First off it's an easy two hour drive from Brisbane, less if you live on the North side. We often break up the trip with a stop at Mooloolaba, one of my other favourite spots, to play in the rock pools and to have lunch.
Once you are there you can enjoy one of the largest stretches of beach on the Sunshine Coast. There are two sections of patrolled beach at the north and south ends of the beach. The south being closest to the life saving club and Peregian square. The adults are free to lie on the beach and maybe even sneak in a few pages of reading while the kids can roam quite a long way while still being in sight. There are plenty of treasures to be found that can be used to decorate beach castles. On our last visit it was overcast and bit rainy most days but far from being a problem this lead to less sunburn and warm water. The rain only ever lasted a few minutes and was easy to ride out.
Other entertainment for the kids includes the playground and skate park which are always full of kids and young people. We always enjoy watching people do skateboard and scooter tricks in the skate park which is open and accessible right next to the beach entrance. There always seems to be nice inclusive atmosphere here and you often see young kids and girls having a go.
There are plenty of places to stay at Peregian depending on what takes your fancy. We prefer to rent a holiday apartment through one of the local real estate agents as you often get a larger apartment with kitchen for a lower price. Just google holiday apartments at Peregian to find a selection of apartments and houses for rent.
Peregian Beach is well catered for with shops so you should be able to get all your supplies locally. There is an IGA on the Peregian Square, a fruit shop, The Bent Banana with a great coffee shop at the front, a newsagent, a post office, a hardware store, a pharmacist, a surfshop and two bottle shops. There is also a Woolworths at nearby Peregian Springs.
There are of course also many exotic shops, cafes and restaurants on Peregian Square. For all your holiday reading go to Annie's Books. If you need a few holiday clothes to wear there are many boutiques to choose from such as Harper St, Style Workroom, the Romantic, Evolve and Soul Sanctuary and for a mixture of clothes and homewares try Watermelon Red, Finders Keepers and Otilly and Lewis. As you can see you can easily spend a lot of money at Peregian and buy yourself a whole new wardrobe. If you want to save yourself a little money have a look at the wonderful Endo's Recycled Clothes shop. My husband and son found quite a few bargains here of clothes, toys and books.
One of my favourite new discoveries this trip was the Coastal Artisans Gallery in the Oasis Laneway off Peregian Square. Other places that are new or, at least, new to me were The Love Shack which offers an eclectic mix of coffee, dumplings, gelato and organic tea and General Officer, a barber shop with a difference as it also sells espresso and other fine goods.
I was also really pleased to see some old favourites such as the Baked Poetry Cafe with its German breakfasts and treats, beautiful french patisserie, Le Bon Delice and Raw with its healthy breakfasts and lunches, smoothies and now cold coconuts. Essential to our son's enjoyment at the beach is tuna sushi found at Sushi Wave and although it is a little expensive it is worth it for us. With the all in courtyard we can sit at either Raw or Bon Delice with our beautiful meals while our son indulges his obsessive love of sushi.
Our other favourite dining out option is to book a table at one of the restaurants on the inside of the square such as Wahoo Seafood Cafe, The Pitchfork or Siam Spicy. If you book early, as we need to do, the square is full of families, adults at the tables, kids in the middle of the square scootering, looking for bugs or climbing trees. It's a great atmosphere and then we all clear out leaving the square and restaurants to more refined diners to enjoy a grown up dinner time without all the kids.
There is so much more to Peregian that I cannot cover in this article and that I have still not explored in six years of visiting. Other great things about Peregian include market days, live music days when the Peregian Originals play and Veggie Village. Plus if this isn't enough for you, Peregian is so close to Mooloolaba, Cooum and Noosa with all the entertainment those spots offer.