Wondering how you can keep the kids off their devices and busy these school holidays but don’t want to break the bank? We have you covered with this master list of half to full day-trips all within the Gladstone Region. From climbing mountains to appreciating art, history and culture, the kids will love (and you will too) getting out and about to experience something new and exciting this Christmas break.
1. Leisure at the lake
Thanks to the Gladstone Area Water Board the excellent recreational facilities including shelter sheds and barbeques, walking paths and playgrounds easily make a trip to Lake Awoonga a whole day out for the entire family. Whether you swim, paddle, kayak or ski, a dip in the lake is the perfect way to escape the heat. Love to fish? Well you’re in for a treat with Lake Awoonga a well-known spot to catch a barra. Pack a picnic or throw some snags on the barbie to keep the kids’ energy up so you can spend the afternoon enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife.
2. Pedal and public art
Put the bikes in the car and head out to Turtleway Bikeway which runs along both side of the banks of the Boyne River between the towns of Tannum Sands and Boyne Island. The pathway which is 15klms in total has had public artworks installed along the way including sculptures, mosaic and functional art among other things so it’s a great way to get active and creatively inspired at the same time.
3. Feel the sand between your toes
Spoilt with more than one beautiful beach in the region, enjoy a day at the beach full of sun, sand and smiles! Both patrolled beaches, Tannum Sands and Agnes Water Beach also have eateries, take away shops and parkways nearby. So throw the sun shirts and hats in the car and enjoy a good dose of the “sunshine vitamin” that is vitamin D while you swim, build sandcastles and play till your hearts content.
4. Boyne and Betsy
A trip to the Boyne Valley will definitely not disappoint! With so much to see, you’ll be planning your next day trip before you even drive back in your drive-way. Spend the day exploring intriguing natural and cultural wonders hidden among a mosaic of woodlands, rainforests and scrublands, take a bushwalk, tackle the four-wheel-drive roads and of course see the remains of a WWII Liberator bomber that crashed at Kroombit Tops National Park in 1945 and lied undiscovered for 50 years.
5. Heritage and Wildlife
A true surprise package, this will be a day to remember! Start off at the Calliope River Historical Village which provides for a true heritage experience. With the museum and tours operating daily at a small cost, take a trip down memory lane as you look at unique and interesting displays and some of the preserved original buildings from around the Gladstone Region. Stay on the highway and head out to Safe Haven which is a property dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of all injured, ill or orphaned native Australian wildlife and get up close and personal with baby koalas, gliders, echidnas, wombats, wallabies, kangaroos, possums and birds. Witnessing the wonderful work done at Safe Haven as these animals are loved and looked after will have you walking away feeling all warm and fuzzy!
6. Play and Park
Enjoy the stunning destination that is the Gladstone Ports Corporation East Shores Precinct. Cool off with a splash through the water, let the kids burn off all their school holidays energy on the playground, pack a picnic or make the most of the barbeque facilities, a day at East Shores Precinct is definitely a day well spent.
7. Stand on top of a mountain
Challenge yourself and the kids to climb Mount Larcom and enjoy the reward of an awe-inspring 360-degree view of the Gladstone area. As it’s a challenging walk, this is one for the older kids and not advisable for young ones. Subject to fitness, it may take around 5 or so hours to complete but will be well worth the effort when you see that view and feel that sense of accomplishment when you get back to base.
We love to see people exploring our great region so be sure to #gladstoneregion with your school holiday adventure snaps. Have an idea for a day trip that we haven’t mentioned, we’d love to grow our list for all the parents out there so email us at email@example.com.