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Enjoy a summer of fun on the Sunshine Coast

13 Dec 2018

Summer on the Sunshine Coast revolves around days at the beach, cooling swims in rainforest waterfalls and orange sunsets that ignite the sky.

If you’re looking to plan your next summer escape, look no further than the Sunshine Coast.

Here warm summer days melt in to balmy summer nights, the cool sea breeze a constant reminder that the coast is never far away.

Days are spent outdoors with barbecues at the beach or escapes to the hinterland to explore cool waterfalls surrounded by lush sub-tropical rainforest.

We’ve compiled a list of family-friendly activities to get the most out of summer on the Sunshine Coast… all that’s left to do is pack your bag!

Discover our hinterland waterfalls

As you walk through the winding paths of the Kondalilla National Park in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, you can feel the temperature start to drop.

Above, the lush sub-tropical rainforest canopy buffers the sun as the sound of trickling water echoes through the trees.

There are plenty of waterfalls to explore on the Sunshine Coast, from Kondalilla Falls in Montville to Gardeners Falls in Maleny.

Serenity Falls in Buderim offers a sub-tropical oasis with towering trees, meandering tracks and a cascading waterfall perfect for cooling off.

And if you’re looking to get off the beaten track, try Booloumba Falls in the Conondale National Park where in the warmer months the main pool is around 15m wide giving you plenty of space to cool off.

Feel the sand between your toes

Nothing says summer like packing an esky of local produce and heading down to the beach with the family.

And here on the Sunshine Coast, you’re truly spoilt for choice.

With beaches spanning the coastline from Caloundra to Noosa, you’re sure to find our own private slice of paradise.

Simply pack a barbecue, grab your towel and sunscreen and settle in for the day.

Jam with the fam

Looking to let off some steam this summer?

Grab the family and head to Sunshine Coast Stadium for the Under the Southern Stars festival.

The all-ages event promises to be a hit, with headline acts Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I and Shepphard taking to the stage for the summer festival.

Tickets start at $71.21 per person for families, visit here for more.

Discover the taste of summer

Enjoy delicious food, flowers and countless market stalls at The Ginger Flower and Food Festival 2019.

The event will be held from 19-20 January at The Ginger Factory Yandina, and include live entertainment, food and gardening experts and plenty of plants for display.

Head to Bulcock Beach for the Caloundra Twilight Markets, held from 5-9pm each Friday from 14 December 2018 – 25 January 2019.  There is fun for the whole family with street entertainment, artisan stalls and food.

Explore our craft beer scene

No quintessential Aussie summer would be complete without a beer, and here on the Sunshine Coast, we have plenty to choose from.

If you’re looking for some alone time from the kids, check out the Sunshine Coast’s thriving craft beer scene, with epic Sunday sessions, brewery tours and food and brew options to choose from.

Simply follow our Craft Beer Trail for a scenic tour that will take you from Moffat Beach to Maleny, join a Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tour or sit back on a Sunday in one of our local brewery’s for an ice cold beer.

All aboard the Rattler

After the Christmas festivities are over, start your summer of fun with a family trip on board the Mary Valley Rattler.

Departing from Gympie’s Historic Station, the Rattler will run a Boxing Day Train with a bottle of wine and local cheese platter available for purchase

The journey will take you through the scenic Mary Valley, with plenty to be discovered on board the historic locomotives and carriages.

For the kids

Kids looking to let off some steam this summer? Head down to Sunshine Coast Stadium in Bokarina to try out The Big Wedgie: the world’s tallest and most extreme standalone waterslide.

The slide will operate from 8 December – 28 January 2018, and at 18.2m tall and 82m long, is certainly not for the faint of heart!

With summer in full swing, Aqua Park CoolumTwin Waters Aqua Fun Park and Bli Bli Aqua Park will open their doors seven-days. Test yourself on the giant inflatables, slides, trampolines and balance beams for the ultimate day out, and don’t forget your towel!

Sunshine Coast Recreation Club will hold half or full day activities for children eight years and over these summer holidays. Activities on offer include archery body boarding, a giant swing, high ropes and more.

Get in touch with wildlife

It’s all hands on deck this summer at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, with a brand new pirate and mermaid experience: The Sea Creature’s Secret live show.

Enjoy daily live shows with Pirate Trevor and Mermaid Ethel, go on an underwater treasure hunt and take a ‘shell-fie’ sitting in the Underwater Throne.

Showtimes run from 26 December 2018 – 27 January 2019, see their website for more.

Alternatively, step into the wild and allow your kids to be a zoo keeper for the day at Australia Zoo, where they will go behind the scenes and learn how to prepare delicious meals for the animals.

Find out more about the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast:

Sunshine Coast Summer Deals - Stay, play and save with these fantastic summer deals on the Sunshine Coast. From accommodation providers to popular attractions, get the most out of your Sunshine Coast getaway.

Things to do - Beaches, hiking, surfing, festivals, food and art trails and world-class events - the Sunshine Coast has it all!

Places to see - Experience our friendly, laid-back beachside culture, taste fresh local produce and explore some of the most beautiful regions of Australia.


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