Winter is a magical time on the Sunshine Coast, with cooler temperatures and a refreshing breeze, making it an ideal season to explore the wonders of the hinterland and the coastline. As you embark on your family adventure, you’ll undoubtedly work up an appetite. Fortunately, we have curated a list of family-friendly eateries that are guaranteed to warm your hearts and satisfy your taste buds.
Situated in the heart of Mooloolaba, The Velo Project is a beloved family-friendly café that serves up delicious meals in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Offering a delectable menu with dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, this eatery caters to all tastes and dietary preferences. From hearty breakfast options like homemade pancakes to mouth-watering lunches like gourmet burgers and wraps, The Velo Project has something for everyone.
For families seeking a plant-based dining experience, Elixiba is an absolute gem. Located in Maroochydore’s CBD, this unique restaurant offers a range of nourishing and flavourful plant-based dishes that will keep you warm during the winter months. Their menu boasts an array of comforting favourites, including hearty curries, nourishing bowls, and indulgent desserts. Elixiba also features an extensive selection of herbal elixirs and mocktails that are sure to please both kids and adults.
If your family craves Asian cuisine, look no further than Rice Boi, situated at The Wharf Mooloolaba. This vibrant and lively eatery specialises in Asian street food and delivers a culinary experience that will transport you to the bustling streets of Southeast Asia. Warm up with their flavoursome ramen bowls, mouth-watering dumplings, and fragrant curries. With its laid-back atmosphere and diverse menu, Rice Boi is a perfect spot for families seeking a cosy and delicious meal.
Local Tip: If you are going for dinner arrive early, as Rice Boi does not take reservations and the line can get long at this popular venue. However, it’s perfect for an early dinner with the kids.
For waterfront dining with a family-friendly vibe, The Deck on Parkyn is an excellent choice. Located at Mooloolaba Split, this relaxed eatery offers picturesque views of the ocean and a menu that celebrates fresh seafood and modern Australian cuisine. Warm up with their seafood chowder or enjoy a hearty steak while soaking in the coastal ambiance. The Deck on Parkyn also caters to little ones with a dedicated kids’ menu, ensuring that the whole family can savour the experience.
If you’re in the mood for a warm and inviting atmosphere paired with classic Australian pub vibe. Then head to the Banana Bender Pub located next to the Aussie World Theme Park in Palmview. This family-friendly establishment offers a cosy dining experience with a menu that showcases hearty comfort food. From succulent steaks and crispy fish and chips to mouth-watering burgers and delicious pastas, the Banana Bender Pub has something to please every member of the If you’re in the mood for a warm and inviting atmosphere paired with classic Australian pub vibe. Then head to the Banana Bender Pub located next to the Aussie World Theme Park in Palmview. This family-friendly establishment offers a cosy dining experience with a menu that showcases hearty comfort food. From succulent steaks and crispy fish and chips to mouth-watering burgers and delicious pastas, the Banana Bender Pub has something to please every member of the family. Enjoy a relaxing meal and create lasting memories in this charming pub setting.
Day Trip Idea: Take the kids to Aussie World Theme Park for the day and enjoy a meal at the Banana Bender Pub before heading back to your accommodation at Nautilus Mooloolaba.
As you explore the Sunshine Coast during the winter season, discovering delightful family-friendly places to eat is an essential part of your journey. From The Velo Project in Mooloolaba, serving up locally sourced dishes, to Elixiba Plant-Based Restaurant in Maroochydore, offering nourishing plant-based meals. There is a diverse array of eateries that are sure to warm your hearts and fuel your winter adventures.
The one and two bedroom holiday apartments at Nautilus Mooloolaba are perfectly situated so you can reach great restaurants on foot.
Image Credit: Visit Sunshine Coast, Elixiba, The Deck on Parkyn.