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Top family-friendly spots to eat on the Sunshine Coast

byHillary Smith-23 Mar 2018

Here's our hit-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 where you're guaranteed great food with a side of ocean views. 

The Surf Club Mooloolaba.
The Surf Club Mooloolaba.

Restaurant and cafés 

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 abundance 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

Hotels, clubs and attractions

The Sunshine Coast boasts some great family friendly hotels and leading attraction offering affordable, family-friendly meal  that are bound to please even the fussiest of eaters. Many operators offer a ‘kids eat free’ evenings. There are also hotels featuring ‘kids zones’ to keep the little ones occupied while mum and dad can enjoy some quiet time. View a  range of hotels, clubs and attractions offering family-friendly dining here

Live music on Friday nights at Aussie World's 'The Pub' and kids eat free!
Live music on Friday nights at Aussie World's 'The Pub' and kids eat free!