6 things to do these school holidays on the Sunshine Coast

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Got plans for the school holidays? Here’s something we prepared earlier…

1. Zookeeper for a day

The Wildlife Warriors at Australia Zoo are in full swing and doing free shows throughout the holidays. You even have a chance to meet Bindi, Terri and Robert and of course the crocs. Get up close and personal when you become a Zookeeper for a day. Under the guidance of the zoo’s animal experts you can choose from four different programs, each one offering up close encounters. Don’t miss the free face painting every day from 9-11am!

2. Caloundra comes alive

With over 70 events to choose from the Caloundra Fringe Festival

has everything; busking, gem shows and even a shark in a bus! Also be sure to check out the Caloundra Music Festival from 3-6 October, featuring musical acts like Missy Higgins and the Buderim Brass Band. The event is spread all over the best parts of the Caloundra coastline and CBD so you can’t miss it.

3. Instameets

Got a smartphone? Got an Instagram account? Great. Let the iPhoneography begin! On Saturday 4 October, Queensland is holding the biggest Instameet. Ever. That means people like you, all around the state, are going to meet up in groups to snap away and upload their pics to Instagram in the biggest show-and-tell about their hometown or holiday spot. Find out where you can get in on the action here. Confused? Get the lowdown on Instameets here.

4. Scarecrow Fest

Take a drive through the Mary Valley these school holidays and keep your eyes peeled for scarecrows – the Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival is on until 17 October. Each town on the range is taking part in the traditional rivalry to create the best and most outrageous scarecrows. Unlike the Wizard of Oz these scarecrows have more than enough heart. They’ll be lining the roads from Dagun to Conondale, so you’ll have no problem finding them.

5. Maleny’s birds beckon

Baa Baa and Blackie, Maleny Botanic Garden’s resident dorper sheep, will take the kids off your hands while you sit back and smell the roses. BYO picnic and lets the kids frolic around the beautiful grounds and make sure to check out the aviary. Hold a macaw or watch them take flight in over 1000sq metres of sanctuary. Adults $26. Children $7. Family Pass $59.

6. Humpback high-five

Leave your binoculars at home this whale season, because you’re going swimming with them. The three-hour experience with Sunreef will get you within metres of the peaceful giants as you hold onto a rope off the back of the dive boat. Cost: $114 per person. If you’re looking for more of an adrenaline rush then Mooloolaba Jetboat will bring out the most screams and make the whitest of knuckles. Cost: $80 per person per hour.

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