With the school holidays approaching, we thought it would be very fitting to prepare a list of the top things to do surrounding our resorts.
The Sunshine Coast has more than beautiful beaches; it is home to many world-class attractions and activities for nature or adventure lovers. ULTIQA Shearwater Resort is located a short drive from most attractions so why not check them all out while you are here.
Steve Irwin – AKA the Crocodile Hunter’s legend lives on in Australia Zoo, with a team of passionate wildlife warriors looking after 100 acres of property. The zoo has a wide range of birds, mammals and reptiles. There is a “Crocoseum” where you can see crocodiles in clear water ponds and see how crocodiles live and behave in the wild. You can get up and close with iconic Australian animals like kangaroos and koalas and also have the opportunity to take a walk with the wombats, pat the tigers or feed the giraffes. Australia Zoo is located in Beerwah just a short 25 minute drive from ULTIQA Shearwater Resort.
SEA LIFE Mooloolaba
Discover all things marine at Underwater World Sea Life Mooloolaba which is home to thousands of water loving animals and fish, including sharks, seals, turtles, stingrays, otters, sawfish, tropical fish and much, much more. Walk underwater through the glass viewing tunnel and see Australia’s marine in their own environment. Come within inches of huge sharks, rays and turtles or discover the 16 themed zones including the Seahorse Sanctuary, Seal Island and the Pacific Reef.
Sea Life is located in Mooloolaba just 30 minute drive from ULTIQA Shearwater Resort.
Glass House Mountains
Volcanic Peaks tower out of the ground and make the landscape picture perfect. The Glass House Mountains National Park offers many opportunities to explore and enjoy the natural surround. There are numerous walking tracks that lead through open forests to lookouts offering panoramic views, as well as challenging summit routes and abseiling and rock climbing opportunities.
But you don’t have to walk to get spectacular views, some lookouts are accessible by car. The Glass House Mountains are a 30 minute drive from ULTIQA Shearwater Resort.
Aussie World Theme Park is the only theme park north of Brisbane and has over 30 thrilling rides and attractions, which makes it fun for all the family.
Aussie World is located in Palmview just a short 15 minute drive from ULTIQA Shearwater Resort.
A trip to the Sunshine Coast is not complete without visiting the Eumundi Markets, held every Wednesday and Saturday. It is a mix where foodies and artists collide to bring the best of both worlds.
Eumundi Markets are a scenic 40 minute drive from ULTIQA Shearwater Resort.
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium has the kids looked after. It boasts a Cosmic Skydome, Display Zone, Mini Theatre and an Observatory.
Queensland Museum – Sciencentre
Kids can get lost in the wonder of science at the Sciencentre located in the Queensland Museum on the corner of Grey & Melbourne Street.
Eat Street Markets
The markets are a colourful affair full of entertainment and more delicious food then you can imagine. Whether you’ve got a sweet or salty tooth, you are sure to find something to delight. They are only a short 15 minute drive from the city.
A short drive from the Gold Coast ULTIQA properties lies the Broadwater Parklands. This is the perfect spot for both the young and young at heart. For the kids the “Rockpool Water playground” is an absolute hit! Made up of shallow, wade-height pools with waterfalls and sprouting water animals. There are also a variety of pool areas and creek beds which fill and empty their contents on timers, ensuring the little ones will want to play for hours.
The Gold Coast is truly famous for fun and this is largely due to the Theme Parks located in the northern region of the Gold Coast. All the parks are about a half an hour drive from the Gold Coast properties. Parks include Dreamworld, Whitewater World, Movie World, Seaworld and Wet ‘n’ Wild. There is so much to do at each park that they will take up an entire day for each one.
Q1 Observation Deck & Sky Point
The Q1 building is one of the tallest buildings on the Gold Coast and one of the world’s tallest residential towers. The 360 degree observation deck can be found on the 77th level in the buzzing Surfer Paradise prescient. The lookout gives you a real perspective of how truly beautiful the Gold Coast is, from our never ending white sandy beaches to our pristine waterways you can take it all in.
For the adrenalin junkies looking for that heart stopping moment don’t overlook a SkyPoint climb, take a step into the open air at 70 meters above sea level and awaken your senses as you triumphantly conquer SkyPoint’s highest summit. Q1 is a short drive or tram ride from all three Gold Coast properties.
Infinity is a unique and mind-blowing journey into spectacular, futuristic maze-like worlds of wonder – an extraordinary series of 20 multi- sensual environments filled with unique special effects, emotive atmospheric sound fields, sensuous aromas, ultra-groovy music and amazing spectacular illusions that appear to go all the way to infinity!
Infinity is just a 15 minute GLink ride from the Gold Coast Convention Centre stop to Cavill Mall stop and then 5 minute walk.
Melbourne is a buzz of activity year-round. Here are some of the attractions to visit on your next city break.
There is so much to explore and do at Melbourne Zoo. There is everything from tigers, to penguins, elephants to meerkats. There is something for the whole family to enjoy. Only a 15 minute drive from ULTIQA Little Collins.
Legoland Discovery Centre
If your kids love Lego then you have to take them to the Legoland Discovery Centre in Malvern. They can enjoy the ultimate Lego playground or one of the 13 family attractions and activities. Including a 4D cinema, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, Merlin’s Apprentice Ride and many more. Legoland is only a 20 minute drive from ULTIQA Little Collins.
Sea Life Melbourne
Enjoy the beautiful creatures of the ocean at Sea Life Melbourne. A beautiful aquarium where you can take a dive with the sharks or simply enjoy the cute penguins. Sea Life Melbourne is located only a 7 minute drive or short tram ride from ULTIQA Little Collins.
Luna Park is located in St Kilda, Melbourne, with unique rides and delicious food, its perfect for a family day out. Luna Park is a short 20 minute drive from ULTIQA Little Collins.
Looking for accommodation while exploring the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne or Brisbane look no further then ULTIQA Hotels and Resorts. There are six wonderful properties to choose from including:
• ULTIQA Freshwater Point Resort, Broadbeach, Gold Coast
• ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach, Gold Coast
• ULTIQA Beach Haven on Broadbeach, Gold Coast
• ULTIQA Shearwater Resort, Kings Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast
• ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel, Brisbane CBD
• ULTIQA Little Collins, Melbourne CBD
Feature image: Tourism and Events Queensland – Ben Leo Davis