Mooloolaba is a suburb and traveler lodge township on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. It is located 97 kilometres north of the nation capital, Brisbane, and is part of the Maroochydore urban centre. At the 2016 Australian Census, the suburb recorded a population of 7,730. The unique inhabitants of this region have been the Gubbi Gubbi Nation of Aboriginal Peoples. In 1861 Lieutenant Heath surveyed and charted the Mooloolah River mouth and harbour.
The following year, Tom Petrie explored the vicinity for timber assets. By 1864, the first land changed into purchased on the mouth of the Mooloolah River via William Pettigrew. Pettigrew ruled the wood trade within the Maroochy District for the subsequent thirty years. He based a wood depot and wharf to deliver timber from Cotton Tree and Buderim to his Brisbane sawmill.
In partnership with James Low, he additionally opened the first save in the district to serve the desires of the brand new settlers. Mooloolah Heads became the gateway to the Maroochy District between 1870 and 1884. Due to the protection Point Cartwright presented, the port became desired over the Maroochy River. Pettigrew's steamers 'Tarshaw,' 'Tadorna Radjah' and 'Gneering' operated along both rivers. The steamers carried produce, passengers and wooden among Mooloolaba and Brisbane. In 1891, with the opening of the North Coast railway to Yandina, river shipping deteriorated.