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6 things to do these school holidays in Capricorn

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From rodeos to river festivals, the school holidays are packed with adventure in the Capricorn region.

1. Training day

Go back in time to the good ol’ days of steam train travel at the Archer Park Rail Museum. The tram will be running for rides from 22-29 September, 2014. You can also check out the C17 steam loco and climb aboard restored passenger carriages, change the signals and use the antique phones. Adults $9. Children $5.50. Family pass $27.

2. Instameets

Got a smartphone? Got an Instagram account? Great. Let the iPhoneography begin! On Saturday 4 October, Queensland is holding the biggest Instameet. Ever. That means people like you, all around the state, are going to meet up in groups to snap away and upload their pics to Instagram in the biggest show-and-tell about their hometown or holiday spot. Find out where you can get in on the action here. Confused? Get the lowdown on Instameets here.

3. Bats and bones

Delve deep into the Capricorn Caves and discover how scientists are using bat poo and owl spew to research climate change and also to learn about the mega fauna which once roamed this land. Get hands on petting a bearded dragon and carpet python and finish up the two-hour tour with a walk through the ancient dry rainforest and taste some local honey. Adults $35. Children $25.

4. Ride ‘em cowboy

Saddle up excitement plus, when the best of the best of Australia’s professional bull riding circuit ride into town. Forty bull riders will enter the ring for their eight seconds of fame in the PBR Rodeo series opener at Browne Park, Rockhampton with gates opening at 5.30pm on Saturday 27 September, 2014. Adults $30. Children $15 (general admission).

5. River Festival

Head down to Theodore on Saturday 4 October to make a splash at the Theodore River Festival. As well as a water-ski tournament carving up the river, there’ll be live entertainment, rides, art exhibition, market stalls, an animal nursery, and a tug-o-war challenge! If you’re feeling energetic, get involved in the Tropical Fun Run on Sunday 5 October.

6. Island adventure

If you’ve got some budding marine biologists in your midst, jump on board a combo cruise through the Keppel Bay Islands with Freedom Fast Cats. Leaving every Monday, the trip includes a glass-bottom boat viewing tour, some free time on Great Keppel Island and a sausage sizzle back on board the boat. After lunch, jump back into the water for a snorkel tour. Adults $109. Children $77. Family pass $310.

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