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Sunshine Coast Tourist Guide

Galahs waiting to perform at the Crocoseum Show, Australian Zoo. Avoid being a laughing stock as I was and pronounce Galah with the emphasis on the last syllable.

Galahs waiting to perform at the Crocoseum Show, Australian Zoo. Tip: To avoid being a laughing stock pronounce Galah with the emphasis on the last syllable.

This update is overdue as my three little loves were on their school holidays and I also had family visiting from England giving me a grand total of four adults and six kids, aged from two to ten, to entertain. And that includes me. Phew!

A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all but I had to take a week off after the rellies left and my kids went back to school to recover from all the excitement and readjust back into my old friendless and beerless existence.

So, here’s a quick run down of kid friendly stuff to do during a two week holiday on the Sunshine Coast or in the Noosa area. This is the list of things I thought we should do that I emailed my brother, to which he added drinking beer and having a barbecue. Good on him – an Australian holiday would not be complete without beer and barbies.

Anyway, here’s my list and a picture from our trip of Australia Zoo. Can you guess what I’ll be writing about next time?

Cameron the Crocodile: not real

Cameron the Crocodile: not real

Things to do with kids on the Sunshine Coast

Climb Mount Tinbeerwah
Surf and/or boogey board
Walk Noosa National Park
Go on a koala hunt
Have a kangaroo hunt
Eat fish and chips at Gympie Terrace
Visit the Noosa Spit and go with the flow in the Noosa River
Swim at Noosa Main Beach
Visit Australia Zoo
Have an Easter Egg hunt
Make a big lamb roast and sticky chocolate pudding
Visit Cooloola National Park, or Fraser Island if we have time
Cruise the Eumundi Market on a Wednesday or Saturday
Visit the Maroochy Botanical Gardens
Check out the Bellingham Mazes
Look for turtles in Noosa Botanical Gardens
Eat icecream
Window shop on Hastings Street
Dine by the sea
Drive to the hinterland towns of Kennilworth and Maleny
Swim at the local pool at the weekend when they blow up the inflatables for the kids
Enjoy Underwater World in Mooloolaba and the seal show
Learn about reptiles with the Go Bush program
Trash your rental house

The last one was only a joke!

Thanks for reading, feel free to add your comments below.

Good luck with all your travel plans!

More About Life and Activities on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

If you haven’t already read these stories about things to do on the Sunshine Coast check out:

Culture Shock for New Immigrants to Australia

Sunshine Coast Tourist Guide: Australia Zoo


11 Responses

  1. Wow, so many nice thing to do; I think that I will plan a family holidays in the near future.

    • I recommend it! Now’s a great time to visit too – the crowds have thinned out and you can even get a park in the National Park car park these days plus the weather is perfect – sunny days, blue skies and much more temperate than December to March. Now, I can actually go for a walk after 9am without melting.

  2. Sounds like way too much fun!

  3. I thought the last suggestion was the best….or does that just come naturally with 3 sprogs hahaha keep up your posts…we all love to hear them…You’re sooo funny!

  4. Great info. thanks. We are coming out in August for three weeks. One teenage boy into fishing, and three little ones. I know this is a bit of a dumb question but how cool does it actually get in August. I was guessing T/shirts and trousers / shorts during the day and a sweater for the evenings? (Bearing in mind they complain they’re too hot when it gets to 23 degrees here)!
    Many thanks

    • Thanks for your feedback, Kendal. Well, I confess I’ve never actually been here in August yet (just twice in June) but I think you guessed right. Bring two light sweaters each and a couple of long-sleeved t-shirts as well as your short-sleeved t-shirts and you should be OK. You’ll all need a sweater on the plane anyway and you might one one for the daytime too. I’m wearing a cotton cardigan now as I get cold sitting around but you’ll be warm if you’re on the move or in the sun. It could be chilly if you go out on a boat fishing though. I wear sandals most days. Bring hats and sunglasses, the sun is bright when it comes out. I think winter on the Sunshine Coast is like a British summer if that means anything to you. You’ll have a great time. Planning a holiday is such fun!

  5. Hi Annabel,
    Thanks for your reply. Can’t wait to get over there..
    Love your writing.

  6. Great ideas thanks Annabel! We are SO lucky to live here.

  7. Very good list Annabel!

    Funny picture with the Crocodrile!

    What about building sand castles or taking a double kayak (parent/kid) in Noosa River! Or fishing! Kids love it! Anyway you put the main one for the little ones (and not so little ones…), Ice cream!!! 🙂

    If you publish a list for adults only on Noosa, don’t forget to mention a sunset cocktail after on River Lounge over looking Noosa River!

    We hope you had a great time with your family!

    • Thanks for the great ideas. Yes, I need to add building a sandcastle, kayaking and our new favourite activity, stand up paddle boarding. There’s so much to do and we discover more new stuff all the time. I’m lucky enough to live here so I have plenty of time to enjoy all Noosa has to offer.

      I should create a list for adults only. A sunset cocktail after on River Lounge sounds great. Is that an invite?!

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