Rainbow Beach (pictured above) Coloured sands, sandblow and picturesque beach views are just a few of the many things tourists love about Rainbow Beach. Try four wheel driving on the beach or in the surrounding national parks, or maybe be tempted by bird watching or hiking, just some of the activities this area is famous for. There is a massive expanse of calm water in the Great Sandy Straits for some fishing or boating adventures and with fresh water lakes and creeks like Lake Freshwater, Lake Poona and Seary’s Creek and the ocean, your swimming options are endless. www.ourrainbowbeach.com.au Maroochy Botanic Gardens Maroochy Botanic Gardens, Tanawha Maroochy Botanic Gardens is open for the whole family with over 4km of walking trails accessed through all the surrounding bushland. Garden areas are a family must for outings and picnics as there are undercover areas and toilets. To reduce the number of crows and other scavengers, rubbish bins are not provided, so it’s important to bring your own plastic bags to take your rubbish away in. If you’re wanting a guided tour through the gardens, the first and third Wednesdays of each month are available. www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au Gardiner Falls Gardner’s Falls, Maleny This hidden freshwater fall in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is the spot for you and your family to visit. Rock pools are perfect for younger children to explore and splash about, however for those more adventurous, there is a large rock pool with rope swings. This will keep your kids entertained and there are plenty of photo opportunities when walking along the falls. There are picnic tables available or spread a rug along a large rock and enjoy your picnic on the water’s edge. This is a great spot for family outings and perfect for the hot summer days. Mount Coolum Mount Coolum National Park, Coolum Climb the steep, rough 800m trail up the mountain’s eastern side from the carpark to the summit. Along the way take in the beautiful views to the Glass House Mountains, Point Cartwright, Noosa National Park, Caloundra, Maroochy River and the Blackall Range. Why not have a picnic after your climb? Wood barbecues are provided near the parking track. www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/mount-coolum Mooloolaba Esplanade Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba Explore the rock pools on the northern beachfront with lifeguards patrolling throughout the year with safe swimming conditions. Head to Mooloolaba to enjoy the fine dining experience or enjoy a barbeque at one of the picnic spots, while watching your children play on the playground. www.mooloolabatourism.com.au]]>