So, you may have only just finished the September school break and you may still be peeling skin from your sunburnt shoulders AND Christmas may be three months away, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning your Christmas holiday break with the family. What better way to keep your kids energised, educated and entertained than with a getaway to Queensland’s stunning Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Coast is home to some of Queensland’s and even Australia’s greatest attractions including theme parks, zoos, aquariums, beaches and national parks. We’ve compiled our top 5 activities to keep the kids busy and beaming next holidays:
#1. Become a Wildlife Warrior at Australia Zoo
Let your children embrace their wild side these holidays with a day trip to Australia zoo. Home to the Crocodile Hunter - the late Steve Irwin - Australia Zoo is renowned as one of the best zoos in Australia. It promises plenty of animals, action and adventure across more than 70 acres of Australian bush land. Located in Beerwah, just a 30-minute drive from Mooloolaba, Australia Zoo boasts a team of wildlife warriors who are passionate about animal conservation and delivering amazing animal encounters for children and their parents! From cuddling a koala to hand-feeding a roo to walking with a regal tiger, Australia Zoo has everything your little eco warrior could hope for and more!
For more information, visit http://www.australiazoo.com.au/
#2. Be amazed at Underwater World SEALIFE
In the heart of Mooloolaba is aquarium, Underwater World, which features a spectacular selection of Australia’s marine life. Of particular appeal, is its awe-inspiring glass shark tunnel and daily seal shows. If you are feeling particularly daring, consider a ‘Shark Dive’ or get up close and personal with a unique Seal Experience. If you’ve been there, done that or are looking for a ‘free’ alternative, consider a unique nature experience by visiting the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park, where you can spot birds and marine life in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a dugong, as a permanent population of dugongs reside here.
For more information, visit https://www.underwaterworld.com.au/
3# Connect with nature at Kondalila Falls
Nothing gets the family more connected, then spending some quality time together in nature. If you are looking for a cool mountain retreat, Kondalila National Park, located nearby Montville, is the ‘natural’ choice. Encompassing Skene Creek which drops 90m into a rainforest valley, Kondalila Falls will wow your little ones with the power and beauty of nature. The easy 1.7km Picnic Creek Circuit is an ideal course, suitable for the whole family. This stunning walk weaves past rock pools, to the top of the waterfalls and concludes at a picnic area, equipped with toilets. Don’t forget your swimmers for a splash in the waterhole with the locals during summer! Be sure to pack plenty of water and set off in time to complete the course before dark.
For more information, visit http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/kondalila/
4# Explore the Rock Pools at Mooloolabla
Magical Mooloolaba beach boasts over two kilometres of sand that is sensational for building sand castles, digging a hole to the other end of the world, or writing a message in the sand to a loved one far away. At low tide, the real adventure begins as your child explores the great expanse of the naturally-occurring or self-made rock pools. Bustling with life, challenge your child to locate limpets, algae, anemones and of course, crabs! There is nothing quite like being the first to spot a hermit crab scamper across the sand and duck into a hiding hole. Standing in the warm pools and letting the water lap at your ankles is an absolute must for the young and not so young!
For more information, visit https://www.visitsunshinecoast.com/What-to-do/Places-to-see/Mooloolaba-to-Coolum-Beach/Mooloolaba
5# Bellingham Maze
We know you may have thought this a couple of times, but now your kids really can, ‘get lost’ in the safety of the Bellingham Maze grounds. The Bellingham Maze is an outdoor maze attraction that will get your bodies and brains moving. Challenge yourself to complete the 80x80 metre giant hedge maze, the mind-boggling timber maze or race your friends to finish the rope maze. Cap the day off with a round of mini golf and a cup of Devonshire tea and some scones at the café.
For more information, visit http://www.bellmaze.com
How does your family like to spend their time when visiting the Sunshine Coast? Let us know your top holiday picks in the comments below!