Discover the home of historic icons and hidden gems.
When the holidays grace us with time and opportunity, and the little ones are ready for adventure, sometimes planning a fun itinerary can be tricky if you don’t know where to start! So we’ve put together the perfect day trip for your next visit to Nambour and surrounds including the best places to explore, play and experience for the whole family.
A Sunshine Coast icon, the Big Pineapple is located at the gateway to Nambour and the #1 place to start your family day out. Aussies have been fascinated by “big things” since the 1960’s, and the Big Pineapple was opened in 1971 as part of the Sunshine Plantation by Bill and Lyn Taylor. Their working farm was transformed into one of Australia’s first agricultural tourist attractions, showcasing tropical produce, and later adding the famous “nut train”.
At the height of its popularity it even hosted Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their tour of Australia.
Now heritage listed, don’t miss grabbing a photo out front & some retro pineapple themed mementos. With a makeover on the way, The Big Pineapple is set to make a welcome come back that we are all excited about. For the meantime, there are a couple of must do’s, just a stone’s throw from our favourite fruit!
The Treetops Challenge will get you moving through a number of ropes courses, among the native trees. Test your skills on the high ropes and zip lines amongst 10acres of lush tropical rainforest. Suitable for ages 8 and up, this is an awesome way to instill confidence and self esteem, not to mention a great workout.
If you have the little ones with you, bring them over to Wildlife HQ for some fun & furry learning. Kids under 3 are free! Visit your favourite native and exotic animals or book in an up close encounter, have your photo taken with animals of all shapes and sizes and get to know more about your favourite furry friends. From the reptile barn to the cafe, you will enter another world. Walk through the stunning rainforest, meet the meerkats, see the red pandas and watch the Koalas relaxing in the trees. A great way to spend the morning with the family.
There’s no doubt if you have spent a morning at the Big Pineapple you will have worked up an appetite, and just a short 5 minute drive down the road is the very cutest of cafe’s - Grounded @ Woombye. Urban List has rated it as one of the best cafes on the Coast - just take a visit and you will know why! With a menu that will have your mouth watering, they offer everything from delicious pastries and brioche breakfast burgers, to street tacos and japanese pancakes. Pull up a chair indoors or outdoors in one of their light, bright and friendly settings and we’re betting you won’t want to leave!
If you are heading in towards the heart of Nambour after all the excitement, it might be time to pull up a picnic blanket and watch the clouds go by and enjoy lunch. There’s no better place to do this than Gary Evans Park - A stunning location, with beautiful greenery, lush tropicals, a magical creek walk and plenty of room to stretch the legs and run.
A short distance from the central hub, hidden amongst the trees, you will hear the sound of trickling water. Cilento Park is host to a waterfall, a babbling waterhole and has a magical bushwalking trail for most levels, that the kids will enjoy. Pack an early picnic dinner and set up on the grass, or fire up the BBQ. Take a walk through the native bushland and cool off on a hot Summer’s afternoon in the park’s waterhole, under the falls. A fabulous place to wind down for the weekend.
If anyone in the family is into comics, gaming, or pop-culture make sure you seek out the hidden gem that is Urban Fiction Comics. The Sunshine Coast’s only dedicated comic store, you’ll find a uniquely curated selection of comic titles where collectors can buy & sell. Owner Drew Close has now combined Urban Fiction with Level Up Lounge in a space that offers pop-culture and gaming heaven in one location. You will find a wide range of comics and graphic novels for sale, as well as pop culture merchandise, board & card games and art prints. Level Up hosts weekly and monthly tournaments with a variety of games and prizes for all the gamers out there too!