Ways to see the Sunshine Coast with kids on a budget

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Entertaining the kids needn’t be an expensive exercise on the Sunshine Coast. There are many places to go to take advantage of low or no cost activities that will ensure a day full of entertainment and minimal stress for mums and dads. These are a few of our top ideas.

Strawberry picking on the Sunshine Coast


Strawberries are grown year round in some strawberry farms in Queensland; however, from around June to November, many of the farms open their gates to the public. With no admission fees, you can choose to buy punnets of super fresh strawberries direct from the farm, or spend a bit of time exploring and pick your own for a per punnet fee. It’s an awesome experience for the kids to pick the fruit themselves and you get to take your container home at the end – yum! We’ve got the full run-down on strawberry picking here.

Make a splash at one of the Sunshine Coast’s aquatic centres


With a variety of pool types to suit your needs and the ages of your children, the Sunshine Coast’s many aquatic centres provide the ideal spot to cool down on a hot day, or to burn off some energy on a cold day in one of the heated pools. For a minimal entry fee, you can stay as long as you like. Many of the centres have shaded pools to protect young skin and a selection of classes and activities available, especially in the school holidays. The Sunshine Coast Council has a list of aquatic centres that can be found here.

Take a dairy farm tour


Particularly in the Sunshine Coast hinterland areas, like Maleny, there are many working farms producing everything from dairy products to oils. Many of these producers open their doors to the public at pre-arranged times. Maleny Dairies offers farm tours (by appointment) where you and your family can meet the baby animals, see the process involved in producing different dairy products and sample their delicious products. Bring a picnic lunch and admire the views of the green pastures. For a list of other farms and producers in the Sunshine Coast area who welcome visitors, check out The Sunshine Coast Regional Food Directory.

Burn off some energy at a play centre

More and more play centres are springing up on the sunny coast, offering a fun filled outing for kids and the opportunity for parents to sit down for a coffee while watching them play. For your entry fee, you can stay all day, safe in the knowledge that your children are entertaining themselves in a secure environment. Play centres are just perfect for cold and rainy weather when your kiddies need to burn off some energy.

Visit The Ginger Factory in Yandina

With free admission and so many different things to see and do, you can’t go past The Ginger Factory for a low cost day out. Whether you like to stroll the tropical gardens or prefer a tour of the delicious smelling chocolate factory, there is something here to interest visitors of all ages. The Ginger Factory is the perfect year-round destination, with fun rides, educational tours and fabulous shopping. Pack a picnic lunch, take the scenic route and stop somewhere along the way to keep this outing on an even tighter budget.

Free school holiday activities on the Sunshine Coast

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It can be difficult on the school holidays to keep your children occupied and amused on a budget. Take advantage of the free events in the school holidays at shopping centres and libraries and you’ll avoid boredom and save money as well! There are some awesome activities provided by shopping centres that encompass everything from craft and cooking workshops to sporting clinics. Best of all, these are usually free or very low cost and, anything your child makes, they get to take home. Check out your local shopping centre or library a couple of weeks before the holidays begin, as most require bookings to secure your child’s place.

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