As COVID-19 restrictions ease, families across Queensland are desperate to shake off the #iso cabin fever and reconnect with nature. The Sunshine Coast offers a bounty of outdoor activities for families, from water sports and bushwalks to exploring untouched rainforests and waterfalls.
Here are nine of our favourite outdoor activities on the Sunshine Coast that are certain to reconnect your family with nature.
Family bike ride along Caloundra’s scenic coastal pathway
The Caloundra Coastal Pathway is ideal for novice cyclists and families. Mostly off-road, the 9km pathway is designed for walkers and riders, so it’s a safe way to ride your bikes without worrying about traffic. Take in the amazing views as you pedal past Caloundra’s beautiful beaches and stunning coastline. Stop for a picnic of local produce at Happy Valley, where you’ll find a beach park with a playground, picnic tables and toilets.
Discover Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park is the perfect place for families to reconnect with nature, and there are several walks of varying distance to choose from. For little legs, take a stroll along the stunning coastline to Tee Tree Bay, where there are rock pools to explore and a lovely bay to dip your toes. For those keen for a longer walk, continue the walk to Hell’s Gate or take the inland trail up Noosa Hill (2.8km return). Oh, and keep a look out for koalas chilling in the trees above.
Enjoy a picnic at Point Cartwright
On the headland at the northern end of Kawana Beach, Point Cartwright and lighthouse is one of the best spots on the Sunshine Coast for a picnic! The large grassy slopes offer plenty of space to throw down a rug whilst the kids burn off some steam. There is a lovely coastal track with high cliffs that offers spectacular views from Mount Coolum to Kawana Beach. It’s also a great spot to watch for humpback whales during the winter migration which runs from June to September.
For those with more energy to burn, there is also a playground on the end of Mooloolah River in La Balsa Park.
Make sure you stock up on local produce on the way – for something extra special, why not try a takeaway hamper from
Hit the waves
We may be heading into winter, but on the Sunshine Coast the sun is still shining, the days are warm and the surf is still enticing! Hire a board or take a lesson with and test your balance in the ocean.
Climb a mountain
The Glass House Mountains are an easy drive from Brisbane. Or, if you’re venturing further north, is an ideal level for families. For those who want more of a challenge, offers spectacular views of the coastline.
Discover some of the region’s ‘undiscovered’ waterfalls
The Sunshine Coast has plenty of waterfalls to discover. (also known as Serenity Falls) is an easy walk for families through the tranquility of the rainforest. Or try the lesser known in Yandina. is a majestic waterfall but the trail is more challenging, so it’s not for the very young ones!
Walk through sub-tropical rainforest
The Sunshine Coast has some of the most spectacular, easy-to-access rainforest, making it the ideal destination for families to reconnect with nature. Head to in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland town of Maleny, where you’ll find 55 hectares of tranquil subtropical rainforest. Choose from several walks that wind through the rainforest (and try to spot a pademelon!).
Explore the Mooloolaba canals
For a splash-tactic family adventure, why not hire a boat or a kayak from Sunreef Mooloolaba and explore the Mooloolaba canals? These calm waterways offer a different perspective of Mooloolaba, and it’s a super-fun, unique activity for the kids. Make sure to stop in at Mooloolaba Spit afterwards for some takeaway seafood fresh off the trawler to enjoy on the beach!
Enjoy the Sunshine Coast fresh air with Noosa Horse Riding
Offering daily rides at both Lake Weyba and Noosa North Shore, you can enjoy the serenity and beauty of an un-spoilt wilderness on horseback. Whether novice or experienced, caters for every level of rider (must be over 8 years old).
To help you plan your Sunshine Coast adventure, Visit Sunshine Coast has launched an innovative new campaign ‘A Taste of Escape’. To get involved, visit atasteofescape.visitsunshinecoast.com and follow Visit Sunshine Coast on Facebook and Instagram.
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