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Family fun in Mooloolaba and Maroochydore

14 Nov 2017

Step out of your accommodation and onto pure white sands for a morning of calm, sheltered swimming and an afternoon visiting leading attractions.

1. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

Finding Dory at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
Finding Dory at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast and now has more creatures to see and things to do than ever before. At the much-loved aquarium you can learn, explore and interact with thousands of marine life over 11 amazing and unique zones. With 14 fun talks and animal feeds, including the family favourite seal presentation, there's plenty for everyone to enjoy at Sea Life Sunshine Coast.You can even have a family sleepover in the underwater tunnel.

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast have also just introduced their new Finding Dory and Friends experience, with interactive magical moments straight from the box-office smash hit, Finding Dory. The aquarium is all about giving you the chance to get up close and personal with their much-loved creatures. Why not take a behind the scenes tour and find out all about Sea Life Sunshine Coast's Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release program. Say "Hi" to one of their cheeky resident seals at the seal presentation., shake a seal’s flipper in a seal encounter, make a splash in a seal swim or even become a trainer for the day.

2. Family cruise

Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba
Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba

Take to the water with a family cruise or jet boat ride. Sunshine Coast Afloat offers a thrilling experience, where you board Hela-Va jet and experience the high-speed action. The vessel isspecifically designed for wild open ocean and will take you on an exhilarating journey surfing waves, tail spins and wave dives. You can also join Whale One for a Dolphin Marine Discovery Tour that includes a delicious buffet lunch and pelican feeding.  Lunch is served upon boarding and then you will cruise into the open  in search of dolphins, turtles and other marine species. Or book a trip on Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba and enjoy a stunning and relaxed trip for sunset.  

TIP: If you're visiting at Christmas then hop aboard a Mooloolaba Canal Christmas Lights Cruise running from 8 December to 7 January. The kids will love it!

3. Beach getaway

Mooloolaba Beach family getaway
Mooloolaba Beach family getaway

Mooloolaba Beach is patrolled 365 days a year for safe, family-fun all year round. Pack the cricket set, football and frisbee and get ready for a day of beach fun with the whole family. Mooloolaba Beach is a world class getaway location, perfect for all ages and lined with some of the best restaurants, bars and cafes in the Sunshine Coast. Take the short walk or cycle across to Alexandra Headland, taking in the beautiful coastline. Relax into the afternoon at one of the groovy coffee shops just back from the beach. There are plenty of barbecues, picnic tables and playgrounds, so pack a picnic and enjoy the relaxed beach vibes. 

4. Family friendly dining

Book in for a meal at Mooloolaba Surf Club and enjoy the breath-taking ocean views and delicious fare. Parents are spoilt for choice with club classics such fish 'n' chips and wagyu burgers - and there's also a range of mod Oz options including prawn and pork belly salad, paella and seafood red curry. Kids are well catered for with a menu offering fish, burgers, and steak - and complimentary ice-cream. If you're visiting on a Monday evening, each child receives a free meal for every main adult meal ordered. Mooloolaba Surf Club even has a courtesy bus to pick you up and drive you back to your accommodation (not suitable for children under seven.).

Mooloolaba is a great location to set up base and explore everything the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Check out some exciting adventures just around the corner from your new home away from home.  

1. Sunshine Castle Bli Bli

Sunshine Castle dress ups
Sunshine Castle dress ups

Go on an interactive and educational treasure hunt for children and the young at heart. Take the opportunity to get dressed up and receive a free treat from the King’s treasure chest. You can’t miss this exciting venue, as the only castle on the Sunshine Coast, with medieval additions, complete with moat, turrets, towers and drawbridge; it's totally unique in Australia. The Sunshine Castle is filled with medieval and historical displays, other cultural exhibitions and remnants of the original dolls and fairy tales that you are able to explore at your own pace in a self walk tour. Wander over the drawbridge into another time and feast with Kings in the Great Hall or squalor in shame in the dungeon. The Castle keep is a 24 m look-out tower that offers stunning views from Coast to Hinterland.

2. Buderim Forest Reserve Walk

Buderim Falls
Buderim Falls

Buderim Forest Park is a 45 hectare haven of tranquillity less than a kilometre from the north side of Buderim village on the Sunshine Coast – just 15 minutes from the coast. With its towering trees, meandering tracks and stunning waterfall, this sub-tropical oasis is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers alike. Buderim Falls, also known as Serenity Falls, is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year, and looks particularly spectacular after rainfall when the waters cascade down the rock face into the waterhole below. The 600m walkway from Lindsay Road will take you on a picturesque forest ramble along the banks of Martins Creek’s cascading waters. This is the easiest part of the walk and is wheelchair friendly. From the end of the boardwalk you can continue upwards through the bush via a rugged trail to the waterfall.  For direct access to the waterfall and the high arch bridge spanning the creek, start at Quorn Close – it’s an easy to moderate hike to the falls via a bush track. The Quorn close entry to the reserve is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.

3. Maroochy Botanic Garden

Maroochy Botanic Garden
Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden

A great spot for a family picnic, the magnificent Maroochy Botanical Gardens is a huge 112 hectares, located west of Buderim off the Tanawha Tourist Drive, on Palm Creek Road, Tanawha. Gaze at the gullies filled with ferns and palms and explore the lagoon home to many kinds of wildlife. Enjoy a peaceful picnic, take a stroll along the natural bush walking tracks and check out the art and sculptures along the way.

4. Bellingham Maze

Bellingham Maze
Bellingham Maze

Bellingham Maze is one of the most familiar attractions on the Sunshine Coast. This Queensland tourism icon is set in a lush tropical rainforest environment, located on Tanawha Tourist Drive #25 close to other popular Sunshine Coast attractions and beach holiday hotspots of Mooloolaba and Maroochydore. The attraction includes a range of maze-themed activities. These include the timber scrabble maze, 18-hole unique flat mini golf course and a variety of smaller mazes including the rope maze, tyre maze, box of books maze and traffic lights maze. The garden cafe is a relaxing place to sit and enjoy your favourite coffee or a light lunch after your morning of maze adventures.

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