cost friendly sunshine coast holiday activities for families
Ff the thought of a spring family holiday is too much for your wallet to bare... never fear!
Simply read on for Seamark on First’s suggestions for a cost-effective family holiday by the sea.
Fabulous free family fun!
Explore the Mooloolaba rock pools
Just a short stroll from your Seamark on First accommodation, you can discover why the Mooloolaba rock pools are a firm family favourite. The pools are home to a wide array of crabs, fish, seashells and other rock dwellers, and will keep the family entertained for hours.
Enjoy a day at the iconic Mooloolaba beach
Postcard perfect Mooloolaba is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike, and it is easy to see why. Wide expanses of golden sand roll into patrolled waters on this heavenly beach, and the foreshore boasts plenty of picnic tables, barbecues and grassy knolls. Despite its popularity, you can usually secure plenty of space to settle back and bask in the sun with a good book in comfort.
Immerse yourself in nature at the Buderim waterfall
In the heat of the day, the glorious Buderim Forest Waterfall offers a serene and secluded oasis. A relaxed wander through lush canopies, ferns, rock pools and abundant bird life leads you to the spectacular falls, as well as a refreshing swimming hole. Entry to the 45 hectare site is available from both Quorn Close and Lindsay Road, but the latter also has electric barbecues and picnic benches if you are looking to extend your stay in the shade. Buderim Forest Park is just a 15 minute drive from your Seamark on First accommodation.
Go troppo at the Big Pineapple
Nothing says “I’ve been on a tropical holiday” more than a family photo with a giant pineapple! This heritage-listed Sunshine Coast identity has been the subject of happy snaps for decades. If you are feeling energetic, you can climb the fruit’s interior while learning about pineapple growing from farm to factory. At the end of your climb, you will be rewarded with fabulous views from the observation deck. The café is renowned for delicious sundaes if you work up a hunger while you are there, and the weekends see the destination transformed into a thriving marketplace. The Big Pineapple is located in Nambour - a 20 minute drive from your Mooloolaba accommodation.
Share a scenic family picnic at Mary Cairncross reserve
There is simply no better way to take in the spectacle of the magnificent Glass House Mountains than from a picnic blanket at Mary Cairncross Reserve. With unimpeded mountain views, the park also has a playground, walking tracks (with pram access) and offers some great encounters with wildlife including wallabies and pademelons. Mary Cairncross Reserve is just outside of Maleny - approximately 40 minute drive from Mooloolaba.
Spot a koala at Noosa National Park
If you look closely, it is most likely that you will spot a snoozing koala during a visit to this famous Sunshine Coast National Park. A long paved path meanders along the breathtaking coastline and sheltered bays, and the abundance of eucalypts means plenty of koalas call the park home. You may also spot echidnas, lizards, birds and a range of other bushland creatures.
Cost effective outings
Enjoy a unique encounter
While on a beach holiday, why not get up close and personal with creatures from the deep at Sea Life Mooloolaba. Just a short walk along the Mooloolaba beachfront, you will literally find yourself under the ocean in an 80-metre ocean tunnel that takes you on an educational journey. If you are comfortable to splurge, you can get up close and personal with a seal during your own seal swim! Strap on your sneakers and enjoy a 10 minute walk from your apartment to Sea Life... Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.
Get lost in a marketplace
Explore the talents of Sunshine Coast artisans during a visit to a local market. The famed Eumundi markets are within easy reach of your hotel when you stay at Seamark on First. Showcasing local craft, live performances and delectable treats, the markets boast high quality wares and are the perfect destination for a weekend morning out. The Eumundi Markets are held rain, hail or shine every Saturday between 7am and 2pm, and every Wednesday between 8am and 1.30pm... find them on Memorial Drive, Eumundi. While entry is free, you won’t be able to resist the irresistible treats on offer as you wander through the stalls … don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Pick your own berries
Sweet-toothed visitors will enjoy a visit to Strawberry Fields, where you can pick your own to your heart’s content. Leave with a bag of treats to enjoy throughout your holiday … or at least the car ride back to your accommodation. Strawberry Fields is located at 133 Laxton Rd, Palmview... an easy 15 minute drive from your Mooloolaba accommodation.
Go on an epic adventure
If your family enjoys an adrenaline rush, head for Aussie World. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to rides, with over 30 games and rides, you can be assured that this one ticks all the boxes. Aussie World offers family fun at very a reasonable price and is located in Palmview... approximately 15 minutes' drive from your Mooloolaba accommodation.
A week of cheap eats
monday – munch on fresh asian fare
Just a short drive from Seamark on First, Maroochydore’s Junk serves Asian fusion dishes for just $10, seven days a week. Look for them in Ocean Street, Maroochydore.
Tuesday – tasty treats
For delicious pub fare at discounted prices, head for the Alex Bar and Grill on a Tuesday. For just $15, you can treat the tastebuds to your choice of parmys, burgers and steaks. You can even walk there to burn off some of the calories!
Wednesday – cheap wings
If your kids love chicken, you simply cannot look past fifty cent wings on a Wednesday. Just a few minutes on foot from your Seamark accommodation, Taps Mooloolaba serves unbelievable wings in abundance on a Wednesday!
Thursday – tantalise the tastebuds
Fuss free dining on the Sunshine Coast does not get much better than Thai Lotus. Set just behind Mooloolaba’s esplanade, this haunt is busy, fast and extremely popular. The food is fresh, the flavours are fab and the pricing won’t hurt at all, with many main meals coming in at around $13.
Friday – fresh fish and chips by the sea
A beachside holiday simply is not complete without a delicious seafood feast. Popular picks with the locals include Mooloolaba Fisheries on the Spit and Mooloolaba Fish Market... both of which serve an extensive array of locally caught produce... fast and fresh!
Saturday – great coffee and simple fare
Start your weekend with a great coffee and a slab of homemade banana bread or delicious fruit toast with a visit to Old Bean. Located opposite the Mooloolaba Surf Club, you can sit in or toast your own and take over the beachfront to enjoy.
Sunday – Italian session
Located in Brisbane Road, Your Place Expresso offers Sunday “Craft a Noon” with $10 pizzas and $5 tap beers (for the big kids) from 4pm until late.