FREE FUN: Wetside Water Park on Charlton Esplanade, Pialba, is an awesome place to hang out during the school holidays for free.
FREE FUN: Wetside Water Park on Charlton Esplanade, Pialba, is an awesome place to hang out during the school holidays for free. CONTRIBUTED

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: The ultimate boredom busters on the Coast


Multi-sports day

PCYC Hervey Bay hosts a free multi-sports day for seven to 12 year olds.

Participate in gymnastics, dodge ball, handball and hockey. Barbecue lunch and drinks provided.

Held from 9am-1pm at PCYC Hervey Bay, 9 O'Rourke St, Pialba.

Bookings essential. Contact Indigenous Community Sport and Rec officer Mark Staib or phone 41245211.

Rock painting

ROCK painting is the latest and greatest way to engage children in a fun, accessible craft activity.

A kids rock painting workshop will be held at the Fraser Coast Regional Gallery, 166 Old Maryborough Rd, Pialba, from 10.30am.

Children will be guided in creating their very own family of animals, faces or other unique designs.

All materials supplied. $5 per child.

Booking essential. Phone 41974206 or email regionalgallery@


Inflatable playground

THE Pumped Sport inflatable playground will be at Urangan State High School, Robert St, Torquay.

Children can enjoy supervised play and age appropriate games with a range of interactive inflatables and soft play equipment.

Toddler Town session from 9-10.30am, for five years and under, costs $10.

Open play session for all ages up to 12, from 2-4pm. No bookings required. Pay cash on the day.


3D printing basics workshop

LEARN how to make your own 3D printed life hacks for around the house or at work.

Facilitator Steph Piper will run a workshop at the Fraser Coast Regional Gallery, 166 Old Maryborough Rd, Pialba, from 10.30am.

You'll learn about material choices, printer capabilities and how to finish your models with smoothing techniques and painting.

Bring-your-own laptop for a hands-on experience.

Bookings essential. Suitable for ages 13 and over. Costs $15.

Email regionalgallery@ or phone 41974206.


Visit Da Vinci Machines exhibition before it ends on January 20

DISCOVER the extraordinary designs of one of the world's greatest minds in this interactive exhibition at the Maryborough Town Hall, Kent St.

This award-winning global exhibit showcases 60 iconic machines and inventions inspired by Leonardo's drawings.

See 500-year-old contraptions brought to life including Da Vinci's flying machines and actual size replicas of his most famous artworks, including the Mona Lisa.

Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 3pm (closes 7pm on Fridays).

Adults $12, children $6. Visit


Exhibition for full price list.

The exhibition ends on January 20.


Goggomobil with paper darts

SEE a D'art 1960 Goggomobil which has been painted by Australian artist Robert Clinch.

The car is on display at the Fraser Coast Regional Gallery, 166 Old Maryborough Rd, Pialba, until January 28.

Clinch is renowned for including paper darts, or paper planes, in his paintings - including the paintwork of the car.

The dart motif signifies imagination, transience, purity and fragility.

Entry is free.


Skateboard lessons from a pro

CATCH a lesson with a pro skateboarder in the Target carpark at Stockland Hervey Bay, Central Ave, Pialba.

There will be four one-hour skate sessions at 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm.

Perfect for all abilities from beginners through to intermediate or more advanced.

Open to ages six and over. Parents are required to accompany children at all times.

Registration opens 30 minutes before each skate session time. Costs $11 a session.


Beach and shells exhibition

A photographic exhibition that shows the beauty of the beach is on at Gatakers Artspace, Kent St, Maryborough, until February 3.

Photographer Jenny Beck has captured images of shells and the beach which can be enjoyed if people take the time to slow down and simply look.

For further information phone 41905723 or gatakersartspace@



Australian Adventure Park

THE park hosts a range of children's outdoor activities every Saturday during the school holidays.

Laser skirmish, archery, flying fox, canoeing, abseiling, obstacle course, bush camping, fishing. Bring-your-own kayak and bikes.

Bookings essential, phone 41867606.

The Australian Adventure Park is at Burrum Heads. Entry starts from $5.


Wetside Water Park

WETSIDE in Hervey Bay is an awesome place to hang out during the school holidays for free.

Located at the corner of Main St and Charlton Esplanade, it provides the best of both worlds with the beach only metres away.

The park is open every day during school holidays except for Christmas Day.

The park has four main areas, Totside for the under-fives, FlipSlide BoardRider, a tipping bucket, slides and hundreds of fountains and seating. Evening light shows will be held every Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm.


Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum

THE Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum has 21 historical buildings and is home to more than 12,000 items and often hosts interactive displays and demonstrations.

The museum is open every day during the school holidays, except Christmas Day.

Monday to Saturday from 1-4.30pm, and Sundays 10.30am-4pm. The museum is at 13 Zephyr St, Scarness.

Entry, adults $10, children 14 and under $3, children below school age enter free.


Fraser Coast Cultural Centre Holiday Fun

THERE are some awesome events and activities on these school holidays.

The centre consists of the Hervey Bay Gallery and the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere all under the one roof.

The Discovery Sphere is very popular with children, who especially love the hands-on interactive challenges and activities.

They love having their photo taken alongside the magnificent 12-metre-high sculpture of Hervey Bay's iconic whale, Nala.

The Cultural Centre is at 166 Old Maryborough Rd, Pialba.


Hervey Bay Tenpin Bowl and Ice Skating

Tenpin bowling: Whether you just want to play for fun or you want to get serious and join a league to compete against others then tenpin bowling is the game for you and Hervey Bay Tenpin Bowl is the place to be.

Ice skating: You can have all the fun of ice skating without getting cold or wet thanks to the synthetic ice skating rink that's now part of Hervey Bay Tenpin Bowl and Zone 3.

Prices, adult $17, teens $15, children $13 and toddlers $5.

Each session runs for one hour and 45 minutes. The centre is open every day, from 9am to late.

Hervey Bay Tenpin Bowl is at 60-62 Boat Harbour Dr, Pialba.


Jump Park Hervey Bay

JUMP Park Hervey Bay is the premier indoor trampoline park of Fraser Coast.

Featuring multiple zones and Olympic trampolines, it won't disappoint even the most hardcore.

The jump park is open daily over the school holidays from 9am to 6pm.

Jump Park is at 229 Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd, Urraween. Phone 41914051 for prices.


Go fishing

EVERY day is a great day to go fishing on the Fraser Coast - and it's free.

Take your little anglers to fish off one of the small jetties along Hervey Bay's Esplanade, or walk out to the end of Urangan Pier, where anglers catch garfish, whiting, bream and flathead and big catches such as trevally and blue fin tuna.

Even if you don't reel anything in, your kids will be entertained peering into the water and watching what others catch.


Walk Burrum Coast Park

NORTH of the Hervey Bay and Maryborough area you will find Burrum Heads, home to Burrum Coast National Park.

While you wouldn't want to try all of the walking trails at this park with children, several of the boardwalks are perfect for little feet and inquisitive minds.


Walk the Esplanade

HERVEY Bay is blessed with kilometres of parkland, bike paths and sandy shores overlooking the still waters of the bay.

Rent bikes and take in the whole length of the 14km long pathway from Urangan to Gatakers Bay or break it up into smaller sections and discover piers, views, parks and playgrounds along the way.


Visit Arkarra Lagoons

ARKARRA is an Aboriginal word meaning a place of many ducks. It's a great spot to walk any of the signed tracks around the lagoon. The area is home to birds, goannas, echidnas, wallabies, turtles, eels, fish and, of course, ducks.

The restaurant has some lovely food and drinks available and plenty of seats under shady huts.

They are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4pm. Closed public holidays.

Arkarra Lagoons is situated at 28-34 Panorama Dr, Dundowran Beach. Entry is free, unless you have a bite to eat.


Visit Mary Poppins

IT WON'T take a spoonful of sugar to get your kids excited to do this.

Visit the heritage-listed bank building where the author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, was born in 1899.

Take a photo with the life-sized statue of the original super nanny and have the kids bring a crayon and notebook to make rubbings of the 10 Mary Poppins characters that are etched on the brick plinths, located at the Town Hall Green.

Check out the Maryborough City Hall and surrounds.


Visit Fraser Island

FRASER Island, just a 45-minute ferry ride from Hervey Bay, is one of five World Heritage-listed natural playgrounds in Queensland.

For families who like the great outdoors, pack your camping gear and head off the grid for some 4x4-ing and epic stargazing.

For those looking for a more civilised stay, Kingfisher Bay Resort has all the modern conveniences for a family including two full-service restaurants, a resort-style pool and tours to get you out and about on the island.

No matter your accommodation style, Fraser Island has your holiday activity schedule sorted.

Take a 4x4 drive through the rainforest, snap the rusty Maheno shipwreck, tube down freshwater Eli Creek, visit Lake McKenzie, spot dingos, go fishing, or hike along the Fraser Island Great Walk.

All Fraser Island bookings and permits can be made at the Hervey Bay Information Centre, 227 Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd, Urraween. Or book your Kingfisher Bay Resort or Eurong Resort stay and ferry by phoning 1800227437.


Visit Susan River Homestead

YOU can make an entire holiday at Susan River Homestead.

But even if you're not staying on the property, you can get involved in their family friendly activities and most notably horse riding for anyone over the age of four.

The property prides itself on providing a range of ponies and horses so that even a young first-timer will feel safe and enjoy the ride.

If horses aren't your thing, they also have a private lake with jet-skiing, water skiing and wakeboarding available as well as barbecue picnic areas, a resort pool, and tennis courts.

Visit or phone 4121 6846.


Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary

FRASER Island is home to the purest strain of dingo remaining in Australia but you don't have to visit the island to get close to one. The Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many dingos, including an albino. That's not all you'll see there, either -wallabies, echidnas, birds, snakes and other critters will welcome your crew with open paws.

The sanctuary also hosts a country market on the third Sunday of the month.

It is a not-for-profit organisation formed by a dedicated band of volunteers to ensure the future of the sanctuary and its inhabitants.

The Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. Feeding time for the kangaroos, wallabies and emus is at 2pm each day.

You will find them at 31 Mungar Rd, Maryborough.


Hervey Bay Go Kart Track

FOR a fun half-day outing, race around Hervey Bay Go Kart track then cool off for a few hours slip-sliding your way down the 120m waterslide.

Children must be two years old to ride in a tandem go-kart with an over-18 driver but nine-year-olds and over can drive their own. Kids and tots of all ages can ride the water slide.

The attraction is open every day, from 9.30am to 5pm at 245 Scrub Hill Rd, Nikenbah (off the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd).

Phone 4128 1180 for prices.


Visit Reefworld Aquarium

OBSERVE sea life in their natural habitat at Reefworld Aquarium.

It's home to many different marine animals including colourful tropical fish, sharks and large reef fish, along with tubeworms, crabs and many more.

Feed the turtles at 11am or the sharks at 2.30pm daily. Cost is $20 adult, $10 children three to 13 years.

They are open 9.30am to 4pm every day. They are located at Dayman Park, cnr Kent St and Pulgul St, Urangan.


Jump on board The Maryanne Steam Train

THE Mary Ann Steam Engine is a replica of the first steam engine built in Queensland and chugs her visitors around Maryborough's Queens Park every Thursday.

Timed to coincide with the Maryborough Heritage Markets, you can make a day out of it by grabbing a bite at a local cafe or browsing the 120 stalls of local produce, original hand-made crafts, artwork and other unique items. (Also takes place on the last Sunday of each month.)

Cost is $2 for children, adults $3 and family $7.


Visit the Botanic Gardens and Orchid House

IF you're looking for a change of scenery from the beach, grab a picnic blanket, pick a shady spot at the lagoon and relax while the kids spot fish, dragonflies, ducks and turtles at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens.

Explore the tranquil garden walkways and then take a peek in the Orchid House.

Garden entry is free. Orchid House is $2.50.

The gardens are on Elizabeth St, Urangan.


Suit up and hit the beach

WITH the calm waters of Hervey Bay at your feet, now is the perfect time to try some water sports, kite surfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking are all popular activities.

The shallow, surf-free water makes it less intimidating for the young ones to give something new a go.

If you don't have your own gear, try Enzo's on the Beach cafe (on the Esplanade at Scarness) for rentals.


Visit the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre

HERVEY Bay Aquatic Centre on Boundary Rd is open Monday-Friday from 5.30am to 7pm and Saturdays from 8am to 6pm and Sundays from 9am to 6pm.

Closed Christmas Day.

The Inflatable Days are also back each Saturday, from 11.30am-2.30pm. Only $2 extra on top of your pool entry. Each child must conduct a swimming assessment prior to being allowed on the inflatables.

For information, phone on 41259722, or visit frasercoast.qld. centre for entry prices.


Stroll through the Australiana Cottage Craft and Herb Farm

AUSTRALIANA Cottage Crafts and Herb Farm owners Karen and Ron Herbert have created a crafty wonderland that has visitors and locals returning time after time.

Especially during the Christmas period. The cottage has wood working areas, pottery huts, the formal and informal herb gardens, a cottage herb nursery and a farm animal area with guinea fowl and pigs, sheep, goats, peacocks, chickens, geese, chinese silky chicken and more.

The farm is open 10am to 4pm daily over the school holidays at 403 Torbanlea Pialba Rd, Takura. Entry is free.


Take a walk through Queen's Park

QUEENS Park was established in 1860 and many of its beautiful huge trees were planted before 1900.


Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum

THE unusual, the quirky and eclectic are among 7000 items of military and colonial memorabilia, which form displays of exceptional quality at Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum.

The museum houses a VC awarded to Lieutenant (later Major) Herbert James, 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment for gallantry at Gully Ravine, Cape Helles, Gallipoli on 28th June and 3rd July 1915.

The Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum is a testament to not only those heroes who fought in distant lands to ensure our way of life and prosperity, but also those courageous and determined people who pioneered and progressed the Maryborough area for almost two centuries.

Phone 41235900 for entry details.

The museum is at 106 Wharf St, Maryborough.

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