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Things to do at Easter on the Sunshine Coast

byLiz Tuckett-21 Mar 2017

If you prefer cheese and wine to chocolate eggs, then the Sunshine Coast is the place to be this Easter.

The Sunshine Coast will play host to the Kenilworth Cheese, Wine & Food Fest on Easter Saturday (15 April) - a free event which kicks off with a cheese rolling competition, Cheester Egg Hunt for children aged four to seven years and gourmet cooking demonstrations showcasing produce from the Mary Valley.

Bring your Easter bonnets to the Kenilworth Cheese, Food & Wine Festival.
Bring your Easter bonnets to the Kenilworth Cheese, Food & Wine Festival.

And it’s not only cheese and wine that will be on the menu over Easter. On Easter Sunday (16 April), Maroochydore will be transformed into a celebration of diversity at the Ocean Street World Festival. A free event that will feature artists across four stages with acts from Japan to Bolivia, Budapest to Jamaica, Salsa dancing and Bollywood workshops, choirs, djembe workshops and more.

Ocean Street Festival
Ocean Street Festival

Australia Zoo will be another ‘hot spot’ of fun during the Easter break with Robert's epic treasure hunt, pony trails, Bindi and the Jungle Girls ‘Island Time' show and colouring competitions. From the 9 - 13 April, the Irwin family will also be feeding the crocs in the 12pm Wildlife Warrior show in the world-famous Crocoseum!

Australia Zoo Crocoseum
Feeding time in the Crocoseum

Surfers will be attracted by one of Australia’s oldest surfing competitions: the Pa and Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest, held over the Easter Long Weekend (14-16 April) at Caloundra's Moffat Beach. The surfing contest began in 1974 and has attracted some big names over the years including Wayne (Rabbit) Bartholomew, Simon Anderson and Hawaiian legend Gerry Lopez.

Children can enjoy the annual Easter egg treasure hunt at the Original Eumundi Markets on Easter Saturday (15 April).  This will be another fun and free activity that includes a hunt with clues through the market with a chocolate surprise at the completion of the journey.

Eumundi markets
Easter egg hunt and craft activities for children at Eumundi markets.

Other Easter activities include: Magic with Nickleby at the Ginger Factory, mini medieval Olympics at Sunshine Castle or learn how to make robots dance, talk and move at Sunshine Coast Libraries.

Enjoy a magic show at the Ginger Factory.
Enjoy a magic show at the Ginger Factory.

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is also hosting family sleepovers! Explore the depths of the new ocean walk through and see what the creatures and critters really get up to at night! 

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Sleepovers
Bring the family to a sleep over in the underwater tunnel at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.

Join Jake and Tilly, the Aussie World Easter Bunnies and friends for the annual Easter Bunny Hunt with Easter prizes for the kids. There’s also the Easter Show with Jake and Tilly, Alice and the Easter Bunnies appearing every day of the Easter long weekend.

Aussie World Easter
Meet Jake and Tilly, the Aussie World Easter Bunnies.

Take a cruise this Easter with Whale One

•    Good Friday Seafood Lunch Cruise: Adults are $59 and children are $29.50
•    Easter Saturday: Dolphin Discovery Lunch Cruise: Adults $29, Children $15 (4-14)
•    Easter Saturday Night: Sunset Cruise:  Adults $25 and Children (4-14 years) $15
•    Easter Sunday : Dolphin Discovery Lunch Cruise: Adults $29, Children $15 (4-14)
•    Easter Monday: Dolphin Discovery Lunch Cruise:  Adults $29, Children $15 (4-14)