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:
1. Adventurer for the day
Escape 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. 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).
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2. Become a Grom
Beach-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 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. After a day on the go be sure to settle down for a kid-approved hearty meal at Noosa Boathouse.
4. calling animal lovers
The 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!
5. #FITFAm Goals
Knock those fit families out of the park with a day of family kayaking at Blue Water Kayak Tours. Keep the need for speed going with the option of a tandem kayak for younger kids. There’s something for all ends of the fit spectrum with the opportunity for a half-day tour to Bribie Island ($55-100), paddling across the Pumicestone Passage.
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. Tickets start from $11.35.
6. HUMPBACK HIGH-FIVE
Leave your binoculars at home this whale season, because you’re going swimming. 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 will love watching the whales breach the surface and show off their skills. Cost: $149 per person.
If you’re a more fast-paced family and looking for an adrenaline rush, then Mooloolaba Jetboat will bring out the most screams and make the whitest of knuckles. Cost: $80 per person per hour or family discounts available.