A FAIR GO FOR FAM­I­LIES

WE NEED TO GET OFF THE TECH­NOL­OGY MERRY-GO-ROUND AND BRING BACK IN­EX­PEN­SIVE HOL­I­DAY FUN IN THE GREAT OUT­DOORS

Life & Style Weekend - - TUGBOAT TALES - WORDS: ASH­LEY ROBIN­SON

“I DO THINK IT IS A SHAME FAM­I­LIES DON’T HAVE THE OP­POR­TU­NITY TO HAVE A REA­SON­ABLY CHEAP AC­TIV­ITY THAT THEY CAN ALL DO TO­GETHER OUT IN THE FRESH AIR.”

ISEE Ma­roochy River Golf Club has plans for a putt putt to go hand in hand with its 18-hole cham­pi­onship course. What a great idea and maybe if they tweak the func­tion area, it can make that beau­ti­ful venue a des­ti­na­tion. Per­son­ally, I am ex­cited about the mini golf or what­ever you want to call it as, in my view, there is not an abun­dant amount of things for fam­i­lies to do on the Sunshine Coast. Re­flect­ing on what has been here and what is here now for fam­i­lies to en­joy on hol­i­days, it seems that the value of real es­tate has out­weighed the value of fam­ily fun. Sure, if you love the big­ger of­fers, you are prob­a­bly cov­ered. But just a bit of fam­ily fun for just a few bucks are few and far be­tween. Cof­fee, on the other hand, we have cov­ered. Clubs and pubs we have cov­ered. Plenty of great food of­fers and craft beer – cov­ered. Mas­sages, body pam­per­ing hair­dressers, tat­tooists, gyms and fit­ness cults like F45 and Crossfit and bar­bers are all cov­ered as well. We can tick most of the boxes but mini golf, wa­ter­slides, fam­ily fairs or even amuse­ment par­lours are few. Back in the day, wa­ter­slides started in Nam­bour/woom­bye with Thrill Hill, then one at Alex, Cur­rimundi and Caloun­dra and I think Nam­bour is the only one still stand­ing (of course, there are aqua fun parks over the river but noth­ing in the cen­tral and south of the coast). Noosa prob­a­bly has one or at least did but I wouldn’t know as I don’t travel north much. Be­fore that, there was mini golf at Cot­ton Tree and Mooloolaba (I think) and when the wa­ter­slides came along, they also in­cor­po­rated mini golf. I do think it is a shame that fam­i­lies don’t have the op­por­tu­nity to have a rea­son­ably cheap ac­tiv­ity that they can all do to­gether out in the fresh air. But prob­a­bly the big­gest tragedy for me is the hol­i­day fairs we used to have. Merry-go-rounds, shoot­ing gal­leries, knock-’em-down games (Google it if you don’t know) and all sorts of rides ... with Roy Or­bi­son blar­ing away in the back­ground. Fairy floss, hot dogs, dag­wood dogs and all other fun stuff – as a kid, I didn’t have to wait for the Nam­bour Show or the Bris­bane Ex­hi­bi­tion: they were there ev­ery school hol­i­days and were a mas­sive so­cial oc­ca­sion. Nam­bour, Cot­ton Tree, Caloun­dra, just name a few, had fairs where you could go have a whole lot of fun for not much money. Pic­ture the­atres back in the day were a whole other story – one in ev­ery sub­urb, nearly. But it seems that, at least, is grow­ing back a lit­tle on the Coast and not shrink­ing, which is good news. But when I ac­tu­ally think about it, what do fam­i­lies do on hol­i­days here? I guess the prob­lem we have now is get­ting kids off their Xbox and par­ents off their phones and un­latch­ing them from their cof­fee cups. Maybe Ma­roochy River Golf Club should think about putting in some kids’ rides as well: go the whole fam­ily theme. Dad can drop mum and the kids off there, play nine holes and ev­ery­body’s happy?

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