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Mother Nature doesn’t always play along when it comes to swimming but fortunately you don’t need to hit the beach to have fun on the Sunshine Coast. Whether you prefer to ride on an historic train, steal kisses from a giraffe or sit in a fighter plane, there are plenty of Sunshine Coast wet weather activities to keep you and your family entertained.

One-on-one fun at Australia Zoo

In the words of Katy Perry, “I kissed a girl and I liked it”. If you are brave enough to put a carrot in your mouth and pucker up, you too can ‘kiss’ a giraffe at Australia Zoo. One-on-one Animal Experience sessions like this one are certainly memorable. If your children are celebrating a birthday, adding one of these experiences to your zoo visit is a great present. We also signed up for a Lemur Experience where the keeper explained the animals would determine what happened during the session. We were expecting something sedate but when our family entered the cage it was like meeting King Julian and his mates from the movie Madagascar.

Kissing a giraffe at Australia Zoo
Kissing a giraffe at Australia Zoo

The lemurs climbed on our shoulders, ate out of our hands and sat on our laps for photos. Animal Encounters are available at an additional charge and include the chance to interact with all kinds of animals including wombats, red pandas, giraffes and Komodo dragons. We got waylaid by some friendly kangaroos on our way to the Wildlife Warriors presentation but still managed to find a seat in the shaded grandstand. During peak season it is a wise idea to arrive early so you can get a good seat.

Australia Zoo lemur
Hanging with King Julian

Roller skating at Caloundra

If you want to relive your skating youth and join the fun at the Caloundra Rollerdrome you won’t be alone. Plenty of parents strap on skates and head out on the rink with their children rather than sit it out. If you and the kids don’t know how to skate it only costs an extra $3 to attend the Learn to Skate class which takes place from 9am to 10am every Saturday morning. Entry to the 2 hour morning skate which starts after the class is included. Daytime sessions are popular with under 12s with loads of games and prizes and a music selection aimed at younger children. Evenings have a more grown up vibe and are popular with teens, especially on the weekend when a live DJ spins tunes throughout the session.

The Ginger Factory

Families with young children will enjoy The Ginger Factory at Yandina. Take a ride on the ‘Moreton’, a historic sugar cane train which arrived in Australia in 1905, or follow the antics of the Gingerbread Man on the Overboard Ride. The Superbee Live Bee Show is entertaining for adults as well as children and includes plenty of interactive activities to keep little ones entertained. Our favourite part involved a voyeuristic peek inside a working bee hive that was cleverly concealed behind glass. Honey tasting in the gift shop provided a sweet finish.

Riding on the Moreton
Riding on the Moreton

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Enjoying the Super Bee show
Enjoying the Super Bee show

Queensland Air Museum

The Queensland Air Museum most impressive aviation museum is home to over 60 aircraft including a DC-3 which was the personal transport of General MacArthur. Here you will find a restored Ventura bomber that was rescued from a farm where it was used to store pig feed, an F1-11 and a huge Caribou transporter which is left open for visitors to explore. We walked through the rear door, sat on the seats and pretended we were on a mission to deliver supplies.

Checking out the Caribou
Checking out the Caribou

On open cockpit days it is also possible to sit in the F1-11 and relax in MacArthur’s DC-3. MacArthur apparently hated flying but even non-aviation buffs will enjoy this museum. Allow a few hours to explore the museum which includes indoor and outdoor displays. Parents will enjoy the retro collection of flying memorabilia such as pre-internet flight timetables and branded playing cards from the days before there was in-flight entertainment.

Queensland Air Musuem
Queensland Air Musuem

Disclosure: The writer was a guest of Sunshine Coast Destination Limited.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.