5 top family activities on the Discovery Coast
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With iconic Queensland beaches, pure national parks and access to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, there’s no shortage of epic experiences to be had on the Discovery Coast… including these family-friendly activities that the whole family will love!
1. Have a LARC-TASTIC day out
Get ready for a day of dolphin spotting, beach cruising, lighthouse exploring and sand-boarding when you jump on the full day Paradise Tour with 1770 LARC! Tours. Your ride for the day is an awesome PINK amphibious cargo vehicle that can drive over land and float on the sea. And if that wasn’t already action-packed enough, you’ll also be entertained with tales of Captain Cook and have your tummies filled with morning tea, lunch, and an afternoon billy tea.
2. Paddle in paradise
Get the whole family out on the water for a fully guided kayak adventure with 1770 Liquid Adventures! You’ll explore the mangroves of Round Hill Creek and might even spot some of the local estuarine dolphins. Kids are provided with a bird and marine life identification slate, so keep your eyes peeled and mark off the wildlife you spot along the way. Then stop on a secluded sandbar for a morning tea break, where you can play some beach games or enjoy a swim in the calm waters of 1770. Finish up with a relaxed paddle back along the beautiful 1770 foreshores.
3. Explore the Southern Great Barrier Reef
As the closest access point to Lady Musgrave Island, no trip to the Discovery Coast would be complete without a trip to the Southern Great Barrier Reef! Hop aboard with 1770 Reef Tours or Lady Musgrave Cruises and in only 75 minutes you’ll be experiencing the world class snorkelling of Lady Musgrave Island. The island’s coral lagoon is a haven for over 1300 varieties of brilliantly coloured fish and over 350 species of both hard and soft corals – it’s like swimming in a giant aquarium! Plus, you can get up close with other resident marine life including swimming with turtles and spotting manta rays.
4. Visit Skippy and his furry friends
Spend an afternoon with 1770 Shuttle & Tours at Horizon Kangaroo Sanctuary, for a unique interactive experience with these iconic Australian animals. Enjoy the sanctuary’s breathtaking views over Agnes Water, while learning all about kangaroos and how the orphaned joeys are cared for.
5. Discover the Paperbark Forest Boardwalk
The Paperbark Forest Boardwalk is only a short 400m walk but it won’t disappoint! Follow the trail of stepping stones and wooden walkways as you wind through the magical paperbark trees that tower above. Reminiscent of an enchanted forest, kids will take delight in this whimsical forest. Nature lovers and keen photographers will also love this spot, so keep a lookout for local wildlife and don’t forget your camera!