Robin Esrock’s Sunshine Coast Family Bucket List
1. Discovery Noosa Everglades
From a jetty off Noosa Heads, hop on board a sightseeing boat for a ride into the pristine Noosa Everglades, one of only two such everglade systems on the planet. Leaving the town, you’ll pass eclectic houseboats, Richard Branson’s exclusive celebrity hideaway, and two large shallow lakes before entering Great Sandy National Park and its heritage-protected biosphere. Motoring, or canoeing up narrow channels of tannin-rich water, you’ll quickly see why they call Noosa the River of Mirrors. Dense foliage reflects off the smooth waters, inviting swims, fishing, and magical photographs.
2. Australia Zoo
The late Steve Irwin’s vision to create the country’s biggest and boldest wildlife conservation centre is alive and well, with over one thousand exotic and Australian animals located on seventy acres of tropical and native bush land. Kids go bananas for crocodile shows, birds of prey demonstrations, otters and koala. The tigers and elephants are each housed in the largest facility of their kind in the southern hemisphere. Lemurs, rhinos, reptiles, red pandas, the Australia Zoo is a wild day out for the whole family.
3. Kings Beach
King Beach is one of the best family beaches in the country, complete with manageable waves, an inviting saltwater tidal pool, time-delay spray fountain, and close proximity to neighbourhood shops and restaurants. The water is crystal clear, the sand soft and fine, and it’s a great example of what makes the Sunshine Coast such a great family destination.
4. Oaks Oasis Resort
If you’re travelling with young kids, you might have a hard time persuading them to go anywhere once they discover the Oaks Oasis waterpark. It’s just the right size with just the right water temperature; it has just the right sized rides and an adjacent Adventure Zone, playground and trampoline. Just the right spot to kick back with a cold one from the kiosk, listen to the summer beats, and let the kids exhaust their energy.
5. Caloundra Coastal Pathway
Sometimes, all you need is fresh air and a good stroll. Take the family for a walk along this trail along the beautiful coast of the Caloundra, passing beaches, parks, lakes, creeks and a lighthouse. Stretching nine kilometres, the Coastal Pathway begins at Jensen Park and runs to Point Cartwright. For the more ambitious, it is part of a greater regional shared bike/walking pathway that encompasses 96 kilometres.
Renowned travel writer, TV host and bestselling author Robin Esrock is the author of the upcoming books - The Great Australian Bucket List, and Esrocking Australia with the Kids. Follow him @robinesrock, @Ausbucketlist or www.esrockingkids.comBack