Guide to Winter School Holidays in Hervey Bay
With its mild, subtropical climate and an average temperature of 26.2 degrees Celsius, Hervey Bay is not a bad place to be in the winter school holidays. The days are pleasant due to continuous sunshine, the nights are cool for curling up under the covers, and whale season hits its peak. When you think about it, there's a lot to love about this magic time of year.
That said, kids still need entertaining. Good weather and playful whales won't stop the "I'm bored" comments, so what are some things you can do to keep the kids happy all holidays. Let's take a look...
Great winter fishing spots in Hervey Bay
In winter, the bays, creeks and estuaries have something for everyone. There are plenty of mud crabs about, decent sized prawns, and squid is just about everywhere.
The local reefs see an influx of baitfish in winter and there's no better time to catch pike, whiting, yakkas, and tailor. Others species you can expect to catch include cod, blackall, trout, coral bream, and tuskies. Out on the water, your kids might even be lucky enough to help reel in a tuna or mackerel.
Favourite winter fishing spots for kids: Urangan Pier, Toogoom Beach, Kingfisher Jetty and Great Sandy Strait.
Whale watching on the Fraser Coast
It's one thing to know that the whales are out there, but it's another thing entirely to get up close and personal. If you haven't been whale watching for a while, it's time to go again. These marvellous creatures, which are anywhere between 12 and 16 metres long and weigh around 30,000 kg as an adult, nestle in the warm waters of Hervey Bay with their newborn calves right around the time of the holidays. Seeing them in their natural environment is an incredible experience, and something the kids will never forget. If your child gets seasick, choose a seat with limited motion and stay out on deck.
Wildlife photography on Fraser Island
Kids love getting creative and most love animals too. Why not combine the two and set them a wildlife photography challenge during the school holidays?
Give your kids a camera and you open them to a great learning experience. In control of what they capture, they can focus on the details they want. It might be the eyes, the paws, the fur - they might surprise you with what they come up with. Try not to guide them, them let find their way. Once you've printed them off, invite friends and family over for an exhibition.
Favourite spots to capture wildlife: Fraser Island and Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary
Bushwalking and coastal trails near Pialba
Walking might not be something you think the kids will get excited about, but a short bushwalk, coastal trail or urban discovery tour can offer lots of fun. Walking is a great opportunity to talk with your kids and bond with them and you'll all be getting fit too. If you're struggling to get them excited by the idea of a walk, consider making a scavenger hunt and getting them to cross off items as you find them. Again take the camera, or a magnifying glass to look at ants, spiders and beetles along the way. Collect leaves to make leaf impressions in salt dough or gather "treasures" for an art project. There's lots you can do to make walking exciting.
Bike riding on the Foreshore
Bike riding is an active, budget friendly activity for the school holidays and the kids will love it. Hervey Bay has tons of great cycling tracks too, making bike riding accessible and suitable for every skill level. The foreshore alone has more than 17 kilometres of bike path to cruise along, and with regular water fountains, beautiful coastal views and colonial-like streetlights leading the way, you can enjoy a ride at any time of day. If you want to take your adventure to the ocean, you can perch up your back at one of the many bike racks provided and swap pedals for sand between your toes.
Shopping during the school holidays at Pialba Place
There's always something happening at Pialba Place during the school holidays and many of the activities are free. Be it an Under the Sea Workshop or Daring Donna's Pirate Show, we've got the kids entertained. Pialba Place even has its own kids club for children aged 12 years and under. Kids can come have fun in our park while you shop up a storm. After a shop you can treat the kids to something yummy and hot chocolate.
Favourite yummy treats: Cake Bake Brew and Donut World, where you get a free donut with every hot drink.
Massive indoor fun for the whole family
Jump Park is Hervey Bay's indoor trampolining centre and its home to some fantastic school holiday programs and individual sessions. Enjoy zones like Free Jump, where you can jump until you can jump no more, Dodgeball, where you can team against team in dodgeball war, Airbag, Pro Zone and Mini Inflatables, an area designed specifically for 3-6 year olds or any child under 110cm tall.
Favourite zone at Jump Park: We love that Jump Park encourages the parents to join in at the Inflatable Zone. It's massive fun for the entire family.
Making a plan
Making a plan ahead of the school holidays will make the school break a breeze. And because you're in Hervey Bay, that breeze doesn't have to be cold just because it's winter. Stock up on a few extra layers at Pialba Place and start making a list of ways you will get out and about these winter holidays.