Lucky for us Sunshine Coasters we have an abundance of family friendly activities within easy reach! So when school holidays roll around it’s not too hard to put together a plan for keeping the kids entertained. Happy kids equals happy mums and dads….
Fun ideas to help you tailor an activity list that your kids might like to do!
Most children love the water, so a trip down to one of our many beautiful beaches for a swim and to build a few sandcastles is top of my list!
When my kids were young we lived in the Noosa area, and while the weather was warm we’d head down to Pelican Beach on the Noosa River. It’s such a safe area for the toddlers and there’s also lots of shady areas to have a picnic after your swim.
Another regular haunt for us was Tea Tree Bay in the Noosa National Park. Back then finding a park was fairly easy but the word got out about this special place and it’s very popular now. There is a free shuttle available in the Noosa area but only to Hastings Street I believe – https://www.noosa.qld.gov.au/documents/40217326/41537840/Go%20Noosa%20Factsheet.pdf
Getting out on your bikes with the kids has never been easier. Lucky for us our councils support families and utilising what the coast has on offer. They have supplied us with so many bicycle tracks along our coastline that you would never get bored exploring them all.
Cycling is one of the best ways to get the children out of the house and into the fresh air. The added benefit is helping them to burn off some of the seemingly never-ending energy they possess!
Here’s a link to Sunshine Coast Councils bicycle tracks – https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Experience-Sunshine-Coast/Sports-and-Leisure/Cycling/Plan-Your-Ride
Fresh air and nature…what are a great combination! Now add in walking tracks and the children and you have a recipe for a fun time. I tell you what though, there are so many walks to do that I would need a blog just for that. So I’ve limited this list to my top 5 destinations for walks that I’ve done with the kids and enjoyed.
1. Buderim Forest Park and Waterfall: I’d have to say that this little outing is so convenient being just a few km’s from Maroochydore. Such a gem and the kids will love it. Don’t forget to pack the swimmers to cool off at the waterfall! https://www.buderim.com/buderim-forest
2. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve: I love this walk and did it pushing my grandaughter in a pram. So its definitely a good one if you have young ones! There’s facilities in the park to picnic or BBQ under the shade of massive gumtrees too. Oh and if you need a coffee after all that activity there’s a cafe with an amazing view over the Glasshouse Mountains – https://www.mary-cairncross.com.au
3. Noosa National Park: There’s a lovely shortish walk through the bush at the back of the park. Kids can have a bit of fun trying to spot koalas and you may just see a goanna strolling through the park too. If kids are older you can walk the coastal track but remember you have to return so going the whole way to Hell’s gates is a bit of a mission – https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/noosa/
4. Kondalila Falls: There’s a few short walking tracks in Kondalilla National Park. So I’ve attached the link with the various tracks mapped out. This one is for older kids though. There’s no way I would carry a toddler down and back up those steps! There’s a waterfall to swim in and a great park at the beginning if you’re organised enough to bring lunch – https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/mapleton-falls/pdf/parkmap-kondalila-mapleton.pdf
5. Booloumba Falls Walk: I’ve lost count how many times we’ve done this walk. Most of the time we camp there for a few days, but other times have driven out for a day trip. Swimming in the fresh mountain water creek is chilly but so refreshing! My tip is to do the walk, take a swim, then have a picnic under a shady tree nearby! – https://www.queensland.com/en-au/journey/booloumba-falls-walk-conondale-national-park and https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/conondale/about.html#walking
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