Spring is in the air on the Sunshine Coast, and we’ve compiled the ultimate list of activities to embrace the new beginning that comes with a change of season.
Sit back and breath in the salty air on a sunset cruise, take a moment to feel the sun on your skin on the Great Beach Drive or listen to the sounds of the rainforest with a visit to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.
With your newfound vigour you’ll have energy to burn so we’ve included the must-do activities for kids; from becoming a Penguin Keeper for the day to tackling a living hedge maze.
We guarantee you’ll leave with a spring in your step!
Teach your kids about wildlife conservation
Encourage your kids to celebrate all creatures great and small and learn about wildlife conservation by becoming a Junior Penguin Keeper for the day at SEA Life Sunshine Coast, or take them behind-the-scenes with the Wildlife Warriors at Australia Zoo to discover what it’s like to be a zoo keeper. For an up close animal encounter, visit Wildlife HQ and Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World, whose aviaries are home to more than 700 native and exotic birds.
Embark on an a-MAZE-ing adventure!
Did you know the Sunshine Coast is home to an incredible 80m x 80m living hedge maze made up of more than 1,000 lilly pillies? Discover it – and more – with a trip to Bellingham Maze, where you’ll find a mini golf course, timber maze and activities that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Once you find your way out, head over to The Ginger Factory and take on their augmented reality rainforest trail where they have brought to life five characters from The Gruffalo. Simply download the app and follow the clues.
Get your adrenalin pumping
Now you’ve got a spring in your step, get ready to zipline through the rainforest 25m above the ground at The TreeTop Challenge. Located next to The Big Pineapple, it’s a great way to let the kids burn some energy. To really get the adrenalin pulsing, why not visit the Big Kart Track in Landsborough or the Big Boing Indoor Trampoline Park.
Food glorious food
The Sunshine Coast’s food scene is rich in its diversity. One minute you can be enjoying Mooloolaba Prawns on the beach, the next sampling award-winning dairy in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. This spring, why not do it all and create your own food tour of the Sunshine Coast? We recommend stopping in at The Spit Mooloolaba for fresh local seafood, Kenilworth Dairies for mouth-watering cheese and chocolate mousse or Glasshouse Plantation for fresh local fruit.
Immerse yourself in nature
Spring is in the air, and what better way to embrace the season that an outdoor adventure on the Sunshine Coast! Enjoy a hike with spectacular views in Noosa National Park – making sure to keep an eye out for dolphins – or take a scenic climb to the summit of Mount Ngungun in the Glass House Mountains. For an immersive experience, visit Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny where the Rainforest Discovery Centre leads you through to 55 acres of pristine sub-tropical rainforest.
Have a whale of a time
This year, more than 35,000 humpback whales are expected to migrate along the Queensland coastline to mate and feed their calves in the warmer waters, and one of the best places to see them in the wild is on the Sunshine Coast! To see them up close, take a whale watching tour with Sunshine Coast Afloat or Sunreef Mooloolaba, who were the first in Australia to offer a swim with whales experience, or enjoy uninterrupted views from Point Cartwright in Kawana, Point Perry or Point Arkwright in Coolum and Moffat Headland.
Explore the coloured sands on the Great Beach Drive
Explore the beach from a different perspective this spring with Rainbow Beach Horse Rides who take you along Rainbow Beach, the spectacular coloured sands in the background. Another way to explore that stunning stretch of coastline is with Epic Ocean Adventures, who offer tours along the Great Beach Drive from Rainbow Beach or Noosa to Double Island Point, with options to include a surf lesson, sea kayaking with dolphins or stand-up paddle boarding experience.
Road, rail or take to the skies!
Step back in time with a scenic journey through the Mary Valley onboard the Mary Valley Rattler! These school holidays kids are invited to spot ‘Steam Man’ along the way, and if you’re looking to sample local produce, book in for their Tasting Train. For views like no other, take to the skies with Paradise Seaplanes for a joy flight from Maroochy River or go retro for the day with Deluxe Kombi Service paired with lunch at Ricks Garage in Palmwoods.
From 2-4 October Caloundra will host the free event Luminate: a three-night, walk through festival featuring unique light installations, music and markets. The event will be held across Felicity Park and the boardwalk on The Esplanade, with the mini festival to showcase local performers at popular CBD venues including Drift Bar, Greedy Gringo and Whispers Cocktail Bar. While there make sure to take a ride on Australia’s highest travelling ferris wheel offering 360 degree views of Caloundra!
For mum and dad
Reset the batteries this spring with a couple’s massage at Ikatan Day Spa, get hands on with a Asian-inspired cooking class at the Spirit House in Yandina or sit back and enjoy a sunset cruise on the Noosa Ferry.
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Visit Sunshine Coast recommends checking with each operator in relation to opening times and terms and conditions. It is also advisable to book ahead with attractions/tours and dining venues due to limited capacities and to avoid disappointment.
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