Plan your Spring Holidays
The spring school holidays are fast approaching and if you're not yet sure how to spend it, then check out what's on in Hervey Bay. There's something for every age range and better yet, lots of it is free!
If you haven't spent much time in and around Hervey Bay you'll quickly see it's the perfect place for a spring school holiday. The Queensland town's mild, subtropical climate makes it a popular playground for both locals and holidaymakers, the temperature a mild 22-26 degrees, the skies clear, and very little rainfall.
You can't go wrong with spending the spring school holidays in Hervey Bay!
Free activities in Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay has a plethora of activities for kids that won't cost you a thing. Imagine a holiday where you're not constantly reaching into your pocket!
The Esplanade is the ultimate Hervey Bay playground, offering a 17 km coastal path from beyond the Urangan Boat Harbour in the south-east to Gatakers Bay in the north-west. Along the way, you'll explore the regions of Hervey Bay - Urangan, Shelly Beach, Torquay, Scarness, Pialba and Point Vernon.
The Esplanade is popular with walkers, joggers and bike riders of all ages. In places, the pathway is flat, while in others there's a little undulation. All in all, though, it's an easy route whichever way you choose to take it.
Optional paid extra: If you haven't got your bikes, consider hiring some and completing as much of the path as you can. There are several bike hire companies located around Hervey Bay, but for something different, try hiring a four-wheeled cruiser. Work up a sweat pedalling past parks, piers, great views and playgrounds and then grab an ice cream from one of Hervey Bay's many ice creameries.
Want more? Check out these bike paths around Hervey Bay.
There are numerous spots along the Esplanade that will give you access to Hervey Bay's very long beach. Where you choose to perch on the sand doesn't really matter, as Hervey Bay Beach is one of the safest swimming beaches in Australia. Hervey Bay is protected from the surf by Fraser Island so there are no big breakers and rips are rare. Great news for families with small children, though not so good for surfers.
Want to keep the little ones occupied on the beach while you soak up some sun? Why not check out these fun-filled beach games.
The Hervey Bay Botanic Garden is situated in 26 hectares of land and it's an oasis of peace and tranquillity in an otherwise busy part of town. Open from 6:30am the gardens are the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner on a picnic rug. There are tons of shady spots to enjoy and several gas BBQs for your use. Swing by Sommerfield's Quality Meats and grab some rolls and salad from Coles or pick up a ready-to-go lunch from Mum's Charcoal & Grill and enjoy good old fashioned homestyle cooking. For good old park fun, pick up a frisbee from Truckloads and you're good to go. You might even be able to catch a school holiday garden tour.
Hervey Bay Library
Hervey Bay Library is buzzing with activity during the school holidays with craft, puzzles, glitter tattoos and more. Activities change every school holidays but an example of what you can expect is mosaics, paper weaving and paper craft, pet rocks and glitter stones and of course, Story Time. Activities are catered towards the younger kids, but older brothers and sisters are more than welcome.
Wetside Water Park
If your kids love to get wet then they will love Wetside Water Park. Located on the foreshore at the junction of Main Street and the Esplanade in Pialba, it's easy to find and a great deal of fun. There's something for kids of all ages with a giant tipping bucket and a special under 5's area. Entry to the water play arena (including the under 5's area) is free, however you will need to pay for the waterslides and the Flipside Board Ride. Still, at $5 for ten slides and $6 for a board ride, it's pretty reasonable.
Hervey Bay Adventure Playground
Located just a short walk from Wetside Water Park is the Hervey Bay Adventure Playground, a huge structure comprising of three massive slippery slides. The only way up is to negotiate the net ladder or web netting, each with their own unique challenges. Very young children may struggle, but older kids will love bounding up and sliding back down. The park also features a swing set and net swing.
Pialba Place offers a shaded playground where kids are free to run and be noisy and make new friends. It's a place of imagination, fun and squeals of delight. The playground covers over 200 m2 and features an array of fun activities that promote learning and creativity. There's a pirate fort, climbing wall, several slides, ocean see-saw, two bay swings and more and the rubber surface supports kids to explore free of misadventure. For mum and dad, the park makes stopping for a coffee or cold drink enjoyable.
Also at Pialba Place is a range of fun activities from pirate shows and crafts to Under the Sea workshops. Check out our What's On to learn more or sign up to our Kids Club. Available for kids 12-years and under we'll keep you up-to-date with everything that's happening when you sign up today.
Anzac Park and Ululah Lagoon
Grab the family and head 25 minutes south and you'll find Anzac Park and Ululah Lagoon. Once a favourite spot for Aboriginal corroborees the lagoon is now surrounded by a walk and cycle path which is frequented by the wildlife that lives there. There's also a skate bowl, children's fort, flying fox, other play equipment and BBQ facilities. In spring, the wallum heath natural wildflower show happens, making the spring school holidays a perfect time for a visit.
Take your little anglers and head for one of the small jetties along the Esplanade or walk out to the end of Urangan Pier. Catch garfish, whiting, bream, flathead and if you're lucky you might reel in a trevally or bluefin tuna! Even if you don't want to fish yourselves, the kids will get a kick out of seeing what others catch along the pier. The pier can be be heaving in the school holidays with locals trying their luck with a line.
Affordable activities in Hervey Bay
If you don't mind having a splurge or two these holidays there are plenty of paid activities too. Some of our favourites include:
Whale watching is an absolute must in spring, and Hervey Bay is the ultimate whale playground. Humpback whales love the calm, protected waters of Hervey Bay, so much so that they migrate here every year to have their young. They then stick around for a while, teaching their young to have fun with some of their famous moves.
Humpback whales display some of their most incredible behaviours when in Hervey Bay. They flip effortlessly into the air and sing loudly. Their songs can be heard for several miles! They are also curious, so head out on the water and be wowed as they come up and say hi. An experience your kids will never forget.
Be it for a day trip, a weekend or longer, Fraser Island is one of Queensland's most incredible natural landscapes. The best way to explore it is via 4WD, either self-drive or by organised tour. You can arrange a tour from Cruiseabout or Flight Centre or take your own vehicle over on the ferry from River Heads. There are three return services daily.
Must see sites on Fraser include beautiful Lake McKenzie (one of the seven natural wonders of the world), Lake Birrabeen, Eli Creek, Champagne Rock Pools and Lake Wabby.
Reefworld Aquarium is home to many different marine life, including colourful tropical fish, sharks, large reef fish, tubeworms and crabs. An all-natural aquarium that uses only sand filtered sea water and natural sunlight it's one of the most unique aquariums in the world. Children of all ages can participate in feeding the marine life, with green sea turtles, sharks and large reef fish all fed daily.
Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary
Pat a kangaroo, howl with the dingoes, laugh with the kookaburras and be greeted by Charlie, Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary's 30-year-old long billed corella. Enjoy the colour of a free flight aviary, hold a diamond python and give Kadar the camel a kiss if you dare. You can do it all at this gorgeous little sanctuary. Visit on the third Sunday of the month and not only can you enjoy on-site markets, entry to the sanctuary is free until 1pm.
The Game Lab
The Game Lab Cyber Cafe is Hervey Bay's only internet and gaming cafe and it can be found next to Big W in Pialba Place. It provides up-to-date PC's, hardware and home consoles, all with current patches, accessories and headsets. Games are catered for every kind of gamer and are broken into three categories: bring your account, free to play and Game Lab account. New membership includes three hours of game time and a free drink for $15.
Something for everyone
Whether the kids are 2,5 and 8 or 10, 13 and 15, there's something for every child in Hervey Bay. This makes parenting kids over the school holidays easy, with little or no chance of hearing the words "I'm bored". From swimming and snorkelling to riding a bike, from walking and hiking to hanging with the animals, from marvelling at marine life and driving on the beach to gaming in an overnight 'lockin' there is something for everyone!
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