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. The Esplanade
If you want to enjoy the beach but don't want get stuck on the Esplanade during the school holidays take a detour down Boat Harbour Drive as it tends to move quicker especially when you get green lights. When you get to the Esplanade you may be better off parking a street back from the main drag or you could get lucky scoring a park if you're there early.
2. Car parks at all the big shopping centres
If you're in a hurry or your patience is low you may want to get there early to get a park or avoid the big shopping centres during the holidays where you can and leave them for the tourists.
3. The Urangan Pier
The pier can get super busy on the school holidays and as a local you can see this anytime, so why not avoid it when there are too many people.
4. The Urangan Boat Ramp
Weekends on the holidays can get chock a block with holiday makers coming to head out onto the water during this busy period. If you want to take the boat out try for a weekday or you may strike luck if you're there super early before the holiday makers are up.
5. The shopping centre itself
Screaming kids and a packed out food court, it isn't the best experience in a busy shopping centre, especially if you have no patience. If you need to do the grocery shop either head to a smaller grocery store or go outside peak hours, so later at night or early. Maybe you could opt to shop online until the school holidays are done.