Spring into the school holidays on the Sunshine Coast

31 Aug 2020

The school holidays are beckoning with the promise of beach-filled days, outdoor adventures and endless sunshine - for real!

Here on the Sunshine Coast, there is more than enough to keep everyone entertained throughout spring. We’ve compiled a list of family-friendly events to ensure you have an unforgettable holiday!

Sign up for Penguin Keeper duty

Visit SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast during the September school holidays to go on a Junior Penguin Keeper adventure!

On your visit to the Mooloolaba aquarium, discover fascinating facts about the Little Blue Penguins and at the end of your journey, children can hand in a completed worksheet to receive a Junior Penguin Keeper certificate.

Budding biologists can take their aquarium experience to the next level can also book a Penguin Encounter. Those aged 5+ get to go on a behind the scenes tour and step inside the penguins’ habitat for real and feed the cheeky little birds.

Take a walk on the wild side

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work as a zookeeper for real? Meet incredible animals up close and go behind-the-scenes at Australia Zoo to see the real side of zoo keeping.

At Wildlife HQ there are over 16 animal encounters available that allow you to get up close and personal with the animals.

A taste of the country

On Saturday 19 September, the country comes to the coast at the Aussie World Bulls & Broncs Rodeo!

Watch some of the best competitors from around the country and take advantage of the special 2-hr ride pass available from 3pm-5pm for just $15.

Go Gruffalo Spotting

Discover an augmented reality rainforest trail, bringing to life five characters from the book The Gruffalo, at The Ginger Factory.

Simply download the app then journey into the Ginger Factory rainforest looking for clues!

Get your engine revving

Become a race car driver at Australia’s largest commercial track - Big Kart Track. Helmets on, belt up, wait for the signal and see who the fastest in the family really is!

Push your limits

For the ultimate experience to push your limits, why not visit Australia’s highest and most thrilling Adventure Park designed for the entire family! Located at the iconic Big Pineapple, the Tree Top Challenge will take you sky-high at 25 metres above the ground with 100 challenges and 12 ziplines suspended across five courses amongst sub-tropical rainforest.

Learn to Surf

The whole family can take a surf lesson together at Coolum Surf School, or parents can drop the kids off and head up to Coolum Surf Club for a meal while the kids have fun in the surf. The school provides all the equipment, including soft, learner style surf boards, wetsuits and sunscreen.

Step back in time

Marvel in some medieval fun at Sunshine Castle.

Complete with a moat, turrets, towers and drawbridge, there is so much to see and do. The Castle’s keep is a fantastic 24 metre high look-out tower and with it’s location at the top of a hill offers stunning views out across the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland.

Have a whale of a time

It is peak whale season right now and the Sunshine Coast is the perfect place for whale watching or, for the more adventurous, experience Australia’s first Swim with Whales for real at Sunreef. This year, it’s estimated there will be more than 30,000 whales migrating up the east coast of Australia and right now, the whales are frolicking around as they mate and feed their calves in the warmer waters, ready to head back down to Antarctica.

Grab something local

Discover fresh local produce, homemade treats, funky jewellery, handmade clothing and talented buskers at markets right across the Sunshine Coast.

From one of the most famous markets in Australia, The Original Eumundi Markets, to farmers markets up and down the coast, you will find something to enjoy and treasure.

Get lost

A fun Sunshine Coast activity for all ages is Bellingham Maze.  

Enter through the magic waterfall past the wishing well over the bridge and through a tropical rainforest garden! The main Hedge Maze is a large, star-shaped living hedge maze made up of more than one thousand Lilly Pillies - for real!

Reach for the sky

Australasia’s tallest portable observation wheel is staying at Bulcock Beach in Caloundra until 5 October.

The Skyline Ferris Wheel offers stunning 360-degree views of Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland at a height of 35 metres.

Get a hole in one

It’s time to grab your golf putter and head to Holey Moley Golf Club at the Big Top in Maroochydore where the competition is fierce. With 18 holes spread over two themed courses, you can either opt for a quick 9 or play the whole 18.

For some outdoor fun, head to Maroochy River Mini Golf. Experience landscaped humps and hollows, water features and sand traps across 18 holes of awesomeness.

Captain your own ship

Experience the stunning Pumicestone Passage any way you like. At Bills Boat Hire, you can rent Pontoon boats, half cabin and tinnies, kayaks and stand up paddleboards.

This pristine stretch of water is part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and you will have a chance to spot some incredible sea life as you explore.

Burn some energy

Being active can be a lot of fun!

Get down to Rockit Climbing Gym in Warana and challenge yourself and your family on a variety of rock-climbing walls that are suitable for all age groups and skill levels.

Nearby, the Big Boing Indoor Trampoline Park has over 50 interconnected trampolines as well as fun games like dodgeball, basketball and a giant airbag and you can challenge the family on the ninja course!

Go shopping

Enjoy the views as you explore boutiques and international labels, just minutes from the patrolled beaches of Maroochydore and Mooloolaba at Sunshine Plaza.

Just minutes from the popular Point Cartwright and Kawana Beach, you can enjoy a Gold Class movie and alfresco dining pre or post-shop at Kawana Shoppingworld.

Get out in nature

Get on your bikes and take a long ride along the coastal trail stretching right along the Sunshine Coast or explore some of our stunning national parks and state forests.

If two wheels aren’t your thing, hit the hinterland, stretch the legs and see some of the local flora and fauna. Mary Cairncross Reserve, Ewen Maddock Dam, Mt Beerburrum Lookout and Mt Coolum are just some of the region's highlights that will get the heart rate pumping but will leave you even more breathless from the views.

Coming to Play? Why not stay…

A true holiday is one where you can escape it all. There is a range of accommodation across the Sunshine Coast to suit the whole family.

Spend some time relaxing at Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort where they have opened a new waterpark complete with three water slides!

Kookaburra Park is an animal lovers dream!  At this dog-friendly campground, you will find a deer sanctuary, daily animal feeding and a games lawn – all by a river.

The ultimate 'drop and stop' style 4-star resort.  Novotel Twin Waters is located on the beachfront but also has its own private saltwater lagoon, with near endless on-site activities.

Located across the road from the patrolled surf beach at Alexandra Headlands, BreakFree Alexandra Beach hosts a huge waterslide that the kids will love making a splash at as it leads into an expansive 150m lagoon pool.

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Visit Sunshine Coast recommends checking with each operator in relation to opening times and terms and conditions. It is also advisable to book ahead with attractions/tours and dining venues due to limited capacities and to avoid disappointment.