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You’ll never be short of things to do in the Sunshine Coast of Australia. Spend one day swimming in an ocean pool or hiking through a Heritage-listed national park. The next day, stock up your motorhome pantry from the vibrant markets or pick plump strawberries at a berry farm.
When you explore Australia by campervan, you get to experience the country on a whole different level. There really is no better way to see and do more. And that’s especially true when you’re travelling by campervan with kids. The convenience of having your own bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom at hand makes road trips so much easier. Not only that, but you’ll save money on accommodation – and save the hassle of checking in and out, packing and unpacking.
If you’re putting together a campervan road trip planner, you’re probably keen to know which are the top tourist attractions in the Sunshine Coast. The good news is, we’ve done the research for you. Let’s take a look at the top 15 things to do with kids in the Sunshine Coast.
1. Marvel at the animals at Australia Zoo
Treat the kids to the ultimate wildlife adventure at Australia Zoo. The zoo is home to more than 100 different species from tiny lizards to towering giraffes. Owned and managed by the Irwin family, this unique zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation and offers animal experiences like no other. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Sunshine Coast. The kids will love getting up close with a red panda or mischievous meerkat. They can even cuddle a koala or feed a kangaroo.
2. Explore underwater worlds at SEA Life
Ever wondered what the belly of a shark looks like? You’ll have the chance to find out at Sea Life. The kids will love exploring the underwater world of this awesome aquarium. There are 11 themed zones to see including a penguin exhibit, tidal touch pools, a seahorse sanctuary and more.
3. Go wildlife watching at Noosa National Park
If you’ve always wanted to see Australia’s unique animals in the wild, Noosa National Park is the ideal place. Expect to see the black cockatoo, ground parrots, koalas, red goshawks and more. The park also encompasses some of southeast Queensland’s most breathtaking coastline. For some of the best views, head to Laguna Lookout.
4. Get the adrenaline pumping at Aussie World
Travel the multiverse in Professor Bogglesworth’s Illusionarium. Get wet on the Leak’n Logs. Ride Australia’s tallest and fastest 360-degree pendulum. There are loads of adrenalin-pumping rides, as well as more gentle fun for young ones at Aussie World. Get there early – you’ll need a full day to enjoy all the fun.
5. Check out the iconic Big Pineapple
Australia is well known for doing big things. And the Big Pineapple is a prime example. This Heritage-listed icon is impossible to miss as you drive through the town of Woombye. Plan a stop to take the TreeTop Challenge, wander through the Wildlife HQ Zoo, enjoy a great lunch, and visit the pineapple plantation.
6. Pick fresh fruit at Cooloola Berries
Open from May until September, Cooloola Berries is so much more than just berries. It’s a great day out for the whole family. Start off with a tasty lunch from the café. The kids will love the pancakes topped with berries, ice cream, and maple syrup. With tummies full, take a tour of the farm, pick some berries, and stock up on artisan treats or gifts from the farm shop.
7. Experience farm life at QCamel
Did you know you can milk a camel? Yep, and apparently, their milk is super nutritious too. Find out all about these fascinating animals with a tour at QCamel. The kids will love meeting the friendly camels. They can even book into a ‘Camel Cuddles’ tour which runs every Saturday. While you’re there, you can stock up on camel milk goodies including feta, skincare products, and chocolates.
8. Walk the Kondalilla Falls Circuit Track
Escape the hustle and bustle with a day surrounded by rainforest and birdsong. The Kondalilla Falls Circuit Track takes you past rock pools and a lookout with views of Kondalilla Falls. There are over 100 stairs along this circuit, so you need to be reasonably fit.
9.Have a fun day out at Amaze World
Treat the kids to an awesome day in an enchanted world filled with wonder. Amaze World is a kids’ dream day out. They’ll burn up loads of energy as they tackle the Hedge Maze, play mini golf, explore the nature playground and water play area, and weave their way through the Rope Maze. By the end of the day, they’ll be tuckered out and ready for sleep – bonus!
10. Swim at Kings Beach Ocean Pool
Pack up the campervan for the day and head to Kings Beach for a refreshing dip in the beachfront saltwater pool. It’s a great safe spot for families to swim with plenty of shade. Pack a few sausages for the onsite barbecue and enjoy lunch while you’re there. After your swim, go for a wander along the Caloundra Mural Trail and check out the vibrant street art.
11. Visit Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World
Spanning nearly 18 acres of gardens, the Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World is an unforgettable experience for kids and adults alike. Wander along 6 km of walking paths past rare and beautiful plants, sculptures, lakes, and waterfalls. Meet the colourful macaw and Amazon parrots, cockatoos, and other feathered friends.
12. Swing through the trees at TreeTop Challenge
Channel your inner monkey as you go sailing through the treetops up to 35 metres above the ground. The Treetop Challenge adventure park has 120 high rope games, 12 ziplines, and six awesome courses to tackle. They start off nice and easy but you can push yourself to the limit, if you dare!
13. Find little treasures at the Eumundi markets
Make sure the kids have saved some pocket money because there is plenty for them to buy at the Eumundi markets. Brimming with handcrafted artisan treasures, this vibrant market is open Saturdays from 7 am – 2 pm, and Wednesdays from 8 am – 2 pm. Come along for breakfast or brunch, enjoy the live entertainment, and take home some tasty goodies to enjoy later.
14. Learn and play at the Ginger Factory
The Ginger Factory is a fantasy playland for kids of all ages. Kick off the day with a ride on the Ginger Train and take a tour through the nine hectares of lush gardens. Next, journey through the rainforest on the Gruffalo Trail. Watch a live bee show and try a honey tasting, then let the kids loose in the play area. Don’t forget to take a tour through the factory and sample the tasty ginger goodies. And to finish off the day, cool off with a yummy ice cream from the Gelati and Dessert Bar.
15. Climb high at Bould Move
Are you ready to go to new heights? Bould Move is an awesome indoor rock-climbing centre that caters to all levels, from those who’ve never climbed more than the front steps, to veteran boulderers. We reckon the kids will take to it like ducks to water, but will mum and dad be brave enough to have a try? Don’t worry, there’s a beginner's section and plenty of soft matting to land on.
Ready to have a fun family holiday on the Sunshine Coast?
We’ve listed some of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast. And as you can see there’s plenty of fun to be had for families of all ages. All you have to decide is which of these great activities to add to your road trip planner. But before you do, make sure you’ve got your Britz campervan booked. We’ve got a great range of motorhomes and campervans available, and you can pick it up and drop it off at any Britz branch throughout Australia.
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