Turtle Hatchlings at Mon Repos.
Turtle Hatchlings at Mon Repos.

Whats On Wide Bay

A TASTE OF CHINA

CELEBRATE Chinese New Year with 'A Taste of China', on Friday 23 February at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre commencing at 6.15pm. Indulge in traditional Chinese nibbles, your choice of a Chinese Beer or juice and experience a short performance by artists direct from Nanning, China. Then stay on for the free movie 'The Great Wall' (M) starring Matt Damon. Venue Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, 177 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg on Friday February 23 from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. Admission: $15. Details call 41304163 or email events.admin@bundaberg.qld.gov.au or go to moncrieff-bundaberg.com.au/theatre/taste-china-2018.

ART AFTER DARK

EXHIBITION opening of current exhibitions at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery on March 23 at 6pm. This is a Free event with entertainment, nibbles and cash bar available as well as Live music. Located at Fraser Coast Cultural Centre, 166 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba. Contact details 4197 4206, email regionalgallery@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

MORNING MELODIES - BOBBY BRUCE

CANADIAN singer Bobby Bruce has been astonishing and amazing packed houses with his passionate, exhilarating and vocally brilliant salute to music legend, Neil Diamond. Thursday February 22 at 11am. Cost $15, Friends of The Brolga $14 and Group 10+ $13. There is a subscription ticket available for all 6 of the 2018 Morning Melody performances $12 per performance. Contact the theatre to purchase a season subscription on 41226060. Location Brolga Theatre, 5 Walker Street, Maryborough.

HEART OF IRELAND

THROUGH the glens of Antrim, to the ring of Kerry, with stories, heartfelt singalong ballads, fiery traditional Irish music and dance, delivered by Internationally acclaimed Irish band Sásta, a spectacular dance troupe, including the two time world champion Irish dancer. A special treat is a seanchaí (storyteller) from County Cork - something you may never have experienced before. Irish Joe will make you laugh, cry and fall in love, all in the space of a beautifully crafted poem. Touring Friday March 16 at the Heritage Theatre, Gympie Civic Centre at the 32 Mellor St, Gympie. Doors open 7.30 pm Show starts 8pm. Prices start at $59.90, $49.90 concession

DISCOVER DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE

LOCAL History 'Discover our history' lunchtime talk - On Wednesday 7 March, 12 noon to 1pm we talk about Double Island Point Lighthouse with guest speaker Ron Turner. From 12noon to 1pm, Wednesday March 7 at the Gympie Library, Bookings essential on 54810859.

LAZY SUNDAY LUNCH - COLOURS OF AUTUMN

DINE with new or old friends and enjoy a 4 course set menu at communal tables of 8 to 10. Taste the seasonal flavours of the Gympie Region and Mary Valley on the March 11 at 12 pm. Al fresco* relaxed country setting, friendly service to communal tables. Book for yourself or for a group. Cost $65 per person, BYO alcohol. Soft drinks available for purchase. Limited numbers - bookings are essential. Accommodation is available. *Al fresco weather permitting, undercover / indoors alternative if necessary. Located at Amamoor lodge, 368 Kandanga Amamoor Road, Amamoor. To book call 5484 3500

CRUISE THE GREAT SANDY STRAIT

THIS is a unique opportunity to discover the rich biodiversity and history of the wonderful Ramsar listed Great Sandy Strait. By joining a cruise you will support research into the water quality of this incredible waterway, which is now being considered for inclusion on the World Heritage List.

Cruises on the MV Amaroo start at 9.30am and conclude at 3pm at the Hervey Bay Boat Club wharf, Urangan. Each cruise will have expert guides aboard providing a running commentary on the history and outstanding natural values of this heritage and biologically diverse waterway. Numbers for each cruise are strictly limited.

Cost $100 which includes morning tea, a sandwich lunch and a contribution to the Research Fund. Organisers of the trip are the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation who ran their first safari on the Great Sandy Strait in the 1970s Bookings are essential and can be made and confirmed by Emailing: cruises@fido.org.au. Cruise dates Sunday March 11 and Tuesday March 20.

BUNDY FOOD TOURS

CHINESE New Year Food Tours February 22 and 23. Visit farms, taste some of the finest local ingredients used in Chinese cooking while meeting the farmers who produce it. Farms will inlcude macadamias, dragonfruit, chillis and ginger. Celebrate Chinese New Year with a relaxing lunch using local ingredients and Chinese influence at Grunske's by the River. The cost of the tour is $115 for Adults and $110 for concession. Call Suzie now on 0409491944 to book.

THE BUNDY EASTER ROUNDUP - COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL AND TALENT SEARCH

THE Bundy Easter Roundup is a well established weekend event of Country Music and Talent Search with on-site camping. The talent search is open to non-professional performers of all age groups. Bring your own chair and enjoy two and a half days of non-stop, family entertainment in a large indoor area, with professional sound, meals, refreshments and raffles. Camping, powered and unpowered sites are available. There will be hot showers and disability access to facilities and parking. Date: 30 March 30 to April 1 at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct. Details email bundaberg.country.music.club@gmail.com or call 0409470558 or go to http://bundabergcmc.webs.com

TURTLE HATCHLINGS AT MON REPOS

THE best time to visit Mon Repos is between November and late March when you can witness one of the animal kingdoms most ancient life cycles. Book a spot and join our Park Rangers on a tour to see hatching sea turtles from January to March. Gather around as young hatchlings dig free and hustle down the beach. No-one else is allowed on the beach at these times and the popular tours have limited places. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Book through the http://www.bundabergregion.org/ or call 1300722099, or in person at 271 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg. Cost adults $1270 or concession $6.45.


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