School Holiday Fun
School Holidays are a great time to experience the Sunshine Coast!
Here are some ideas of special activities, adventures and events designed for all the family.
We have included age limits and special offers to help you plan.
Follow each link to find more information or to book directly.
GUIDED EXPERIENCES FOR FAMILIES
Seaplane Flights 2+
Normally $125, OFFER ($75pp) is great for kids to experience flight and the magic of seaplanes on the Sunshine Coast! It’s a private Seaplane Take-Off & Landing experience for 2 or 3.
Amphibious Fun 0+
Exploring Mooloolaba by land and sea gives you the best of both worlds and is a treat for the whole family. 1 hour, fun & interactive Duck tours leave from Mooloolaba Wharf.
Jet Ski Safaris 8+
Enjoy a guided jetski safari – discover and learn about our rivers, marine parks, oceans, beautiful scenery and wildlife. For 8+yrs. Drivers need to be 16+. It’s EPIC, safe & scenic!
Rafting Adventures 5+
Great tours for ages from 5+.
Fast, wave jumping action, OR slower and scenic dolphin safari and whale watching tours. Whatever your speed, we’ve got it on the Sunshine Coast!
Take the kids on a stunning coastal scenic flight by helicopter and see the world from a whole new perspective, that they won’t forget in a hurry! The Sunshine Coast is a natural wonderland!
Snorkelling Fun 8+
Experience the local reef close up – see turtles, wobbegongs, rays, reef fish, crayfish, cowrie shells, along with island corals. For strong swimmers. Guides + all equipment supplied.
Heritage Rail Adventures 0+
Get your family onboard a train journey during school holidays! Choose Classic Rattler, Silver Bullet, Rail motors and more. Twilight Express + Christmas Trains (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
4WD Beach Tours
Explore coastal islands and national parks by 4WD and get an insider’s guide to the region’s scenic secrets. Day Trips or Multi-day Camping Experiences are available. Families welcome!
Treat the kids to a magical experience, spot majestic whales migrating along the beautiful Sunshine Coast from July to October. Choose the vessel that suits your family needs.
Swim with the Whales 8+
The opportunity to swim with a majestic humpback whale is something that is described as “life changing”. Kids must be a strong swimmer and with an adult. Be wowed!
Find a magical land, an enchanted world bursting with wonder and amazement, brought to life by imagination. Take a step into our world for some aMAZEing family fun.
If you’re looking for thrills, chills, mouth-watering fills and rides, simulators, slides, bumps, and coasters – AussieWorld
offers fun for tiny-tots to big kids and those big kids-at-heart.
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
Join the PAW PATROL on an interactive trail through the aquarium to help save our sea turtles from the supervillains and unlock the chance to win a PAW-esome PAW Patrol prize pack!
Maleny Botanic Gardens
& Bird World
Under 3 years FREE. Get your Family Day Pass to gardens, including guided tour at Bird World, Feathered Friends and Farm Friends $111. Book here.
Big Kart Track 12+
Unleash your adrenaline on this
1.2 kilometre professional racetrack in one of 50 go-karts racing at 70 kilometres per hour!
Open 7 days + wet-weather and night racing!
The Ginger Factory
Join in all the usual fun at Ginger Factory with train rides, the bee show, rainbrella display, Gruffalo spotting and Christmas events with Santa and more! So much to play, taste and discover!
For medieval fun, self-guided mini tours & treasure hunts, toys & fairytale displays – it’s fun to discover the Castle with its courtyard, armoury, and coffee shop.
Come and cuddle a calf, laugh at a llama or sniff some strawberries! Farm tours are a great way for people of all ages to get in touch with animals and our local produce!
Rush Adventureland 1–15yrs
Get an all-day Fun Pass at our largest kids indoor playground & adventure centre… dodgem cars, climbing structures, arcade games and more… they’ll love it – all in air-conditioned comfort!
Virtual Reality Experiences 8+
Virtual Reality fun for the family!! Located in Birtinya there is a VR experience for all ages 8+. Escape from our VR escape room adventures or walk through our VR free roam arena.
THINGS TO LEARN AND DO
Surf Lessons & Board Hire
Holiday Groms Mon-Fri during the school holidays. Or the whole family can take private lessons! Wash away your worries – take some time out to learn or experience surfing on the Coast!
Skydiving Adventures 16+
Tandem skydive from up to 15000 ft, you’ll experience an insane 60 seconds of life-changing free fall! Float under canopy over our spectacular beaches.
Flying Experiences 7+
Take the controls and enjoy your very own hands-on flight over the Sunshine Coast – it’s a lesson and a joy flight in one and comes with bragging rights and photographic proof.
Kite Surfing 12+
A great way to experience the great outdoors with knowledgeable guides, and everything you need to get going quickly. Expert tuition is available for this new Olympic sport.
Scuba Diving 8+
Get in quick to organise tuition for all ages and experience during the holidays. There’s so many sites to explore, including Flinders Reef, Mudjimba Island, and a scuttled navy ship.
Paint & Gel Ball Games 8+
Go wild in the custom-build Jungle adventure HQ – great fun for kids aged 8+. Day and night games under limited light… join in or just book in your own private game time.
High Ropes Challenge 3+/6+
Enjoy a variety of challenges and venues designed for both adults and children. Ask about School Holiday Packages. This is a great outdoor adventure challenge for the whole family.
Balloon Escapes 8+
Get-away with the kids in a serene balloon experience… escape from all cares, slowly floating free with unique views of the famous Glasshouse Mountains, coast & hinterland.
Follow the Christmas Holiday events at Eumundi with Workshops, Night Markets and Santa Visits, plus all the bakers, sewers & growers–Wednesdays, Friday evenings and Saturdays.
Museums and Galleries
With fascinating museums and art galleries located on the Coast, you can easily lose yourself in the region’s history, creativity and energy. Ask about the Coast’s Aviation Museum.
Village & Hinterland Tours
Explore delightful villages and our iconic landscapes with entertaining guides. Discover the unique personality and crafts of Sunshine Coast. Choose from a variety of tour styles.
Eco Cruises & Tours
Explore the hidden corners of our Biosphere’s river ecosystems, famous for their diverse and pristine nature.
Bring your camera! Ask about lunch options.
River & Canal Cruises
Enjoy the amazing waterways and canals with friends and family… and even some local wildlife. Enjoy sunsets, drinks, eco tours, comedy shows or live music.
Whether you are into fishing
or whale watching, cruising,
snorkelling or diving, our beautiful vessels and experienced seamen share the wonders of the region…
RELAX AND ENJOY - SELF DISCOVERY
eBikes & Scooters
Electric bikes or scooters are a great activity and transport solution for those who can ride a bike – explore the region from 8 months old (baby seats, trailer, tagalong). e-bike holiday options
Experience, explore and enjoy the magnificent waterways of the Sunshine Coast.
Row, paddle or skipper your own; fish, barbecue or just escape!
Motorcycle Adventures 8+
Time OUT for Dad or Mum?
25% Off Full Day Bike Hire during school holidays. Inc FREE HIRE Jacket & Helmet.
We also do Pillion Joyrides for passengers of all ages (8+).
Jet Ski Hire 16+
Explore the deep water or winding rivers, canals, passages and waterways of this coastline with guided hire or freestyle hire.
Also ask about picnic packages or guided tours.
Kayaks & SUPs
No experience required! Enjoy the peace and serenity of the Sunshine Coast’s stunning waterways and some exercise at the same time.
ICONIC EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Meet the artisans at the original Eumundi markets – the makers, bakers, sewers & growers – every Wednesday and Saturday, come rain hail or shine. Ask about transfers to and from.
Find out what’s on, who’s playing and sample the night life or market stalls at Night Quarter on the Sunshine Coast. Concerts, markets, shows and more… Check dates and times.
Variation & Autonomy: Contemporary Japanese Painters' Prints
The work of ten artists who explored the possibilities of print medium in the 1970s.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY EVENTS
Aussie Zoo Summer Fun
Discover the majestic world of seahorses at Seahorse Kingdom, a brand new exbibit at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.
From 16 December
Guided Sunset Tours
Guided 1 hour Sunset Tours with Craig the Skipper. Limited to 9 persons, $30pp.
Call to book on 0408102100
Bill’s Boats – Caloundra
School Holidays 5.30pm
Aussie World Special
Most popular night of the year! with Unlimited Rides* 🎡 Carollers, Characters & Snow! 3–9pm
Sat 16 December
Meet Santa in Santaland
You can give a gift to a family in need under our tree. Meet Santa in Santaland next to the Toy Emporium.
The Ginger Factory
Fri 1 – Sun 24 December
Mooloolaba Boat Parade
Watch decorated boats and houses compete for top dog in this famous annual event. Book a Cruise.
Sat 9 December
12 Day of Christmas
12 Days of spectacular Christmas Giveaways with over $750 worth of prizes!
The Ginger Factory
Christmas at the Museums
Summer evenings, Christmas lights and atmosphere – a lovely way to enjoy your stay.
Landsborough to Nambour
Thu 7 December
Christmas Train to Amamoor
A Christmas Twilight Train + “friends of Amamoor” Xmas Party at Amamoor Station.
Mary Valley Rattler – Gympie
Fri 8 December
Experience the magic of summer evenings…
The Mary Valley Rattler
Fri 15+22+29 Dec
Sat 9+23+30 Dec
Sing along – a wonderful shot of Christmas Spirit to the whole family.
Noosa – The J
Tiny Tots at Aussie World
NEW YEARS EVE PARTY – LET’S HAVE FUN! Unlimited Rides* Live Music, Entertainment 4-9
Sun 31 December
Trolls Craft Village! Trolls face masks. Join in an epic 3D scavenger hunt throughout
8–19 January 2024