6 things to do these school holidays on the Fraser Coast
The September school holidays are just about to kick off, so get prepped with this downloadable list of activities to keep the kids entertained.
1. Whale watching
It’s not just the school kids who are on holidays. Thousands of humpback whale mothers and their newborn calves are also taking some time out in the calm Fraser Coast waters. The best way to play with them is to jump on a whale watching tour from Hervey Bay and keep your eyes peeled for some seriously cool whale moves busting out of the water.
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.
Feeling the heat? Get wet and wild in Hervey Bay when WaterWorld Central returns for the holidays from 20 September to 6 October. This super cool portable water theme park pops up out of nowhere with giant pools, slides, zorb balls and pools. Slide down the giant twin slides of the Dragon Pool, slip through the shark’s mouth into the Shark Pool or just chill out in the Crocodile Pool. Cost: $20 (online price).
4. Spoonful of sugar
Explore the hometown of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers with a guided walking tour, focussed on the famous singing nanny in Maryborough. Your very own Mary Poppins-inspired character will take you around town, pointing out important connections from the stories, finishing with morning tea… and just a spoonful of sugar! Tours run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cost: $20 per person.
5. Reel ‘em in
There’s nothing better than messing about in boats, and when you head out with Tri for a half-day Fraser Guided Fishing tour, you’ll soon work through your fishing apprenticeship chasing popular species like trevally and queen fish. Sticking to the nearby flats of the Sandy Straits, Tri will take you where the fish are biting and help you on the way to becoming the next pro (or at least threading your own hook).
6. Wildlife warriors
On Saturday 27 September and Saturday 4 October, head to the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere to learn all about the whales and Fraser Island, and you’ll also meet Ray from the Fraser Coast Wildlife Centre. He’ll be bringing along dingoes, reptiles and snakes so you can get up close and snap a snake selfie. You can help feed the resident clown fish, Rhonda and Ketut, at 11:30am each day.