Sunshine Coast Delights: A Family-Friendly Guide to School Holiday Fun

School holidays are a magical time for families to come together, create lasting memories, and embark on exciting adventures. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself on the beautiful Sunshine Coast during these school holidays, you’re in for a treat!

With its stunning beaches, lush hinterland and plethora of family-friendly activities, the Sunshine Coast is a paradise for parents and kids alike. Here are some of our favourite things to do on the Sunshine Coast over the school holidays:

Beach Days

The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its pristine, sun-kissed beaches. Take advantage of the glorious weather and spend your school holidays building sandcastles, playing beach games, or simply soaking up the sun. Popular family-friendly beaches include Mooloolaba, Noosa Main Beach, and Kings Beach, each offering their own unique charm and amenities.

Water Fun

Dive into the aquatic wonders of the Sunshine Coast by exploring its water-based activities. Head to Sealife Sunshine Coast for an immersive underwater experience, or venture to Aqua Park Bli Bli for inflatable fun on the water. Kayaking, paddle-boarding, and boat tours are also great options to enjoy the region’s stunning waterways.

Wildlife Encounters

For families with a love for animals, the Sunshine Coast has several wildlife sanctuaries and parks. Australia Zoo, made famous by the Irwin family, is a must-visit, providing an opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of native and exotic species. The Ginger Factory and Maleny Botanic Gardens are also excellent choices for a day filled with flora and fauna.

Hinterland Adventures

Escape the coastal hustle and bustle by exploring the lush Sunshine Coast hinterland. Take a scenic drive through the Glass House Mountains, visit the charming towns of Montville and Maleny, and discover the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains. The hinterland offers a tranquil retreat and is perfect for nature walks, picnics, and exploring local markets.

Outdoor Playgrounds

Let the kids burn off some energy at the numerous playgrounds scattered across the Sunshine Coast. Cotton Tree Park, Happy Valley Park in Caloundra, and Lions Park in Coolum Beach are just a few of the fantastic spots where children can climb, swing, and slide to their heart’s content.

Creative Outlets

Unleash your family’s artistic side by participating in creative workshops and activities. The Sunshine Coast boasts various art galleries, pottery studios, and craft markets where families can engage in hands-on experiences and create unique keepsakes.

Events & Festivals

Check the school holiday calendar for special events and festivals happening on the Sunshine Coast. From food festivals to live performances and cultural celebrations, there’s always something exciting taking place. Keep an eye out for events at venues like The Events Centre in Caloundra or the Noosa Arts Theatre.

The Sunshine Coast offers a myriad of opportunities for families to bond, explore, and have fun during school holidays. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beaches, encountering wildlife, or immersing yourselves in creative pursuits, this coastal paradise ensures that your family holiday will be filled with laughter, joy, and unforgettable moments. So pack your bags, grab the sunscreen, and get ready for an epic family adventure on the stunning Sunshine Coast!

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