The Mooloolaba tourism website says it all really when they say “Welcome to sun-kissed beaches, boutique shopping and atmospheric dining – in Mooloolaba. Come as you are”.

The town comes across as a “mini-me” version of its neighbouring town Maroochydore but a tad more exclusive, sophisticated and stylish which is no doubt reflected in the cost of accommodation.

Steve Irwin Statue, Mooloolaba

The town is also home to an imposing statue of Crocodile Hunter, Steve Urwin. Given the Crocodile Hunters close association with the Sunshine Coast (it’s home to his Australia Zoo), town members were anxious to honour his life. Mayor Joe Natoli approached the Urwin family to seek approval for the statue which was forthcoming. Terri Urwin was quoted as saying, in the Sunshine Coast Daily, “Steve was a fair-dinkum Australian who was proud to call the Sunshine Coast home. Bindi, Robert and I would like to thank Joe Natoli and everyone in this area for such an amazing tribute”.

Steve worked for the local council from 1980 to 1984 as an apprentice diesel fitter at the Nambour Depot. The depot still has some Urwin Graffiti as a souvenir of the day he left. He took a can of grease and painted ‘Yahoo’ on a wall. It remains there today.