Sunshine Coast Family Beaches
With almost 70km of pristine beaches of white sand and crystal waters, it’s no wonder so many holiday makers flock to the Sunshine Coast for their beach holidays. This strip is home to some of the best beaches in Australia, but unless you’re a local it can be hard to decide on which beach to visit.
Every beach on the Sunshine Coast is popular with locals for some reason or other, but if you’re after a family friendly beach then this is the page for you. There are plenty of beaches that boast nearby playgrounds, barbecue & picnic tables, as well as calmer, patrolled waters for the kids.
Take a look through our list of the best family beaches so you can make the most of this beautiful, coastal location on your family holiday.
Conveniently protected from the north-east winds, Kings Beach offers a calm, patrolled paddling area for young children along with a well maintained tidal pool. Closer to the point the conditions are great for snorkelling as the water is clear and there is plenty of local marine life to explore. You’ll find toilets and showers at the different access points to the beach, a children’s playground at the Leyuka Avenue access and a general store near the Metropolitan Surf Life Saving Club.
There is great patrolled swimming at Bulcock Beach but care should be taken during strong tides. For much calmer waters, head to the protected area near the entrance to the Pumicestone Passage. You can take a walk along the boardwalk to see wonderful ocean views and watch the assortment of boats come and go. Toilets, showers and a kid’s playground are available near the beach access point.
While Golden Beach is not patrolled by the local Surf Life Saving Clubs, it is well protected from the open waters by Bribie Island. This beach is more popular for the views, plenty of nearby parks and facilities. Spend an afternoon here and make use of the barbecues and picnic areas while the kids entertain themselves on the playgrounds.
Always popular with visitors, Mooloolaba Beach is particularly safe, patrolled daily, and features only a small swell. There are plenty of convenient facilities nearby including accommodation, cafes, and some quaint shopping areas. Take a walk up to Alexandra Headland for spectacular views of the bay, or head to the other end of the beach to explore the river mouth and rock wall. The nearby parks boast playgrounds, showers & toilets, barbecues & picnic areas, and even a number of exercise areas.
Down at the southern end of the bay you’ll find the patrolled swimming area of Mooloolaba Spit, safely sheltered from sea swells by the rock wall. The swell is usually only about waist height, making it a great swimming area for young children.