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Top family-friendly spots to eat on the Sunshine Coast

byHillary Smith-23 Mar 2018

It can be challenging at times to find somewhere to eat that caters for the whole family, that is family affordable, with meals that are scrumptious that the whole family will enjoy. Well you are in luck, we have put together a list of top family spots to grab a tasty and affordable family meal on the Sunshine Coast!

Surf Clubs

You can’t beat a surf club for a tasty and value priced family meal, let alone the incredible locations right near the beach! Surf clubs feature a variety of menu options, daily specials, some even have a few dining venues, plus most offer a children’s menu and ‘kids eat free’ night. They also have entertainment for big kids and little kids including a children’s play area and local entertainment. All of the clubs provide a local courtesy bus for pick up and drop off, so you can all enjoy a relaxing night out!

Here are some of our top fav surf clubs on the coast Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club, Coolum Surf Club, Maroochy Surf Club, The Surf Club Mooloolaba.

The Surf Club Mooloolaba.
The Surf Club Mooloolaba.


The Sunshine Coast boasts some great family friendly hotels across the region. They offer affordable meal options for the whole family including a children’s menu, that are bound to please even the fussiest of eaters. Also check out if they offer ‘kids eat free’ to save even more. Many hotels now also offer ‘kids zones’ to keep the little ones occupied while mum and dad can enjoy some quiet time.

Take your pick from the various Sunshine hotels for lunch or dinner at different locations from the coast to the hinterland: 

Restaurant and café suggestions

The food and beverage scene on the coast is booming, providing assorted options in food offerings and venue styles. The Sunshine Coast being a family friendly destination has an abundant of tasty established and new cafes and restaurants for the whole family.

The View Restaurant at Peppers Noosa Resort caters for the whole family offering free breakfast for children under three and free dinner for children under 12. The kid’s menu is considerable, and each meal comes with a drink, dessert and kid’s activity pack to keep them entertained!

Augellos Ristorante & Pizzeria is famous on the coast with locals and visitors alike. This busy Italian restaurant is an established and popular spot to enjoy lunch or dinner. They offer alfresco dining on the deck, ocean views from upstairs, or takeaway, either way you will enjoy a relaxed and casual family dining experience with delicious Italian cuisine.

The Dock located at Mooloolaba Wharf is THE new place on the coast to experience! Overlooking the beautiful Mooloolah River and The Wharf Mooloolaba it is a top spot for a relaxing meal or drink and with lots of indoor and outdoor space and areas to unwind, it caters for the whole family.

Augello's Mooloolaba - winner of 'Best Pizza in the World' in 2017.
Augello's Mooloolaba - winner of 'Best Pizza in the World' in 2017.

Outdoor dining

Are you seeking some quality family time where you can reconnect with the kids (and get them away from technology!) and enjoy one of the many stunning locations the Sunshine Coast has to offer?

Grab yourself some delish fish and chips from Sandbar Café and Kiosk and enjoy a sunset with a side of ocean views, or get Deep Love Picnics or Noosa and Sunshine Coast Luxury Picnics to create a beautiful picnic spread at a picturesque spot for the family. Or cook up a storm on one of the many outdoor BBQ’s dotted across the coast including at Mooloolaba Spit and Cotton Tree, with some yummy local fresh produce that you picked up at a Sunshine Coast market.

Family meals at Bulcock Beach
Family meals at Bulcock Beach