Dicky Beach Holiday Park was our next stop on our amazing family adventure around Australia and WOW what an amazing place to stop.
It’s located on the beachfront at Dicky Beach only minutes from Caloundra and has the most unbelievable sites which are literally on the beach! We were lucky enough to have the closest to the foreshore and woke up to the sound of the waves crashing on the shores of Dicky Beach and had a beautiful scenic outlook every second of our stay.
During our stay we enjoyed swimming in the parks swimming pool, a hit of tennis on the full size tennis court, laundry, code accessed amenities and undercover outdoor BBQ/kitchen right by the children’s outdoor playground. This great location of the kitchen meant that we could cook whilst the kids played….heaven!
Dicky beach has a great recreation room filled with many arcade style games for the kids. The kids (and I mean hubby in that ‘kids’ comment) played for hours and finished off with a few minutes of TV catching up on some news back home.
There are a number of bike paths to explore in this area including along the beach. We went for walks along the ocean side of an afternoon/evening and enjoyed the beautiful Sunshine Coast weather. There is a great skate board park opposite the caravan park and the Dicky Beach Surf Club is literally a one minute walk from the park. Our kids loved watching the bigger kids skating on the half-pipe and made mention a few times; that ‘they couldnt wait until the were old enough to ride there aswell!’.
The biggest attraction of this park was the close proximity to the beach. We walked over every day and could see our van from the beach. The gorgeous Sunshine Coast weather allowed us to have hours of fun in the sun and the kids created so many memories in the sand of Dicky Beach. Literally as you touch the sand you have the option of swimming in the creek area or the ocean water. We found the creek area a much better temperature for the kids, plus there were no waves which made it safer to swim in. This was definitely the best spot on the whole coast line of this area and it was directly opposite the caravan park….Winning!!!
Not only were we so close to the beach but the park also had a visit from the ice cream man, or as we know him, Mr Whippy. This is the first park we have been to where we have seen this occur and we must say it was a very welcomed attraction by all the guests of the park. We ran down and ordered an ice cream and created a memory for our children that will last likes ours have from when we were that age.
Fun things continue on the Sunshine Coast;
The Caloundra Street Fair that features approximately 100 unique stalls has something for the whole family. Our kids were attracted to the face-painting and jumping castle activities, whilst we enjoyed browsing the handcrafted, locally made art and items. It had an amazing atmosphere with live entertainment and street theatre.
After the market we sat with friends and enjoyed lunch and coffees and found our day to be so very enjoyable and relaxing.
Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast is a fun day out for the entire family. There are many types of rides, especially for kids. Chloe loved the log ride and went on it over and over again. There are plenty of rides that go high and fast that leave the faint hearted wobbly legged and dizzy as well as a simulator and a HUGE slide (which unfortunately was out of action on the day we attended). The park boasts one rollercoaster that again, Chloe loved and a full course of putt putt golf. We all enjoyed the illisonarium which was a house that contained numerous illusions and mazes that we had to work through as a family. Unfortunately due to the kids being under 12 years of age we were unable to check it out, but there is also a haunted maze which looked amazing. WATCH THIS SPACE too as the park is building some more rides that are definitely not for the faint hearted.
The entire day catered for all ages with amazing rides for young children including numerous merry-go-round style rides, a huge ferris wheel and some ride on racing cars that Cooper went on over and over again. Our kids are both adrenaline junkies, like Chris and I however as Cooper was under 100cms tall he was unable to go on the majority of the rides. There was still a huge amount of attractions for Cooper to go on however, the greatest benefit for those attending would be to those who have children that are 100cms tall or above.
The park attracts thousands of visitors on weekends but we were lucky enough to attend on a weekday. This meant that there were a lot fewer people in the park and we didn’t have to line up for ANY rides. This was absolutely AMAZING and allowed us to go on certain rides over and over again without lining up at all in between turns.
Cost for the day is $144 for a family of 4 with individual adult prices starting much cheaper than this. Click here for more ticketing information.
The iconic Ginger Factory offers fun rides, fascinating tours, a unique retail precinct and cafe surrounded by beautiful sub-tropical gardens for all to enjoy. There is free entry to the play area and a cafe that is open seven days a week all year round.
Chris and I had a Play Bundle which costs between $15.30 – $64.80 (depending on if you are a single or a family of 4) and includes access to the Overboard boat ride and the Ginger Train. The train ride went for approximately 15 minutes and included commentary during the full lap of the grounds of the Ginger Factory. The Overboard boat ride was absolutely amazing. Our kids LOVED it. It is all indoors and involves the family being seated in a boat that eases its way through a number of puppet displays from countries throughout the world. For those that have been to Disneyland, it is very similar to the “Its a Small World” boat ride.
The Ginger Factory also allows kids to decorate their very own gingerbread man which our kids LOVED. For $5.95 kids are given a gingerbread man, some icing, some m & m’s and jelly beans and the rest is up to them.
On leaving we also purchased two cartons of Buderim Ginger Beer cans for $20. They taste amazing and at 40 cents a can you’d be crazy not to buy some.
We have had an absolute BLAST on the Sunshine Coast and loved every minute. We have been spoilt by amazing weather and the fact that there are so many amazing attractions to visit. In the past like many people we have made it as far north as the Gold Coast and stopped before returning home, in turn missing out on the treasures the sunshine coast has to offer. Now that we have experienced it, we will be returning to the paradise of the Sunshine Coast every time we travel into Queensland. Our advice for those travellers who are contemplating a visit this far north but are not fully committed to the idea would be to do yourself a favour and DO IT. You wont regret it. In fact we guarantee that you will fall in love with this place just like we did !!!!!