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Things to do with kids in Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba is a family-friendly paradise. From sandy beaches and state-of-the-art playgrounds to underwater encounters and tasty treats, Mooloolaba has something for every young explorer. Here are our favourite things to do with kids in Mooloolaba.


Explore the rock pools

A favourite with locals and holidaymakers alike, the rock pools are a must-do for kids in Mooloolaba. During low tide, kids can explore the shallow pools and see what sea life they can find. Watch out; the rocks can get slippery!


Picnic at Point Cartwright

One of the nicest things to do with kids in Mooloolaba is to pack a picnic and head to the lighthouse at Point Cartwright. A short stroll through the bushland takes you to some stunning coastline views. The grassed area on the hillside provides plenty of space to run and play. Watch out for the whales frolicking in the waves between July and October.


Take a surf lesson

If you haven’t quite mastered the pop-up yet, Maroochy Surf School is here to get you carving up the waves in no time. This leading surf school offers different lessons. From private and beginner group lessons to kids’ parties, women-only lessons and school groups. All held at Mooloolaba and Maroochydore.

Kids Learning to Surf at Maroochy Surf School

Kids learning to surf at Maroochy surf school


Mooloolaba Canal Cruise

Experience Mooloolaba from a different angle with a cruise along the canals aboard the historic timber ferry, the M.V. Mudjimba. Kids can get hands-on by taking the helm to drive the boat alongside the Skipper. And don’t miss the wonderful Christmas lights cruise from 1 – 30 December, when you can view the beautiful waterfront homes decked out with gorgeous Christmas lights.

Mooloolaba Canal Cruise

Mooloolaba canal cruise


Paint a masterpiece

If you fancy a few hours of creativity, Frida’s Sip ’n Paint runs child-friendly sessions where they scrap the ‘sip’ but keep the ‘paint’! It promises an inclusive, interactive, fun experience for the whole family.

And, of course, if Mum or Dad is looking for a fun evening with friends, Sip ’n Paint is top of the must-do list for grown-ups in Mooloolaba. BYO drinks and nibbles, or they can provide a grazing plate (which is delicious), and have a wonderful evening of creativity and laughter with your besties.

Frida's Paint & Sip is one of our favourite things to do with kids in Mooloolaba

Frida’s Paint & Sip, Mooloolaba


Go whale watching

One of the most magnificent encounters on the planet is experiencing the humpback whale migration. Whale One runs an educational and informative tour from May to October, giving you an immersive experience entirely left up to nature. Being out in the open ocean, you may also see plenty of other marine life, such as dolphins, rays, turtles, and jellyfish.


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Four great Mooloolaba parks

  1. Charles Clarke Park | 13-47 River Esplanade, Mooloolaba: Running along River Esplanade, the park provides shelters with barbecue and picnic facilities, a playground, public amenities and on-street car parking.
  2. Fisherman’s Park | Parkyn Parade: Shade sails shelter the park’s themed playground. Parking and public amenity facilities and several shelters with barbecue facilities are provided.
  3. Mooloolaba Northern Parkland | Foreshore Park: This fabulous parkland features a state-of-the-art adventure playground with a multidimensional climbing net, a giant swing set, nature-inspired pandanus play towers, and slides. Inclusive play elements have been incorporated into the playground to foster the physical, cognitive, sensory and social skills in children of all abilities.
  4. Pandanus Grove (Pirate Ship Park) | Parkyn Parade: This large park has a pirate ship playground with a bridge gangway, ladder, climbing net, fire pole and ladder.


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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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