Five exciting new businesses to call The Wharf Mooloolaba home

The second stage of The Wharf Mooloolaba’s $10million refurbishment is well underway with five new ventures to open in the precinct between now and mid-July.

The new food, retail and activity businesses launching are further evidence the precinct is once again gaining a reputation as the place to be in Mooloolaba.

Wharf Mooloolaba co-owner Dirk Long said the new businesses included The Booking Box – an activity booking and information centre, Meraki Thread Co – a new fashion boutique specialising in vintage and up-cycled clothing, Boston Shaker -a new cocktail bar with a jazz vibe, La Finca -a new café from the owners of Colombian Coffee, and Fior di Latte Gelateria – a great new gelato bar from the owners of Pitchfork Restaurant at Peregian.

“With the Booking Box and Meraki Thread Co open this week and three more openings coming up, it’s very exciting times at The Wharf.”

The Booking Box owner Darren Smith, who also owns one of the Wharf’s river cruise operations Coastal Cruises said the Booking Box was an expansion that allowed them to provide visitor information and booking services to Wharf visitors.

“We can book all the great activities here at the Wharf including cruises, fishing charters as well as other tours and activities from the Gold Coast to Hervey Bay. We also have a great coffee bar to serve guests while they wait for their Wharf tours and activities, serving Padre Coffee.”

“With Coastal Cruises we have been operating from The Wharf for 16 years and it’s great to see all the locals and visitors returning and we wanted to be part of its expansion, so The Booking Box was born.”

Meraki Thread Co co-owner Jess Bos said her new boutique which has just opened specialises in vintage and up-cycled clothing, recycled fabrics, with stock from small ethical Australian labels, some locally hand-made pieces, beautiful Australian swimwear.

“We also have some great clothing, accessories and jewellery my husband Nate and I source from our travels all over Australia and the world.

“Nate and I got the idea to open an eco-conscious boutique while travelling around the world surfing and teaching English, we found inspiration everywhere we went and returned home a year ago to open the doors.

“We are passionate about the slow fashion movement and wanted to create a boutique providing what everyone deserves – special, unique, one-off pieces that represent our customers’ individuality without breaking the bank and being environmentally conscious.”

La Finca, which is Spanish for “The Farm”, is the latest passion project from Daniel Mejia, owner of The Colombian Coffee Co. on Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba.

“We wanted to expand on the fair-trade, speciality, sustainable coffee that we offer at The Colombian Coffee Co. So, at La Finca we are pairing that coffee with great quality food using local and seasonal ingredients delivered with an authentic Colombian twist,” Mr Mejia said.

“We will be offering breakfast, brunch and lunch with a menu that changes with the season, made with the finest fruit, veg and meat sourced from local producers in our Sunshine Coast community. The menu will feature familiar ingredients with a Colombian flavour – from cornbread to slow-cooked meats and our legendary Arepas.

“The café will continue our tradition of great fair-trade specialty coffee grown on Colombian farms where we know the money goes straight to the farmers, their families and local communities. We take great pride in roasting the beans right in our café so our customers get the freshest coffee the coast has to offer.”

Boston Shaker owners Corey Passey and Livi Robins said their new venue was the realization of a shared dream to create a bar where people can relax with live music after dinner.

“It will be a visually beautiful art deco inspired space, designed for comfort with a strong focus on customer service and interaction. It’s the type of bar we go looking for – a great place to hang out after dinner and enjoy a few drinks while talking with friends and enjoying great live music without it being too loud,” Mr Passey said.

“The bar is going to be set up for musicians from soloists and duos through to six-piece bands and there will be all different styles including jazz.”

Fior di Latte Gelateria owners Kim and Craig Galea, who own Pitchfork restaurant at Peregian, wanted to create a Gelato shop with fun and tasty soft serve with creative flavours that change all the time.

“Fior di Latte means flower of the milk which is gelato in its purest form,” Kim said.

“We will have creative flavours from cocoa pop or popcorn to Turkish delight, fairy bread, Campari and orange with all the gelato and extras churned and baked on site. We will also be serving Tim Adams Coffee.”

Mr Long said since the completion of stage one of the redevelopment in December last year, which saw the opening of Saltwater Fish and Chippery, Rice Boi and The Dock Mooloolaba, visitation to the precinct has significantly increased to approximately 500,000 per year.

“With continuing renovation works, the addition of these great businesses and more to come later in the year, we expect visitation to continue to grow.

“We are very proud of what has been achieved so far and hope to see The Wharf Mooloolaba once again considered as a Sunshine Coast icon – a great place for locals and tourists, as well as a great entry point for the more than 10,000 visitors per year who come on cruise ships to the region.”

“People can come and enjoy a great Day at the Wharf, choosing from the great activities and attractions like whale watching and swimming, cruises, scuba diving and snorkeling, do some shopping and check out the attractions at SEALIFE, not to mention the great dining.

“Where else can you choose from such a great variety of dining options all with stunning river-front or harbour views.”

“You really can do everything at The Wharf Mooloolaba – meet, eat and play!”

There are still some great leasing opportunities for a mix of boutiques, casual dining and services such as barbers and other offerings being sought. Contact Transact Property Services for details – call on +61 7 5353 6044 or email

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Sunreef Mooloolaba recognised nationally for contribution to the Dive Industry

South East Queensland’s largest scuba diving centre, Sunreef Mooloolaba has be recognised nationally taking out the Australian Underwater Products (AUP) 2018 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Scuba Diving Industry.
In fact, this is the sixth year, Sunreef Mooloolaba have been recognised at the Awards, part of the AUP National Conference for the dive industry.
Sunreef Mooloolaba owner Dan Hart said they were thrilled to again be recognised at the AUP Awards.
“For us it’s recognition of all the great work done by all of our team. We are like a family and Sunreef Mooloolaba so we couldn’t do it without all our staff.”
“The AUP Conference is a key event for us every year – it’s a chance to connect with our scuba dive industry colleagues from around the country and also hear all the latest developments in the industry.”

Grants of up to $10,000 available to local community organisations thanks to Buderim Foundation

Buderim Foundation will soon be opening their 2018 Grants Programs for applications, with up to $10,000 each available to community organisations serving the local 4556 community.

Applications open on Monday 11th June, and eligible applicants will need to apply online before Friday, July 20th. Successful applicants will be announced at the Foundation’s 2018 annual community grants celebration on Saturday afternoon, September 15th at the Buderim Village Park.

Sunreef Mooloolaba expanding whale tourism venture to include Whale One

South East Queensland’s premiere scuba diving and Australia’s first Swim with Humpback Whales experience operator, Sunreef Mooloolaba, is expanding their immersive ocean experiences, adding whale watching to its portfolio, having purchased Whale One.

The expansion, which adds to Sunreef’s purchase of adventure hire company Hire Hut at the beginning of the year, means there is no better place to go for aquatic adventure.

“We love the Sunshine Coast and believe strongly in the tourism and hospitality sector here and are proud to have the successful Whale One operations now powered by Sunreef Mooloolaba,” Sunreef owner Dan Hart said.

Massive Grant Opening Celebration this Saturday at Bundaberg’s new Sunshine Mitre 10

The new Sunshine Mitre 10 will be a frenzy of activity this Saturday, 26th May, with its massive grand opening sale. There will be something for everyone with incredible not-to-be-repeated prices on everything from irons and kettles to barbecues, bar fridges and treated pine sleepers.

Starting from 8am, the crew from Hits 93.9FM will be there and there will also be free hot dogs, a sausage sizzle, a coffee van, as well as face painting for the kids.

Buderim Foundation calling for art donations to auction

The Buderim Foundation has launched an appeal for donations of artworks. The intention is to auction these works towards the end of the Foundation’s 2018 Community Challenge to boost its trust funds, whose earnings are dedicated to making grants to local community groups.

The Community Challenge marks the 10th year of the Foundation making grants to support the work of these community groups.

In that decade, earnings on the trust funds, whose combined assets now stand at almost $1.5million, have enabled the Foundation to distribute almost $400000 in grants.

The art auction is one of several special initiatives undertaken in the 2018 Community Challenge year.

‘Classical Cocktails’ event in support of Buderim Foundation 2018 Community Challenge

Longtime Buderim resident and Buderim Foundation Ambassador June Loxton will be reprising her popular and successful Classical Cocktails event on the evening of Saturday 26 May 2018.

June, an accomplished pianist and composer, has assembled some of the Sunshine Coast’s most talented musicians to perform at her home.

Classical Cocktails will offer a range of musical genres and styles, which are sure to entertain.

Sunshine Mitre 10 opening in Bundaberg

In its first foray into the Bundaberg market, Sunshine Mitre 10 is investing with a long term multi-million-dollar commitment to provide the most outstanding hardware retail and trade offer in the region.

The new store in the heart of Bundaberg, at 1 Electra Street, will open with a huge sale on Saturday 26th May employing locals to serve local Builders, Tradies and DIY/Retail customers.

Sunshine Mitre 10 CEO Travis Cunnane said the Coopers Home Hardware site has been completely refurbished.

“Sunshine Mitre10 are investing for the long term, with improvements including new and additional racking to increase our Trade and DIY/Retail product offering, with larger ranges and increased stock levels across all departments,” Mr Cunnane said.

“The company was also working hard to improve the layout to make the store easier to navigate so in both the retail and trade areas you can get in, get what you need and get on with it.”

The new store will feature a new Paint Colour Centre, planned according to the international best practice. We have also invested in the latest range of Power Tools, Outdoor Power Equipment including Stihl & Makita, along with an improved Garden Centre.

“Our new Trade drive through will offer a comprehensive selection of Trade Timber and Sheeting Products in conjunction with the latest ranging of Trade Fasteners and Building Supplies,” Mr Cunnane said.

“Our aim is to be the preferred location in Bundaberg for Builders, Tradies, Handymen and DIYERs alike, with the convenience of undercover trade drive through.

“We will also offer daily site deliveries on our crane truck to Bundaberg and surrounding communities.”

Sunshine Mitre10 is a 108 year old business with 14 sites throughout QLD employing over 380 staff.

“We are proud locals, employing and serving locals and we get involved in the communities in which our stores operate,” Mr Cunnane said.

“This includes having local experts available to provide advice and assistance to both our trade and DIY/Retail customers.

“We also pride ourselves on the fact that as part of the community, we get involved, sponsoring and assisting local schools, sporting communities and local charities.”

The Grand Opening will be held on the 26th May, A huge day is planned with hundreds of specials across all categories along with giveaways and great offers.

Construction on Westside Private Hospital moves to next stage after ‘topping out’

The Evans Long and Montserrat Hospital joint venture development Westside Private Hospital at Taringa has reached the final stages of construction with the building ‘topping out’.

The ten-storey building at 32 Morrow Street, Taringa, will be home to the new Westside Private Hospital, a short-stay overnight facility operated by Montserrat Hospitals.

The hospital floor will house five operating theatres and three treatment rooms. Two additional floors will provide specialist consulting suites as well as Westside Haemaotogy and Oncology, a new addition to Montserrat Cancer Care Services.

The other floors of the building will include a Guardian Child Care Centre and three floors for the Essence Medi Apartments & Suites, which will offer an affordable out of hospital, yet conveniently located, accommodation option for the surgical and oncology patients before, during and after care.

The two top floors of the building will be luxurious sky homes, with a roof top pool and entertainment area, while at the bottom of the building there will be a café and concierge services, a floor containing Allied Health facilities, and four basement levels of car parking with 185 car spaces. Westside Private will allow 3 hours of free parking providing relief for patients and their family.

The Dock Mooloolaba hosts Local Beer Tap Takeover this weekend

The Wharf Mooloolaba’s newest restaurant and bar, The Dock Mooloolaba has 52 beer taps, with 16 different beers, across three bars and starting this Friday, there will be a Local Tap Takeover, with only local beers to be poured throughout the weekend.

The Dock Mooloolaba owner Jared Hart said the “Local Tap Takeover” will be a celebration of the restaurant’s four-month anniversary, and an opportunity to support and highlight our fantastic local craft breweries.

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