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9 things to do in Kawana

21 Mar 2018

Kawana is just an 80 minute drive from Brisbane. Centrally located, it connects to Point Cartwright in the north and Currimundi Creek in the south and is the ideal base for a Sunshine Coast holiday.

Kawana Beach

At 9km long Kawana Beach is one of the Sunshine Coast’s longest beaches. This unspoilt stretch of pristine water and golden sand has excellent surfing breaks, a patrolled area for swimming, beach fishing and rock fishing off Point Cartwright. Swim or body board in the balmy waters, take your surfboard out to the break, or head into the water with your fishing rod to hook your own catch of the day in the rip holes or the deeper longshore troughs. Savour the calming ocean vibes with a walk along the beach and then follow the winding path to Point Cartwright Lighthouse. 

Point Cartwright

At the cliff base of Kawana’s spectacular lookout Point Cartwright, hide some secret gems. There’s a popular surfing break at the point, plenty of rock pools with fascinating ecosystems for the kids to explore, plus an off-leash beach for your dog to enjoy a beach romp (from beach access points 226 to 247). The grassy slopes also offer a beautiful lookout for ocean view picnics, and if you’re lucky some turtles or manta rays may be spotted from above.

The view from Point Cartwright to Mount Coolum
The view from Point Cartwright to Mount Coolum

The Big Boing Indoor Trampoline

Nothing says indoor fun like giant trampolines! The Big Boing Indoor Trampoline has it all from dodgeball, basketball, and giant airbags – all connected to more than 70 trampolines for hours of family fun. Open all week, it’s a great for kids and adults alike to burn off some excess school holiday energy.

Bounce, bounce, bounce at the Big Boing
Bounce, bounce, bounce at the Big Boing

Kawana Shopping World

One of the Sunshine Coast’s main shopping precincts offering free parking, Kawana Shopping World has over 160 speciality stores, outdoor dining options and is only a step away from Kawana’s many picturesque beaches. The centre's free 'Shopping Nanny' child minding service, is highly sought-after by busy parents - be sure to book prior to your shop! Get your fix of retail therapy and then kick back at the beach to enjoy some more family fun. 

Over the Easter weekend the Cadbury Easter Bunny will also be making his rounds at Kawana Shopping World handing out free chocolate eggs from Monday 26 March - Saturday 31 March. Make note though, the Easter Bunny will be busy on Good Friday and the centre will be closed. 

Kawana Waters Artisans and Farmers Markets

If you love fresh produce the Kawana Waters Artisans and Farmers Markets is the place to be to sample mouth-watering fruit and vegetables, zesty juices, cheeses, and artisan baked goods. Grab a cup of locally-roasted coffee and enjoy live music as you make your way through the markets. It's an easy and relaxing way to spend a Saturday morning, and you can pick up some supplies for that afternoon beach picnic. 

Enjoy the fresh produce at the markets
Enjoy the fresh produce at the markets

Lake Kawana Community Centre

The Lake Kawana Community Centre is lined with great community events with plenty of potential. From wellness festivals, fashion markets plus great shows for the kids during the school holidays, it’s a great place to get more connected with local Sunshine Coast residents and enjoy some great entertainment. 

Sunshine Coast Stadium

Sunshine Coast Stadium is a multi-sport venue that plays host a range of exciting festivals and sporting events. Keep an eye out on the stadium's website for information on upcoming sporting matches and music gigs - there's sure to be something for your social calendar coming very soon. 

Where to eat

The first teppanyaki restaurant has finally arrived on the Sunshine Coast and we're so excited! Bekko Teppanyanki located next to Kawana Shopping World is the talk of the town and a great place to take the kids for dinner. Also worth a look is Best Western Kawana's Wildflower Restaurant. This restaurant has an extensive menu of exquisitely plated meals that are sure to please  hungry tummies. The Kawana Waters Hotel has a family-friendly menu and lots of school holiday activities planned including  face painting, a jumping castle and a petting zoo to keep the kids busy while you relax!

Where to stay

Kawana has a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Located in a central area of the Sunshine Coast, Kawana is only a short drive to Caloundra's beautiful beaches and major attractions.  

TIP: Best Western Lake Kawana is just minutes to beaches and attractions and there's a fantastic couples' bed and breakfast deal with late check-out on right now! 


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