Get out and about on the Fraser Coast this weekend


  • When: Weekdays, 10am-1pm until March 29.
  • Where: Gatakers Artspace, 311 Kent St, Maryborough
  • What: Exhibition of locally themed paintings by award-winning artist Dianne Dumschat.
  • Cost: Free


  • When: For the month of March and April
  • Where: Gallery 5, Sandy St, Urangan
  • What: This month's exhibition at Gallery 5 is one that stretches the artist's imagination and technical expertise. By definition, a monochromatic painting is one created using only one colour in different tints, shades and tones, plus black and white and, of course as the name suggests, the Black & White entries will be just that, with the emphasis on describing three-dimensional form through the use of tints and shades. This exhibition promises to be an unusual and visually exciting display showing the versatility of Hervey Bay Art Society members. All artwork is for sale.
  • Cost: Free

Friday, March 27:


  • When: Friday, 2.30-7pm.
  • Where: Urangan Marina, Urangan.
  • What: Stalls include charms, crinkle tops and silk embroidery.
  • Cost: Free entry.


  • When: Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-4pm and Monday nights, 6pm-9pm.
  • Where: Australian Pensioners and Superannuants League Hall, 61 Hunter St, Pialba.
  • What: Join this friendly crew for a round of social table tennis. Cost includes light refreshments.
  • Cost: $3.


  • When: Friday, 7.30pm
  • Where: Hervey Bay RSL, Hervey House
  • What: The Hervey Bay Jazz Club presents Robyn Brown of Sassy Jazz Fame. Also to hit the stage is Libor Smoldas, an internationally-known jazz guitarist from Prague in the Czech Republic.
  • Cost: $20 for jazz club members and $25 for non-members.

Saturday, March 28:


  • When: Saturday, 8am-2pm.
  • Where: Torquay Esplanade, near the tennis courts.
  • What: Browse a variety of locally handcrafted goods while taking in the atmosphere of Hervey Bay's beautiful foreshore and Esplanade.
  • Cost: Free


  • When: Saturday, 8-10.30am
  • Where: Fair Haven Le Shoppe, Neptune St, Baddow (Maryborough)
  • What: Bag a bargain while helping to raise funds for the Fair Haven Retirement Village. There's lots of pre-loved summer clothing, male and female, all at half price. Also on sale is a large wheelie walker and thermoskin wrap.
  • Cost: Free


  • When: Saturday, 6pm
  • Where: Tour departs the Maryborough Post Office, Bazaar St, at 6pm sharp. Bookings are essential.
  • What: Ghostly Tours and Tales of Maryborough. Hear spine-tingling tales of a city's dark past. An extraordinary evening of living history and eerie entertainment topped off with a fortifying meal and a nip of "courage". Join the Mary Widow and The Undertaker for an evening of spooky tales of times past as they recount true stories of love, betrayal, tragedy and unspeakable crimes, mixed with some juicy period gossip. Bookings to 1800 214 789.
  • Cost: $75

Sunday, March 29:


  • When: Sunday, 7am-noon.
  • Where: Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary, 79 Mungar Rd, Maryborough West.
  • What: There will be lots of stalls, plenty of bargains, bric-a-brac, birds, fruit and vegies, tools, books, bikes, paintings and more. Visit the animals in the Sanctuary, pat a kangaroo, howl with the dingoes or laugh with the kookaburras.
  • Cost: Gold coin donation.


  • When: Sunday, 9am-1pm.
  • Where: Queens Park, Maryborough.
  • What: Weather permitting, MELSA will run its miniature trains in beautiful Queens Park in Maryborough. Replica steam train the Mary Ann is undergoing repairs and may not be running on the riverside track. However, organisers will do their best to get it fixed in time. The Excelsior City Band will play in the rotunda and operate a sausage sizzle barbecue with cold drinks, tea and coffee.
  • Cost: $2 per ride.


  • When: Sunday, 9.30am
  • Where: The Ulula Lagoon Park, Maryborough
  • What: Join the Hervey Bay Ramblers for a stroll around the park and adjoining area, followed by a sociable morning tea (BYO). Then on to Queens Park to listen to the band and enjoy a ( BYO) picnic lunch. Phone Merle on 4124 2796.
  • Cost: Free


  • When: Sunday, 12.30pm
  • Where: Community Centre, Charles St, Pialba
  • What: Join the Cool Country music club for some fun and entertainment at their monthly concert. Phone Heather on 0427 972 789.
  • Cost: $3

Things to do every day


  • When: Tuesday to Sunday (until April 19), 10am-4pm.
  • Where: Maryborough City Hall, Kent St, Maryborough.
  • What: Discover a world of dinosaurs at Explore-a-saurus as you explore the science of palaeontology. Explore-a-saurus invites visitors of all ages to discover how we know what we know about those most famous of prehistoric creatures - dinosaurs. This interactive exhibition explores the concepts of palaeontology in a fun and hands-on way. Test your strength against a T-rex jaw, uncover fossils and bones at a dig site and learn about how dinosaurs lived - from how fast they ran to how they digested their food. This exhibition features amazing animatronics versions of some of the world's most famous dinosaurs. It includes muttaburrasaurus, one of the most complete dinosaur skeleton specimens ever found in Australia, and, of course, the carnivorous Tyrannosaurus Rex, king of the cretaceous period.
  • Cost: $12 adult, $10 children.


  • When: Daily, 9am-5pm.
  • Where: 6/79 Islander Rd, Pialba.
  • What: Treat the kids to a play while the parents relax with coffee and cake.
  • Cost: Phone 4194 2992 for entry costs.


Free things to do in Hervey Bay

  • Walk or ride the Esplanade (this is about 18km).
  • Take the family on a scenic drive to Toogoom or Burrum Heads.
  • Fish off one of the small jetties along the Esplanade or walk out to the end of the long jetty (about 1km long).
  • Drop a fishing line into a deep shipping channel where there are all sorts of fish to be caught, from garfish, whiting, bream and flathead right up to big fish like golden trevally.
  • Have a barbecue on the foreshore.

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