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What’s on these September school holidays

04 Sep 2019

September is the perfect time to get out and explore on the Sunshine Coast, not too hot, not too cold!

We have rounded up all the family-friendly fun to keep the kids entertained these school holidays, so all the planning is already done.

Take an historic ride

In addition to regular services, the Mary Valley Rattler is running The Holiday Express on 23 and 30 September on board the DL1632 Heritage Diesel Locomotive.  Make sure you arrive in Gympie early and meet the drivers before you hop aboard and make your way out to Amamoor. There is also a special Queen’s Birthday Departure on Monday 7 October so you can make your way through the scenic Mary Valley around an abundance of curves, over bridges and numerous gentle hills.

Fly into SEA LIFE

Take flight with Bomb, Red, Chuck and friends and join ‘Bird Island Academy at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast these holidays. Coinciding with the release of the Angry Birds Movie 2, learn the quirky features of Bird Island’s chirpy residents and complete unique challenges on your journey through the aquarium. According to a little birdy, Chuck will be in full flight at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast for meet and greets every weekend during Queensland school holidays from 11am to 2pm.

Ride the night

Theme parks are always fun but they are even better at night! These school holidays Aussie World is opening its doors so you can have a completely different 'in the dark' experience - on Saturday 28 September to be exact. Whether you're spinning through the night on the Redback or venturing through the dark and notorious Mayhem Maze, this is sure to add a new dimension to your experience.

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 experience 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.

Go on an animal treasure hunt

Australia Zoo has some adorable new arrivals these holidays. Baby tiger cub Nelson, cute little giraffe calf Noodle, handsome baby rhino Kingston and the cuddly koala joey Powell are all waiting to meet you. Grab a map at admissions and marvel at the awesome wildlife as you embark on an epic treasure hunt. Follow the clues to find all the new arrivals and claim a special prize.

Discover music and adventure

Get ready to jump, clap and spin around with Go Seek as they take everybody on a musical journey of discovery and adventure these school holidays at the Ginger Factory. There are two shows daily at 9.30am and 11.00am from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th September so you can plan your visit, explore the gardens and take a ride on Moreton the Ginger Train.

Have A Fair Day Out

Get to Eumundi Markets on Saturday 21 September and enjoy a fabulous day of music, art and fun! A Fair Day Out is a free event celebrating inclusive communities and is a wonderful creative expression for people with disabilities. The fabulous day out includes market stalls, live music, petting zoo, art and craft, sack races, egg and spoon races, face painting and more. For the younger crowd, Nickelby the Magician will perform magic shows on Saturday September 28.

Support the koalas

September is National Koala Month and these school holidays, Wildlife HQ will be raising awareness for these national treasures. Sunday 29th September is the annual Save the Koala Day and Wildlife HQ will plant a koala food tree for every visitor that comes along. You can expect lots of koala related activities and fun ways to learn about how to help save our local koalas.

Enjoy sun, surf and sounds

Held over the weekend of 4 to 7 October, the Caloundra Music Festival brings Kings Beach to life. Missy Higgins, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Cat Empire, Ben Lee and The Veronicas are just some of the acts set to wow crowds this year. The event is also super family-friendly with something for all ages - face painting, jumping castles and even drumming classes are available and most of them are free.

Take on an aquatic challenge

There are three Aqua Parks located around the Sunshine Coast: Coolum, Bli Bli and Twin Waters; all have huge inflatable slides, trampolines and climbing walls that are bound to wear kids and the young at heart out. The series of inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and bouncers will challenge the ninja warrior in the family.


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