Whether you’re planning a weekend or a week long trip on the sunny coast, there is so no shortage of super fun things to do on the Sunshine Coast with kids. Some of the best Sunshine Coast things to do include swimming in the gorgeous beaches, walking through stunning hinterland, visiting some great family friendly attractions and loads more.
Whether this is your first time to the Sunny Coast or your 10th, if you’re planning a visit and needing some inspiration for things to do at the Sunshine Coast that the kids will just love, then you should definitely read this article. In this kids activities, Sunshine Coast guide, I’ll cover all the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast for kids, as well as essential information such as location and where applicable, opening hours, and ticket prices.
Now all you need to do is decide which of these things to do with kids on the Sunshine Coast will make it to your shortlist!
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The Fun Things to do on the Sunshine Coast with Kids
In the things to do with kids – Sunshine Coast guide below, I’ve provided a comprehensive guide of everything to do. Please note where prices are mentioned they were correct at the time of writing and may fluctuate depending upon changes to currency conversion and rate increases.
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One of the best Sunshine Coast attractions for families is Australia Zoo. Australia Zoo is one of Australia’s most well-known zoos thanks to the late Steve Irwin, who is also known as the Crocodile Hunter.
Some of the animals on display include Australian Lizards, Freshwater and Saltwater Crocodiles, Koalas, Birds of Prey, Kangaroos, Red Pandas and tigers.
There are a variety of animal presentations on during the day including tortoises, otters, koalas, birds of prey and crocodiles. The main show during the day is the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors. This show is held only once a day in the Crocosuem and is not to be missed. You will see and learn about giant snakes, birds and saltwater crocodiles. Check the presentation times on arrival.
Location:1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah
Opening Hours: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm daily (except Christmas Day).
Price: $61 per adult and $37 per child. Family passes are $180. Click here for discounted tickets through Experience Oz.
Cuddle a Camel
If you’re after things to see and do on the Sunshine Coast for the kids, why not heat to QCamel Dairy, where as well as getting a behind the scene tour of the farm you can get a cuddle with the cute and gentle camels. QCamel is a camel dairy where the milk is used to make a range of products including soap, chocolates, yoghurt and feta.
Opening Hours: Frist Saturday of every month – 10 am to 12 pm
Price: $35 per adult, $15 per child and $100 for a family pass
Big Kart Track
The Big Kart Track is the largest commercial track in Australia and here there is something for both the small and big kids! These karts go up to 70km/hour and are super fun!
The Big Kart Track is 1.2km in length and is suitable for those over 152cm and aged at least 12 years. While the Kids Track is just 50m long and good for kids aged 3+, but they must be at least 7 years to drive. For kids younger then 7, they can go in a tandem kart with their parent.
For kids who like cars, Big Kart Track is definitely one of the best attractions on the Sunshine Coast.
Location: 2310 Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough
Opening Hours: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm
Price: Varies but starts at $45 for 15 minutes for the Big Kart Track and $20 for 10 minutes on the Kids Track.
While much smaller than the Gold Coast theme parks, Aussie World certainly makes up for this in the fun to be had, no queue lines and ticket prices are much cheaper! One of the fun Sunshine Coast attractions for kids.
There are over 18 Aussie World rides and attractions spread out over 15 acres. All your family favourite rides are here including chair plane, Ferris wheel, dodgems, giant slides, swimming ship, carousel and teacups. There are also a few thrill rides for the older rides and gentle rides for the tiny tots.
As well as rides there is roving entertainers, Professor Bogglesworth’s Illusionarium, horror house ( must be over 12 yo), water play area (bring swimmers and towels), mini golf, sideshow alley, crazy mirrors and arcade games.
Location: 1 Downunder Drive, Palmview
Opening Hours:10 am to 5 pm daily (except Christmas Day and Anzac Day).
Price: $38 per person, under 3s are free and discounted family passes start at $136.
Pick Your Own Strawberries
One of the cool activities on the Sunshine Coast for the family is picking your own strawberries. Even if they don’t like eating them, just letting the kids stroll around the strawberry patch and picking them is fun in itself.
Plus the strawberry patches always tend to have great little cafes on site where you can get a range of yummy treats, like strawberry ice cream, cakes and much more. They are also great places to come for a picnic.
There are a few places on the Sunny Cast where you can pick strawberries such as the Strawberry fields at Palmview and Rolin Farms at Elimbah.
Just keep in mind that strawberry picking is seasonal and is only available between June to November.
Location: 133 Laxton Road, Palmview or 124-190 Rutters Road, Elimbah
Opening Hours: During strawberry season, usually daily from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Price: You are charged just for what you pick, although there is usually a minimum charge of 1 kg.
Take a Scenic Drive
With such gorgeous landscapes from the coast to the hinterland, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to take the family on a scenic drive. No matter where you go you’ll find plenty of gorgeous lookouts, picnic areas as well as interesting attractions and shops to stop in along the way.
Of course you can make up your own scenic drive, but if you need some inspiration on where to go, here are a few suggestions:
- Blackall Range (Tourist Drive 23): Many say this is the most scenic drive on the Sunshine Coast. This drive takes you through various little townships including Montville, Mapleton and Maleny all with spectacular views across the valley and out to the coast.
- Glasshouse Mountains (Tourist Drive 24): This is gorgeous drive taking you through the Glass House Mountains National Park where you can see the various volcanic mountains rising from the ground.
- Sunshine Coast Coastal Drive: To see the Sunny Coast’s beautiful beaches, stick to the coastal roads as best you can. You’ll pass some of the most beautiful beaches in some quiet coastal towns, as well as your more popular beach suburbs like Caloundra, Coolum and Mooloolaba. Along the way, there are some great lookouts, picnic areas and of course some beautiful places for a swim.
Swim at Kings Beach, Caloundra
When it comes to things to do on the Sunshine Coast for free – look no further than the gorgeous, stunning beaches – like Kings Beach in Caloundra. Kings Beach is the main beach of Caloundra and has some great facilities to make it a great day out for families with kids of all ages.
One of the most interesting things about Kings Beach is that it is home to an ocean pool which has shade sails, a lap pool, kids’ area and disabled access. The best thing – it’s completely free!! Plus being a pool, it’s great for little ones not too keen on the surf. But for the bigger kids, there is also a fantastic surf beach here as well.
Another great thing to do at Kings Beach is to walk along the foreshore. There is a fantastic walking track (part of the Coastal Pathway), which takes in some spectacular coastal views and you can walk for miles and miles.
Kings Beach also has a great playground, picnic area, BBQ facilities, water fountains to play in and easy access to shops, cafes and all necessary amenities for a great day at the beach.
Like all of the best beaches on the Sunshine Coast, Kings Beach can get busy during peak periods, including school holidays and therefore parking can be a challenge. However, arriving earlier in the day will certainly help; also, outside school holidays!
Other beaches at Caloundra include Bulcock Beach, Golden Beach, Shelly Beach, Moffat Beach and Dicky Beach. Plus there is also the gorgeous Currumindi Lakes – so there is no shortage of places to swim at Caloundra.
Written by Erin Parker, from Go Camping Plus
Walk or Ride along the Coastal Pathway
For those families feeling super energetic, why not see how much of the Coastal Pathway you can explore. Whether you walk it or ride it, the Coastal Pathway is a gorgeous way to take in some of the Sunshine Coast’s most beautiful scenery. The Coastal Pathway stretches all the way from Bells Creek at Golden Beach in Caloundra, right up to Tewantin in the north.
Play a Round of Mini Golf
Mini golf is such a great family activity no matter what the age of your kids. There are a few different places you can play mini golf on the Sunny Coast including Holey Moley at Maroochydore or Maroochy River Mini Golf at Bli Bli.
Stay at an Awesome Family Resort
The Sunshine Coast has some super awesome family resorts. Of course the Sunshine Coast has a range of different accommodation options and you can read our guide on where to stay on the Sunshine Coast with family here.
However if you’re looking for an awesome family resort which as some great facilities for the kids a few to consider are Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort, Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort and the Noosa RACV Resort.
All of these resorts have a huge range of great facilities for the kids, including awesome swimming pools, water parks, playgrounds and more.
Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World
The Maleny Botanic Gardens are gorgeous! These privately owned gardens cover an area of 18 acres and are surrounded by rainforests with fantastic views across the Glass House Mountains.
Throughout the gardens, there are 6 km of walking paths which take you through a range of terraced gardens full of gorgeous colourful plants and exquisite landscaping, as well as past multiple waterfalls and lakes.
The gardens are also home to Bird World. Here there are foud walkthrough aviaries which are home to over 700 native and exotic birds from all over the world. Join a one hour guided tour where you can learn more about these lovely birds.
There is a cafe on site or the grounds are perfect for a picnic.
Location: 233 Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny
Opening Hours: Daily from 9 am to 4.30 pm
Price: The gardens are $16 per adult with children up to 14 free, for both the gardens and bird world tickets are $35 per adult and $14 per child (under 3’s are free) or a family pass is $84. Click here to buy tickets online.
Sample Cheese at Maleny Cheese Factory
If you love cheese, then a visit to the Maleny Cheese Factory is an absolute must! Sample a range of different cheeses and yoghurts. Grab yourself a delicious cheeseboard to share with the family and glass of wine to enjoy at their cafe while enjoying the stunning views across the hinterland.
Location: 1 Clifford St, Maleny
Opening Hours: Daily (except closed Monday and Tuesday) from 10 am to 3 pm
Maleny Dairies Farm Tour
On your Sunshine Coast holidays for kids, be sure to come and visit the Maley Dairies and take a guided tour. Tours take 1.5 hours, where you’ll be given a brief overview of the far as well as some great activities.
Activities during the tour include things like getting to pet and feed the baby farm animals, watch the cows being milked (only on the afternoon tours), see the factory where the milk is processed and bottled. At the end of the tour, you’ll also be able to sample some delicious milk products which are made at the farm.
After your tour, you can also take a tractor tour around the paddocks. This is perfect if you’re looking for some great toddler activities, Sunshine Coast offers.
Location: 70 McCarthy Rd, Maleny
Opening Hours: Daily (except Sundays) 10 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm.
Price: $14 per person – kids under 2 are free.
Explore a National Park
There are more National Parks in the Sunshine Coast than in any other region in Queensland, so there is plenty to do and see. The National Parks are home to some stunning waterfalls, gorgeous creeks, ancient rainforests, spectacular vistas and just all round great places to take the kids for a day out.
Here is a list of the some of the best National Parks you can explore on the Sunshine Coast:
- Mapleton Falls National Park: Not be confused with Mapleton National Park, this park is located just past Mapleton. Here you’ll find a range of short walks including a walk to the lovely Mapleton Falls and a viewing platform over the stunning Obo Obi Gorge and Mary River Valley.
- Conondale National Park: Just past Maleny, this park has a range of short and long walks where you can see deep gorges, ancient rainforests, waterfalls and incredible views. Don’t miss the stunning Booloumba Falls walking track and Queensland’s tallest tree!
- Glass House Mountains National Park: This park is made up of a range of towering volcanic peaks among a pine plantation. There is a range of walking tracks, mountain bike tracks, rock climbing routes and even horse riding trails. Popular walking tracks include Mount Ngungun and Mount Tibrogargan. There is also a visitor centre to check out too.
- Noosa National Park: There is a range of walks here that take you past a variety of native wildlife and some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see! It’s also nice and close to Hastings Street so you can grab a bit after you’ve worked up an appetite.
- Great Sandy National Park: This park includes two sections being the Cooloola section from Noosa up to Rainbow Beach and then the section on Fraser Island. The park is a great one for the 4WD enthusiasts and the area is full of stunning beaches, massive sand dunes and a range of freshwater lakes and creeks.
- Kondalilla National Park: Located in Montville and home to the 4.7 km Kondilla Falls Circuit, where you can see the Kondalilla Falls, rock pools and freshwater creeks.
- Mount Coolum National Park: A climb to the top of Mount Coolum is a popular activity – the views from the top are amazing.
- Mooloolaba River National Park: On the banks of the Mooloolaba River this is one of the few coastal rainforest areas remaining on the Sunshine Coast. Here you will find a range of short walks and could even spot a platypus if you come at dawn or dusk.
- Mary Cairncross Reserve: While not a National Park, we couldn’t leave Mary Cairncross Reserve off this list. This scenic reserve is close to Maleny and has a range of walks through the gorgeous tropical rainforest. There is also plenty of BBQ facilities, a playground and a cafe too. Also stop into the discovery centre while you’re there.
Hike to a Waterfall
While the National Parks we mentioned above have some amazing waterfalls, there are a few waterfalls well worth checking out that are not in a National Park.
Check out Gardners Falls in Maleny where you can even take a swim in one of the various rock pools; there are also plenty of grassy spots making it perfect for a picnic.
Another waterfall worth checking out is Wappa Falls. The falls in the Jack Harrison Park, just past Yandina, which is set around the Wappa Dam. It’s a short walk to the Wappa Falls which flow from the dam into the Maroochy River.
The Buderim Conservation Park also is home to the gorgeous Buderim Falls as well as a lovely forest with a range of walking tracks and viewing platforms. Here you will also find a range of BBQ facilities and picnic tables.
Bellingham Maze is another one of the fun Sunshine Coast things to do with kids – it’s a great day out for the whole family.
The main attraction is the massive star shaped 80m by 80m hedge maze. Families need to make their way to the middle where there is a wooden lookout which helps you not only appreciate the magnitude of the size of the maze but also help you figure your way out. There are also a few gnomes and coloured letters on poles to help solve some riddles along the way.
If you’re still up for a bit more of challenge, there are also a few different smaller mazes to try out too like the Tyre Maze, the Ropes Maze, the timber Scrabble Maze and more. Also don’t leave without having a round of mini golf.
There is also a cafe on site or you can enjoy a picnic.
Location: 274 Tanawha Tourist Dr, Tanawha
Opening Hours: Daily (except closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school terms) from 10 am to 4 pm
Price: $19 per adult, $15 per child and family passes start at $59. Mini golf is an extra $5 per person.
Contributed by Daneen from Camper Van Road Trips
Another one of the best kids attractions, Sunshine Coast, offers families is SeaLife at Mooloolaba. This is the perfect place to come for families who want to see marine life up close. The award winning Sunshine Coast aquarium is fantastic for kids with loads of hands on experiences, displays and shows across 11 themed zones.
The main attraction at Sea Life is the Ocean Tunnel. The tunnel allows you to see marine life swim by you and above you as you wander through. The tunnel is full of sharks, stingrays, turtles and fish. The kids will also love the tidal touch pool, which as the name suggests allows the kids to touch starfish, sea urchins and sea cucumbers.
There are a variety of animal presentations on during the day including seals, stingrays, ocean tunnel tour and jellyfish. Check the presentation times on arrival.
Location: Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
Opening Hours: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm
Price: $44 per adult and $29 per child. Click here for discounted tickets through Experience Oz.
If you’re looking at staying in Mooloolaba, click here for our full guide on the best family accommodation in Mooloolaba.
Spend the Day at Mooloolaba
As well as SeaLife, Mooloolaba has a great beach area and is an ideal spot for a day trip or as a longer stay and a must visit for families with kids.
Mooloolaba Spit Beach is one of the safest beaches for families on the Sunshine Coast because of its sheltered cove which is over-looked by a 32m lighthouse. It’s an ideal beach for paddling, wave jumping, snorkelling, boogie boarding and even for kids learning to surf.
Also, just 15 minutes up the road are Alex Corner beach and the Pandanus lookout, which are great for kids who love rock pools. At low tide, the rocks here are home to hundreds of sea creatures and the beach here provides a good place to launch SUP boards.
Despite its coastal location, Mooloolaba has several parks. The Alex Bluff Foreshore Park, La Balsa park & Cotton Tree park boast bbq, picnic, ball and bike areas and expanses of grass and playparks.
The Esplanade is by far the most popular area in Mooloolaba for alfresco dining and there are loads of family friendly options including Crumbed or Naked, Lemon and Thyme, Spice Bar (for sit down meals) and CK Coffee Bar and Wholefoods.
From the Spit area, you can go whale and dolphin watching, swim with whales, take canal cruises and rent jet skis and SUP boards.
Contributed by Emma from Journey of a Nomadic Family
Go Whale Watching
As mentioned above, Mooloolaba is a great place to go on a whale watching tour. Every year between July to October, the whales are passing by the Sunshine Coast as they make their way from Anartarica to warmer waters and then back again towards the end of the season. Most people say that the best time to spot a whale from land is in July.
Tours usually go for a few hours with your choice of a morning or afternoon tour. You can take a cruise out from Mooloolaba (click here for more information) or even Noosa (click here for more information). There is also the opportunity to swim with the whales! What a fantastic experience this would be!! Click here for more information about swimming with whales.
If you don’t fancy taking a whale-watching cruise then you can spot these gorgeous creatures from a few places around the Sunny Coast including Dolphin Point in Noosa National Park, Point Perry or Point Arkwright in Coolum and Moffat Headland at Moffat Beach.
Seeing the whales, whether from a cruise or from land, is one of the top things to do on the Sunshine Coast.
Take a Relaxing Cruise
Even when it’s not whaling watching season you can still take a relaxing cruise around the Sunshine Coast. There is a range of options available from a relaxing sightseeing cruise around Caloundra (click here for more information), a lunch or sunset cruise and the Mooloolaba waterways (click here for more information) or even a Noosa Everglades cruise where you’ll see a range of different landscapes (click here for more information).
Prices and departure points vary, so click on the links above for more information.
Take a Fast Paced Cruise
If a slow paced cruise is not your style, then why not join one of the more fast paced rafting tours. With the wind blowing in your hair, these faster cruiseS will get you out in the ocean faster and even with the opportunity to see dolphins. Check out the Adventure Rafting tour from Mooloolaba here or the Noosa Oceanrider Dolphin Spotting tour here
Prices and departure points vary, so click on the links above for more information.
Go Jet Boating
Now if a relaxing cruise or a fast pace one is a little too boring for your kids, then why not take then jet boating this is without a doubt one of the fun things to do in the Sunshine Coast! Check out Noosa Oceanrider or Noosa Thriller – these boat rides are such a fun and exciting way to experience the Sunny Coast.
Keep in mind age minimums do apply, so check the links above for more information.
Go Jet Skiing
Another way to get the adrenaline pumping is to go jet skiing. Go on a jet ski tour with the guys from Caloundra Jet Ski Tours as well as having a blast its a great to explore the area too. You can take a short 45 minute option or why not take a 4 hour guided tour to really experience the local waterways.
Keep in mind age minimums do apply, so check the links above for more information.
If you are visiting the Big Pineapple, stop in at Wildlife HQ, located next door. Wildlife HQ (often referred to as the Big Pineapple Zoo) is home to various animals from around the world including koalas, dingoes, snakes, crocodiles, sun bears, red pandas and meerkats.
Location: 76 Nambour Connection Rd, Woombye
Opening Hours: Open daily (except Christmas Day) during the hours of 9 am to 4 pm
Price: $29 per adult and $15 for children (under 3s are free), with family passes available for $79.
At the Big Pineapple, you can learn about the process of pineapple farming from start all the way to the factory and enjoy the train ride. The Pineapple Heritage Train explores the rainforest, gardens and bamboo forest whilst passing the animals at the Wildlife HQ (see above).
Location:76 Nambour Connection Road Woombye
Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30 am to 4 pm.
Price: Entry is free; however the train is $5 per person.
Sunshine Coast Treetop Challenge
If you’re looking for cool things to do on the Sunshine Coast with the kids, how about the Treetop Challenge. This is the highest adventure course in Australia, which has you suspended through the rainforest while you make your way through 100 different challenges.
The obstacle course includes 12 massive flying foxes and zip lines up to 120m. And don’t worry, there are 5 different courses to choose from, so if you have any little ones, then you can start with the easy course. Just keep in mind that there is an age and height minimums for some of the courses.
Location: 76 Nambour Connection Rd, Woombye
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10 am to 5 pm and Weekends 9 am to 5 pm
Price: $60 per adult, $50 per child and a family pass are $200. Click here to book online.
Chillax at Cotton Tree
Cotton Tree along the banks of the Maroochy River is the perfect place for a quiet chilled outbreak with the kids. Either book into one of the various self contained apartments or better yet book into the Cotton Tree Tourist Park which is located right on the banks of the river (read our full review here).
Cotton Tree is an excellent place for families have you have the calm waters of the river for swimming, kayaking or standup paddleboarding. Then just around the corner, you have the surf at Maroochydore Beach. Plus the area has a range of playgrounds and cafes.
Sunshine Coast Castle
If you’re after things to see on the Sunshine Coast which are a little different, then how about the Sunshine Coast Castle. This medieval themed castle which is complete with a moat, turrets, towers and a draw bridge, is full of a range of historical displays and activities that the kids will just love.
The kids will love participating in the medieval themed treasure hunt as well as simply exploring the castle and its various features. Don’t miss the castle’s 24 metre high lookout with magnificent views across the hinterland.
Location: 292-296 David Low Way, Bli Bli
Opening Hours: Weekdays (except closed Mondays) 9.30 am to 3.30 pm and weekends – 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Price: $15 per adult, $12 per child and family passes start at $38.
Burn off some Energy at an Aqua Park
For some super fun things to around the Sunshine Coast, take the kids to burn off some energy at an Aqua Park. The Sunshine Coast has two – there is the Blast Aqua Park at Coolum or the Bli Bli Aqua Park.
The kids (and parents) will have tonnes of fun as they jump around on these inflatable obstacle courses in the water. There are slides, jumping platforms and more all connected
Location: 367 David Low Way, Bli Bli or 60 Junction Dr, Coolum Beach
Opening Hours: Hours vary – check directly with parks – but general open 7 days during the warmer months and weekends only during the winter months.
Price: $20 per person per 50 minute session, price decreases when multiple sessions are booked.
Hang Out at Coolum Beach
Another gorgeous Sunshine Coast beach to either spend the day or a week is Coolum Beach. Coolum Beach is gorgeous with a wide sandy beach and the ocean is perfect for surfing and boogie boards.
Coolum has a main strip of shops which includes a few cafes and a couple of beachy type clothes stores. Plus thanks to the dog friendly beach and tourist park, it’s also a great place to come for those families that don’t want to leave their furry friend at home.
Climb Mount Coolum
One of the most popular things to do while staying in Coolum is to climb Mount Coolum in the Mount Coolum National Park. This giant mass of rock rises 208m and from the top, you have some fantastic 360 degree panoramic views across the area.
Although it’s only a 1.6km return walk, allow around 1.5 to 2.5 hours to complete the track – this also allows for a few rests along the way and some time to really enjoy those views from the top. The walk to the top is rather steep but more than doable for most active children.
The walk gets super hot in summer, so avoid the middle of the day when the sun is at it’s hottest. And make sure you take plenty of water.
The Ginger Factory
It can be a bit tricky if you have little ones and are looking for Sunshine Coast things to do with toddlers, but the Ginger Factory is a great place for kids of all ages. There are a variety of attractions here including a guided tour of the Buderim Ginger Factory tour where you’re shown how ginger is grown, harvest and made into a range of products as well as getting to sample a few products too.
Other attractions here include the 116 year old historic sugar cane train, which takes you through 9 hectares of lush tropical gardens, the Live Bee Show – not to be missed and no doubt the kids will enjoy the Overboard Boat ride where you board a boat and follow the gingerbread man on an adventure.
The Ginger Factory has a large cafeteria area as well as a playground too.
Location:50 Pioneer Road, Yandina.
Opening Hours: Daily from 9 am to 4.30 pm
Price: Varies depending on attractions. Click here to see the full range of tickets available.
With over 600 stalls, the Eumundi markets Sunshine Coast is said to be Australia’s biggest art and craft market, selling a range of handmade crafts and delicious local produce. You will find everything here from jewellery to clothes, toys, coffee, cakes, fruit and vegetables and stacks more.
Before you head back to Caloundra, stop at the playground at nearby Dick Caplick Park, just beside the markets.
Location: Napier Road, Eumundi.
Opening Hours: Wednesdays (8 am to 1.30 pm) and Saturday (7 am to 2 pm)
Price: Entry is free!
Go Kayaking on the Noosa River
Noosa is a fabulous destination on the Sunshine Coast to visit with kids and in my view, one of the top 10 things to don the Sunshine Coast without a doubt is to take the kids kayaking on the Noosa River is a great option.
The Noosa river mouth estuary is full of wildlife. Paddle through the mangroves, hop out and explore the sandflats and keep an eye out for all manner of wildlife – from birds to stingrays, crabs and fish.
The best time of day to go kayaking is early morning when the water is flat, the wind hasn’t picked up and the birds are out and about catching their breakfast.
Kayak Noosa rent high quality double touring kayaks which are perfect for families with kids. They are very stable, comfortable and the small sails make the trip a lot easier if the wind picks up. You can rent a kayak and paddle independently or head out with a tour guide.
Noosa is great all year round, with the warmer months from September to March ideal for water-based activities.
Of course the Noosa River is also ideal for swimming, as are the other beaches in the Noosa like Main Beach and all the gorgeous beaches in the Noosa National Park.
Contributed by Rachel Rodda from Coffee Wise
Explore the Noosa Coastal Walk
When it comes to free things to do on the Sunshine Coast, in fact just one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast overall – the Noosa Coastal Walk is high on the list!
The most popular version of the walk starts at Noosa National Park Car Park (Noosa Heads) following the coast for 1.3 km to Dolphin Point along with a beautiful stroller friendly path.
Flashes of blue ocean shine magically through the trees and you could even spot a Koala. Try easy access surf breaks and dolphins and whale spot from the lookouts. Set up for the day or picnic at delightful beaches like Little Cove and Tea Tree Bay.
Return to Noosa from Dolphin Point or continue on the rough 1.4 km gravel bush track to the plunging views of Hells Gates, looking down to the Instagram-worthy fairy pools en-route.
From Hells Gates most walkers do return to Noosa, but it is easy to continue south along gorgeous Alexandria Beach and over the headland to Sunshine Beach for 2.7 km of wild untamed Australian coastline.
It’s another 1.2 km along one of the best Sunshine Coast beaches to the new Sunshine Beach Surf Club and your bus back to Noosa.
The southern shore of the Noosa River is another place for families to explore, either on foot, bicycle or on the Noosa Ferry.
Contributed by Jan from Budget Travel Talk
If you’re a family that likes to fish, then you’re in luck as there are numerous places to go fishing on the Sunshine Coast. There are rivers, creeks, lakes and of course beach fishing too.
I’m not a fisherman, but I hear that around the Sunshine Coast you’ve got a good chance of catching bream, flathead and whiting from the creek and dart, mulloway and tailor from the beach.
Some of the great places to go fishing include the Maroochy River, the Noosa River, the Mooloolah River, the rocks at Point Cartwright and the Mooloolaba Wharf just to name a few.
Learn to Surf
If your kids love the ocean, why get them to take it up a notch and get them some surfing lessons. What an awesome thing to learn while on the family holiday. There is a range of different surf schools all over the Sunshine Coast – click here for more information.
The Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to go camping. Whether you prefer to be beachside, in a tourist park with great facilities or in a quiet spot in the hinterland, the Sunshine Coast offers all different kinds of campgrounds perfect for all sort of campers.
If you want to see the Sunshine Coast from a whole other perspective you can even go skydiving! Yep you can go tandem sky diving around 15,000 feet above the Sunshine Coast and land right onto the beach.
Mary Valley Rattler Train Experience
A unique way to see the Sunshine Coast is onboard the Mary Valley Rattler a beautifully restored old steam train. The kids will love this railway journey which lives from Gympie and takes you through the scenic Mary Valley. There is also a Station Museum which is well worth checking out too.
The round trip takes 3 hours and is great fun for the entire family.
Location: The Historic Gympie Station, Tozer Street, Gympie
Opening Hours: The train departs at 10 am on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Price: $62 per adult and $32 per child (under 2s not occupying a seat are free). A family pass is $165. Click here to book online.
I hope you enjoyed this guide on all the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast with kids. If you need more help planning your Sunshine Coast trip, click here for all our different Sunshine Coast guides. Also don’t forget to talk to other families about their tips on visiting the Sunshine Coast join our Queensland Travel Facebook Group.
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