Things to do on the Sunshine Coast with Kids
Located to the north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast hosts a wide variety of fun things to do with the kids. From mini golf to animal encounters to beach fun, there’s so much to do on the Sunshine Coast with kids!
Found in Caloundra, King’s Beach is the perfect place to take the kids for a cheap and fun day out on the Sunshine Coast. Along with the spectacular and patrolled beachfront, the beach also features a connected salt water swimming pool. Protected from the waves, the swimming pool is perfect for the young ones. In front of King’s Beach is the King Beach Water Feature. Famous for its fountains of water, this is a great place for the kids to wash sand off or even just cool down on a hot day. With takeaway stores located right next to the beach, you can be sure you’ll have a great day out.
One of the most famous Zoos in Australia, Australia Zoo can be found near Beerwah. Made famous by Steve Irwin, Australia Zoo features a menagerie of animal exhibits and shows, including tortoises, cheetahs, snakes, tigers and plenty of Aussie favourites including echidnas and dingos. From animal meet and greets to the Zoo’s famous Croc feeding shows, you’ll easily eat up a whole day at the Zoo.
This is a seriously hidden gem. This laid-back, family friendly beach provides a calm environment for younger children or those who may not be as confident in the bigger surf of some of the busier haunts. The inlet is peaceful, the nearby facilities cater to quieter crowds and it’s just a really special day out. This is actually one of our favourite Sunshine Coast with kids activities – click the link in the heading to see more details and hear from our kids!
Found in Yandina, The Ginger Factory is a family favourite to visit on the Sunshine Coast. Along with a full tour of the Factory, the Ginger Factory also features a beekeeping show, the Ginger train and the very fun water adventure ride Overboard. With a Café and Ice Creamery located on site, there are plenty of chances to have some delicious food. Finish the day with a lovely walk in the Factory’s gardens and enjoy another ride or two. The kids will love it!
Located approximately 105 km north of Brisbane is the Mapleton National Park. A beautiful ‘get-away’ at the northern end of the Blackall Range, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Take the Burce Highway to Nambour, then follows the signs to Mapleton (approx 11kms from Nambour). Mapleton National Park has a small camping area at Gheerulla Creek beside the entrance to the Gheerulla Trail Bike area. Gheerulla camping area is close to the creek and provides three camping sites, picnic tables, toilets and barbecues. This small camping area is not suitable for caravans.
All kids love an adventure so why not pack your backpacks and take the family on a day trip to the Sunshine Coast hinterland to discover the beautiful natural swimming hole known as Gardners Falls? There is something so special about walking through the bush, listening to the native birds singing with the trickling of water in the background slowly getting louder as you approach the stunning falls and rockpools. You have just arrived at one of South East Queensland’s little hidden treasures, Gardners Falls.
Maleny Dairies is an excellent family outing for families with big and little kids alike! Maleny Dairies run tours for the public from Monday to Saturday at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm. If you attend the afternoon tour, you get to watch the cows being milked. The cost of the tour is $11 per person for anyone 2yrs and over, and each tour takes around 1.5 hours. To book a tour, you can call Maleny Dairies on 07 5494 2392, or go to their website
The Booloumba Falls bush walk is ideal for families who love a bit of adventure in the great outdoors. Along the way you’ll be treated to the beauty of waterfalls, creek cascades, tall eucalypt forest, rich lush rainforest as well as spectacular boulders, which line the creek and will be a big hit with the kids who will enjoy climbing them!
Located in Eumundi, the Eumundi Markets is one of the biggest and best markets on the Sunshine Coast. Open every Wednesday and Saturday, there are a huge variety of stalls to peruse. The kids will love looking at all the homemade toys, dolls and artworks. There are plenty of fun activities for the kids to get involved in too, including henna tattoos and caricature drawings. The markets also have a huge variety of foods for the kids to try, even for the pickiest of eaters. With local music and plenty of space to wander, the kids will have a great day at the Eumundi Markets.
Go crazy with water-based fun!
There are PLENTY of watery fun places to head to on the Sunshine Coast with kids. Here are JUST A FEW examples:
- Try the splash-tastic Coolum Water Park (recommended for about age 6 and up!)
- Head to Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre!
Strawberry Picking on the Sunshine Coast with kids
Strawberry fields forever! Have you seen our sweet tips on the best places to pick berries on the Sunshine Coast? Make sure you schedule a day trip NOW!
Get your skates on, people! Roller skating is one of our favourite ways to have a blast on the Sunshine Coast with kids. Check out our article about Caloundra Rollerdome here!
Of course, it’s not a day out with kids without EATING! We’ve done a write up of our favourite restaurants and cafes that are child friendly on the Sunshine Coast. Let us know if we’ve missed your fave!
Sunshine Coast with kids – got any tips?
If you’ve had an incredible experience on the Sunshine Coast with kids and we’ve MISSED it we’d LOVE to hear about it! Let us know in the comments. Read about our Gold Coast editor’s Sunshine Coast motorhome adventure here!