Summer Holiday Fun
If you're planning to visit the Fraser Coast this summer, we've got everything you can do in this guide to the summer school holidays in Hervey Bay. Don't spend hours planning, we've done all the hard yards for you and compiled the best activities for every type of adventure. It's full of great ideas and awesome family attractions, plus all the best family-friendly places to stay.
Family adrenaline fun
Because it's school holidays and because it's the beach, FUN will be top of the list with your kids. So here are some adrenaline packed ideas that big kids will enjoy as well:
- Wetside Water Park - a popular eco-friendly water park in Pialba for a cheap, fun and very wet day out. Parking's free, entry's free and there's a Flipside Boardride wave machine for the older kids that's just $6 a ride.
- Hervey Bay Scenic Flights - take the family on a 10-minute private scenic flight and see the sights as you fly over Hervey Bay, the Great Sandy Strait, the Mary River and the stunning surrounds of Fraser Island.
- Fraser Island Jet Ski Tours - choose from three different guided tours departing from Hervey Bay (ride solo or tandem) and explore the beautiful coastline of Fraser Island by jet ski.
- Hervey Bay Go Kart Track - burn rubber on this 650 metre long go kart track in Pialba or relax with a cold drink on the observation deck while the kids have maximum fun (minimum driver height 1.5 metres).
Laid back attractions
Holidays should be about everyone's enjoyment, so here are a few less hectic attractions that allow you to sit back and smell the roses:
- Sand between your toes - the beach at Pialba is the perfect place to relax and read a book while the kids play. There are two adjacent playgrounds on the foreshore plus bbq's, picnic tables and toilets and when they're done playing, you can take off your shoes and explore the rock pools together at low tide.
- Nikenbah Markets - held on the first and third Sundays of each month at the Hervey Bay Animal Shelter, the market features numerous stalls selling fresh local produce and hand crafted products plus great food and a relaxed, pet-friendly atmosphere that'll have you browsing for hours.
- Torquay Pier - take a leisurely family stroll on Torquay Pier and along the Esplanade, where you'll find fishing and photo opportunities galore and some great little cafes to relax in.
- Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens - 26 hectares of beautiful gardens in Urangan that provide an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Chill out with a family picnic or use one of the bbq's provided and relax while the kids check out the ducks, turtles, goldfish and other wildlife.
As well as the humpbacks during whale season, the Fraser Coast has some of Australia's most fascinating wildlife and if your kids are eco-minded, they'll want to check out these natural attractions:
- Swim with dolphins and seals - if your kids are strong swimmers, they're bound to love this! Moonraker Dolphin Swims is an ecotourism company in Torquay that takes you where the action is and lets you get up close and personal with wild seals and dolphins in their natural environment.
- Reefworld Aquarium - if getting into the water with them is a bit too extreme, a trip to Reefworld Aquarium in Urangan provides the next best marine life encounter. A natural aquarium situated right on the beach, it includes a variety of sea life plus shark feeding, turtle touch pond and more. The onsite Waterfront Restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunch and has a takeaway menu for kids.
- Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary - a not-for-profit sanctuary in Maryborough where you can meet and greet a variety of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, cockatoos, kookaburras, dingoes, reptiles and snakes. And with bbq facilities and a canteen, a great family day is assured.
- Arkarra Lagoons - an Aboriginal word for "place of many ducks", this is a top spot to get back to nature with a bush walk and a picnic lunch (there's also a café). Home to more than 170 species of wildlife including wallabies, birds, goannas, echidnas, turtles, eels and fish, Arkarra Lagoons is an easy drive from Hervey Bay
Where to stay
If your family holiday to the Fraser Coast is more than just a day trip, you'll need a base camp to explore the region. And the area has plenty of family-friendly accommodation options for all budgets including;
- High end if you want location plus all the little luxuries, there are a variety of world class resorts on the Marina in Urangan including Akama Resort, Ramada Hervey Bay, Breakfree Sandy Straits and Mantra Hervey Bay.
- Mid range more affordable family-friendly accommodation includes Grange Resort, Main Street Motel, Emeraldene Inn & Eco-Lodge, Shelly Bay Resort, Kondari Resort, Pialba Motel, Hervey Bay Motel, Boat Harbour Resort, Sunseeker Motel and Delfinos Bay Resort.
- Budget if you're holidaying on a budget or prefer the laid back caravan park lifestyle, try the multi award-winning Happy Wanderer Village in Hervey Bay or the Big 4 Point Vernon Holiday Park.
And remember, while you're on the Fraser Coast, make sure you call into Pialba Place shopping centre, where you'll find plenty of great shopping and dining options plus a ton of free school holiday fun for the kids.
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