MON REPOS: A turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea.
MON REPOS: A turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea. Robert Ashdown

10 top events on around the Wide Bay region

1/ ART AND ALZHEIMER'S

THE ART Conversation tours provide people living with dementia an opportunity to connect with the world in enriching and life-enhancing ways.

A discussion based tour of works of art provides intellectual stimulation and social inclusion which supports well-being and increased quality of life.

People living with dementia often become isolated. Conversations based on works of art allows participants to engage in interpretation, express emotions and recall memories.

When: Wednesday's once a month, 10am-11am.

Where: Fraser Coast Cultural Centre - 166 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba.

 

OH WHAT A NIGHT ! A tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
OH WHAT A NIGHT ! A tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Christine Perkin

2/ OH WHAT A NIGHT!

A TRIBUTE to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. When you sit down to enjoy the production of Oh What a Night! you will be in for an incredible evening of entertainment. The show features a talented group of performers who look, act and sound just as amazing as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons did so many years ago.

This truly is one action packed production of musical entertainment that you will not want to miss.

When: February 22, from 8pm to 10pm.

Where: Brolga Theatre, 5 Walker Street, Maryborough. Call 4122 6060 to book or email brolga@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

3/ HERVEY BAY HISTORICAL VILLAGE AND MUSEUM

A DOORWAY into the past right in the centre of Hervey Bay. Multi-award winning tourist attraction with 19 buildings and 8000 exhibits. Free Barbecue facilities. Interactive demonstrations on Sundays, 1pm to 3pm. Blacksmith, Wood Turner, Corn Sheller, Rope Maker. Adult: $10 Child: $3 Groups Welcome.

When: Open Friday, Saturday, 1pm to 4.30pm; Sunday, 10.30am to 4.30pm; demonstrations from 1pm to 3pm.

Where: 13 Zephyr Street, Scarness. Call 4128 4804.

 

Wild Dolphin feeding at Tin Can Bay.
Wild Dolphin feeding at Tin Can Bay.

4/ BARNACLES DOLPHIN CENTRE TIN CAN BAY

ON ARRIVAL visitors are welcome to join the volunteers in the water and get to know these beautiful mammals with a small group of people in the water at any one time.

Fish for the feeding is available on site. We have an entry fee and a feeding fee, and as a volunteer group they request $5 per person entry fee plus $5 to cover the cost of each fish purchased and other costs. Dolphin feeding does mean getting wet, at least up to your knees... so go prepared.

Where: Situated at Barnacle Café, Tin Can Bay Road, Norman Point, Tin Can Bay.

When: The Dolphin Centre opens at 7am with viewing time between 7am to 8am. There is only one feeding session per day commencing at 8am. Details call 5486 4899.

5/ SEARY'S CREEK RAINBOW BEACH

BEAUT little spot on the way into Rainbow Beach in The Cooloola Recreation Area. Very easy access nice 200 metre stroll along the boardwalk. Very pretty scenery with access to creek if you are up for a swim.

Where: Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach.

When: Year round.

6/ MON REPOS TURTLE ENCOUNTERS

EVERY year, from November to March, you can join QPWS Rangers at Mon Repos Turtle Centre on a guided tour to watch nesting (November to January) and hatching (January to March) marine turtles.

To protect nesting and hatching turtles, only turtle encounter tour participants are allowed on Mon Repos beach after 6pm to witness this incredible natural journey. Turtles are wild marine animals and occasionally they do not arrive.

While this is unusual, they can't guarantee you will see nesting turtles or hatchlings. For more information, go to www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/mon-repos or call 41591652. Bookings Essential. To book go to www.bundabergregion.org/turtles

Where: 141 Mon Repos Road, Mon Repos.

When: Every year, from November to March.

7/ TRAVELLING NORTH

THE AUSTRALIAN classic, by David Williamson. Directed by Judith La Forest. This humorous, iconic play tells of a couple who find new life in a twilight love affair, to the consternation of their children. It is a search for meaning in a life shortly to end. Show runs March 3 to 19.

Tickets $25 Adults, $20 concession/members.

When: March 3 to 19.

Where: Z-PAC Theatre, 15 Zephyr Street, Scarness, Hervey Bay. Call 4124 1271 for details.

8/ SNAKES DOWNUNDER REPTILE PARK & ZOO

A FUN and affordable day out to be enjoyed by the whole family set just 500M off the Bruce Highway - just south of Childers. The park displays over 45 species and sub-species of Australian reptiles, amphibians and marsupials.

When: Gates open at 9.30am and close at 3pm. Open every day except closed every Wednesday, Easter Friday, ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Where: 51 Lucketts Road, Childers. Phone 4126 3332 or email: info@snakesdownunder.com

9/ GOLD PANNING, DEEP CREEK

IN 1867 A discovery of alluvial gold in a gully near the Mary River began the first major gold rush in Queensland and resulted in establishment of the mining town of Gympie. Try your luck in the gold-bearing gully in the town at the Deep Creek Fossicking Area.

Fossicking Licences are available online or at the Lake Alford Visitor Information Centre. Equipment hire is also available from the Centre (picks/shovels and pans). A great family activity at minimal cost.

Prices start from $7.75 for an Adult for a Fossicking License required and can be purchased in one month, six month, or one year periods for individuals, clubs and families. tourism.info@gympie.qld.gov.au

Call 1800 444 222 for details or go to www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/fossicking/licences-permits/purchase/ or www.visitgympieregion.com.au

Where: Southern entrance to Gympie between the Bruce Highway and Brisbane Road. From Brisbane Road turn into River road and Graham St and turn right into Victoria Street.

10/ BAMBOO LAND NURSERY & PARKLANDS

THE NURSERY is situated on a 10-acre property which has been landscaped into a bamboo paradise with all the species of bamboo, ginger and heliconias growing for display.

Most of the 10 acres is filled with a network of small walkways surrounded by gardens which are just bursting with greenery.

The gardens are created with the intent of being as natural as possible, using only locally found river rocks, logs and loads of mulch - all combined with a good dose of imagination.

Bamboo Land is located on the beautiful Burrum River in South-East Queensland, Australia. It is some 300km north of Brisbane and just 2km west of the Bruce Highway between Torbanlea and Howard.

When: Open 7 days, from 8am to 5pm.

Where: 87 Old Coach Road, Torbanlea. For details call 4129 4470. 


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