Sunshine Coast Family Holiday Guide
Do you really need a reason to pack up the kids and head to the Sunshine Coast? Just in case, here are a few to get you moving.
There are over 100kms (yes, 100kms) of sandy, soft, sea-shelly beachy goodness to choose from. From Rainbow Beach in the north, to Caloundra in the south, the beach is beckoning.
Whether you want to slow down or speed up, there are a plethora of family-friendly adventures. Hire a jet ski, dive with the sharks, do the Mooloolaba Triathlon. No? Then stroll the boardwalk shops, grab a gelato and walk the beach at sunset.
Flora and fauna lovers will be in heaven with five National Parks to choose from. Trek them, hike them, abseil them or simply stroll them. Your choice.
The Sunny Coast is swarming with epic adventures. Kite-surfing on Bulcock Beach Caloundra is (literally) taking off; hike through the glorious Noosa National Park; see the coast from the clouds – skydive right onto the beach (if you’re game); get off-road and drive on the beach to Rainbow Beach.
Get your boho vibe on and day-trip into the hinterlands. Maleny, Montville and the lesser-known, but equally gorgeous, Mary Valley really should be on your list. Pretty, sweet and oh-so-quaint, these little townships will charm the pants off you!
So, there it is. Five reasons (of about 100) to visit the Sunshine Coast with kids. But let’s face it, as if you really need “a reason”. Just go.
Best things to do on the Sunshine Coast with kids
Crikey! Australia Zoo has to be at the top of your list. Cuddle up to a koala, kangaroo or crocodile (ok, maybe not a crocodile), get snapped with a snake, walk on the wild side with a tiger and spend the day wandering through Steve Irwin’s natural legacy. Check latest family ticket deals
If you’ve had enough of land animals, get under the sea at Sea Life Mooloolaba. There are more than 10,000 sea creatures including Australia’s largest collection of jellyfish. The kids will be totally wowed walking under the 80-metre ocean tunnel. Buy a family pass and save.
Spend a few hours scouring the rock pools at Mooloolaba and Caloundra; listen to the kids shriek with delight at King Beach Ocean Pool; or pick your own strawberries at a local strawberry farm.
More things to do Sunshine Coast with kids from Travel with Boys
Also, take a look at our Aussie beach survival guide for great tips and tricks for your day at the beach, looking at everything from chafing to stingers, sand to sunburn.
Sunshine Coast family accommodation
Motels, hotels, resorts, units, apartments, camping grounds, and caravan parks. The Sunshine Coast has some of the best family accommodation options in Australia. Renting a house is becoming increasingly popular, especially if you have a bunch of kids! From cheap to not-so-cheap, check out below what will suit your needs for the best Sunshine Coast family holiday.
Accommodation Sunshine Coast beaches
- Alexandra Headland
- Cotton Tree and Maroochydore
- Peregian Beach
- Sunshine Beach
- Rainbow Beach
Accommodation Sunshine Coast Hinterland
If camping is more your family’s thing, here is a list of some of the best campgrounds at Sunshine Coast or take a look at the Sunshine Coast’s Best Camping Spots For Camping Rookies from The Urbanlist.
Know before you go
Food Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast is fast becoming a taste sensation destination. From paddock-to-plate to fresh ocean catches, the coast north of Brisbane is an epicurean’s happy place. But to enjoy the many food fares stretching across the Sunshine Coast, your child doesn’t have to be a gastronomical daredevil!
Vendors know that the beach is a family holiday escape, so most cater for parents and fussy littlies. Surf Clubs (pretty much found at every beach point) boast incredible sea views, budget prices and a menu for everyone.
Similarly, each beach suburb has a strip of kid-friendly restaurants and cafes overlooking the water. Winning!
Getting from the airport
The Sunshine Coast has its own airport (located at Marcoola), however, if you fly into the Brisbane airport, it’s still not too far away (about one hour and 20 minutes). Con-x-ion bus service provides the most frequent and direct door-to-door shuttle transfer from both airports – about 18 services daily. If you fly straight into Sunshine Coast, TransLink bus route 622 will take you where you need to go.
Sunshine Coast Public Transport
Buses run regularly along the whole of the Sunshine Coast. The Council encourages visitors to use these as a sustainable way to travel. TransLink and Sunbus are the main providers.
Cars Hire Sunshine Coast
Take your time and see the Sunshine Coast at your own leisure by hiring a car. The bonus of car hire on the Sunshine Coast rather than taking the bus means you can take spontaneous detours and really explore the gorgeousness that is the Sunshine Coast. Check here for the best car hire rates Sunshine Coast.
Parking Sunshine Coast
There is plenty of street parking and council-owned carparks available. During holidays and weekends, you are going to want to get a car park early so you can get one close by. When the little ones are wet and sandy from a day at the beach, you’re not going to want a big trek to get the car.
Sunshine Coast Weather
It’s not called the Sunshine Coast for nothing. Temps are generally warm all year round with summer reaching highs in the early 30s and winters dropping to the early teens. But with the sun shining overhead for most of the year, it always feels like summer on the coast.
Favourite Family Events Sunshine Coast
Woodford Folk Festival, Eumundi Markets, Noosa Food and Wine Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Noosa Triathlon and Mooloolaba Triathlon, Gympie Music Muster, and Big Boys Toys Expo.
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