Best Things to Do on the Sunshine Coast with Kids

If you’re looking for an adventure-packed getaway with your little ones, look no further than the breathtaking Sunshine Coast. With its stunning beaches, lush rainforests and captivating wildlife, there are plenty of fun-filled activities and family-friendly adventures on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Whether you’re traveling with a toddler or baby, here’s a roundup of fun things to do on the Sunshine Coast with kids. 

Explore The Sunshine Coast with Kids 

Alejandra Cerball with her kid enjoying the Sunshine Coast with Kids

Mooloolaba Beach

You can’t come to the Sunshine Coast without visiting Mooloolaba. Stroll along the boardwalk, plan a fun day at the beach or take the kiddos to the best beach park playground with a fantastic view. 

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Noosa National Park

Noosa is one of my favorite places on the Sunshine Coast. You can bring a pram or wagon on the path. Bring plenty of snacks and plan a family picnic at Tea Tree Bay. Bring plenty of water, and remember to wear sunscreen. 

The Ginger Factory

If you’re little ones love trains, bring them to the Ginger Factory. Ride along the train through 9 hectares of lush sub-tropical gardens. Take a stroll under the colorful umbrellas, enjoy the boat ride, or check out the soft play and kids play area.  

Aussie World

Tiny Tots is a fun event for toddlers at Aussie World. For $20 each, you and your little ones can enjoy three hours of fun. Each month, there is a different theme. Kids under 3 are free. 

Tiny Tots toddler-friendly rides: 

  • Little Beaut Toot Toot
  • Tin Lids Tea Party
  • Speed Stars
  • The Carousel
  • Giggle Go Round
  • Platypus Ponds Mini Golf
  • Leak’n Logs Water Play Area.

Wildlife Encounters 

Sea Life

Explore life under the sea at Sea Life Aquarium. Check out the penguins, jellyfish, seals and more. There is also a cafe and two kids’ play areas. 

Australia Zoo

Visit the world-famous Australia Zoo. Children under 3 are free. 

Wildlife HQ

See animals from all over the world at Wildlife HQ. Children under 3 are free. 

Kid-Friendly Beaches 

Want to enjoy a fun day at the beach with your little ones? Here are some of my favorite places for a fun family beach day. 

  • Mooloolaba Beach 
  • Cotton Tree 
  • Currimundi Lake
  • Point Cartwright, Kawana

Nature Walks and Outdoor Activities 

Buderim Falls or Serenity Falls

There are two paths to the waterfall. The entrance via Lindsay Road is pram-friendly. You’ll have to park the pram once the boardwalk ends and continue to the waterfall.  

EJ Foote Sanctuary

There are several walking trails and picnic tables. It’s also pram-friendly. Don’t forget mosquito repellant. 

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk

Take the kids for a walk and learn the history of the tramway. This track is pram and wheelchair accessible. It is located on the corner of Mons Rd & Telco Rd in Buderim. 

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Explore the rainforest, visit the Discovery Centre for interactive displays, and soak in the breathtaking views of the Glasshouse Mountains. There is also a cafe and a playground for kids. 

Glass House Mountains

Adventurous families will enjoy a walk up Mount Ngungun. Arrive early for the best sunset views!

Maleny Botanic Gardens

A beautiful place for nature and bird lovers. Kids under 3 are free.  

Fun Things to Do with Toddlers on the Sunshine Coast 

Play Matters Sunshine Coast 

Make new friends at this fun playgroup in Buderim. They’re open Monday through Friday from 9:30-11:30. $5 per family. 


From Messy play to Maggy Moo Music, HYPT is the ultimate kids’ venue in Buderim. There is also a soft-play area and a creche. 

Sunshine Coast Libraries

Bring your little ones to Storytime or Rhymetime and check out new toys at the toy library. 

Fitkids Club Buderim

Keep the kids moving in this fun, non-competitive gymnastics program. Each class involves up-tempo music, gymnastics exercises, and games kids will love. 

Visit a Strawberry Farm

Bring the kids to a Sunshine Coast Strawberry farm to pick the most delicious strawberries. 

  • McMartins Strawberry Farm in Bli Bli 
  • A & C Berry Farm in Landers Shoot

The Sunshine Coast is paradise. It’s bursting at the seams with family-friendly activities that will keep your kiddos entertained. 

What are your favorite things to do on the Sunshine Coast with kids? 

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