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Things to do on Australia Day on the Sunshine Coast with Kids

This article will give you a detailed list of things to do on Australia Day on the Sunshine Coast with kids.

The Sunshine Coast is a mecca for seekers of sun, sand, and fun times. It’s got a laidback vibe that’s really appealing to the Australia Day fun seeker – it’s family friendly and big on fun. Here are some great ideas about how you can celebrate in this sun-soaked paradise!

Australia Day 2024 Sunshine Coast events for families

Are you looking for the best events to take the kids to for Australia Day 2024? Well look no further than our bonza list of the best you beaut spots to make the most of the public holiday. Our list includes events on the Sunshine Coast and surrounds.

1. Picnic in the Park | Buderim

Where: Buderim Village Park

When: 26 January, 4:30pm – 9pm

Cost: Free

Rotary Club of Buderim proudly presents Australia Day Picnic In The Park. Take the family to enjoy fireworks sponsored by Buderim Bendigo Bank with great live entertainment, delicious street food, community displays, face painting and the BWMCA Licensed Bar, it’s not an event you’d want to miss!

2. Australia Day on Bribie Island | Bongaree

Where: Brennan Park, Bongaree

When: 26 January, 5pm – 8pm

Cost: Free

Head down to Brennan Park to celebrate Australia Day in style on Bribie Island! It will be an unforgettable evening filled with festivities and free family fun on Friday 26 January from 5pm to 8pm. Cap off the day with a dazzling fireworks display that’ll light up the skies and make this Australia Day an absolute ripper!

Along with fireworks, there will be live entertainment and food truck for you to indulge in!

3. Sunshine Coast Hinterland Australia Day Expo 2024 | Maleny

Where: Maleny Showgrounds

When: 26 January, 6am – 2pm

Cost: Free

Bring the family along to the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Expo in Maleny, for a day jam packed with fun activities, suitable for families of all ages!

4. Cane Toad Racing at the Banana Bender Pub | Aussie World

Where: Banana Bender Pub, Aussie World

When: 26 January, from 10am

Cost: Free

Head to the Banana Bender Pub and indulge in Australia Day festivities on January 26! Get involved in Aussie festivities such as cane toad racing, thong tossing competitions and lamington eating! And best of all, its free!

Things to do on Australia Day, 26 January 2024 across the Sunshine Coast

There are plenty of excellent choices for things to do on the Sunshine Coast for Australia Day with kids. We have created comprehensive lists with detailed information about markets, playgrounds, beaches, and other awesome school holiday ideas for things to do with kids and places to take kids in and around the Sunny Coast that is open over the long weekend.

Cool down at a Sunshine Coast water park

australia day with kids water park

Jump on in! Nothing says Australia Day like having a swim at the pool with your mates.

There are some incredible waterparks on the Sunshine Coast perfect for celebrating Australia Day. We’ve got a list here of the best water parks that the Sunshine Coast has to offer! 

Make the most of the coast with kids

australia day with kids kangaroo

There are so many incredible things to do on the Sunshine Coast with kids. Visit beaches, take a trip to Australia Zoo (to enjoy their Adventure Trail and 6-metre, inflatable water slide!) or the Ginger Factory, visit national parks and go swimming in natural swimming holes – and that’s just the start!

For some unique ideas as to what you can get up to on Australia Day with the kids, check out our overview of all things kid friendly on the Sunny Coast. 

Pssst… after cheap Australia Zoo tickets? We know where to find them! 

Make a splash at Sea Life Aquarium

Sea Life Sunshine Coast

There are so many incredible animals to see at Sea Life Aquarium in the Sunshine Coast! Take the whole family along to see snappy sharks, penguins and much more!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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