Top 10 good time tips for Wide Bay
GET out and about in Wide Bay; there is so much to do from Australia day celebrations, spending the day on a Fraser Island resort or going to the Gympie Rodeo. Explore your regions diversity soon.
1.A DAY AT KINGFISHER BAY RESORT
YOU DON'T need a four-wheel-drive to spend quality time on Fraser Island. With a Day Away, you can literally laze the day away on Fraser's sheltered western side. 'Day Away' package from Hervey Bay includes: Ferry transfers, day use of the resort facilities including the swimming pools, self-guided walking trails and our tennis and volleyball courts, a ranger-guided resort morning walk and a lunch overlooking our inviting swimming pools.
Day Away passes cost $69 for adults and $39 for children aged 4-14.
Details or to book call 1800072555 or 41203333.
RUN BY the Koala Social Club, the Koala Markets are held on 2nd, 4th and 5th (if applicable) Sundays of each month.
Items available for purchase at the Koala Markets include trash and treasure, arts and craft, cakes and jams. Located at 9-11 Kruger Court, Urangan.
Details call 41289305 or email koalamarkets@yahoo. com.au.
3.A TASTE OF CHINA
CELEBRATE Chinese New Year with "A Taste of China', on Friday February 10 at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre 177 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg. From 6.15pm.
Indulge in traditional Chinese nibbles, your choice of a Chinese beer or soft drink and experience a short performance by artists direct from Nanning, China.
Then stay on for the free movie "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame," (Rated M) - During the Tang Dynasty, China's future empress frees an imprisoned detective to solve the deaths of two courtiers who burst into flames upon exposure to the sunlight.
What a great way to see in the Year of the Rooster! Cost is $12 per person.
Details or bookings call 41304163.
4. YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
EXPERIENCE the colour and excitement of China's longest and most important festival.
Authentic performances from artists from Bundaberg' sister city Nanning, lively dragon and lion dancing, exciting local acts and a dazzling display of fireworks will be highlights of 2017 Bundaberg Chinese New Year Celebrations.
Chinese and Asian-themed food vendors and market stalls will add to the celebrations.
Located at Buss Park and Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, 177 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg on Saturday, 11 February from 3pm to 9pm.
This is a free Community Event.
Details call 41304176.
5.BULL N BRONC
THE Gympie Rodeo has been at the show-grounds for the past 25 years.
The facilities are designed to offer the best view with grandstand seating and separate areas for picnic blankets and portable chairs. Food and Beverages available, full Bar plus a family friendly Beer Garden.
Grandstand Seating, plus ground cover so bring a blanket and a chair if you would rather sit on the ground.
General Admission Family $50 (2 Adults and 4 Children under 15), Adult $20, Concession $15.
No outside food, drink or alcohol is permitted at the event. Gates open at 4pm with Rodeo starting at approximately 6pm.
After the rodeo there is the up and coming country rock band Brigginshaw.
Starting around 8.30pm until late. Located at 77 Exhibition Road, Southside, Gympie.
Details call 54821721 or email secretary@gympieshow. com.au.
6.GATAKERS BY NIGHT
ENJOY live music, delicious food and the best of local art and culture in the magical ambience of Gatakers by Night.
Settle in with a table for two or a group of friends, or bring your own folding chairs or picnic rug.
Casual meal options and delicious desserts available. Full bar facilities are available, please no BYO alcohol.
Held on the Saturday night of the last weekend of each month from 5pm to 9pm entry is free.
Located at Gatakers Artspace, 311 Kent Street, Maryborough.
Details call 41905723.
7.BUNDABERG AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS
IT DOESN'T get much more Aussie than this.
A mobile water park, scout demonstrations, markets and plenty of Aussie food and drink on offer.
There's thong throwing competitions, pony rides and jumping castles!
Kick back with live music from Ruby Mills and The Electric Bananas, and celebrate Australia Day the way it should be celebrated!
The venue is Lions Park, North Bundaberg.
This is free event on Thursday, 26 January from 9am to 2pm.
Details call 0488197400.
8.GYMPIE TOWN CENTRE GROWERS MARKET
ENJOY a relaxed, boutique shopping and food experience at a true grower's market right in the heart of Gympie.
This boutique farmers market features produce and products grown and produced in the Gympie region.
Take a break, get outdoors, and get to know the farmers who grow your food.
Located at Memorial Park, corner of Reef and Young Streets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7am to 1pm.
Details go to www.gympieregional produce.com.au.
9. WOODGATE AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATION
A FREE Australia Day Breakfast will help you start your Australia Day at Beautiful Woodgate Beach.
From 7am to 9am you can enjoy a singalong with the Woodgate Singers, listen to some Australiana and try out your thong throwing.
The Woodgate Beach Person of the Year will be announced during the breakfast.
Located at the Woodgate Community Hall, The Esplanade, Woodgate Beach on Thursday, 26 January from 7am to 9am.
Details call 41268504.
10.CARLO SAND BLOW RAINBOW BEACH
CARLO Sand Blow is a must see natural beauty at Rainbow Beach.
The unique "moonscape" sand mass covers over 15 hectares and overlooks the towering coloured sands.
From the Rainbow Beach water tower at the top of Cooloola Drive, a walking track passes through woodlands to the expansive natural sand blow.
It's an excellent spot to watch the sunrise or sunset. The 360 degree views are spectacular, to the East has magnificent views of the ocean where one can often see the migrating whales from August to October.
A bushwalk up to Carlo Sand Blow is a must for every visitor. Drive to the reservoir at the top of Cooloola Drive.
The Blow is an easy 600m walk from the car park. Spectacular views of the Coloured Sands, Double Island Point and Tin Can Bay are a bonus for your efforts.
Details go to www.npsr.qld.gov.au/ parks/cooloola/