Sunshine Coast Daily - - SUMMER HOLIDAY GUIDE -

1. Ice skat­ing

WHERE: Caloun­dra Roller­drome, Caloun­dra Rd

WHEN: The hol­i­day pro­gram runs un­til Sun­day, Jan­uary 27. Ses­sions are 10am-noon, 2-4pm and 6-8pm INFO: For more in­for­ma­tion about ses­sion times, learn-to-skate classes, birth­day par­ties, school sport and pri­vate fund-rais­ing events, visit www.roller­drome.com.au EN­JOY a cool sum­mer at Caloun­dra Roller­drome these school hol­i­days as the daily ses­sions have turned into ice-skat­ing fun. While out­side tem­per­a­tures siz­zle, the in­door win­ter won­der­land of­fers vis­i­tors some wel­come re­lief and plenty of new skills to con­quer. Check out the great dis­count vouch­ers on­line and make sure you down­load, print and take them along to save.

2. Story Walk: Koalas Eat Gum Leaves

WHERE: Ma­roochy Botanic Gar­dens, Tanawha

WHEN: Un­til Jan­uary 25

COST: Free

SUN­SHINE Coast Coun­cil wel­comes vis­i­tors to a Story Walk to cel­e­brate First 5 For­ever and the an­nual Sum­mer Read­ing Club. Walk to­gether and en­joy Koalas Eat Gum Leaves, writ­ten by Laura Bunt­ing and il­lus­trated by Philip Bunt­ing. Fol­low the signs through the botanic gar­dens to read the full story. Once you reach Whip­bird Vil­lage, choose a book from the Lit­tle Li­brary and con­tinue read­ing. Or go on a hunt through the gar­dens to find cu­ri­ous crea­tures, and if you are lucky, you might spot a real koala.

3. Bud­erim For­est Park

WHERE: Off Har­rys Lane, Bud­erim COST: Free

BUD­ERIM For­est Park is a 45ha haven of tran­quil­lity less than a kilo­me­tre from the north side of Bud­erim vil­lage – just 15 min­utes from the coast. With its tow­er­ing trees, me­an­der­ing tracks and stun­ning wa­ter­fall, this sub-trop­i­cal oa­sis is a par­adise for na­ture lovers and pho­tog­ra­phers alike. Bud­erim Falls, also known as Seren­ity Falls, is a won­der­ful place to visit at any time of year, and looks par­tic­u­larly spec­tac­u­lar after rain­fall when the wa­ters cas­cade down the rock face into the wa­ter­hole be­low. The 600m walk­way from Lind­say Rd will take vis­i­tors on a pic­turesque for­est ram­ble along the banks of Martins Creek’s cas­cad­ing wa­ters. This is the eas­i­est part of the walk and is wheel­chair-friendly. From the end of the board­walk, you can con­tinue up­wards through the bush via a rugged trail to the wa­ter­fall. For di­rect ac­cess to the wa­ter­fall and the high arch bridge span­ning the creek, start at Quorn Close. It’s an easy-to-mod­er­ate hike to the falls via a bush track. The Quorn Close en­try to the re­serve is not suitable for wheel­chairs or strollers.

4. Gard­ners Falls

WHERE: Obi Lane, Maleny

COST: Free

FROM the car park on the banks of the Obi Obi Creek, take a short, level walk down­stream to Gard­ners Falls: a hid­den gem in the Sun­shine Coast hin­ter­land. You’ll pass a num­ber of rock pools which are shal­low and ideal for smaller chil­dren who just want to splash about. Fol­low the bub­bling wa­ters down­stream where the pools in­crease in size and en­joy a fresh­wa­ter swim in the largest pool un­der­neath the falls. These de­light­ful wa­ters are bounded by a grassy verge and backed by na­tive for­est, mak­ing it the ideal spot for a hin­ter­land pic­nic.

5. Hire a boat

WHERE: Swan Boat Hire, Brad­man Ave, Ma­roochy­dore – on the Ma­roochy River op­po­site Cham­bers Is­land

WHEN: Open seven days, 7.30am-5.30pm

INFO/COST: www.swan­boathire.com.au

TRY the fleet of boats at Swan Hire for a fun and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence on the river and hope­fully catch a few fish, too. There are more than 20 boats avail­able – six to eight-seater tin­nies, run­abouts, half-cab­ins, cruis­ers for seven to 10 peo­ple and lux­ury bar­be­cue boats (with toi­lets) for eight to 12 peo­ple. Also avail­able are pad­dle craft in­clud­ing one to three-per­son ca­noes, kayaks, pad­dle skis and stand-up pad­dle­boards.

Photo: War­ren Ly­nam (Main) and John McCutcheon.

SEREN­ITY NOW: Bud­erim For­est Park is in the heart of Bud­erim and it only takes a few min­utes walk to see Seren­ity Falls. BE­LOW RIGHT: The Ma­roochy River, op­po­site Cham­bers Is­land, is a great place to spend a few hours in a boat.

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