P&O Cruises's Pacific Explorer anchored off Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast.
P&O Cruises's Pacific Explorer anchored off Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast. Patrick Woods

Traders rejoice as 2000 cashed-up holiday makers arrive

MOOLOOLABA business owners have enjoyed a booming day of trade with the arrival of a 2000-seat cruise liner docked off the Coast.

The Pacific Explorer arrived from Sydney between 6-7am bringing with it cashed-up holiday makers who basked in glorious sunshine.

Businesses benefited from a steady stream of customers for much of the day.

Sunreef Mooloolaba's whale watching boat was used as the vessel to transfer people from the liner to the shore.

Owner Dan Hart said it was great to see business going so well.

"It's great to see all the restaurants, cafes and stores in The Wharf so busy," Mr Hart said.

"There was so many people out and about.

"Everyone was so happy and just wandering through. Good for them to get away from Sydney weather.

"Plenty of guests hired out heaps of bikes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, they were very popular.

"We sold plenty of stuffed animals too."

Mr Hart said due to timing the guests unfortunately were unable to do any whale watching.



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