolaba in 2003. It’s now an incredible diving site, so be sure to pack your waterproof camera and get an awesome picture with the marine life who now call it home. Sunreef will be able to organise the whole dive for you, and recommend the best one to suit your skills and experience.
Where: 110 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba QLD 4557 

Mezze Bar

Tapas and sangria, Mezze Bar - Sunshine Coast
Tapas and sangria, Mezze Bar – Sunshine Coast

Just a short walk from Sunreef is the Mezze Bar. This Mediterranean inspired tapas bar is the perfect place to visit for a post dive meal and drink. Their tapas menu is extensive; try one of their many small dishes to share, whether you’re after ‘mezze’ from the sea, land or garden. Try the marinated tuna fillets served with crispy fried potatoes and fresh herbs, chili, garlic, lemon and shallots. Another incredible dish is their keftethes; Yiayia’s Greek style meatballs with tzatziki. Pair your tapas with a glass of sangria, or a cocktail to match your dive. The blue crush is made from blue curacao, vodka, pineapple juice, lime juice and Red Bull, and looks exactly like the blue waters of the Sunshine Coast. This is the perfect place to end the night after a big day.
Where: 197 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba QLD 4557 

An incredible view

Oceans Mooloolaba

Panoramic views of the ocean from your spa, Oceans Mooloolaba - Sunshine Coast
Panoramic views of the ocean from your spa, Oceans Mooloolaba – Sunshine Coast

If your ideal photograph is of the uninterrupted views of the ocean and waterfront, Oceans Mooloolaba is the perfect accommodation for you. This luxurious resort includes a heated pool and spa, a fully equipped gym as well as a barbecue and entertaining area. Luxurious extras include anything from fresh, fluffy bathrobes delivered to your room, to a birthday cake or chocolate gift box being provided to surprise your significant other. This resort boasts to be one of the best in the region with their modern facilities and prime location. With apartments featuring balconies and ocean views, you can head here on a romantic weekend away and be guaranteed the perfect photo opportunity on the Sunny Coast. Really splash out and hire the four bedroom penthouse, for rooftop views from the spa bath or lap pool.
Where: ​101-105 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557

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