Summer holidays, celebrations and family escapes are made for the Sunshine Coast. Fun filled activities and adventures await with Christmas on the top of our list of favourite seasons, let’s take a look at what’s on offer for visitors throughout the year but especially fun during the summer season!
We could tell you about our Christmas Lunch + Dinner Buffet available at the resort and explain where the best parking spot would be for last minute gift shopping but where’s the fun in that? We’ll help with your Sunshine Coast holiday planning with a few of our best picks to entertain the whole family through the silly season – let the countdown until Christmas begin!
# 1. Activity Central at Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort. It all happens here during holidays, with daily activities scheduled of free games & competitions including sandcastle building, beach cricket, volleyball, Frisbee, tog-o-war, and much more! The new Springfree Trampoline Jump Zone attraction with 6 trampolines permanently installed on a sandy beach surrounding the lagoon and available for resort guests to enjoy complimentary. Do your own thing with all kinds of holiday seekers catered for; complimentary kayak and catamarans or have some quiet time with the family while feeding the fish in the lagoon, grab a putter and enjoy the mini golf or hire a SUP or bike to take in the enclosed lagoon at the resort. Download the full school holiday activity schedules from here and visit our “what’s on” page here to learn more.
# 2. Twin Waters Day Spa and Kids Club at Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort. Sit back, relax and get spoilt with one of the many spa services on offer, while the kids (or your partner) is off enjoying other resort activities.
The Kids Cove kids club is also at the resort with qualified and friendly staff able to look after the kids with fun activities while you’re getting a well-deserved pamper day, find out more here
# 3. XPeriences at Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort. Night Vision tours using the state-of-the-art night vision goggles to embark on a tour through the resort bushland, with tours available from dusk daily for the adventurous or a more slow-paced tour for nature lovers; from $50pp. Segway Eco Tour - Glide effortlessly through the Eucalyptus forest and bush tracks around the resort’s 10 hectare property on your own all terrain Segway and enjoy Australia’s first Eco certified all terrain Segway guided tour, available morning or afternoon from $60pp. Paintball, archery and plenty more games await at Xperiences! Bookings are essential, contact our Activity Central team here
# 4. Visit ‘Aussie World’, Sunshine Coast. If you haven't yet visited, get yourself there to explore the home of fun with some of the best attractions and rides attracting international visitors annually, this should be on every visitor’s bucket list. Day passes, family passes or weekly passes are available at all venues and entry tickets can be pre-purchased from the onsite Discovery Tour Desk, click here.
# 5. Eumundi Brewery, Imperial Hotel. Newly re-opened in August 2017, this new kid on the block is actually 100 years old but quickly making a name for itself as the new popular local watering hole, also offering tasting tours of the brewery and surrounds. Well worth a visit this summer, learn more here.
# 6. Maroochy River. It’s a playground of activity and right next door to the resort with easy access for tours. Hire a BBQ Boat and go fishing on these estuary boats fitted with a BBQ ready for a unique family dining experience "cooking on the barby", sit back relax while cruising the Maroochy River and fish the river banks. For the adrenalin or action seeking visitors to the region will enjoy the options including Jet-ski hire, or paragliding above the beaches or the hinterland, Kite surfing amongst the clouds and the Top Shots Fun Park at Maroochydore featuring dodgem cars and abseiling activities. Craft hire and tours can be pre-booked from the onsite Discovery Tour Desk, click here.
# 7. ‘Sunshine Castle’ at Bli Bli. The historic Castle offers school holiday activities and self guided tours including famous treasure hunts, prizes to be won in the different battles and challenges. Tours can be pre-booked from the onsite Discovery Tour Desk, click here.
# 8. Surf lessons at Coolum Beach. Beginner's group surfing lessons at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast are the ideal way to get started on the path to enjoying one of the best thrills available on the water. Lessons can be pre-booked from the onsite Discovery Tour Desk, click here.
# 9. ‘The Ginger Factory’ at Bli Bli. At this popular local attraction; enjoy educational tours, fun rides, great shopping facilities with the largest range of the world's finest ginger products plus tranquil gardens and walks, there is so much to discover, taste, see and do. Explore the facilities here
# 10. Australia Zoo. Crikey Mate! It’s a maze of Australiana wonder and excitement with animals to scare and mesmerise every guest. Make sure you don’t miss out on this adventure when in the region! Book your family or single entry tickets from the onsite Discovery Tour Desk, click here.
# 11. Sea Life at Mooloolaba. What would a region surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches be without it’s sea life, it’s an underwater theme park for everyone to enjoy. Get up close and personal with creatures of the deep or even take a dip if you dare! Book your entry tickets from the onsite Discovery Tour Desk, click here.
# 12. Mount Coolum National Park & Boardwalk. Enjoy a 30 minute trek to the summit of an ancient volcanic dome, created about 26 million years ago or choose from more than 27 other different walking tracks including beach, coastal, wetland and forest environments, some of which take you to spectacular scenic lookouts in the region. Ask our team at reception for directions, tips or maps to get you on your way.
# 13. Market to Markets, this little piggy went to Market. Eumundi, Yandina, Noosa, Fishermans Road, Cotton Tree and Coolum are all the well known locations for the most popular and diverse local markets with the freshest food treats, produce and handmade local crafts available. Every market may be open for twilight or early mornings and offer mid-week or weekend opening days. Visit our “what’s on” page here for full information and calendar of Sunshine Coast events.
There’s still so much more than we’ve mentioned in the region and if you’ve hired a car or self driving simply start with the scenic drives along the coastline from Caloundra all the way north to the Fraser Coast including our very own Mudjimba Beach along the road that meanders through the Sunshine Coastline, stop at any one of the beaches and lookouts along the way - breathtaking! Car Hire can be pre-booked from the onsite Discovery Tour Desk and road maps, click here for contact information.
From all of the team at Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort, we wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season and Merry Christmas!!
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