School holiday activities on the Sunshine Coast for 2021
Fill up the kids' school holiday itineraries with botanical garden visits, whale watching and even some backyard fun.
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Sit back and relax because we've got your school holiday plans sorted this upcoming break, from top attractions, to activities jam-packed with fun right at home and road trips that are a short drive from the Sunshine Coast.
Top outdoor activities for the summer school holidays on the Sunshine Coast
Explore everything nature has to offer
The school holidays is the perfect time to rediscover those lush green landscapes of the Sunshine Coast we've all come to know and love.
High Ropes and Flying Fox Adventure
Maleny Botanic Gardens Entry and Devonshire Tea
Noosa Hinterland Scenic Canoe and Abseil Tour
Get up close and personal to wild sea life
Check out some humpback whales and give the little ones a chance to see some of the world's giants in person these upcoming school holidays.
Seasonal Whale Watching Cruise in Sunshine Coast
Dolphin Spotting Kayak and 4WD Adventure Day Tour
Mooloolaba Whale Watching Cruise
Head out onto the water
If you've got some water babies as well as some of that gorgeous December and January weather on your hands, these activities are sure to fill the days with excitement.
Swim with Humpback Whales
Fishing and Crabbing Adventure
Full-day Scuba Diving at Finders Reef
Spend the day at Sunshine Coast's attractions
Treat the kids to a day out to the world-famous SEA LIFE (and why not check out a show or two while you're there?) or say hello to those famous Sunshine Coast waves.
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry
Jet Ski in the Ocean
Dolphin Cruise to the Tangalooma Wrecks
Top at-home activities for the summer school holidays on the Sunshine Coast
Learn a new skill
If you've got some creative minds on your hands then you can't go past some DIY creations these school holidays, from learning to paint to making pieces you'll hold onto for a lifetime.
Make Clay Planters
DIY Pottery Kit
Watercolour Painting for Beginners
Have some virtual fun
RedBalloon is bringing the fun to kitchens and backyards across the country these school holidays. If you want to utilise being at home during this upcoming break, these virtual classes bring together interactive learning as well as entertainment.
Kids D.I.Y Chocolate Art Party Kit
Online Private Roblox Game Lesson for Kids
At Home Glamping Experience
Read away the boredom
No matter what their favourite genre is, investing in a few books over the school holidays is always a great idea. From adventure comics to tales of history, they'll be transported to another world from their own home.
Books from Booktopia
Books from Book Depository
The Book Depository
Kindle 6" e-Reader
Play on the gaming console
For those rainy days when the weather means staying in, you can't go wrong with a gaming console. A range of games means you can pick from child-friendly, adventure or problem solving.
Xbox One S
Nintendo Switch Console
PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console Black
Have a movie marathon
Grab your favourite popcorn and settle in for a night of adventure, comedy, romance, sci-fi or horror with any one of the following streaming services. Gone are the days of driving to the local Blockbuster; now you have thousands of movies at your fingertips.
Play with board games, puzzles and cards
Have them spend those quieter days together with a couple of friends putting together a 3D puzzle or competing in a game of UNO – there's no going wrong with the classics or movie favourites.
Jumanji Board Game
UNO Card Game
Keep them fit
From a game of backyard cricket to practising their soccer skills, investing in some fitness equipment will help keep them off the couch and up and running these holidays.
Circuit Tennis and Soccer Set - 2 in 1
WAHU Double Cricket Set Cricket Set
Portable Soccer Rebounder Net
Road trips you can take from the Sunshine Coast during the school holidays
Distance from Sunshine Coast: Around 40 minutes via car and 1.5 hours by public transport.
Situated south-west of the sunny coastline, Maleny is perfect for getting out of the city without having to travel too far. We suggest checking out the pristine gardens, local markets and rainforests.
Maleny Markets and Kondalilla Falls
The Hinterland Adventure
Maleny Botanic Gardens Aviary Tour
Distance from Sunshine Coast: 1.5 hours by car and 4.5 hours via bus.
Head north of the city, and take the kids out for a day on the coast. We recommend taking a picnic down to the beach while the sun goes down. There are also plenty of small tours that you can partake in including watersports, hiking, horseback riding and walking trails.
Rainbow Beach Horse Riding
Half-day Kayak with Dolphins
Rainbow Beach Surf School
Distance from Sunshine Coast: 35 minutes via car.
The Noosa Shire is made up of coastlines and national park. So from hiking opportunities in the bush to a number of water sports, there's something for everyone in the family with a trip up north.
Cruise 'n' Canoe to Australia's Everglades
Noosa Dolphin Safari
Noosa Fishing and Crab Tours
Glass House Mountains
Distance from the Sunshine Coast: 40 minutes by car and 1 hour via public transport.
The Glass House Mountains make for the perfect weekend getaway. Offering a range of family-friendly activities, spend the day taking a hinterland tour or see it all from the sky with a helicopter flight.
Glass House Mountains Rock Climbing Experience
Private Motorcycle Tour in Queensland region with Lunch
Glass House Mountains and Hinterland Tour
Free school holiday activities on the Sunshine Coast
- Go down to the beach for a stroll and picnic.
- Enjoy a hike on one of the national park walking trails.
- Sort out dinner with some fishing.
- Walk through a local marketplace.
- Visit the botanic gardens.
School holiday events on the Sunshine Coast
- eDiscovery School Holiday Program: Explore a selection of workshop options including robotics, indoor drones or game development over the summer school holidays. 15 - 17 December 2020.
- Eco Resin Christmas Bauble Wreath School Holidays Kids Workshop: Encourage your kids' creativity with a class on how to make an eco resin wreath. Adults have the choice to stay or leave as the kids create a masterpiece from dried flowers, leaves and coloured copper foil. 15 - 17 December 2020.
- School Holidays at the Ginger Factory: Take a day out of their upcoming holidays to get into the Christmas spirit. They'll get to meet Santa, take photos, sing and dance every day up until 24 December 2020.
See the latest Sunshine Coast school holiday activity deals
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Available on select dates and activities such as Sydney attractions tickets, SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney, Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and more. T&Cs apply.
Dining experiences at home from $40 + an extra $10 off with code
Available on select 2020 dates across Australia on experiences including wine tasting, cooking classes, cheese making, high tea, cocktail making and more. Minimum spend of $80 applies. T&Cs apply.
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Available for 15,000ft tandem skydives at Cairns and Mission Beach. FNQ ID is required and must be presented on the day of your jump. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select travel dates in Sunshine Coast, Airlie Beach, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select dates until 2021 across Australia and New Zealand when you purchase 2+ tours. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select travel dates. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and Gold Coast. Passes are valid for 12 months. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select dates on activities like rally driving, go karting, quad biking and more. Destinations include Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Perth, Melbourne, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $100 required. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select dates across Melbourne, Broome, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide and more. Minimum spend of $80 required. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select travel dates for activities including skydiving, whale watching, surfing and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 16% off Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Brisbane
Available for travel until 31 March 2021. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select 2020 dates in Hunter Valley, Alice Springs, Byron Bay, Cairns, Melbourne and more.
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Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Brisbane from $139
Available on select travel dates. Includes transfers, Glasshouse Mountains scenic drive and zoo admission with daily shows and presentations. T&Cs apply.
Sunshine Coast: Australia Zoo general admission from $59
Available on select travel dates. T&Cs apply.
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$91: Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Brisbane
Available for travel on select dates in 2021. Includes hotel pick up and drop off, zoo admission and more. T&Cs apply.
Newcastle weekend skydive from $379
Available on select travel dates for up to 15,000ft jump. Includes return transfers from Sydney CBD and a $20 merchandise voucher. T&Cs apply.
Cairns skydive from $219
Available on select travel dates. Includes return transfers from Cairns. Includes $20 merchandise voucher. T&Cs apply.
Sydney weekend skydive from $379
Available on select travel dates for an up to 15,000ft jump over Wollongong. Includes $20 merchandise voucher. T&Cs apply.
Perth midweek skydive from $339
Available on select travel dates for an up to 15,000ft jump over Rockingham beach. Includes $20 merchandise voucher. T&Cs apply.
Great Ocean Road midweek skydive from $319
Available on select dates for an up to 15,000ft jump. Includes $20 merchandise voucher. T&Cs apply.
Yarra Valley skydive from $319
Available on select dates for an up to 15,000ft jump. Includes return transfers from Melbourne CBD and a $20 merchandise voucher. T&Cs apply.
Melbourne midweek skydive from $379
Available on select dates for an up to 15,000ft jump over St Kilda. Includes $20 merchandise voucher. T&Cs apply.
Noosa midweek skydive from $319
Available on select dates for an up to 15,000ft jump over Noosa, Coolum beach and the Sunshine Coast. Includes return transfers from Noosa or Brisbane CBD and a $20 merchandise voucher. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select travel dates for up to 15,000ft jump. Includes $20 merchandise voucher. T&Cs apply.
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Airlie Beach skydive from $319
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Australia Zoo admission from $32
Available on select travel dates. T&Cs apply.
Frequently asked questions
What should I keep in mind regarding COVID-19 when going out during the school holidays?
If you do choose to venture out for the upcoming holidays, be sure to maintain good hygiene practices and social distancing.
Are all attractions on the Sunshine Coast open?
Yes, you can now visit all the family favourites including Australia Zoo, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium, The Big Pineapple, Aussie World and The Ginger Factory.
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