Life & Style Weekend - - OUR SAY -


We’re in school hol­i­day mode now and there’s a sense of anx­i­ety from par­ents des­per­ately try­ing to come up with cheap ideas to fill in the days. If that’s you, con­grat­u­la­tions you have come to the right place. I am the king of free. If there is a deal to be had or just some­one’s free birth­day cake in the kitchen, I’m there.

When you’re try­ing to pay the bills for a fam­ily of five, you’ve got to be fru­gal. I sup­pose telling your kids that they’re go­ing to a zoo and taking them to the lo­cal pet shop is a bit rough, but once they see those cute lit­tle guinea pigs all is for­given.

A lot of peo­ple will say that the best things in life are free, but I’ve found that the best things are usu­ally about $19.95.

Ok, let’s get se­ri­ous about sort­ing your free-ish school hol­i­days, so here is a quick top five. 1. Build a sand cas­tle. We’re sur­rounded by the best beaches in the world, so get down to the ocean and start pil­ing sand. Make it a com­pe­ti­tion with the re­ward be­ing a macca’s ice cream.

2. The Happy Val­ley play­ground is one of the best on the coast, then make your way down to the free in­ter­ac­tive foun­tain at Kings Beach.

3. Do a “Big Things” scavenger hunt. Take a tour around the Coast find­ing the Big Pineap­ple, Big Pel­i­can, Big Child and even the Big Shell.

4. Noosa Na­tional Park is a fam­ily favourite, when you can get a park.

5. Grab a big piece of card­board and head up to Rainbow beach at Carlo Sand Blow.


Liv­ing on the Coast we are spoiled for choice when it comes to the num­ber of nat­u­ral beau­ties we can ex­plore, close at hand and com­pletely free. Num­ber one would have to be our beaches, from Golden Beach in the south to Rainbow in the north. We truly do have the best of the best when it comes to va­ri­ety, beauty, surf abil­ity and fun. Whether you’re up for a surf, body bash or just a stroll you can take your pick and within 30 min­utes from just about wher­ever you are you can be squidg­ing your tooties in the sand of of­fi­cially one of the top 10 beaches in Aus­tralia of which we have three. Mooloolaba, Kings and Noosa Main are eas­ily ev­ery Coast­ers favourite free pas­time. I per­son­ally think the hin­ter­land is num­ber two. Now, there are some among us that can’t cope with sand. I know, hard to be­lieve, but I get it. It’s not for ev­ery­one. Luck­ily enough, stand at any beach turn your back to it and within 15 min­utes you are in the mag­i­cal hin­ter­land. The epic Glasshouse Moun­tains, Maleny, Montville, Flax­ton and Maple­ton are stun­ning hin­ter­land towns of­fer­ing views, win­dow shop­ping, bush­walks and more. Up North Eu­mundi, Cooroy and Pomona all of­fer charm, char­ac­ter and nat­u­ral beauty. Find a wa­ter­hole or walk­ing trail and get lost. But the last free ac­tiv­ity I in­dulge in and thor­oughly en­joy is peo­ple watch­ing. Hast­ings Street, Noosa even pro­vide seat­ing to fa­cil­i­tate said ac­tiv­ity. Other hot spots for peo­ple watch­ing would have to be Ocean Street, Sun­shine Plaza and Currie Street, Nam­bour.


Luther Van­dross and Janet Jack­son once sung, “Some of the best things in life are free.” (Is it weird, that I know that Dave and Sam are go­ing to use this as their open­ing line too?) Mums and dads all over the Coast are freak­ing out that there are only a few days left of school hol­i­days and when next week rolls around, the “bored chat” is go­ing to start! “Mum, I’m bor­rrrred.” So, let’s get one step ahead of the lit­tle tuck­ers and let’s get a school hol­i­day plan dis­played proudly on the in­side of your pantry that has a list of what they can do each day. Arts and crafts is a no brainer. There’s so many great things that you can make with just things that are ly­ing around at home. You could try a “Pa­per Plane Contest,” get a big piece of card­board and cut cir­cles of all shapes and sizes (but big enough that a pa­per plane can go through.) Hang it from the top of the door­way. They have to make their pa­per planes then stand back and try to get it through the card­board tar­get, each cir­cle is worth a different amount of points. Pom pom rac­ing. Use black tape on the tiles or out­side on the con­crete. Create two black tape cir­cuits and they have to blow the pom pom through the circuit with a straw. First kid to com­plete the chal­lenge wins. You also can’t go wrong with cook­ing! That is the saving grace! As a kid bak­ing cup­cakes or cakes then get­ting to eat the bat­ter was the best part. There’s so many great recipes and healthy ones too. Google will be­come your best friend these school hol­i­days, so take a deep breath and en­joy these next few weeks!

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