Headed up to the Sunshine Coast these school holidays? Brisbane Kids has you covered with our list of the best things to do with kids on the Sunshine Coast!
Outdoor ideas for kids on the Sunshine Coast
- Pretend to be pirates at Maroochydore’s recently refurbished Cotton Tree Playground. Complete with a pirate ship, log stepper, and all-abilities bird’s nest swing.
- Dig your toes in the sand at Mudjumba Beach. You’ll find the Sunny Coast locals at this little-known gem nestled in between busier Mooloolaba and Coolum.
- Big kids will love Bli Bli’s epic Watersports Complex. Teens can learn to wakeboard like a pro, slide down massive waterslide slides and even catch a few Barra.
- Enjoy spectacular views from the top of Mt. Coolum. On a clear day you can see all the way up to Noosa and down to Caloundra. Note: This is a steep climb so might be best for bigger kids.
- Find waterfalls hidden in plain sight. Just off Buderim’s bustling business district is the Buderim Forest Waterfall Walk. It encompasses 45 hectares of pristine rainforest and stunning waterfalls.
- Visit one of the quaintest towns on the Sunshine Coast. Montville’s adorable main street’s fudge shops, cuckoo clocks and antique stores has something the whole family will enjoy.
- Aussie World will keep toddlers, teens, and everybody in between entertained. Ride on the restored 1927 carousel, hop onto the ferris wheel, and try not scream on the Wasp Roller Coaster.
- Eat the freshest fish-n-chips from Mooloolaba’s seafood wholesalers. The seafood shops (located at the spit end) offer prawns and fish right off the boat.
- Snap a selfie with the Big Pelican. Noosaville’s famous feathered friend has been delighting Queensland kids since the 1970s.
- Take the toddlers to Caloundra’s Golden Beach. Sheltered by Bribie Island this pocket of paradise is the perfect spot for little people to splash around.
- If your family includes a four-legged friend then don’t miss North Shore Beach. This spectacular hidden spot is one of the most pristine strips along the coast.
- Ride the Ginger Train at the Ginger Factory, sample some ginger and book in for a beekeeping demonstration.
- Take a submarine ride in the Mooloolaba Beach Down under Submarines like a true explorer!
- Enjoy beating your kids at a game of putt putt at Maroochy River Golf Club.
- Marvel at a 150 year old Moreton Bay Fig on the Fig Tree Walk at Kenilworth followed by a jam donut at the Kenilworth Bakery.
Animal experiences on the Sunshine Coast
- No visit to the Sunshine Coast is complete without a trip to the world-famous Australia Zoo. Their incredible collection of animals includes tigers, elephants and of course, crocodiles.
- Cuddle a calf at Maleny Dairy. Book a tour at this picturesque dairy farm to learn how milk is produced, bottle feed baby calves and even taste their delicious products.
- Get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the sea. During whale watching season (June- November) book a tour to see these majestic creatures from the bow of your boat.
- Watch sharks glide over your head at SEA LIFE. Walk along this aquarium’s incredible underwater tunnel and be amazed at the diversity of marine life.
- Enjoy a parrot on your shoulder at Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World with over over 700 native and exotic birds from around the world.
- Cuddle a koala at Wildlife HQ at Woombye followed by a high ropes course to keep the kids on their toes. Also home to the famous Big Pineapple!
Markets to visit on the Sunshine Coast with kids
- Shop til’ you drop at Eumundi Markets. Running twice weekly since 1979, there’s something for everybody at these famous open-air shops.
- Did someone say food trucks, live music, and a beachside playground? Grab the picnic blanket and head to Marcoola Markets on Friday nights.
Best Indoor things to do with kids on the Sunshine Coast
- Take your budding bookworm to Berkelouw Books in Eumundi. Peruse their extensive range of new and secondhand books and don’t miss their collection of rare books.
- Up the coast on a Sunday? Visit Tewantin’s Noosa Regional Gallery Their Art Play Sunday activities will let those little minds flex their creative muscles.
- Calling all princes and princesses: take a step back in time at Australia’s largest castle. Enter through Sunshine Castle’s moat and get ready to go exploring through medieval times.
- Explore the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and spend the day at Mary Caincross Scenic Reserve with it’s hands on education centre, rainforest walks and picnic areas.
- Discover all the fun things to do in Noosa with Kids like eating your weight in chocolate at the Noosa Chocolate Factory – we highly recommend their fresh rocky road!
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