5 Family-Friendly Things To Do On The Sunshine Coast

8 December 2015

Families make the Sunshine Coast their preferred year-round holiday destination for one simple reason: to relax. So if you want less theme parks and hustle and bustle, and more nature and adventure, this spectacular region is for you.  Here are our five top picks for families:

 Nobody will mind getting their hands dirty picking strawberries. (Image: TEQ)

1. Strawberry Fields, Palm View

Winter is one of the best times to visit the Sunshine Coast with its mild, clear skies. And with the cooler temps comes strawberry season, with strawberry picking being one of the most popular outings for families. Strawberry Fields is just one of many local, commercial farms offering PYO (pick-your-own) strawberries, and is set on sprawling, green grounds. Visitors can enjoy homemade strawberry ice-cream, or sit back and have a picnic while the kids explore the charming old tractor playground.

 Check out the coastal views from Mount Coolum. (Image: TQ)

2. Mount Coolum National Park, Mount Coolum

The adventurous family will love climbing one of the Coast’s most ancient volcanic mountains, which is around 26 million years old. Expect spectacular coastal views, rare and threatened plants, wildflowers and birdlife. This climb is one for the older kids, but if you have a strong parent and a sturdy baby carrier, it’s possible to take younger ones up with you. Just remember, it can be quite steep and rocky coming down, so take your time.


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 Have a guernsey at the Guernsey cows at Maleny Dairies. (Image: TEQ)

3. Maleny Dairies, Maleny

This family-owned and operated dairy farm is a hit with children and animal lovers, and a great excuse to see some of the Coast’s beautiful, green hinterland. Be sure to book a tour of the farm and its facilities as this is a great way to get up close and personal with all the farm animals and see the process of the produce, from paddock to plate! You will even get to taste test all of the yummy products, including the chocolate milk and strawberry yoghurt – both favourites with little tummies.

 Caloundra is a popular holiday spot for families. (Image: TQ)

4. Currimundi Lake, Caloundra

If you’re after a relaxing day out at the beach, this beautiful, calm, sandy lake – which connects to Currimundi Beach – is perfect for families, particularly those with toddlers. The vast, shallow water means you can sit and watch the kids splash around and make sandcastles. Be sure to take your boogie boards, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards as there’s plenty of space to get out on the water. Fishing families might want to bring their rods and nets or get the kids to help pump for yabbies. There’s a hire shop over the road if you didn’t bring your gear, and there’s also coffee and ice-cream shops to refuel.

 You never know what will cross your path at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. (Image: TQ)

5. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny

If you come to the Sunny Coast, you must take a moment to witness the breathtaking and iconic Glass House Mountains. The short rainforest walk is great for little legs and finishes at a fantastic cafe with a view, featuring log fires for chilly days. There’s also a lovely wooden playground so the kids can wear themselves out before heading home.

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Penny Shipway

Born into the balmy climate of tropical Queensland, it’s not surprising I’ve developed an obsession for all things beach. When I’m not swimming in the ocean singing Jimmy Buffet songs in my head, you will find me sipping colourful drinks with twizzle sticks or hunting for coastal vintage pieces. My dream is to retire on a sailboat.