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6 things to do these school holidays on the Sunshine Coast

School holidays creep up faster than a temper tantrum after red lemonade. If you’re trying to do a little last-minute planning and want some family fun, check out these kid-approved activities on the Sunshine Coast.

1. Adventurer for the day

Glasshouse Mountains | Sunshine Coast school holidaysEscape the 21st Century technology trap and convince your kids to trade in those iPads for a day in the bush. They’ll be pleasantly surprised by how exciting the outdoors can be! If you’re after a short and sweet stroll with the little ones, then check out Maroochy River Foreshore.

Channel your inner ranger and head to Noosa National Park, one of Queensland’s few coastal national parks. Escape the heat, spot resident koalas dozing in the trees and cool off with a swim at one of the beaches around the headland.

If you’re tougher than Bear Grylls, why not face the stone giants (a.k.a Glass House Mountains) and take on the 3.2km Tibrogargan Circuit (approx 1.5-hour walk).

Prefer a family picnic and swimming hole to keep the kids entertained? Chase these top 5 waterfalls on the Sunshine Coast.

2. Become a Grom

Learn to Surf | Sunshine Coast school holidaysBeach-loving families will love a tumble in the whitewash! Salt water is guaranteed way to get the giggles going. Time for family surf lessons? Find out which Sunshine Coast Surf School is for you.

For endless cartwheeling space, enough sand to weigh down dad’s speedos and gentle waves for mum and bub to relax in – visit Point Cartwright. This secluded beach space may appear rough at first, but venture halfway down and you’ll find a family-friendly rock pool that the kids will love to splash around in.

3. Kid-friendly eats

The Sunshine Coast is a goldmine for fresh produce, so why not culture your taste buds during your stay. Did someone say homemade strawberry ice-cream? Strawberry Fields is open every day between June and November, boasting fields of juicy strawberries that are just waiting to be picked by little hands. The pick-your-own experience also offers a cafe with all things strawberry.

Check out other Sunshine Coast food producers here. After a day on the go be sure to settle down for a kid-approved hearty meal at Noosa Boathouse.

4. Calling animal lovers

Australia Zoo | Sunshine Coast school holidaysThe Wildlife Warriors at Australia Zoo are in full swing and performing action-packed shows every day of the holidays. You even have a chance to meet Bindi, Terri and Robert and of course get up close with the crocs. More of a warm and fuzzy type? Play with the cheeky otters or cuddle a koala and learn why they can sleep for up to 20 hours a day!

Leave your binoculars at home this whale season as the winter holidays is the perfect time to take the plunge. Channel your inner Dory and learn to speak whale when you immerse yourself with Sunreef’s three-hour whale experience. You’ll be within metres of the peaceful giants and the kids (aged 8+) will love watching the whales breach the surface and show off their skills.

5. #FITFAm Goals

Kanu Kapers | Sunshine Coast school holidaysKnock those fit family goals out of the park with a kayaking adventure on the Noosa Everglades. Opt for either the half day or full day guided tour with Kanu Kapers and you will bliss out exploring the river of mirrors and soaking up the natural beauty and bird life.

Want a more low-key way to keep active? Why not visit The Rock Face at the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre. Let the kids burn off last night’s red lemonade while climbing up nine and a half metres high. Family of 3 or 5? Don’t stress, their tech-savvy automatic belay system means you don’t need a partner to climb.

6. Action, speed and thrills.

Aussie World | Sunshine Coast school holidaysWe all know that Australia is renowned for it’s biting and stinging animals. The school holidays is your chance to take on the aptly named wasp and the redback rides at Aussie World!

Looking for some speed? Head to the Big Kart Track, the largest commercial go-kart track in Australia at 1.2km long. Kids can get a taste of the action on the fully-supervised Kids Track or jump in with mum or dad on the double seaters.

If you just can’t get enough high-speed thrills, Mooloolaba Jetboat will bring out the most screams and make the whitest of knuckles.

WHAT’S YOUR FAMILY’S FAVOURITE THING TO DO ON THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS?

*This post was first published in 2014 and updated in July 2018