6 things to do these school holidays in Gladstone
Camping, snorkelling, kayaking and horse riding… there’s plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained these school holidays in Gladstone.
1. Get back to nature
Pack up the kids; it’s camping time. Isla Gorge National Park has pretty much everything you could want in a camping trip. There are eagles, wallabies and more scenic walks than you can shake a stick at. The rock formations change colour as the sun goes down so get your kids snapping photos as you cook some bush tucker.
2. Out on the farm
Get your hands dirty and put in some hard yakka. The Myella Farm Stay will have you milking cows, riding horses, lassoing and cracking whips. And that’s just the morning.
3. Reef life
Cast off from 1770 to a place that is so beautiful they named it after a lady. 1770reef Eco Tours can take you out to the largest living organism on earth (the Great Barrier Reef) and back again without any hassle in one day. Snorkel, feed fish, take a semi-submersible or just walk around the island. There are no bad decisions here.
4. 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!
5. Reel ’em in
Bait your lines – the Barra are biting and the Mangrove Jack are feeling feisty in Lake Awoonga. This lake has more wildlife than a David Attenborough documentary. Camp or caravan it’s up to you, just make sure you bring drinking water and your adventure pants.
6. Escape to an island
Take the family for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and watch the kids’ excitement as they snorkel and come face-to-face with brightly coloured coral, turtles, fish and marine life. Heron Island is surrounded by shallow waters, with the reef right off the beach and is just one of the many family-friendly locations on the Reef.