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Spring has sprung and what better time for visitors, and locals, to make the most of what is a beautiful time of year on the Sunshine Coast.

The school holidays kicked off this week and already several accommodation providers have recorded an increase in booking numbers from this time last year, and 2017 was a record period for tourism on the Coast.

And it’s not just hotels and apartments seeing an increase, with camping and glamping sites also enjoying a boost in visitor numbers.

Tourism operators are making the most of the visitor influx by hosting a series of family friendly events across the region, and even if you’re a local enjoying a staycation with the kids, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Why not show your support for our local farmers affected by recent events by picking your own strawberries at Strawberry Fields Farm in Palmwoods or McMartins Farm in Bli Bli.

Big on the calendar these school holidays is the Caloundra Music Festival, which will be held from 28 September – 1 October and feature Birds of Tokyo, John Butler and The Temper Trap. The Woodford Didgeridoo Festival will also be held at Crystal Waters Eco Village from 28-30 September with performers and tribal rhythms.

Another great event happening in Caloundra is the Twilight markets, held from 5-9pm across three consecutive Fridays on 28 September, 5 October and 12 October.

Other must-do activities include medieval fun at Sunshine Castle, Stories with the Station Master at the Mary Valley Rattler Station or free magic shows with Blaze the comedic magician at The Ginger Factory. If you’re after a bit of alone time from the kids, why not let them become a marine biologist for the day at Sea Life Sunshine Coast.

With temperatures sitting at an average 25 degrees there’s also no better time to explore our natural attractions. And if you’re by the coast, make sure to keep an eye out for the whales making their annual migration back down south!


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