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10 Of The Sunshine Coast’s Best Events Kicking Off In January

By Jenna Kirkham
10th Jan 2023

As the summer temperatures continue to rise and our social calendars heat up in 2023, we’ve found some of the coolest events on the Sunshine Coast to ensure you won’t be missing out this January. From moonlight summer cinemas to a comedy gala to family-friendly activities, your social calendar is set to be packed this month.

After finally recovering from our Christmas day lunches and its mountainous pile of leftovers,  we’re ready to roll on into ten of the best events happening on the Sunshine Coast this January.   

An Arvo On The Green At The BowlsPub

In case you missed one of the Sunshine Coast's hottest new openings, the Your Mates Brewing Co. team have opened a bowls pub. Your Mates BowlsPub is turning the notion of the traditional bowls club on its head and majorly leveling it up with cracking craft brews, barefoot bowls, lawn games, top-notch food and lively entertainment. One of their first 2023 events is An Arvo On The Green, where you can enjoy the public holiday with an afternoon of frothy fun. There will be free bowls, a thong throwing competition, $18 burgers all day, lawn games, foot-long lamb rolls, trivia and even a lamington eating competition. Numbers are limited, so grab your mates and book your spot.

THE DETAILS

When: Thursday 26 January, from 11:30am

Where: Your Mates BowlsPub, 5 Opal Street, Cooroy

For more information, click here.

Moonlight Summer Cinema at Mooloolaba

One of the best events summer on the Sunshine Coast has to offer is the Mooloolaba Summer Cinema. Be ready for lights, camera, action at the new Northern Parkland. Come early and enjoy a delicious pre-movie meal at any number of the best restaurants in Mooloolaba. And when you’re ready, stretch out on your picnic rugs, pillows and break out the  popcorn as you enjoy a free family movie under the stars

THE DETAILS

When: Wednesday 11 & 18 January, from 6:30pm to 9pm

Where: Northern Parkland, Mooloolaba

For more information, click here.

Multicultural Comedy Gala 

You’ve rolled up the tree, packed away the Christmas lights and finally sent home those questionable family members. We think now is the best time for another side-splitting celebration of some of Australia’s best comedians at the Multicultural Comedy Gala. With an incredible and diverse line-up of comedians, we recommend leaving the kids at home and treating yourself to a well-deserved bevvie to go down with a laugh. 

THE DETAILS

When: Saturday 21 January, from 8pm to 9.30pm

Where: The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra

For more information, click here

Summer Holiday Fun at Australia Zoo

We can always count on Australia Zoo to provide the best slithering, swooping and jaw-dropping family fun and this year is no exception. Slide your little ones into Australia Zoo on their six-metre waterslide, keep them cool at the Laughing Frog Splash Park or follow the clues around the zoo on the Lyle, Lyle Crocodile Adventure trail. And as always the Wildlife Warriors Show is sure to impress. Finally, if you’ve taken the drive out to Australia Zoo you might also want to check out our ultimate day trip guide to the Sunshine coast hinterland

THE DETAILS

When: Special activities running from Monday 2 January to Thursday 26 January

Where: Australia Zoo, 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah

For more information, click here.

Maleny Wedding Festival Trail 

Lovers, this one is for you. Put your best foot forward this year and start planning, or have a cheeky look, at Maleny’s annual Wedding Festival Trail. Be sure to check out all stunning nine different wedding venues and an array of local vendors and suppliers that are ready to make your wedding the 2023 event of the year. Register and also go in the draw to win some major cash towards your dreamy hinterland wedding. After all those big decisions don't forget to stop and take a breath at the best cafes in Maleny and Montville.  

THE DETAILS

When: Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 January, from 10am

Where: 313-327 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton, Sunshine Coast Hinterland. 

For more information, click here

Taittinger High Tea at Spicers Retreats

One of the best places to get away for the day, or weekend, is without question Spicers Retreats. This month, their renowned restaurant, The Long Apron, is hosting nothing less than the most luxurious high tea for even your pickiest of relatives. They won’t be able to complain over lobster and brioche, high-end finger sandwiches and the classic favourite jam and scones. Book your ticket now and receive Taittinger champagne on arrival. 

THE DETAILS

When: Saturday 14 & 28 January, from 11.30am

Where: 88 Obi Lane, Maleny

For more information, click here.

Dino Dig at The Ginger Factory

We hear not only can you dig up some roar-some fossils at the Ginger Factory this January, but you can also create some of your own. Simply pack up the spade and bucket and get ready to do some seriously slick fossicking for fossils. If digging around for bones isn’t quite your thing don’t miss the historical ginger train, family boat ride or live bee shows. Best of all, entry is free.

THE DETAILS

When: Various dates from Monday 9 January to Friday 20 January, from 9.30am to 12.30pm 

Where: The Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina 

For more information, click here.

Summer of Seals At SEA LIFE 

SEA LIFE, our favourite aquarium here on the Sunshine Coast has your perfect family day outing sorted—welcome to the summer of seals. The charming marine residents will be involved in daily interactive presentations and enrichment sessions that allow you to be closer to the much-loved mammals than ever before. You can also take part in a new activity trail, discover fascinating facts at the artefacts table and take photos with the new seal mascot. Best of all, these activities are included in the price of admission. Cheeky.

THE DETAILS

When: Daily in January, from 10:30 am (times vary)

Where: SEA LIFE, The Wharf Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba  

For more information, click here

Self Events Co Wellness Event

Entering into a new year we’re always looking for opportunities to become our best selves yet and you need look no further than Self Events Co 2023 Wellness Event. This event is sure to kick start your year with a focus on all things wellness, self-love and how to nourish the mind and body. Join this inspiring network of women for either breakfast, networking and panel discussion or arrive extra early to really kick start the day with an energising barre class beforehand.

THE DETAILS

When: Saturday 14 January, from 9am

Where: Barre & Bike, 3/25-27 Plaza Parade, Maroochydore

For more information, click here.

Boulder Heads Indoor Rock Climbing

We think Boulder Heads might just have one of the best school holiday programs and here’s why. Not only will they help teach your child to climb (keep in mind this is without ropes or harnesses) but they will also learn valuable skills and interact with like-minded little ones. You can drop them off for two hours of supervised fun while you finish up those kid-free errands. Now that sounds good to us.

THE DETAILS

When: Time and days vary from Tuesday 10 January, from 1pm to 3pm

Where: 19 Edison Cresent, Baringa

For more information, click here.

Need Some More Ideas? We Got You.

Not enough? Check out the best Sunshine Coast markets happening this month.

Image Credit: Mooloolaba Summer Cinema, SEA LIFE & Lumea Photo

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