Sunshine Coast winter holiday guide

25 Jun 2018

This winter is forecast to be one of the coldest on record. With an average temperature of 22ºC, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect location 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.

Be a pilot for a day and take a seat in the cockpit of historical planes including the F-111 and the Mirage at Queensland Air Museum’s Open Cockpit Weekend (7-8 July). There will be live music, free kids jumping castle, WWII Jeep rides, paper plane making and Star Wars characters.

Open Cockpit Day
Open Cockpit Weekend

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 (2 – 6 July between 9.30am – 12.30pm) and explore the petting display where you can make friends with the baby chickens, bunny rabbits and guinea pigs. During the second week of the holidays (9 – 13 July), you will be mesmerised by beautiful birds and colourful reptiles.

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 after dark Ride the Night evening (30 June) or 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.

Mount Coolum
Mount Coolum

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.

So, what are some of the best ways to experience the aquatic acrobatics and majestic presence of the humpback whales? You can spot these graceful giants from several vantage points along the coast including:

To head out on the water and get closer to these fantastic beasts, try a whale watching tour with Whale One or Sunshine Coast Afloat. Both tour companies operate regularly during the season from Mooloolaba. You can even swim with these beauties thanks to Sunreef Mooloolaba. This experience is a rare and very special one – something people have described as ‘life changing’.

Other options to the south include sea kayaking with Ocean Adventures operating from Golden Beach and Moffat Beach or to the north via Epic Ocean Adventures from Noosa or Rainbow Beach.

Most importantly… for the adults

Discover the new craft brewery scene in the region with Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours. The Hinterland Exbeerience Tour takes you behind the scenes to see how beer is made, meet the brewers, and sample fresh local beer. The day also includes a tasty lunch, air-conditioned bus transfers, bottled water, and a free stubby holder! As a bonus, all bookings made during July and August will receive 15% off by using the WINTER15 code when booking.

Brewery Tour
Brewery Tour

Once reserved exclusively for guests, the elevated pool deck at Caloundra’s Rumba Beach Resort has undergone an amazing transformation and the result – a stylish new bar and event space, 26 degrees, offers daily happy hour and live music most weekends.

Recently undergoing an extension, Ikatan Day Spa is set on acreage just minutes away from Noosa. Ikatan is the only luxury day spa on the Sunshine Coast that offers an authentic Asian wellness spa experience with unique treatments and day retreats along with traditional Balinese massage and body treatments. Using organic and environ facials and a garden room for feet and hand treatments, Ikatan is a spa for total relaxation and wellbeing. Ahh… sign me up for pampering!

Where to stay

Mantra has a swag of winter school holiday specials including:

  • Mantra Sirocco and Mantra Zanzibar, both located in Mooloolaba are offering specials to stay for 3 or 5 nights in a two bedroom apartment for 4 people (Sun-Thu) and receive a 20% discount to visit Sea Life Sunshine Coast. Conditions apply. Valid for sale until 30 June, 2018 and for travel until 30 September, 2018.
  • Stay 3 nights or more at Mantra Mooloolaba Beach or Mantra French Quarter, Noosa and save up to 25% on selected room types.  Conditions apply. Valid for sale until 30 September, 2018 and for travel until 31 March, 2019.
  • Breakfree Alexandra Beach and Breakfree Grand Pacific Caloundra are offering specials to stay 3 nights or 7 nights in a two bedroom apartment for 4 people and receive a 20% discount to visit Sea Life Sunshine Coast. Conditions apply. Valid for sale until 30 June, 2018 and for travel until 30 September, 2018.
Alexandra Beach Mantra Resort
BreakFree Alexandra Beach

Stay 3 nights and save up to 15% at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, Noosa or stay 5 nights or more and save up to 25%. Both options are for select room types and include full breakfast daily, WiFi and parking. Conditions apply. Valid for sale until 30 September, 2018 and for travel until 31 March, 2019.

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