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10 FREE Things to do in Mooloolaba for Sunny Coast Kids

Looking for things to do in Mooloolaba with the kids? How about ten FREE things? You’re welcome! Read on to find some great cost-free ideas that all the different Sunny Coast kids in your family will enjoy.

Here are our top picks for ten free things to do in Mooloolaba with kids!

Rock Pools in Mooloolaba

The rock pools in Mooloolaba are so family-friendly that you can even take a pram down there! Get the kids to gaze in wonder at the tiny worlds that lay just below the surface. Watch out for slippery sections and make sure you take a lot of sun precautions from the reflected UV rays.

Picnic on the Beach

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It’s the simple things, isn’t it? Having a picnic on the beach is one of our favourite free things to do in Mooloolaba with kids. It’ll take you back to easier times when you were a kid. Sun, sea, sand and sammiches – sounds swell!

Nature Walks

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There are a number of great walking tracks in the area to get back to nature. Try Buderim Forest Park and Serenity Falls – spectacular viewing areas and waterfalls. Heading further afield you’ll find Glass House Mountains, Blackall Ranges, Mount Coolum National Park and Noosa National Park. 

Bike Riding

Pedal power! One of our top picks for things to do in Mooloolaba with kids is to get those wheels on the road and feel the breeze in your (helmeted) hair. Explore the local bike tracks, the hidden nooks and crannies of suburban streets and the salty sea spray on sweaty skin.

Nutworks and Chocolate Factory Yandina

Nutworks and the Chocolate Factory in Yandina is free entry but you will have to pay for any extra snacks you want to purchase inside (and there probably will be quite a few). There’ll be free macadamia sampling and you can look behind the curtain (a la Willy Wonka) to see just how the nuts are prepared! Yummo!

Ginger Factory

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The Ginger Factory is an awesome thing to do in Mooloolaba (and surrounds) with kids! Free entry gets you at least a half day’s worth of family-friendly fun. You can take your own food inside which makes it a really cost effective day out.

Playgrounds near Mooloolaba

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Playgrounds are a fabulous, free way for kids to burn off energy as well as taking in the sights and sounds of the area. There are a number of great local spots around – just explore and see what you can find! We really like the big playground at Mooloolaba Beach. Here are our favourite playgrounds on the Sunshine Coast.

Free water parks local to the Sunshine Coast region

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Get ready, get steady, get WET on the Sunshine Coast! Here’s a link to the fabulous FREE water parks that you’ll find dotted all over the place.

Stroll the Main Street

Immerse yourself in local culture. Walking the main street of any coastal town offers you the opportunity to browse and meet and greet all the colourful characters

Maroochy Botanic Gardens

The last on our list of free things to do in Mooloolaba with kids is to pack a picnic, grab a soccer ball and take the fam to Maroochy Botanic Gardens. A great day out that’ll keep your kids (and your wallet!) feeling nice and healthy.

Got any tips?

Did we miss YOUR fave free thing to do with your Sunshine Coast kids? Let us know in the comments!

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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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