SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ARE UPON US, WHICH MEANS IT’S TIME TO PUT YOUR THINKING CAPS ON TO FIND SOME FREE FUN TO BE HAD ACROSS THE COAST
We’re heading to school holiday mode 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. I’ve been called stingy and tighter than a fish’s butt, but I resent those remarks. 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 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 5.
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.
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. It’s a great little walking track with dolphin and whale spotting.
5. I’ve left the best for last, because not many people think about doing this. Grab a big piece of cardboard and head up to Rainbow Beach at Carlo Sand Blow.
My mate Brad Richter had a tinny, and every day of the school holidays we would cruise around the waterways of Mooloolaba, fishing, diving and mucking about. I remember we would drop anchor and dive as deep as we could with one breath up near the prawn trawlers and try and grab a handful of whatever from the bottom.
It was cold and dark down there but we were kids and we didn’t care. How blissfully ignorant you are as a kid with a tinny when nowadays as a regular scuba diver, parent and educated local you wouldn’t catch me for quids doing this or half the things we did.
We would jump off the bridge near the bowls club, try and spear stingrays in the shallows off River Esplanade, even park the tinny up at the newly opened wharf complex and with a fistful of coins. hit the video game arcade and lose it all. It was $3.80 well spent. Occasionally, Brad would suggest we go to my place, which we would and he thought it was cool. But apart from a basketball hoop and bikes, my place had nothing on the freedoms a backyard canal system with ocean access had to offer.
We ran out of fuel once in the mangroves behind Mountain Creek. It took hours to row back to Brad’s. We took turns and pretended we were in our own version of what’s known today as Survivor. Not a drama but an adventure. I treasure those days, those memories, those moments with my mate with the tinny. I’m not sure if I ever said thanks to Brad. Everything was taken in our stride. It was just what we did. It was life on the Coast. Simple, uncomplicated, unfiltered and stacks of fun.
Spring has sprung. I remember spring holidays being the best. The weather is starting to get warmer, the bees are buzzing, the birds are singing and it’s just a delight to be outside in the amazing weather. This is what the spring holidays should be all about.
Getting down to the beach, taking the boogie boards, the surf boards and hitting up the waves.
There’s so many great things that the Sunshine Coast has to offer during school holidays, especially when it comes to free fun. There’s a new section on the Sunshine Coast Council website where you can go to and decide if you want to hike, horse ride or paddle and then you choose your difficulty level and then a whole heap of activities pop up.
Then, you and the whole family can set off all these different adventures outdoors and experience some real fun.
Otherwise, I would suggest good ol’ spring time camping fun up at Double Island or Straddie. There always seems to be good hot spots up there. If you’re lucky, you may even run into the Hemsworths. Remember the campers who were up at Straddie and they ran into Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon and ended up having beers with the boys? What an experience that would be. A great story for the kids for show and tell, on the first day back at school.
Then you’ve always got your arts and crafts, which is a nice little activity to do at home, to try and keep the kids quiet for two seconds. Anyway, take a big deep breath parents and brace yourself for a killer school holidays, good luck.
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