School holiday activities on the Sunshine Coast for 2020
Fill up the kids' school holiday itineraries with zoo visits, whale watching and even some backyard fun.
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What's in this guide?
- Top outdoor activities for the September school holidays on the Sunshine Coast
- Top at-home activities for the September school holidays on the Sunshine Coast
- Road trips you can take from the Sunshine Coast during the school holidays
- Free school holiday activities on the Sunshine Coast
- School holiday events on the Sunshine Coast
- See the latest Sunshine Coast school holiday activity deals
- Frequently asked questions
Top outdoor activities for the September school holidays on the Sunshine Coast
Explore everything nature has to offer
With national parks officially open again, it's 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 September weather on your hands, these activities are sure to fill the days with excitement.
Swim with Humpback Whales
Fishing and Crabbing Adventure
Noosa Stand Up Paddle Group Lesson
Spend the day at Sunshine Coast's attractions
The Sunshine Coast's favourite sights are finally open for business again. Treat the kids to a day out to the world-famous Australia Zoo (and why not check out the crocodile show while you're there?) or say hello to those famous Sunshine Coast waves.
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry
Take a day trip to Australia Zoo
Jet Ski in the Ocean
Get crafty or 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 surf the waves to making pieces you'll hold onto for a lifetime.
Noosa Surf Lesson
Make Clay Planters
DIY Pottery Kit
Top at-home activities for the September school holidays on the Sunshine Coast
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 Slim 1TB Console
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.
Under two hours north of the city, 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
- September School Holiday Art Workshop: Put a creative spin on the school break with an art workshop at the Metropolitan. They'll be taught music, mindfulness and art techniques. 21 - 30 September.
- School Holiday Golf Camps: Take an hour out of their mornings for a spot of golf, all experience levels are welcome. 20 September - 9 October.
- Holiday Springboard Diving Clinic: Cool off these school holidays with a lesson in springboard diving. The little ones will learn how to jump and dive while having a tonne of fun. 21 - 30 September.
- Karate School Holiday Program: They'll kick their way through the spring school holiday with a lesson or two in Karate. 21 - 25 September.
- School Holiday Cupcake Decorating: Let their creative side shine through with a course in cupcake decorating. 22 - 28 September.
See the latest Sunshine Coast school holiday activity deals
Extra 10% off Australia activities with code
Valid on all dates on activities like skydiving, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, abseiling, cruises, tours and more. Minimum spend of $100 applies. Destinations include Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane 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.
Up to 60% off Australia activities + Extra 10% off with code
Available on select dates and activities like hot air balloon flights, tandem skydiving, getaways, driving experiences and more. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns and more. Minimum spend of $100 required. T&Cs apply.
Up to 40% off things to do in Australia + Extra USD$10 with code
Available on select dates and activities such as Sydney attractions tickets, SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney, Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and more. Minimum spend of $150 required. T&Cs apply.
Extra USD$40 off activities with code
Available for travel on select dates. Destinations include Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia, New Zaeland and more. Minimum spend of $450 required. T&Cs apply.
Extra USD$25 off activities with code
Available for travel on select dates. Destinations include Japan, Singapore, Bali, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. T&Cs apply.
Up to $20 off skydiving with code
Get $20 off per person when you book for 4 or more. Destinations include Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle, Cairns, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 40% off last-minute things to do across Australia
Available on select dates until December 2020 for activities including abseiling, hot air balloon flight, tour and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more.
Up to 2.5% off 2+ holiday bookings + Extra 10% off day tours
Available on select dates until 2021 across Australia and New Zealand when you purchase at the same time. T&Cs apply.
10% off your first activity or experience purchase
Join Leezair's newsletter and apply this code to your first purchase on site to save on activities across Australia. T&Cs apply.
Up to 40% off Australia activities
Available on select dates in 2020 and activities including whale watching, hot air balloon flights, getaways, hop-on hop-off bus tours, attraction passes and more. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 20% off SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
Available until 30 June 2021. T&Cs apply.
Up to $40 off skydiving with code
Get $40 off per person when you book for 8 or more. Destinations include Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle, Cairns, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
Australia skydive from $219 + free $20 merchandise voucher
Available on jumps from 7,500 ft to 15,000 ft. Destinations include Sydney, Hunter Valley, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 40% off Australia attraction passes
Available on select 2020 dates. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and Gold Coast.
Australia hot air balloon experience from $229
Available on select 2020 dates in Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to $26 off things to do in Australia
Available on select dates in 2020 and 2021 to Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Cairns and more. Activities include day tours, skydiving, flight experiences, transfers, attraction passes, cruises and more. T&Cs apply.
Australia hot air balloon experience from $259
Available on select 2020 dates in Hunter Valley, Alice Springs, Byron Bay, Cairns, Melbourne and more.
Up to $90 off skydiving across Australia
Valid for use on select dates. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne and surrounds, Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to $30 off skydiving experience
Available on select 2020 dates in Sunshine Coast, Airlie Beach, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 42% off Australia activities
Available on select activities best as birthday gifts like skydiving, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, off road v8 race buggies, scuba diving and much more. T&Cs apply.
Canberra National Museum of Australia entry from $15
Available on all dates. T&Cs apply.
The Aquarium of Western Australia entry from $30
Available on all dates. T&Cs apply.
Australian Outback Spectacular's Heartland admission from $119.99
Available for Friday and Saturday nights show only. Includes 3-course dinner and drinks. T&Cs apply.
Australia Zoo admission from $32
Available on select travel dates. T&Cs apply.
Australia Zoo tickets entry from $59
Valid on select dates. T&C's apply.
Australia indoor activities from $50
Available on select 2020 dates on activities such as virtual painting class, Prosecco tasting experience, soap making and more. Best given as birthday gifts. T&Cs apply.
Up to $49 off hot air balloon rides across Australia
Valid for travel on select dates. Enjoy the sighting of Yarra Valley and Australia's numerous wonderful environments. T&Cs apply.
Get tickets to concerts, sport and theatre online
Buy tickets online to events around Australia.
Up to 89% off Australia activities
Available on select 2020 dates, which may be given as gifts, on activities like getaways, attraction admission, spas, classes and more. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.
The Aquarium of Western Australia entry from $30
Available from June 2020 - June 2021. T&Cs apply.
Frequently asked questions
What should I keep in mind with COVID 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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