Moffat Beach, Queensland

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Moffat Beach
Views from Moffat Head, Moffat Beach, Queensland 02.jpg
Views from Moffat Head, 2018
Moffat Beach is located in Queensland
Moffat Beach
Moffat Beach
Coordinates26°47′36″S 153°08′19″E / 26.7933°S 153.1386°E / -26.7933; 153.1386Coordinates: 26°47′36″S 153°08′19″E / 26.7933°S 153.1386°E / -26.7933; 153.1386
Population2,553 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,820/km2 (4,720/sq mi)
Area1.4 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Caloundra
Federal division(s)Fisher
Suburbs around Moffat Beach:
Dicky Beach Dicky Beach Coral Sea
Caloundra Moffat Beach Shelly Beach
Caloundra Caloundra Kings Beach

Moffat Beach is a coastal suburb in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Moffat Beach had a population of 2,553 people.[1]


Moffat Beach is within the Caloundra urban centre, located directly north-east of Caloundra CBD.


The suburb and beach were named after James C. Moffat, a chemist from Brisbane, who established a holiday house on Moffat Head in 1883.[3][2]

The Queen of the Colonies pandanus tree stood on the headland above the site where 13 passengers from the Queen of the Colonies shipwreck were cast ashore in a small boat, during stormy weather in 1863. In 1963, a concrete memorial was erected on the site.


  • In the 2016 census, Moffat Beach had a population of 2,553 people, made up of 1245 (48.8%) male and 1307 (51.2%) female.
  • The median age of the Moffat Beach population was 44 years, above both the Queensland median of 37 and the Australian median of 38.
  • 77.4% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England (5.1%) and New Zealand (4.5%). 92% of people only spoke English at home.
  • Religious affiliations in Moffat Beach were predominantly No Religion (33.5%), Catholic (23.1%) and Anglican (15.4%).[1]


There are no schools in Moffat Beach. The nearest primary school is Caloundra State School in neighbouring Caloundra. The nearest secondary school is Caloundra State High School also in Caloundra.[4]

Shopping and eating[edit]

A bakery, convenience store and post office are located at Buccleugh Street. Cafes, restaurants and takeaways as well as gift shops, an art gallery and craft brewery are located in Seaview Terrace.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Eleanor Shipley Park stretches from Tooway Lake through to the cafes of Seaview Terrace. Barbecue facilities, picnic shelters are provided, as well as a children's play area and easy access to Moffat beach.

Roslin Park in Roslin Street provides a children's play area.

On Moffat Beach, dogs are allowed off-leash before 8am and after 4pm. The beach itself is unpatrolled.

The Des Dywer walking track is an oceanway that runs from Moffat Beach to Bulcock beach, following the coastline on cliffs and boardwalks.


Moffat Beach is protected from southerly winds by Moffat Headland which provides a sought-after surf break.

One of Australia's longest-running surf competitions, the Pa and Ma Bendall Surfing Classic, is held every Easter in honour of local surfing legends Charles "Pa" and Marjorie "Ma" Bendall.


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Moffat Beach (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Moffat Beach – suburb in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48764)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Caloundra". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Archived from the original on 27 February 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2004.
  4. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 4 April 2020.

External links[edit]

  • "Moffat Beach". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.