If you are looking for somewhere to spend your next getaway, you can’t go past the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Last weekend we went on a 3 day Sunshine Coast family holiday exploring the sights and surroundings that this stunning part of the world has to offer and we were impressed. There is plenty to do on a budget and the atmosphere is just laid back, relaxing and fun- the perfect little weekend getaway. Our accommodation was a one bedroom suite at the Ramada Resort Marcoola which was good because it was so central to everything and right on the stunning Marcoola beach.
After our early morning beach walk and exploring the local cafes we decided to head to Sunshine Castle Bli Bli for the day. The castle was only a 9 minute drive from our hotel and seemed to be a fun day out for the kids. Entry was within budget at only around $40-$50 for a family of 4 and this included a scavenger hunt and prize for each child at the end. The castle boasts 2 towers which offer picturesque views of the coast and hinterland as well as a themed dining hall, dungeon and plenty of interesting medieval and historical displays throughout which the kids loved! The Castle was originally built by a couple as an exhibition centre for their doll collection which is still displayed at the end of the tour- however this display brought on the rather ‘Curse of chucky’ type vibe and we moved on quickly. The castle was very quiet and we were able to just walk through at our own pace.
Selfie out the front of the Castle
Dressing up for the treasure hunt
We were looking to do something a little more adventurous by today and decided to look to groupon for ideas. We came across some half price coupons for kayaking down the maroochy river which only set us back a very reasonable $20 per kayak for 2 hours. The team at Sunshine Watercraft located within the Sunshine Plaza at Maroochydore were so friendly and helpful and were more than happy to fit us in without a booking. We paddled along the river about 15 minutes before reaching a sandbar just off the beach at Cotton Tree where the crystal clear blue water was too hard to resist and we all jumped in for a lovely swim. We then continued on to Cotton Tree where we parked the kayaks and strolled across the road to The Prickly Pinata for a couple of delicious banana colada cocktails and the kids had a play in the park. This day was my favourite part of the holiday.
Kayaking through to Cotton Tree
Our kids enjoying the sun
Family photo swimming
For our last day we decided to venture to Mount Coolum for the 6am sunrise. After fumbling around in the dark at 5am to get warm jackets on and bundling everyone in to the car we eventually made it. The drive to Mount Coolum was only 6 mins from our hotel. The walk was a steady uphill climb and took around 30 mins to reach the top. We didn’t find the track overly challenging as we went with our 10 month old in the carrier and our 3 year old managed most of the climb himself with the exception of a few shoulder trips. The views of the coast and hinterland were breathtaking and well worth the trek! After a big breaky and a rest we checked out of our hotel and then decided to brave the crowds and head to the iconic Noosa beach. After driving around for what seemed like an eternity we finally got a park. The beach at Noosa was flat and shallow- perfect for the kids to have a nice swim however it was packed and finding a spot to park the beach tent proved difficult. After some window shopping and a gelato we headed home.
How good is this view from the top of Mount Coolum
What a great Sunshine Coast family holiday!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time away and would highly recommend for anyone looking for a cheap and relaxing Sunshine Coast family holiday.
Sometimes you just need to get away from the stress and business of life and enjoy some down time. Being owners since 2001 we have been able to do just that on many occasions. My husband and I headed for Surfers Paradise earlier this year for the weekend. Arriving we were surprised how close Wyndham was to the beach, just a stone throw; we were not surprised though by the friendly welcome by the staff. Having booked our room that overlooked the ocean, it was a quick unpack and down to the Friday Night Markets situated on the beach front. Even the husband enjoyed meandering through the stalls.
What surprised both of us was that the weekend coincided with the National Sand Sculpture Championships. This was a three day event which gave us much entertainment as we followed the artists’ progress as they made these extraordinary 3D works. They had started at 2pm that afternoon and already the sculptures were impressive.
The next day we begun to appreciate the central location of Wyndham, the tram stop right out the front, we didn’t have to use our car at all during the weekend; a convenience store and BWS across the road, a terrific pizza shop, and Cavill Ave within easy walking distance. The weather was magnificent over the weekend, so it was no surprise that we enjoyed the sun, surf and sand of Surfers. In the afternoon we enjoyed happy hour at Wyndham’s bar area, a cocktail for me, a beer for hubby, it was a nice surprise to the end of the day. The Walrus Social Club was a short stroll down the street and provided the evening meal and entertainment in a relaxed environment.
On Sunday it was a return to the beach for a swim and to cast a vote in the People’s Choice for the Sand Sculpture Championships. Talking with the artists was an engaging and informative surprise! Relaxed and reinvigorated we said goodbye to Wyndham Surfers and headed home. We shall be back.
During our membership of 13 years, we have now visited Ramada Resort Golden Beach 10 times, for a week at a time. Beautiful, clean and with a great location on the water, what makes this resort even better for us is that it is only an hour’s drive from our home in Brisbane.
Caloundra, which is the nearest city, has so much to offer. Great shopping, good restaurants and entertainment – we never fail to find something new every time we come here.
This photo has been taken many times by visitors to Golden Beach and will be taken many more times by future visitors.
Our family is growing fast so it is becoming difficult for us to all get together, especially since one of our sons and his family live interstate. For this reason, we planned a family holiday at Wyndham Kirra Beach well in advance. Early in 2015 we booked 4 units to accommodate my husband and myself along with our four children and their families. In April this year we arrived all excited at the prospect of spending a week together.
Had an amazing week at Ramada Port Douglas(QLD) where I got to celebrate my 40th birthday. What more could I ask for?
It was peaceful, relaxing and I managed to cross off items from my bucket list such as Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge and Port Douglas itself. The floating in the pool while watching the cricket final was pretty close to the best part of the holiday.
Me at sunrise on Four Mile Beach
Thank you to the resort staff as they were always friendly and extremely helpful.