6 things to do these school holidays in Gladstone
Acrobatics, water slides, kayaking and fun runs… there’s plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained these September school holidays in Gladstone.
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.
2. Circus Oz
The 100% human circus is coming to town! Circus Oz is rolling into Gladstone on Saturday 4 October with a big-top show inspired by the pre-digital world (woah, what was that even like?!). Witness crazy stunt-jumping, jugglers, acrobats and trapeze with comedy, live music and cabaret thrown in for good measure. Adults $25. Children $25. Family pass $90.
Cool off in the Splash Zone at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre, which has reopened in time for the holidays! The water fun park provides hours for fun for kids under 12 with water jets, cannons, sprays and bubblers and the Big Tipper Bucket, which dumps 500 litres of water over everyone standing below, every 10 seconds! Hours of fun for everyone.
4. LARCing about
Jump on a full day tour with 1770 LARC! Tours and get set for dolphin spotting, beach cruising, lighthouse exploring and sand boarding fun. This awesome amphibious cargo vehicle can drive over land and float on the sea so you get the best of both worlds. Your host Neil will fill your head with tales of Captain Cook and fill your tummy with morning tea, lunch, and billy tea and lamingtons for afternoon tea. The ‘Paradise’ full-day tour runs every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Adults $155. Children $95 (under 5 free).
5. Fun run
Got itchy feet? You’ve got plenty of time to lace up the running shoes and train these holidays before the big event of the Agnes Water Triathlon rolls into town. Not keen on swimming, riding AND running? The Junior Beach Fun Run is happening on Saturday 4 October with categories for under 10s, under 12s and under 14s, with distances ranging from 1-3km. Registration $5.
6. Paddle out
Head out on a family kayaking adventure in 1770 with Liquid Adventures. Keep your eyes peeled and mark off the birds and marine animals you spot along the way on your identification slate. You’ll explore the mangroves of Round Hill Creek and might even spot some estuarine dolphins! Play some beach games on a morning tea stop then paddle back to the foreshore. Cost: $30 per person or $100 for a family of four.