Family Holidays in Winter

Family holidays in winter were a feature of this writer’s childhood. Not everyone can get to holiday with family during the summer months. The writer has many memories of winter holidays because that’s when the cows were “dry” and Dad could get a couple of days away. Here in Mooloolaba the weather never really gets too cold to enjoy the beach. The sea temperature rarely goes below 20 degrees C. With the life guards on patrol year round it is still a good place to have a swim if you are from cooler climates. With families, children seem to enjoy swimming regardless of the temperature and make the most of the opportunity to enjoy their time at the beach. Sand castle building, playing in the water, digging holes and paddling are always popular and exploring the rock pools at low tide is fascinating.

A family fishing expedition whether it’s with a chartered fishing company such as Fish’N’Crab, on a boat you’ve hired from The Hire Hut down on the Wharf, throwing a line off a pontoon , from the side of a canal , from the beach or from the rock wall at the river mouth is a great way to spend quality time together.

The Sunshine Castle is a great place to explore and to learn something of life in a castle. It’s just 15 minutes from Northwind. After the exploring you can check out the puzzles and toys in their shop and have lunch or a snack. The Bellingham Maze on the Tanwha Tourist Drive at Tanwha has been an iconic Sunshine Coast attraction for more than 20 years. they have just added a timber maze with 1.8m high fences and a series of unexpected twists and turns designed to baffle maze-goers. There is a play area for 3 – 10 year olds with a cubby house and slippery slide. There are also puzzle mazes, a huge walk-through bird aviary, an optional extra 18 holes of par 2 mini golf and a garden cafe with real coffe and light snacks.

Strawberry picking is a great way for the family to spend some time. There are PYO strawberry farm within a 20 minute drive of Northwind Apartments, and the PYO season is from mid-June – October.They also have shops with homemade icecream and preserves, and a cafe where you can get a mouthwatering strawberry sundae. McMasters Strawberry Farm is right next door to the Maroochy Wetlands Reserve so you can enjoy an hour or so of walking through the various rainforest, melaleuca forest, casuarina woodlands and mangroves as you go along the boardwalk to the jetty on the Maroochy River. Watching the fiddler crabs from the Fiddler Crab lookout is enchanting. These two attractions are less than 5 minutes from the Sunshine Castle at BliBli so you can have a day of varied experiences together as a family.

There is always Sealife Underwater World to explore with all the different marine and aquatic creatures – particularly on a wet day. The touch tank is a great place to learn about fascinating sea creatures. A visit to Maleny Dairies is fun and informative with a chance to touch a cow and see how milk gets from the cow into bottles. Don’t forget the Big Kart track and Australia Zoo.

Aussie World has exciting rides for all ages and the Pub and café  can satisfy the most demanding of appetities! The Ginger Factory is alway good for learning about that quintesential Queensland crop – ginger. From plants through to ginger products this is great for all the family.

The various RSLs and Surf Clubs cater for families with special kids’ menus and play rooms.

Ten Pin Bowling at Suncity Bowl is alway fun. Just 5 minutes away from Northwind they can cater for groups.

For those who want something quieter there is always avisit to Corelli’s Books. Some consider it the best bookshop in Australia. Di and her team will find a book for you to read. They are known to have introduced reluctant readers to the joy of reading and they can introduce adults to interesting and challenging reading material.