The Top 5 Things to do on Queensland's Sunshine Coast
Holidays with Kids
reveals where to go
for all-ages fun on
the Sunshine Coast.
nce upon a time, Mooloolaba
was a sleepy fishing village, but
its glimmering coastline and
all-round laidback beach vibe
has made it one of Queensland’s
family-favourite holiday destinations. With its
feast of activities, from national parks to
outdoor sports, aquariums and zoos to indoor
playgrounds, medieval make-believe to crazy
rides, your little ones will be sporting ear-to-ear
grins in no time and will be up and at ‘em bright
and early every day, excited for their next
Sunshine Coast adventure.
1. Go Green
Eleven peaks that rise dramatically from
the coastal plains, Glass House Mountains
National Park is a natural icon of the area. Their
beauty is so outstanding; they caught the
attention of the then-Lieutenant James Cook in
1770 who named them after the glass furnaces
back in Yorkshire. Formed over 26 million years
ago, the volcanic plugs are listed on the
Queensland and National Heritage Registers
as a landscape of national significance. For the
best views, head to the lookout in Beerburrum
State Forest and bask in the panoramas.
Otherwise, enjoy one of the many walking trails
throughout the park and keep your eyes
peeled for wildlife.
2. Make some furry friends
Packing in stacks of up-close animal
encounters each day, Australia Zoo is one of
those places that can truly promise family fun
no matter what. The home of the late Crocodile
Hunter, Steve Irwin, the zoo is considered one
of the best in Australia – if not the world! Set in
42 hectares of Australian bush land, the zoo’s
team of passionate conservationists promise
wildlife action like no other. Where else in the
world can you cuddle a koala, meet a tiger,
hand-feed a red panda and see the crocs of
the Crocoseum in action all in one day?
3. Don your helmets
Feeling the need for speed? Then
head to the largest commercial go kart track
in Australia, Big Kart Track, for that adrenaline
rush. Open seven days a week, this track has
got it all: straights, bends, chicanes and
hair-raising hairpins. Kids under 152cm tall
or 12 years of age also get their own track,
or there’s a double-seater kart so you and your
young rev-head can burn rubber together.
Bring your own picnic and make use of the
onsite barbecues when the family grows tired
of hitting the tracks and enjoy a feast
overlooking the circuit.
4. History buffs rejoice
Step back in time at the Sunshine
Castle in Bli Bli. This Norman-style replica
castle is both educational and enchanting; with
treasure hunts leading kids on several different
quests and, if successful, ending in a special
treat at the King’s Treasure Chest. And if little
ones get a bit tricksy during the visit... you can
always lock them in the dungeon until they’ve
learned their lesson.
5. Is fun your thing?
Not a fan of all things medieval?
Maybe Aussie World is the better fit for your
family. This park has all the family favourites
such as a giant slide, Ferris wheel and
mini-golf. If you need to cool off, have a go at
The Plunge log water ride, sure to leave you
soaked from head to toe and laughing. A visit
to a theme park just isn’t complete without
some delicious junk food so stock up on
sugary goodness at the World Fun Cafe.
This article appeared in volume 49 of Holidays with Kids magazine.
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