With almost 70km of sandy coastline, it’s no wonder so many holiday makers flock to the Sunshine Coast for their holidays. This strip is home to some of the best beaches in Queensland, but unless you’re a local it can be hard to decide on which beach to visit. That’s why we have put together a list of the best family beaches, so you can make the most of this beautiful, coastal location on your family holiday.
This is a little bit of a local secret because with no signage and being a 10 minute walk, it is easily overlooked by holiday makers. Being that it is a little bit of a walk though, make sure you pack all your essentials for the day. It’s well worth the reward at the end.
Nestled between the Mooloolaba river mouth rock wall and Point Cartwright Headland, Point Cartwright is a sandy paradise for kids. Half way along the beach is an over-sized sandy rock pool, which is perfect for the little ones to splash around safely. The kid friendly rock pool stretches about 100m along the beach and 50m back towards the open ocean. There are plenty of trees for shade and if you’re kids are a little more adventurous, Point Cartwright has some pretty neat waves as well.
Located where the lake meets the ocean, Currimundi Lake is a perfect spot for families who are looking for some relaxation, rather than the chaos of the beach. With showers and toilets close by, a short walk to the car park, calm swimming conditions and patrolling lifesavers, it’s no surprise that Currimundi Lake is a top spot for locals with little ones.
Kings Beach is a very popular hangout for families, with everything you could want from a beach location and more. Take the main beach for some fun activities and a surf, or if you’re looking for something more relaxing, try the rock pools and ocean front swimming pool. There is also a kid’s play ground, water fountains and heaps a cafes and facilities.
If you like populated spots with plenty to see and do, then Mooloolaba Beach is for you. Always popular with visitors, this beach is particularly safe, patrolled daily, and features only a small swell. The nearby parks boast playgrounds, showers and toilets, barbecues and picnic areas, and even a number of exercise areas.
The Spit, Mooloolaba
Protected from the wind and patrolled during the warmer months, The Spit is a great spot for kids of all ages. Located at the southern end of Mooloolaba Beach, The Spit attracts fewer tourists, which means more space for the rascals to run riot. There are an abundance of fish and chip shops, plus a great Sushi restaurant and even ice cream.
To top it off, the beach is just a few steps from toilets, showers and The Spit car park.
Nestled at the mouth of the Maroochy River, Cotton Tree offers warm, shallow water and a safe swimming area for the whole family, especially young kids. With play equipment and a swimming pool close by, it’s the perfect spot to whip out the picnic blanket and nestle under a tree for the day.
Noosa Main Beach
This beach is the best option for families or those who are not confident in the surf, as it has gentle waves and is patrolled by surf lifesavers. This is also the best place to take a surf lesson if you’re a beginner, as you don’t have to contend with big surf. But one of the best parts of spending the day at Noosa is the famed National Park, which offers an easy walking trail and lots to see, including turtles, koalas and other wildlife.