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  • Writer's pictureNarelle Donnellan

Good bye Holidays and Hello Australia Day.

We’re already into our final week before school goes back. So what are you doing with your kids in the final days?? I’m a first time school parent about to embark on the school journey, so I’m trying to jam pack these last few days with last-minute catch ups and family adventures. Here is some inspiration for you all…….

Magic Shows

Saturday 23rd Jan

10am or midday shows

Noosa Fair Shopping Centre located out the front of Coles

Noosa Fair Shopping Centre is holding a FREE, yes free, Magic show. Bookings are not required. I have just been to the Thursday show and it was soooo good; very engaging with adults and kids alike. Seriously, I’m still trying to work out how the magician did it all. My kids were eager to get home and practice some tricks with the giant $1 note that he gave us . After you watch the show, the kids can play on the small playground located close by, or you can just enjoy the boutique shops and cafes.

The Big Boing

Monday – Saturday 9am - 4:15pm

Sunday 9am – 3pm


24C Innovation Parkway, Birtinya.

(look out for the sign as it’s off the main road)

Our daughter’s birthday was last week...the BIG 3! In the afternoon, we took a special trip to The Big Boing. Sessions are for 1 hour and you have to book online to secure your time slot. Having younger kids, we only checked out the toddler section, which they loved by the way. It’s a designated section with a soft playground structure and they have their own trampoline from which they can jump into a foam pit. Of course, they had a blast doing this even though now, their grip socks are completely covered in tiny pieces of foam. The older kids’ section has trampolines everywhere and even up the wall, and in one section, kids were landing on a gigantic air pillow. The Big Boing also has a ninja section and basketball hoops for kids to aim basketballs at as they bounce. I mentioned grip socks before, well, you can bring your own but they can also be purchased with your ticket for $4.

Tewantin Splash Pad

Next to Noosa Marina

Sometimes you just need to do something different on a hot summer’s day involving water and cooling down, so yesterday, we took advantage of the Tewantin Splash Pad. It’s free (so that’s a winner already), and it’s shady with a few large trees, and has a great outlook onto the Noosa River. Not only that, but it’s safe (being fully fenced) and the toilet facilities are conveniently close. If you and your kids aren’t immediately ready to return home after splashing around, why not go to the skate park next door, or have a bite to eat and wander through the Noosa Marina. If it’s a playground you're after, walk along the river path and up the hill away from the carpark to the double slide playground with great views on the hill over the Noosa River. From there, you can wander down the main street of Tewantin.

Blast Aqua Park Coolum

60 Junction Drive Coolum

Varies seasonal times and openings check website

This is one awesome place! I can’t wait to go when our kids are old enough so I get to go too. Kids who are 7+ years old can go on the obstacle course by themselves and 4-7 years accompanied by an adult. It's a huge inflatable obstacle course on water 100 metres by 70 metres. So go on and slide, jump, swing, balance through the course. It also has free BBQ areas and sun lounges, picnic benches, and change rooms. Check out the new café too.

Terella Brewing

Wed – Thursday 12pm – 6pm

Friday 12pm – 8pm

Saturday – Sunday 9am - 6pm (Farmyard 9am – 11:30am)

We have been meaning to visit this local brewery for ages as they cater for everyone. I’ve just been checking out their website, so we’re definitely going to go sometime over the weekend. I totally love their values and how they support local businesses.

Each weekend, they rotate different local food trucks:

Friday midday – 7pm

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm.

Not only that, but they also have live music:

every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm - 4pm.

Note: This Saturday 23rd is a little different with live music 10am - 12pm and then Triple J Hottest 100 playing from 12pm - 6pm.

Every Saturday and Sunday 9am - 11:30am the farmyard is open to pat and feed the animals for $6 each. Great entertainment for little people.

That’s right, Australia Day is only 4 days away on of those midweek public days this year (unless of course you do what most Aussies do and take the Monday off and suddenly you have 4 days off to enjoy).

Australia Day Events

Tuesday 26th January

Sunshine Beach Surf Club

3pm – 6pm

Enjoy Australia Day at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club. It’s free entry to the Ocean View Function room. The Sandflys are playing live, so take in the amazing ocean views whilst gathered with friends and family enjoying a drink or two, or three....

Noosa Reef Hotel

11:30am – 9pm

All day dining is going to be happening at the Noosa Reef Hotel. Enjoy the Aussie eats and brews while sitting on the deck soaking up the views of Laguna Bay. Bookings recommended.

Terella Brewing

12pm – 6pm

Of course, Terella Brewing is holding an Australia Day event with awesome food, live music and great beers. Foodwise you have Greek, Italian or American Hotdogs. Music starts with Reverend Billy Blues from 12:30pm – 2:30pm then Will Henderson from 3pm – 6pm. Dogs are welcome too, so the whole family is able to enjoy and celebrate!

So now your next week is sorted, and there is no excuse to come and visit us here in wonderful Noosa. As soon as schools go back, for those of you who are kid free, it’s the perfect time to come and stay in Noosa and get it to yourself again. Lots of accommodation options on my website. Remember: book direct and save! Happy Australia Day!!!

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