Winter holiday guide

This winter is forecast to be one of the coldest on record. However, with an average temperature of 22ºC, we are fortunate to be on the Sunshine Coast, a perfect location for visitors to ditch the cold and warm up this winter!

Family fun
The average four-year old laughs 400 times a day. When was the last time you had a good ole chuckle? There are plenty of activities that are bound to bring out the inner child in you on the Sunshine Coast!

Visit Australia Zoo these school holidays for loads of excitement! The Irwin family will feed the crocs daily, tackle a giant inflatable obstacle course and take on the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom treasure hunt.
The Ginger Factory is offering free school holiday entertainment with big and small animals from Wildlife HQ. If cute and fluffy is your thing be sure to visit and explore the petting display where you can make friends with the baby chickens, bunny rabbits and guinea pigs.

Other must do activities include a visit to Sea Life Sunshine Coast, partnering with Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet to invite guests on an o-fish-ial quest to discover fascinating features about the fin-tastic places the underwater friends call home. You also don’t want to miss Aussie World’s unlimited rides with their value for money family fun bundle. For the more adventurous, become a race car driver at Australia’s largest commercial track, Big Kart Track.

One with nature

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 less stressed. 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 to get back in touch with the earth. Climb one of the many coastal mountains to soak in the breathtaking views 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.

This year, more than 33,000 humpback whales are expected to make the migration north from Antarctica. The Sunshine Coast benefits from a longer whale watching season as the whales make the 10,000km journey to migrate north from June through Sunshine Coast waters before coming back south and returning to Antarctica in early November.