6 things to do these school holidays on the Fraser Coast
The school holidays have kicked off and now is the perfect time to get out and explore the natural playground that is the Fraser Coast.
1. Wildlife watching
It’s not just the school kids who are on holidays during July and September. Thousands of humpback whale mothers and their newborn calves are also taking some time out in the calm Fraser Coast waters. Sightings are most abundant during August and September. 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.
Grab your binoculars, hat and camera and head off to see how many birds you can spot! See migratory birds coming from as far as Japan, Alaska and Siberia to Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Strait. You’re bound to see more than a few with over 250 identified species in the region.
Cruise the coast of the Great Sandy Strait to spot pods of dolphins with Blue Dolphin Marine Tours. The tour takes four hours with morning tea provided and a chance to swim near one of the shallow sandbanks.
2. Giddy up!
Take an equestrian escape to Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort where you can horse ride on a 1600-acre property of pastures and bushland. Then, switch things up with water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing on the resort’s 17-acre lake.
Make sure you pack your bathers year round so you can enjoy WetSide Water Park on the Esplanade at Hervey Bay. The free eco-friendly playground was designed around water ‘infotainment’ everyone can get skilled up and learn about water and sustainable use. Don’t worry kids, it’s not school in disguise as this awesome water park has slides and a drop bucket, TotSide area for little ones under five and a FlipSide BoardRider wave machine.
4. Island Escape
Jump in the 4WD for a family adventure to World Heritage Listed Fraser Island. Catch one of the daily ferries from Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay to visit the famous Maheno shipwreck that met her stormy end during a cyclone in 1935. One of the best spots for a cooling dip is at Eli Creek where you can float gently downstream.
5. Enjoy spoonfuls of sugar
Explore the hometown of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers with a guided walking tour, focused 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.
6. 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 queenfish. 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).
*This post was first published in 2014 and updated in July 2018