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The HMAS Brisbane was scuttled off Mooloolaba in 2005, and is now a well regarded wreck dive and marine reserve. Several dive operators run trips there, and for much of the year they do both morning and afternoon dives.

Starting from Brisbane, using public transport, is it possible to get up to Mooloolaba for about 11.30am (in time for an afternoon dive), and return to Brisbane after about 5pm (when the dive boat returns), thus doing it in a day? Or is the only option to stay over on the Sunshine Coast either before or after the dive?

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With regards to your question about Bundaberg, why not hire a car, go to Bundaberg, stay overnight, drive to Mooloolaba the next day for your dive, and then carry on to Brisbane afterwards? Just a thought. – Mark Mayo Dec 21 '12 at 7:34
It's certainly possible, depends on what other family members are interested in. I'm asking the questions at the moment to work out what the options are without a car! – Gagravarr Dec 21 '12 at 7:38
Fair enough, just thought I'd suggest it :) – Mark Mayo Dec 21 '12 at 7:46
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With the help of the very handy TransLink journey planner, it turns out it can be done just fine!

Currently, there are no trains serving the Sunshine Coast (though a branch line is proposed). Instead, you need to take a Nambour Train from Roma Street Station or Central Station, and then change at somewhere like Woombye for the bus to the coast.

The train takes about 2 hours from Brisbane, then it's about another 45 minutes on the bus to Mooloolaba. There's roughly one train an hour, and the last southbound train leaves Nambour just after 8pm on a weekday. So, it is possible to leave Brisbane in the morning, spend the afternoon on the Sunshine Coast, then head back in the evening, all by public transport.

Oh, and just to note, sometimes off-peak the "train" between Nambour and Caboolture is actually a bus due to a lack of track capacity, which is a little bit slower.

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