Let your sense of discovery spur your
family towards some unforgettable adventures
on the Sunshine Coast this summer.
It’s fun to have fun but you have to know how, and with beach games, water activities, extreme sports, ocean exploring, frolicking in water fountains, world-class attractions and subtropical rainforests, the Sunshine Coast is certainly packed with fun this summer... As it is every summer, for that matter.
Let's get wild
Crikey! Australia Zoo truly boasts wildlife encounters in abundance. There’s plenty of animal action on offer every day including croc shows, knowledgeable zoo keepers to chat with and lots of drop-dead gorgeous animals that can’t wait to get up close and personal with you. It’s hands-on fun and educational rolled into one. Also on site is an Africa exhibit and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, and both let you go behind the scenes with a selection of daily tours.
One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish... At Mooloolaba’s SEA LIFE aquarium you’ll spot them all. It’s the destination that allows families to swim with seals and explore life under the sea, without even getting wet. It recently unveiled Australia’s largest jellyfish exhibit as part of an interactive zone, and a large portion of the attraction has also been transformed into a new visitor walkway which encompasses five new zones and showcases superstars of the ocean including sea horses, brightly coloured fluorescent corals, giant clams and razor fish.
Something a bit different
You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut, and this region is one that is always adding and improving its entertainment options. If you feel the need for speed, pit your wits against the big sweeping bends, challenging chicanes, hair-raising hairpins and supercharged straights at the Big Kart Track – a particularly grand option for families with a healthy competitive streak.
The Ginger Factory is a quirky stop that gives you the opportunity to take your tastebuds on tour, sampling the world’s finest ginger. Get a real buzz with the Superbee Live Bee Show and the taste of pure Australian honey, ride the Ginger Train which brims with 100 years of Queensland history, or follow the Gingerbread Man on the Overboard boat ride.
Visitors to Sunshine Castle should prepare to get medieval on your next stop, with excitement, enchantment and education lurking in each corner as you explore its moat, towers, drawbridge, displays and exhibitions. A perfect stop for any mini (or not-so-mini) history buffs.
A newcomer to the region is Big Boing, the Sunshine Coast’s first indoor trampoline park, located at Birtinya. Here kids will burn off any excess energy they may have after an exciting day, as they busy themselves jumping, running and flipping... and, most importantly, landing softly and safely.
Wide, open spaces
For fresh air and outdoor fun with Mother Nature, why not join a fully accredited instructor at Coolum Surfing School and learn how to surf? The beach at Coolum is one of the most loved in Australia, and with plenty of sun, sand and waves it’s a great stop for all water lovers, even those who don’t wish to brave a board. Adventure also lies inland, and a visit to the working farm at Maleny Dairies will see your kids jumping over the moon as they pat a baby calf and milk cows. If your kids are more horse-inclined, thrill them with a trail ride through the bush or through the river system of picturesque Lake Weyba with Noosa Horse Riding. It’s outdoor fun for kids, and stunning scenery for parents.
Arguably the best way to end the summer holidays – and celebrate Australia Day at the same time – is by participating in a unique Australian pastime... dunny races. The celebration of the old Australian outdoor toilet is held each Australia Day, 26 January, at the wonderfully crooked Ettamogah Pub. It’s located at Aussie World in the suburb of Palmview, a theme park with more than 30 rides and games based on the cartoon creation of Ken Maynard which was regularly published in the now defunct Australasian Post.
Indeed, the Sunshine Coast is renowned for having the best of all worlds: safe swimming and patrolled surf beaches, a hinterland where you can connect with nature, accommodation from holiday parks to five-star apartments... all of which merge to make a perfect setting for your next family holiday. You’re bound to delight your senses and skyrocket your family’s fun-meter each time you visit.