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School holiday activities on the Sunshine Coast for July 2022

Fill up the kids' school holiday itineraries with botanical garden visits, cruises 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. Pick from jam-packed fun right at home to road trips that are a short drive from the Sunshine Coast.

Top outdoor activities for the school holidays on the Sunshine Coast

Visit the zoo

If you've got an animal lover on your hands there's no better place to spend the day than at Australia Zoo. The home of the Crocodile Hunter, it has stacks of native and international wildlife and often features holiday programs for the kids.

Turtle Discovery Eco Tour at Great Sandy Marine Park
Turtle Discovery Eco Tour at Great Sandy Marine Park

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Croc Tours Transfer and Entry Adventure
Croc Tours Transfer and Entry Adventure

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Explore everything nature has to offer

The school holidays are the perfect time to rediscover the best attractions and landscapes on the Sunshine Coast that we all know and love.

Maroochy River Seaplane Flight with Photo Book
Maroochy River Seaplane Flight with Photo Book

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Head out onto the water

If you've got some water babies on your hands, these activities are sure to fill the days with excitement.

Aquaduck Mooloolaba Land and Water Tour
Aquaduck Mooloolaba Land and Water Tour

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Getaway with the family

Make the most of the kids being at home by heading away for a few nights. Think lush hinterland views, glamping under the stars or relaxing by the spa in Noosa.

1-Night Hinterland Hideaway with Breakfast
1-Night Hinterland Hideaway with Breakfast

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See the great outdoors

Get out and explore while the weather is nice. Pick from adrenaline-fuelled buggy tours to fishing off the coast.
Motorbike Side Car Tour with Picnic Lunch
Motorbike Side Car Tour with Picnic Lunch

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Top at-home activities for the school holidays on the Sunshine Coast

Make your own DIY creation

If you've got a creative mind on your hands, you can't go past DIY creations these school holidays. Teach them to paint or make pieces you'll hold onto for a lifetime.

Make a Dried Flower Gift Bouquet at Home
Make a Dried Flower Gift Bouquet at Home

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Cook up a storm

Sign them up for a cooking class and then watch them get busy in the kitchen creating culinary delights (for you to enjoy, naturally).

Pasta Making and Italian Sauces Cooking Class
Pasta Making and Italian Sauces Cooking Class

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Draw and paint

Swap their devices for a pencil or paintbrush. These online classes will help your child express themselves on the page or canvas.

Acrylic Paint Pouring Workshop for Kids (5+ Years)
Acrylic Paint Pouring Workshop for Kids (5+ Years)

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Landscape Watercolour Painting Workshop
Landscape Watercolour Painting Workshop

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Have some virtual fun

Bring the fun to the kitchen and backyard these winter school holidays. These virtual classes bring together interactive learning as well as entertainment.

Multi Media Art Course for Kids (6+ Years)
Multi Media Art Course for Kids (6+ Years)

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Road trips you can take from the Sunshine Coast during the school holidays

Maleny

Distance from Sunshine Coast: Around 40 minutes via car or 1.5 hours by public transport.

Situated southwest of the sunny coastline, Maleny is the perfect short getaway. Check out the pristine gardens, local markets and rainforests.

Maleny Botanic Gardens Entry and Devonshire Tea
Maleny Botanic Gardens Entry and Devonshire Tea

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Maleny Botanic Gardens Picnic, Buggy Hire and More
Maleny Botanic Gardens Picnic, Buggy Hire and More

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Maleny Botanic Gardens Bird Aviary Experience Ticket
Maleny Botanic Gardens Bird Aviary Experience Ticket

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Rainbow Beach

Distance from Sunshine Coast: 1.5 hours by car or 4.5 hours via bus.

Head north of the city for a day on the coast. To keep costs down, take a picnic to the beach while the sun goes down. There are also plenty of small tours you can book the family into, including water sports, hiking and horseback riding.

Noosa

Distance from Sunshine Coast: 35 minutes via car.

The Noosa Shire is made up of coastlines and a 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.

Glass House Mountains

Distance from the Sunshine Coast: 40 minutes by car or 1 hour via public transport.

At under an hour's drive, the Glass House Mountains make for the perfect day trip. Spend it on a hinterland tour or see it all from the sky with a helicopter flight.

School holiday events in the Sunshine Coast over the winter school holidays

  • Imaginate 2022 @ Noosa Regional Gallery: 25 June - 10 July 2022. This kids' arts festival is jam-packed with workshops, family events, games and the chance for your little one to create their own pieces of art.
  • Mooloolaba Foreshore Festival @ Mooloolaba: 2 July 2022 @ 10am-9pm. Now that the Northern Parkland has been revitalised it's time to celebrate with a day filled with entertainment and activities. Live music runs all day and there will be face painting and hula hoop workshops for the kids.
  • Free school holiday fun @ Kawana Shoppingworld: Monday-Friday throughout the school holidays from 9am-2pm. While you get the shopping done they can tuck into a variety of arts and crafts workshops at Kawana Shoppingworld.
  • Medieval Family Fun @ Abbey Museum: 27 June - 1 July 2022. Dress them up as knights as they enter the medieval world that's been set up at Abbey Museum. There will be archery, knights battles and medieval artefacts.
  • Tropicana Putt Putt @ Noosa Civic: 27 June - 9 July 2022. Tee off at this fun tropical-themed pop-up at Noosa Civic. There are 6 holes to conquer.
  • School holiday workshops @ Hypt: Throughout the school holidays. Book your little ones into the Hypt Vacation Club and you'll guarantee they'll never get bored. Full day workshops throughout the holidays will fill their days with everything from bouncy castles and treasure hunts to arts and crafts.
  • Story Seat adventures @ Muller Park: 29 June @ 9.30-11am. The roving Story Seat rolls into Muller Park over winter. Play games, meet Guyu's friend Mr Pelican and listen to story time.

Free school holiday activities on the Sunshine Coast

  • Stroll along the beach.
  • Cycle around Ewen Maddock Dam.
  • Hike one of the Kondalilla National Park walking trails.
  • Sort out dinner with a fishing adventure.
  • Browse the local markets.
  • Smell the flowers at the botanic gardens.
  • Visit one of the "Big Things" on the Sunshine Coast such as the Big Pelican, the Big Shell or the Big Pineapple.

Need more ideas? Check out our 50 free activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays.

When are school holidays on the Sunshine Coast in 2022–23?

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Term 1 school holidays2 April to 18 April 2022
Term 2 school holidays25 June to 10 July 2022
Term 3 school holidays17 September to 3 October 2022
Term 4 school holidays10 December 2022 to 22 January 2023

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Frequently asked questions

What should I keep in mind regarding COVID-19 when going out during the school holidays?

When out and about maintain good hygiene practices and social distancing to keep your family healthy and safe.

Are all attractions on the Sunshine Coast open?

Yes, family favourites including Australia Zoo, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium, The Big Pineapple, Aussie World and The Ginger Factory are all open these school holidays.

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