CHRISTMAS spirit was on show at the annual Picnic in the Gardens with about 200 people turning up to enjoy the company of others with a free lunch.

Fraser Coast families, the elderly, newcomers and those alone this Christmas shared tables and picnic spots together in front of the Urangan Community Centre.

Organiser Janet Newman, who woke early yesterday morning to prepare six tubs of salads to accompany the barbecue spread and drinks, said about 35 volunteers worked that morning and afternoon to set the marquee areas up and to cook and serve lunch.

She said there was plenty of positive feedback about the food and fun on the day.

"We just want to make sure people aren't on their own, so there is a choice (for them)," she said.

As festive season music played and people tucked in, Urangan's Kelvin Kingston said he, his wife Mary-Ann and five kids would be back.

"We heard about it from the Neil St Church (Bayside Christian) and it's been a great family day out," Mr Kingston said.

"The kids opened their presents this morning and it's been good to get outside and have a picnic."

Urangan's Amy Clements, aged in her early 80s, said she had a great day in the company of others.

"There's been lovely food and people here," she said.

She said she turned up to avoid feeling alone, with family members connected only through a phone call that morning.



Paddlers take to the water for Hervey Bay's whales

premium_icon Paddlers take to the water for Hervey Bay's whales

It's the final event for the 2018 Ocean Festival

GALLERY: Esplanade lights up for 2018 Whale Parade

premium_icon GALLERY: Esplanade lights up for 2018 Whale Parade

Hervey Bay's tourist strip was alight with the sounds of the ocean

Quick actions prevented shopping centre fire from spreading

premium_icon Quick actions prevented shopping centre fire from spreading

Smoke was reported coming from a restaurant about 10.15am on Sunday

Local Partners