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Best Kids Activities on the Sunshine Coast

Families can explore Noosa River while getting active with this Nauticycle.

The Sunshine Coast, is not just popular with tourists but also a treasure trove of kids activities ready to be uncovered by local families.

From Caloundra to Noosa and even Gympie in the North, the Sunshine Coast offers an awe-inspiring diversity from the volcanic peaks of the hinterland to Australia’s longest, and safest, wave, your experience whether natural or manmade will give you the opportunity to soak up the natural beauty of the region.

With its stunning beaches, picturesque landscapes, and a plethora of fun and unique activities, the Sunshine Coast offers a range of weekend and school holiday adventures that will captivate and entertain kids of all ages.

In this blog, we will delve into the best kids activities on the Sunshine Coast, highlighting the fantastic experiences available to you for weekend or holiday fun. Whether you’re a born-and-raised local or have recently made the Sunshine Coast your home, these activities are sure to create fun and cherished memories for you and your family.

Girls embarking on their aMAZEing adventure

Amaze World

1. Amaze World

This multi-award winning attraction just gets better and better. Explorers challenge yourselves to a little aMAZEing fun! Set in a scene similar to that of a secret garden, this family-friendly attraction offers a sizeable and intricate maze that will test your navigation skills. Kids will love exploring the twists and turns, trying to find their way out. While you’re there you can have a game of mini golf, expend more energy at the nature playground and waterplay area. With its beautiful location just 10 minutes from Mooloolaba, and wholesome outdoor fun, Amaze World is an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Learn more, read reviews and book here.

Aquaduck coming through the Mooloolaba Barr

Aquaduck coming in through the Mooloolaba Bar

Aquaduck Sunshine Coast

2. Aquaduck

For a fun and novel activity where parents can sit back and relax, you really can’t go past the Aquaduck on Sunshine Coast. Sunshine, splashes, and smiles guaranteed! 🌞 Cruise through the heart of the Sunshine Coast, catching epic views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and cruising the famous Sunshine Strip in style. Kids will be amazed as the Aquaduck splashes into the water, transforming into a boat, and offering breathtaking views of the coast. With entertaining commentary and plenty of fun, Aquaduck is a must-do experience for families. Tour departs from The Wharf, where you’ll find Sea Life, Prawn Star and many other dining options. Book your Aquaduck adventure now!

3. Laserzone Sunshine Coast

Find yourself at the beach for the day or on a holiday with the kids and the rain hits? Never fear, you are within reach of an indoor action-packed adventure with the exhilarating world of lasertag. Laserzone Sunshine Coast located in Warana offers an unlimited lasertag experience on weekends, perfect for families with children under 14 years of age. Find out more here or book now. 

6. Next Level Adventure Park

This has to be one of the best kids activities on the Sunshine Coast for building confidence within your children, for fostering bonds between parents and kids, and being active. High ropes at Next Level will challenge your courage and agility. Suited to various levels of difficulty and experience, the thrilling obstacles starting from ten metres high will test your balance and bravery within a safe and controlled environment. Conveniently located at Sunshine Plaza where you’ll find a wide variety of dining and entertainment options. Children must meet the age and height requirements. Level up and book your high ropes adventure here. 

7. Eco River Adventures

If you find yourself in the spectacular Noosa region, there’s a good chance you’ll come across Noosa River. It’s here most water adventures begin! Immerse your family in the wonders of nature with Eco Noosa River Adventures. Embark on a self-guided kayak, SUP or nauticycle on the Noosa River, where you’ll discover the Sunshine Coast’s rich biodiversity. This is great for primary ages and up, with plenty of dining options nearby to make it a half day adventure. Discover and book outdoor adventures in Noosa here.

Epic Ocean Adventures Dolphins

Noosa Dolphin Adventure

8. Dolphin Adventure

If you’re serious about connecting with nature and wildlife, you need to experience the Great Sandy National Park at least once in your lifetime. The wonderful team at Epic Ocean Adventures have a heap of tours to suit various interests, but one of our favourites would have to be the Noosa Dolphin View Adventure.  This guided tour promises a memorable experience as you spot playful dolphins and other wildlife out in the water, but you’ll catch scenic views of the coloured sand cliffs of Rainbow Beach, K’Gari and the pristine Honeymoon Bay. This is great for giving kids the opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation for marine life and the importance of conservation.

9. Mary Valley Rattler

Step back in time and embark on a nostalgic steam train journey with the Mary Valley Rattler. Kids will be captivated as the beautifully restored vintage locomotive chugs along scenic routes, passing through lush countryside and charming towns. This is an activity perfect for the little ones captivated by trains, curious explorers, and even just a family day out with your fur baby in tow! Find out more or book your railway adventure here.

10. Australia Zoo

A visit to the world-renowned Australia Zoo is often the top of the list for many who’ve not been before. Founded by the late Steve Irwin, this iconic wildlife sanctuary offers an up-close encounter with some of Australia’s most iconic animals, plus rhino, giraffe, zebra and meercats at the African Savannah. From cuddling koalas to the famed crocodile show, kids will have the opportunity to connect with nature and learn about conservation efforts in a fun and interactive way. View ticket options and book here. 

Kids experiencing the Maleny Macaw at Bird World

Maleny Gardens & Bird World

11. Maleny Gardens + Bird World

Escape into a tranquil oasis of the Maleny Botanical Gardens, where lush botanical displays and epic views of the Glasshouse Mountains await. Take a leisurely stroll through stunning gardens, breathing in the fragrant blooms and admiring the vibrant colors. As an added bonus, visit Bird World, an aviary filled with captivating bird species from around the world. Kids will be mesmerized by the beauty and grace of these feathered creatures. The latest attraction is a miniature petting zoo, perfect for the littles! Discover more here.

Junior Treetop Challenge

Tree Top Challenge

12. Tree Top Challenge

Last but not least, Tree Top Challenge at the Big Pineapple – the heritage-listed tourist attraction which used to see more than one million visitors. For an alternative to the coastal activities, this activity is ideal for kids and adults ready for an exhilarating treetop adventure while immersing yourselves in the views, scents, and sounds from the rainforest canopy.

If you have littles (7 years + under) they can join in on the Juniors course or for the bigger kids you can try the main course which also boasts two black circuits which are the highest and most thrilling high ropes courses in Australia. Feel on top of the world, book your sky high family bonding adventure here. If you’re looking to make this a full day out, head west towards Flaxton to explore Kondalilla National Park, home to the 90 metre Kondalilla falls.

 

The Sunshine Coast offers a myriad of exciting activities for kids, ensuring an unforgettable family vacation. From puzzling mazes to exhilarating high ropes courses, from close encounters with wildlife to breathtaking adventures in the great outdoors, the Sunshine Coast has it all. Explore the offerings of the Sunshine Coast here on SPARK POP and start planning your family’s next adventure on the Sunshine Coast!


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