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48 hours of fun with the family

01 Aug 2016

Create memories that will last forever with this fun-packed family holiday itinerary. Perfect for a weekend escape!

Early morning

If the children are already awake then arrive on the Sunshine Coast to welcome the day. Take the kids to the beach before the sun has even had time to warm the sand. There are over 100 kilometres of pristine sandy beaches along the Sunshine Coast. There is many patrolled beaches, which means that you and your family can feel safe when you venture into the surf during your holiday. Always look for the red and yellow flags and don’t be afraid to ask the friendly lifeguards about surf conditions before you enter the water.

Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach are two of the only north-facing beaches on the east coast of Australia, where the water is calm, safe and enticing year round. Kings Beach is another fun place to enjoy the water thanks to its oceanfront saltwater swimming pool, child-friendly water park and patrolled beach break.

Mid-morning

After you have dusted off the salt and sand, experience life under the sea and explore the wonders of the ocean without getting wet at an Aquarium. Previously known as UnderWater World, Sea Life Mooloolaba is fresh from a multimillion-dollar refurbishment and is now home to the largest jellyfish exhibit in Australia, Jellyfish Kingdom. There is 14 talks, feeds and presentations daily at Sea Life Mooloolaba including a seal show that are all included in the entry fee.

Lunch time

Feeling hungry? As one of the busiest ports on the eastern seaboard of Australia, Mooloolaba has the freshest seafood on the Sunshine Coast – straight from the trawler! Head to the end of Parkyn Parade and choose from an amazing selection of Mooloolaba Prawns and fish. This precinct also has a playground for the kids and picnic tables to enjoy your lunch.  

Afternoon

Time to laugh and scream with FUN for all ages. With over 30 rides and attractions, Aussie World has rides for the little ones to teenagers and something for the daring, to the simple joys of games and toys. There are rides that will get you soaked, make you green and dizzy, there are simulators and slides, bumps and coasters! For the kids or the big kids at heart, they offer fun for all ages.

Nearby, there is also an option to visit a patch nearby where you can pick your own yummy fruit at Strawberry Fields (June to November).

Late afternoon

Why not join a sunset cruise or hop on a ferry to discover the picturesque natural surroundings of the Sunshine Coast river systems? Multiple operators can provide the perfect setting to watch the sun sink into the horizon over the water of the Noosa, Maroochy, Mooloolah Rivers or Pumicestone Passage in Caloundra.

Dinner

Whatever your tastebuds crave, there is lots of family-friendly foodie options on the Sunshine Coast. Situated along the beachfront and securing some of the best vantage points on the Sunshine Coast, plan a visit to an iconic surf club starting in Caloundra through to Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headlands, Maroochydore, Coolum, Sunshine Beach, Noosa or Rainbow Beach. Serving affordable classic Aussie meals, most also boast play areas for the kids. Of course, you can also get outdoors to one of the many parks and beaches on the Sunshine Coast – to share a picnic or BBQ.

Bedtime

The Sunshine Coast has a wide selection of family accommodation for every budget. From camping to self-contained apartments or resorts with kid friendly facilities, pending on where you base yourself, there is plenty of options.

Next day

Repeat beach early morning while it is calm and visit other Sunshine Coast attractions such as The Ginger Factory, Big Kart Track, Australia Zoo, Maleny Dairies, Top Shots Fun Park, Sunshine Castle and more. In fact, you might need to book a stay for a week rather than 48 hours.


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