Kid’s Surf School is in… and more fun for your holiday

Riley’s first lesson - you can learn too with a kids’ Surf School in January

Riley’s first lesson – you can learn too with a kids’ Surf School in January

Rainbow Beach Learn to Surf is running school holiday ‘learn to surf’ programs for kids from nine years old.

They have a new program starting every Saturday to Wednesday over the school holidays. The program consists of 3 x 2-hour surfing lessons for kids (no adults allowed) for $125. Parents can stay and watch, or drop the kids off and take a break.

Alternatively, they offer a daily surf school or private lessons every day over the school break, weather permitting. Children are welcome to participate in these classes. All coaches ASI accredited and Blue Card holders.

Sign up at or phone for details: 0435934087

Council also offer a Learn to Surf session, on Thursday January 17 at Rainbow Beach for 12-17 years. Bookings essential via Eventbrite. Only 14 places –  $15 per person per session.

Session 1: 9 – 11am
Session 2: 11.30am – 1.30pm

Tours and more

See our visitor guide and advertisements in this issue for more fun ideas from Surf and Sand Safaris, paddling with the dolphins, cruises, horse rides on the beach, walks, 4WD touring, deep sea fishing charters, stand up paddle boarding, scuba diving, kitesurfing… there’s so much on offer on our beautiful coast!

YAP January activities

The Cooloola Coast Youth Activity Project are offering more in January, so call Jess on 0411 218 254 to find out more.

Minute Games – Race against the clock to complete short challenges, it’s not as easy as you think!

It’s on 10am-12pm Tuesday January 15, at the Cooloola Cove Veteran and Community Hall.

Waterways – From 10am-12pm, Thursday January 17 at the TCB Cooloola Cove Veteran and Community Hall. How far can the water flow go?

HOY for Chocolate – Come to the Rainbow Beach Community Hall 10-11am, Tuesday January 22 for a fast-paced bingo-style game using hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades with sweet prizes.

Summer Splash – Keep cool with wet water fun 10am-12pm, Thursday January 24 on the Tin Can Bay Foreshore (near skate park). Important Note- Parents must supervise their children if they are in the water.

Learn to Sail

The Tin Can Bay Yacht Club is (TCBYC) running a three-day ‘learn the basics of sailing’ course in the school holidays for all school age youth. The course will be held January 14-16 at the TCBYC from 9am-4pm.

Run by Yachting Australia qualified instructors, all of whom are experienced sailors and have Blue Cards. It is a fun three days where the children learn many aspects of sailing and have a ‘Pirates race’ on the last day.

The boats used are Laser Bugs, Laser 4.7 or radial rig, a Vagabond, a Spiral and a Status.

The cost is $200 which includes a Yachting Australia fee (insurance) and membership at the TCBYC until end of June 2019. Payment will be required by January 5 to ensure a place. Places are limited, so bookings are essential: 0405 063 894 or or email

Following the course there is ‘Green Fleet’ sailing on alternate Saturdays so that sailing skills can be practised and developed.


The Tin Can Bay Bingo Committee resumes play on Thursday, January 3 and every Thursday after that at the Tin Can Bay Country Club. As previously advised, Rainbow Beach Bingo will not resume until Monday, February 4. Bingo dollars go straight to the Cooloola Coast Local Ambulance Committee, so you can have fun and support a great cause!

A Christmas Carnival

There’s still one more week during the festive season where there will be good old-fashioned family fun to be had, down in Lions Park on the Tin Can Bay foreshore.

Until January 6, the Tin Can Bay Christmas Carnival is open from 5pm every evening.

“We’re hoping to stamp this carnival on the Cooloola Coast calendar to keep visitors and locals entertained during the holiday period,” Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce President Jess Milne explained.

There are numerous rides for all ages, sideshow games and classic carnival food on offer, so bring the family down and enjoy some fun by the water.

Free kids’ activities at our libraries

Spy School   

Who are you going to turn to when the world faces a catastrophe and the situation has gone to the dogs?  Come join us Friday, January 11 for activities and craft based on the Spy Pets series written by Andrew Cope. For children 5-8 years. Bookings essential: Tin Can Bay 10 – 11am and Rainbow Beach 3– 4pm.

Horrible Histories: Awesome Egyptians  Join us for an amazing morning as we take a look at the Awesome Egyptians. Learn some cool facts about life in Ancient Egypt, take part in a Trivia Tournament and create some Awesome Egyptians craft. Suitable for children aged 8-12 years. Bookings essential: Tin Can Bay Library – Thursday January 10 at 2–3pm.

Busy Little Creatures  Join us for a fun and exciting craft activity as we explore the many different creepy crawly creatures found in the Children’s Book Week Nominee Busy Little Creatures by Raising Literacy Australia. For children 5-8 years, and bookings are essential. Held at Rainbow Beach Library on Thursday January 10,  10 –11am.

Holiday Craft Bar Stop by during January for free craft activities during the school holidays. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years and their carers. The craft bar will be open at Tin Can Bay Library on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11am to noon and at the Rainbow Beach Library on Wednesdays from 3pm – 4pm.

Sphero Games Come and learn some simple robotics and compete for the first Gympie Library Cup.  We challenge you and your friends to create and race a chariot and run the robot hurdles in order to win the Gympie Library Cup. Enjoy 10-11am, on Tuesday  January 22 at Tin Can Bay Library (8-12 years).

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