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5 places to avoid during the school holidays

Only the brave visit Sunshine Plaza.
Only the brave visit Sunshine Plaza. Nicholas Falconer

SCHOOL holidays can mean chaos at certain spots on the Coast. So if you're looking to avoid crowds, traffic etc. then here are five places you should avoid.

1. Hastings Street

Good luck trying to find a park within walking distance to the beach. Hastings Street is always jam packed during school holidays, especially when the sun is out.

Why not instead take a dip around the corner at Sunshine or Sunrise Beach. Much more relaxing and you'll get a park without having to fight someone for it.

2. Mooloolaba Beach

Almost as crowded as Noosa but not quite. If you're in a hurry or your patience is low then probably don't drive through the carparks that run right along the water. It's almost guaranteed that you'll get stuck behind someone driving at a snail's pace searching for a spot.

3. Carparks at all the big shopping centres

Sunshine Plaza, Kawana Shoppingworld and Noosa Civic are at the top of our list of carparks to avoid during the school holidays.

It's a miracle that someone doesn't back into another person every 10 seconds with the chaos going on carparks these days.

Make sure you've done a defensive driving course before heading into battle or just walk or catch the bus.

4. The shopping centre itself

Kids crying because they've been denied a toy of their choice, tweens looking moody in the food court and teens making out with their boyfriends/girlfriends.

It's a warzone out there. Just do the shopping online for the next week or two.

5. The cinemas

There's plenty of other weeks to catch a movie. Unless you want to be surrounded by talkative toddlers or obnoxious high-schoolers then save your cinema visit for outside the school holidays.

Have you got somewhere else you try to avoid during the school holidays? Let us know in the comments below.

Topics:  avoid, chaos, school holidays, september, sunshine coast


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