From its gorgeous coastline and stunning hinterland, the Sunshine Coast is jam-packed with fun things to do and places to visit with children.
We have found 5 amazing yet, “lessor known” places to visit with children. Choose one that best suits your family’s interests, or plan a holiday and visit several!
The Old Train Tunnel
Dularcha National Park
Paget Street, Moolollah
Are your children little adventurers? Explore a 93.5m long heritage listed tunnel, built in 1891. This may be daunting for some younger children, but there is sufficient light to see through the end of the tunnel.
The tunnel is accessed via a 2.1km walk from the southern end of Beech Road, Landsborugh or a 900m walk from the northern entrance of Paget Street in Moolollah.
Image: Heath Hewitt (www.weekendnotes.com)
74 Schubert Road, Woombye
10am-5pm daily, September-June
Located just past the Big Pineapple is the Sunshine Coast’s only waterslide park. Families can enjoy a 120 metre hydro slip-slide with the option of using mats (provided) for a quicker experience. This slide is built into the side of a hill and younger riders may easily tire with the repeated walk to the top of the slide.
Entry to this venue also includes access to covered picnic facilities, barbeques and an on-site kiosk.
Admission: $2.50 general park admission, $17.50 one hour unlimited waterslides (ages 5 years and older), $10 one hour unlimited waterslides (ages 5 years and under). This venue is also open at night (until 11pm) subject to prior booking for larger groups.
Image: Angus W (www.tripadvisor.com.au)
Nambour Connection Rd, Woombye
Wildlife HQ, located at the iconic Big Pineapple, is home to over 100 species (including those relocated from Brisbane’s Alma Park Zoo).
Admission: $15 (children 3-15 years), $29 (adults), $22 (seniors) or $79 (family). Animal encounters can be booked in advance for an additional surcharge.
Image and information: www.whqzoo.com
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
233 Maleny-Stanley River Rd, Maleny
Maleny Botanic Gardens features 16 acres of stunning gardens with easy walking paths, shaded rest areas, lakes and waterfalls. Of particular interest to children, is a delightful fairy garden and a 1400m2 aviary with over 400 birds. Entry to the aviary is available through guided walk-through tours, some birds may even land on their head, shoulder or back!
Admission to gardens and aviary: $31 (adults), $10 (children 3-14 years), $26 (students and pensioners) or $72 (family).
Image and information: www.malenybotanicgardens.com.au
73 Frizzo Road, Palmview
This theme park has lots to offer families with children of all ages:
- Over 30 rides and games
- children’s shows and roving entertainment
- indoor maze
- water play area
- mini golf
- crazy mirrors
- Ettamogah Pub and café dining options
Admission: $38 (adults at children’s prices), $30 (senior or pensioner), $136 (family pass). These prices are for tickets purchased online only.
Image and information: www.aussieworld.com.au