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Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre | THE REVIEW for families!

The Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre provides affordable family accommodation for small, medium and large families at Currimundi on the beautiful Sunshine Coast!

The Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre has recently undergone a $7.1 million facelift, with accommodation, dining and activity facilities receiving a major overhaul.

With one and two bedroom units from $93.10 – $133.00 a night with no minimum stay and sleeping up to 6 people in each unit (and the option to book multiple units), this will be your new favourite holiday destination on the Sunshine Coast!

Where is the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre?

The Queensland State Government opened the Sunshine Coast Rec Centre in January 2016. The purpose built recreation centre spends most of the year playing host to school and other community and business groups for camps and training events. However, a lesser known fact is that families can book their affordable accommodation too!

You can find it at 80 Currimundi Road, Currimundi, Queensland.

What kind of accommodation is available?

Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre
Castaways #1

At the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre, the actual rooms in the accommodation can be considered as ‘basic’ but the location of the centre and other facilities can offer quite a few ‘perks’. There are four different ‘areas’ of accommodation available for families on holidays. Kings, Moffats, Castaways and Shellys. Within each ‘area’ can be a variety of ‘types’ of accommodation.

Kings Accommodation Area

Kings contains modern, two bedroom accommodation across two storeys for up to 84 people all together. Each room is air-conditioned and contains six beds (two king single and two bunk beds), ensuited shower with separate toilet, television and lockable kitchenette including microwave, kettle and bar fridge. These are super basic and only have a handbasin (no kitchen sink). Seven rooms are wheelchair accessible and two are fully adapted for persons with a disability.

Moffats Accommodation Area

Moffats consists of modern one and two bedroom accommodation for up to 84 people all together. Each room is air-conditioned and contains six beds (three bunk beds), ensuited shower with separate toilet, lockable kitchenette including microwave, kettle and bar fridge. Again, no kitchen sink – just a hand basin in the bathroom! Seven rooms are wheelchair accessible and two are fully adapted for persons with a disability.

Castaways Cabins

Castaways is made up of five two bedroom cabins, and each cabin is air-conditioned and contains 12 beds (single and bunk beds), ensuite shower with separate toilet, common area and small kitchenette. Castaways #1 has two sofas in the lounge room as well as a television! The other four cabins have dining room tables and chairs and no television.

Shellys Dormitory Accommodation

Shellys is a secluded section of the centre and is used mostly for camps and business groups. Here they enjoy exclusive access to the area. It consists of dormitory style accommodation for up to 90 people. Each cabin is air-conditioned and the standard cabins contain eight beds (eight bunk beds). There is one air-conditioned, ensuited leaders cabin that sleeps 12. There is a separate amenities block containing showers, toilets and a laundry. One cabin that sleeps six people is fully adapted for persons with a disability.

What other facilities are on offer?

Not only does the recreation centre have a wide range of facilities on offer, but they give you a ‘Sports Pack’ (in a sports bag) full of all the kit you need to play your chosen sporting activity! We received a beach cricket bat, ball and stumps, League football, basketball, 2 x tennis rackets, 4 x tennis balls, soccer ball and a frisbee!

Outdoor Multipurpose Courts

These can be set up for the purpose you require.

Huge Sports Oval

Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre

Indoor Gymnasium

This was great for the time that we were there (late December) as it was so hot and the kids wanted to run around, but we didn’t want them to be outside in the hot sun! They enjoyed chasing each other around and shooting hoops with their basketball! Again, more detail is in the video!

25 metre Heated Swimming Pool

Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre - swimming pool

The pool is supervised by a qualified lifeguard; however children under the age of 18 must be accompanied and actively supervised by and adult at all times!

Indoor Rock Climbing – The Rock Face

Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre

The Rock Face was closed while we were staying at the Recreation Centre, however it is usually open to the public for casual climbing. There are two walls – both artificial vertical rock faces over 9.5 metres high. They each offer over 10 different climbs of varying degrees of difficulty, including crack only climbs and overhangs for more experienced climbers.

They have automatic belay systems means that you don’t need a partner to climb! Find out about the climbing walls opening times here.

The Caves

Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre

We were also shown their new caving system that is the first of its kind in Australia. Again, closed when we were there, we were told that kids aged over 7 would be armed with a head torch so they could twist, turn, climb, squeeze and slide on a fun-filled adventure through a maze of passages. These man-made ‘caves’ replicate natural caves so you will have the chance to experience the unique thrill and challenge of ‘spelunking’.

How far is it to Currimundi Beach & Lake or Dicky Beach?

Currimundi Lake & Beach is a 20 minute walk from theSunshine Coast Recreation Centre

From the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre you can walk to both Currimundi Lake & Surf Beach or Dicky Beach easily in about 20 minutes in either direction. The centre is ideally located in between the two and with direct beach access, via a pin-coded gate entry, you will find the walk on the path is easy (and shaded) in the heat! At multiple points you can leave the path to walk on the beach if you prefer!

What do families think of this affordable accommodation on the Sunshine Coast?

Determined to give you a fair review and accurate feedback we were excited to meet another large family while staying at the Recreation Centre, so we asked them for their feedback too. Their family consists of mum and dad and 4 kids (15, 13, 11 and 2). They stayed in Moffats and had 2 bedrooms, a dining area and toilet (6 beds in total). They also got the ‘linen package’ which was $9.95* per person per stay and consists of sheets, pillow, pillow case, blanket and towel. (*There will be a fee increase each year – 2019 is currently $10.65.)

Here is what Mum, Miranda said:

Pros: Great value for money! Facilities are very clean and spacious. The grounds of the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre were immaculate with a range of activities for the kids (indoor basketball court was great for those super hot days!). Pool was big. The walk from the centre to the beach, although quite long, was so lovely along the board walk. And great that you can access Currumundi Lake/Beach and Dickys Beach. I loved the air-con too and the mini bar (with tea and coffee making facilities). The bathroom was also very spacious.

Cons: The beds were very uncomfortable! And noisy. Our toddler kept waking up every time we got up. Also, there was no way to block out the lights when you were trying to sleep (I understand that they keep the outdoor lights on for safety but very annoying when sleeping!). A playground for the toddlers/preschool kids would have been a lovely bonus too. The only other negative was that the pool had restricted hours when we were there and that they were in the middle of the day – 1pm – 3pm.

Overall: Value for money is exceptional at $120* per night in peak time and so great for families who would not normally be able to afford a holiday.

*at the time of the review – click here for up to date fees and charges.

Note: The Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre is a smoke and alcohol free area.

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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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