Spring into the Sunshine Coast these school holidays

With the Spring school holidays just weeks away, parents and kids alike are hunting for ideas for a fun-filled holiday break. 

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said, “Spring is a perfect time to take a short break, explore the region and discover new experiences that the whole family will enjoy.

“The Sunshine Coast weather is warming up and there is still excellent availability along with good deals.

“In addition, Virgin Australia has recently announced additional seats from Sydney and Melbourne commencing in early September, just in time for holidays,” said Mr Latchford.

With accommodation offers, free and affordable ideas and a not to be missed events, these tips will ensure a memorable Sunshine Coast school holiday visit.


Rumba Beach Resort, Caloundra
Overnight and two night stays during the September School Holidays for families of four from only $325 per night. Call (07) 5492 0555 or visit www.rumbaresort.com.au

Oaks Oasis Resort, Caloundra
Executive Family Room and kids eat free for MyOaks members. From $332 per night
Call 13 62 57 or visit www.minorhotels.com

Spinnaker Quays, Mooloolaba
Save 15% on stays of five nights or more from 18 September until 8 October. Quote ‘Spring into Mooloolaba Break.’ Call (07) 5478 3899 or visit www.spinnakerquays.com.au

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba
Stay three nights and save up to 25%. Includes two bedroom apartments and valid for travel between 16-21 September. To book, call 1300 987 603 or visit www.MantraHotels.com

Oaks Seaforth Resort, Alexandra Headland
One, two and three bedroom apartments from $215 per night.
Call 13 62 57 or visit www.minorhotels.com

The Sebel, Noosa
One or two bedroom apartments, just mere moments from Noosa Main Beach. Book and save 10% from 16 September 16 – 5 October. Rates start from $405.
Call (07) 5474 6400 or visit www.accorhotels.com

*Subject to availability.

You may laugh at the thought of wrapping your arms around a tree trunk, but studies have shown that people who spend time with Mother Nature are more relaxed than their city counterparts. With hundreds of walking trails that zigzag their way through some of the most spectacular rainforests and national parks, the Sunshine Coast is an ideal place for the family to get fresh air, burn some energy and get back in touch with the earth. Check out Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Mapleton National Park, Mount Coolum, Buderim Forest Park and Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens.

Or, if you’re more of a beach person, sink your toes into the white sand – there’s nothing more invigorating than a dive into the ocean on a sunny winter’s day or whiling away the hours building sandcastles. There are many patrolled beaches on the Sunshine Coast, which means you and your family can feel safe when you want some beach time. Plan a visit to Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach or Noosa Main Beach.

The Twilight Markets Caloundra are set to bring the September holiday spirit to Bulcock Beach with entertainment for the entire family. The Markets will be operating on Friday nights – 15, 22 & 29 September. Don't miss the sunset along the boardwalk on Bulcock Beach whilst listening to the tunes of street entertainment which bring life to the market atmosphere. With 100+ stalls lining the street of Bulcock Beach, street entertainment and wide selection of food stall, there is something to amuse the whole family.

Sunshine Coast Libraries has a raft of free activities running during the holidays. Get into coding with the tiny tinker Ozobots, get up-close and personal to a scaly reptile, meet and greet the NAObot Kevin or the kids can get crafty and take an iconic photo in a photo booth. Bookings are recommended.

Let’s go LEGO - calling all LEGO lovers! Visit the LEGO Nexo Knights Play Zone at Noosa Civic Shopping Centre from Monday 18 – Friday 22 September near the food court. There’ll be LEGO play zones, speed challenges, online games and a meet and greet with LEGO Clay from Nexo Knights.

Try Archery, Body Boarding, Caving, Giant Swing, Surfing, High Ropes and more. Half day (three hour $27) and full day (six hour $63) activity programs for children eight years and over. Places fill fast. Contact Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre at Currimundi.

The Ocean Ranger Program at Sea Life gives kids the exclusive opportunity to feed, touch and meet some of the amazing under water animals! The experience includes admission, animal encounters and feeding, seal presentation, behind the scenes tour and activities, lunch and snacks, photograph from the day and a certificate of participation. Ranger days run 20, 22, 27 and 29 September. A half day is suitable for 5-8 years and costs $45. Full day ocean ranger program for 9-12 years costs $67.50. Go to Sea Life Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba for more details and to book.

It doesn’t matter if you have never been in the ocean before and want to experience the thrill of ‘walking on water’ or you just got a new board and want to learn to catch unbroken waves, duck dive and turn, or get the edge in competitions. Beginner surf lessons run every day from 10-12 noon all year round. From $60 for one class. Check out Coolum Surf School to get your hang ten on!

Take a farm and factory tour at Maleny Dairies to learn all about the process of milk from the cow to the bottle and everything in between! You can expect to get up close and personal with one of our Guernsey gals, meet calves and get your hands dirty feeding the animals. Tours are held Monday to Saturday at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. Cost $11 per person and under 2 free.

Visit Laserzone in Warana and take on a game of mission impossible. Even if you don’t come out on top of the leaderboard, you will still feel cool being kitted up with a high-tech pack and phaser while dodging laser beams. Open daily with special school holiday sessions: between 9am and 11am, 2 hours of laser tag and 3 arcade tokens for $25. Or between 3.30pm and 6.00pm or 6.30pm and 9.00pm; 2.5 hours of laser tag and 3 arcade tokens for $28.

Kids can attend Cooking Classes at Red Hot Chilli Pepper in Caloundra. Classes will be held 19, 22, 26 and 29 September for two hours between 11am and 1pm. The classes include morning tea with a snack, a sit down lunch with the food they have prepared and cooked on the day, and a drink. Cost is $45.00 per child.

Robert’s Treasure Hunt will take you on a mission to discover Australia Zoo's new meerkats! Explore the Zoo while you learn some interesting facts about the new arrivals to unlock your treasure! In their incredible Wildlife Warriors show, Robert and Terri will get up close with their favourite ancient animals, feeding the crocs from September 20-23. Visit Australia Zoo, Beerwah. Family pass from $172

Rock out together as a family at the laid-back Caloundra Music Festival. This fun event is held towards the end of the Queensland school holidays from 29 September to 2 October at Kings Beach. Soul, Surf, Sun and Sand venues will come alive featuring the best of the Australian music industry as well as incredible international artists including British India, Xavier Rudd, Ronan Keating, Daryl Braithwaite, Thundamentals and more. This not for profit family-friendly community event celebrating the environment, cultural achievements and community pride of the Caloundra area.

There will be Buskers on Stage from 29 September to 1 October, in Felicity Park, Bulcock Street, Caloundra during the weekend of Caloundra Music Festival. The stage will includes three days of buskers on stage, (5 per day) plus a free kiddies show.

The Sunshine Coast is located one hour north of Brisbane and Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) is centrally located just 10 minutes north of Maroochydore. The airport is serviced by Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia. Regular daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne, and three times weekly services from Adelaide, connect the Sunshine Coast to more than 55 Australian and international destinations. Direct flight services also operate via Air New Zealand from Auckland to the Sunshine Coast.

For other information on planning your school holiday break go to: www.visitsunshinecoast.com