07 Mar 2019 11:59:20
Activities for Families in the Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast is a wonderland for the whole family. Nestled in nature’s nook, this part of the world offers endless family-friendly activities that everyone from the biggest to the smallest members will love. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started on your family adventures.
Rock the Markets
Only 20kms from Mooloolaba is Australia's number one art, craft and produce market. On every Wednesday and Saturday, whatever the weather, the quaint town of Eumundi hosts this marvellous market. Locals and tourists alike, come for the unique character, as well as all the crafts and produce spread out over 300 stalls. Stick around for some great food, and music and street theatre too.
If you’re seeking a spectacular waterfall, take one of the trails to Kondalilla Falls. The most family-friendly is the Picnic Creek Circuit, which is an easy 1.7km walk. All the amenities are here – there are toilets and a grassy space for a picnic. And don’t forget to squash your swimmers into your backpack so you can cool off in the waterhole during the summer months.
If you’ve got sea creature-loving kids, then the short drive to Mooloolaba is well worth the trip. With over 10,000 animals to see across loads of habitat zones, it’s an interactive underwater experience. Get to know our dreamy jellyfish species which have called the oceans home for over 650 million years. Check out their countless colours and mesmerising motion. Tour the 80-metre Ocean Tunnel, and get underneath our underwater residents such as sharks, rays and sawfish for a one-of-a-kind view.
Just across the road from SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is Mooloolaba Beach. When you’re done having a dip in the deep blue, head to The Wharf for some boutique shopping and lap up the river views from the boardwalk. Then linger for lunch and sample some local produce in your choice of 15 restaurants, cafes and bars.
These natural pools lie between Mooloolaba Beach and Alexandra Headland. To get there, either take the steps near the Korean Veterans War Memorial down to the beach or walk North along the beach till you reach the rockpools. Time your visit for low or incoming tide so you can find out what’s hidden in the shallows and search for crabs, and shelly treasures.
Sea Turtle Spotting
From early January to mid-march, you can spot turtle hatchlings. You can find nests from Caloundra to Teewah, but your best chance of success is at Shelly Beach and the Kawana stretch. When the sun sets, take a torch and head for the shoreline, but be careful if you glimpse some turtle action because movement and light make the hatchlings nervous.
Mary Cairncross Reserve
This 55-hectares of thriving rainforest has picture postcard views of the Glass House Mountains. On top of the vistas, there’s a playground, picnic-ready green space and a pram-friendly track. If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of a paddymelon; the small wallabies that hang out there.
The Sunshine Coast has a host of activities to keep you and the kids smiling. Whether you’re a local, or a visitor to the area, it’s easy to see why this region is rich in fun.