With the promise of beach-filled days, time with friends and endless sunshine just around the corner, it’s little wonder kids can barely contain their excitement at the thought of leaving school behind these holidays.
Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said bookings were strong heading into the spring holiday period.
“Several properties have recorded an increase in booking numbers from this time last year, and 2017 was a record period for tourism on the Sunshine Coast,” he said.
And it’s not just hotels and apartments seeing an increase, with camping and glamping sites also enjoying a boost in visitor numbers.”
And here on the Sunshine Coast, there is more than enough to keep everyone entertained throughout spring. Visit Sunshine Coast has compiled a list of family friendly events being held these holidays, and whether you’re a local or holiday-maker, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Join Birds of Tokyo, John Butler and The Temper Trap at this year’s Caloundra Music Festival, held 28 September – 1 October. With Kings Beach providing the backdrop, it’s a great day out for all the family. Meanwhile, live music is set to echo through the Mary Valley when the Mitchell Creek Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest is held from 21-24 September, showcasing more than 150 artists. The Woodford Didgeridoo Festival will also be held at Crystal Waters Eco Village from 28-30 September with performers and tribal rhythms.
Become a marine biologist for the day
These school holidays, Sea Life Sunshine Coast are giving kids the chance to become a Marine Biologist for the day. The full or half-day adventure includes a behind-the-scenes tour with marine experts, seal presentation, interactive animal handling and more. The event will be held on 26 and 28 September and 4 and 6 October. Sea Life will also host a “slimed” event, with guests encouraged to stick their hands in a mystery black box and guess what slimy creature the texture resembles. Slime making workshops will be held at 12pm and 2:30pm from 22 September to 7 October.
Head to the markets
Head to Bulcock Beach for the Caloundra Twilight Markets, held from 5-9pm across three consecutive Fridays on 28 September, 5 October and 12 October. There is fun for the whole family with street entertainment, artisan stalls and food.
Take a walk on the wild side
Nothing says spring like new life. So why not celebrate the cutest new arrivals at Australia Zoo, including their baby giraffe and koala joeys. You can also take part in Robert’s Treasure Hunt, enjoy free face painting on weekends or indulge in daily ice cream parties from 22 September to 7 October.
Ride into the night
On Saturday, 22 September Aussie World will host their Ride The Night event, opening the gates from 6pm so you can experience the theme park in a whole new light. Tickets cost $20, with free admission for children under three.
Take to the tracks
It’s full steam ahead at the Mary Valley Rattler station these school holidays, with Stories with the Station Master events held on 26 September and 3 October from 10-11am. Tunes by the Tracks will also take place from 12-3pm on 23 and 30 September. Free station tours will be held every Wednesday and Saturday from 11am.
Test your skills on giant inflatables
With the cold weather behind us, Aqua Park Coolum, Twin Waters Aqua Fun Park and Bli Bli Aqua Park will open their doors seven-days a week to cater for the spring school holidays. Test yourself on the giant inflatables, and don’t forget your towel!
Free holiday entertainment
These school holidays, The Ginger Factory will hold free magic shows with Blaze, the comedic magician. The shows will be held twice daily at 9:30am and 11am from 24-28 September.
Step back in time with Medieval fun
Marvel in some medieval fun at Sunshine Castle. Throughout the school holidays the Castle will host a number of activities, including party games and fun with Princess Jemma (held 23, 24, 30 September and 7 October), and lessons on how to shoot a medieval longbow with Sunshine Castle’s resident knight Sir Justyn.
For more information on planning your Sunshine Coast winter holiday break go to: www.visitsunshinecoast.com