Mooloolaba, on the Sunshine Coast at the mouth of the Mooloolah River, is 90 km north of central Brisbane. When the township was first surveyed it was known as Mooloolah Heads, deriving its name from the river, which was named from an Aboriginal word perhaps referring to the schnapper fish plentiful in its waters (the 'mulu') or the 'mullu', the red-bellied black snake. The change of name to Mooloolaba came about in 1920, to distinguish the nascent township from the developing township of Mooloolah.

Further Reading: 

Helen Gregory, Making Maroochy: a history of the land, the people and the shire, Brisbane, Boolarong for Maroochy Shire Council, 1991

Robert Longhurst, Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club: our club, our story 1922-1997, Mooloolaba, Mooloolaba Surf Lifesaving Club, c1997

Maroochydore to Mooloolaba: then and now, Nambour, Maroochy Shire Library Service, 1994


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