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Sunshine Coast Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Sunshine Coast Family-friendly activities

From Brisbane: Australia Zoo Entry Ticket and Koala Cuddle

1. From Brisbane: Australia Zoo Entry Ticket and Koala Cuddle

Experience the Australia Zoo in its entirety with entry tickets, round-trip transportation, and the chance to cuddle the friendly koala bears. Get up close to the range of exotic animals housed in the zoo, and take a peek inside the on-site Wildlife Hospital. Enjoy comfortable transportation from your hotel in Brisbane to the Australia Zoo. Spend the day discovering the amazing animals on display, from the tiniest lizard to the tallest giraffe. Learn about Australia's native wildlife and how the zoo is helping to conserve and protect it. Then, head to the koala habitat to meet and cuddle the friendly creatures. Learn all about the koalas and their eucalyptus diet, and get a picture with the most iconic Australian animal. Finally, make sure to stop by the Wildlife Hospital, where you'll see vets and nurses at work from a dedicated viewing area.

Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

2. Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

Discover the Sunshine Coast from the water on a canal cruise on a historic timber ferry, the only 1 still in operation in the region. Departing from Mooloolaba, explore the coast and canal system and enjoy an optional lunch at a nearby restaurant after the cruise. Upon departure, cruise past the wharf complex and marina towards Mooloolah Island, a man-made island where you can find some of Mooloolaba’s most luxurious mansions and award-winning homes. Continue on past Minyama Island and learn all about its famous residents including celebrities and sports stars. Then, enter the Kawana Canal system and learn the history of the area's development from useless swamp land to some of Queensland’s most expensive real estate. Enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline from Mooloolaba Beach right up to Noosa Heads as the boat turns around at the river heads before returning back through the river. Pass the pilot boats used by the Brisbane pilotage service and see where the wild Osprey Eagles nest. On the way back, pass by commercial fishing boats, including the largest long-line fishing fleet in Australia. Finish off the cruise by passing the Mooloolaba Marina and Yacht Club. Select the lunch option and combine the cruise experience with a meal at a local restaurant. Choose from a specific menu of fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes, plus sides, and 1 house wine, beer, or soft drink.

Noosa Heads: Ocean Rider Dolphin Safari

3. Noosa Heads: Ocean Rider Dolphin Safari

Departing from Noosa Marina, Captain Nathan will take you on a relaxing scenic cruise down the Noosa River and around the headland. Soak up the amazing views of Noosa, and admire the iconic sights, including Hells Gate. Once at sea, these amazing mammals will come out and play. Get up close and personal with these beautiful dolphins as they feed and socialize. Look out for the varied species of birds before finishing with a relaxing cruise back to Noosa Marina.

Sunshine Coast: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Ticket

4. Sunshine Coast: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Ticket

Take part in animal conservation activities on Australia’s Sunshine Coast Aquarium with access to the SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba, approximately 1-hour from Brisbane. Learn about projects to protect the local environment, discover the unique wildlife of the billabongs and more. Then, come face to face with seals, otters, and even sharks! General admission will get you up-close to many of the creatures that live beneath the sea and show you more about their fragile ecosystems. Discover what animals inhabit the surrounding waters of Queensland and what measures are being taken to protect them. Be entranced by the delicate movement of seahorses in the Seahorse Sanctuary. Touch an array of sea stars and sea cucumbers in the Tidal Touchpool. Explore the coral gardens, clown fish, and sea anemones of the Pacific Reef. Go to the brand new Coastal Wreck zone, and learn about the many species that inhabit the coral reefs of Australia. Learn about the unique wildlife of the billabongs, including freshwater sawfish, barramundi, and pacu fish (a cousin of the piranha). Marvel at creatures whose ancestors have been in the world for more than 650 million years in Jellyfish Kingdom, come up close to fierce-looking moray eels, and much more.

Mooloolaba: 1-Hour Land and Water Tour

5. Mooloolaba: 1-Hour Land and Water Tour

The one-hour amphibious Aquaduck tour includes an informative tour along Mooloolaba Beach, the Esplanade, and Sunshine Strip with a cruise through the canals and waterways. This tour offers a perfect mix between beautiful natural landscapes, wildlife, and waterways with the homes and mega-mansions of the super-rich and famous. Onboard, stories are shared featuring the history of the region including those from the original owners, beach culture, local produce, wildlife and much more. The tour has a one-hour duration and is a fantastic way to see and experience the heart of the Sunshine Coast. There are many photo opportunities on the tour and guests are encouraged to bring cameras, phones, and GoPro's.

Australia Zoo Entry & Transfers from Brisbane

6. Australia Zoo Entry & Transfers from Brisbane

Begin the day in style, comfort and luxury as you ride in a 7-10 seated, air conditioned vehicle. Visit Australia Zoo, accompanied by your friendly and experienced guide. You will have approximately 6 hours, heaps of time to enjoy the best Zoo in Australia. Explore the world's most interactive zoo at your own pace and watch daily animal shows including saltwater crocodiles and more. Don't miss the Wildlife Warriors show at 1.00PM! Relax at the end of the day as your tour concludes with drop off back to Brisbane Cbd

Australia Zoo Koala Cuddle Entry & Transfer Sunshine Coast

7. Australia Zoo Koala Cuddle Entry & Transfer Sunshine Coast

Spend a day experiencing a visit to the Australia Zoo! Begin the day in style, comfort and luxury as you ride in a 11-seat air-conditioned vehicle. Make sure to bring your camera! You will have approximately 6 hours - heaps of time to enjoy the best zoo in Australia! You will get to explore the world's most interactive zoo at your own pace and watch daily animal shows, including saltwater crocodiles, afternoon otters and more. Take advantage of the amazing opportunity to cuddle a koala (and receive a photo to capture the moment) - you'll never want to let go! Get an exclusive sneak peak at the awesome Wildlife Hospital, and don't miss the Wildlife Warriors show at noon. The tour concludes with drop off back to your accommodation. 

Coolum: Beginner's Surf Lesson

8. Coolum: Beginner's Surf Lesson

Catch a wave and experience the thrill of surfing on this 2-hour beginners’ lesson with an expert instructor. Learn how to surf in a fun and supportive environment that is suitable for kids and adults alike. Listen to a surf awareness presentation and understand how the ocean works and how to surf safely. Learn how waves break, what a rip or a sweep is, and how to spot a safe area for surfing or swimming. Your instructor will teach you what to do if you ever find yourself in a rip and how to get out of trouble. Next, get a quick demonstration and practice how to stand on the board. Head into the water with your newfound knowledge, catch some waves, and feel the thrill.

Noosa: Kenilworth Donuts, Hinterland Lunch & Ginger Factory

9. Noosa: Kenilworth Donuts, Hinterland Lunch & Ginger Factory

Our West of Noosa Tour is enjoyed by people of all ages with a real treat to the senses. Indulge in the local produce and a delicious lunch, absorb the picturesque views and waterfalls, and enjoy the fun of the Ginger Factory. This private tour will show you the best of where the valley meets the hinterland. Gather your friends and family for this fun day out where you will experience the fun, quirky and delicious at Kenilworth, including the famous Kenilworth Donuts, the picturesque views from atop a waterfall, wander through a nature walk buzzing with life, enjoy a delicious lunch in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and have a lot of fun on the rides and experiences at the Ginger Factory. This is an all-inclusive private tour that includes a famous Kenilworth donut, lunch with a drink, and an experience at the Ginger Factory. You will have enough time at the Ginger Factory to do a second experience if you wish. To further compliment this tour, we provide you with an experienced local guide and door to door pick-ups in a luxury vehicle with reclining seats and a USB port for each seat to charge your phones and cameras along the way. ITINERARY You will be picked up at 9am for a scenic country drive to Kenilworth, home of the famous Kenilworth Donut where you will enjoy a complimentary donut, and have free time to explore this popular little country village. Next we drive from the valley up into the Sunshine Coast Hinterland where we will stand above a beautiful waterfall and absorb the picturesque of the valley below. We will then go for a wander through a rainforest buzzing with life and giant trees. A short ridgeline drive with panoramic views will get us to our lunch stop at a beautiful cottage cafe in the hinterland. Lunch and drink is included. We will then make our way back down into the valley to the famous Ginger Factory in time for your included experience. This will be either the Live Bee Show and Tasting, or the Factory Tour and Tasting, which you will choose when you book our tour. Each experience is about 40mins long. You will have plenty of time at The Ginger Factory after your chosen experience to do a second experience, explore, ride on the train, jump on the overboard boat ride, or visit Nutworks across the road. As this is a private tour, you have the option to leave the Ginger Factory earlier, if you wish. A short final drive will have you back to your accommodation at 4:30pm, in time for sunset and dinner.

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What people are saying about Sunshine Coast

This trip was amazing and exceeded expectations. Steve was our guide and he went above and beyond to make our day as great as possible, giving us the best experience. The zoo is a must-do, and the best I have ever been to, so I would highly recommend this trip. Also want thank Steve again for his kind and accommodating nature.

Great time, better than expected! Definitely not to be missed. One of the best zoos I’ve even been to. The transportation was easy and comfortable, super friendly driver and a very clean van.

Lovely welcoming staff. Beautifully restored boat. Interesting and informative tour guide. Beautiful scenery.

We loved interacting with the koalas and kangaroos it was an amazing day would definitely recommend!!

Great, fun way to explore the canals interesting commentary.