One week left of the school holidays!

The first week of the holidays saw 14 lifesavers in the making at the Rainbow Beach Surf Club Bronze (and SRC) Camp- in the second week you can still enjoy our beautiful beach or check out some other fun holiday activities Image Garry Hewitt

The first week of the holidays saw 14 lifesavers in the making at the Rainbow Beach Surf Club Bronze (and SRC) Camp- in the second week you can still enjoy our beautiful beach or check out some other fun holiday activities Image Garry Hewitt

It is a ‘given’ that when you visit the Cooloola Coast, you will be surrounded by the ocean, the bush and sand. A must-do is our beautiful sandblow, a spot of fishing on the Inlet, a paddle at Searys Creek, a swim at Poona Lake and of course bobbing in the waves ‘out the front’. Holidays are also a relaxed pace with a few meals out, fish and chips on the headland or a picnic! Here are a few more things locals and visitors can enjoy, whilst kids are on their break….

Take a tour!

Our coast offers everything nature and the great outdoors. Book a surf lesson, fishing charter, kayak with the dolphins and whales, or take a Surf and Sand Safari up the Great Beach Drive. There’s horse rides, scuba diving or sunset and morning cruises – so much to choose from, just look at our pages to find out more.

See Heart of Gold films

Screening October 4 at the Fossickers Room, at Gympie’s Heart of Gold Film Festival is one for the kids! A high energy session full of ambition, musicians, guinea pigs, the moon, ice skates, dreams, schemes and all things in between!

A special selection of short films about a younger generation on a mission to follow their hearts, wherever that takes them. Guaranteed to empower and entertain.

Follow up 9am or 2pm on October 7 at the Heritage Theatre for a cute and cuddly line-up of animations for all the family to enjoy! Featuring the Australian premiere of Dreamworks animation BILBY and the first festival screening of fantastic local Queensland production BLUEY, from Ludo Studio and ABCme, this family session will delight and inspire!

Family Shorts will screen at 11am, October 7 at the Heritage Theatre. Tickets start from $7 and family passes are available. Of course, there is much more on at this festival for all ages, a great way to finish off the school break. Book now: www.heartofgold.com.au

Go on a scarecrow trail

What a great excuse to pack a picnic and tour through Mary Valley Country. From October 1 to November 10 you can go ‘crow spotting, looking for straw creatures, arty sculptures and other creations honouring the tradition of building scarecrows.

The scarecrow festival had its origins in the Mary Valley hinterland and has been held for more than 15 years, with ‘crows popping up in obvious and unlikely places from Conondale through to Dagun near Gympie.

Discover new places with the scarecrow map, so that you can plan your self-drive tour. Be sure to stop into the Silky Oak Tavern on your way home and relax in their beer garden.

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Library events

On October 3,make your own Lagerphone or Shaker to take home at the Tin Can Bay Library between 10.30am and 11.30am and at Rainbow Beach Library between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. This is a free event for 5-17 year olds and all materials are provided.

Get ready to have lots of fun at the Fun Palace at Tin Can Bay Library on Saturday October 6 from 9–11am. There will be so much to do, from story time to craft and robotics.

For the little ones, First 5 Forever is on for under 5s every Monday at Tin Bay Bay Library and Thursdays at Rainbow Beach Library

Hoy for Chocolate

Cooloola Coast Youth Activity Program hosts HOY for Chocolate from 11am-12pm, October 2 at the Cooloola Coast Veterans and Community Hall. Enjoy a fast-paced bingo style game using hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades with sweet prizes.

The Tin Can Bay Community Day

Kids Corner is a fantastic outing for the whole family. Visit the Tin Can Bay RSL Hall on October 5 between 9.30am and 11.30am for family fun with face painting, giant games and a jumping castle.YAP will be there from 9am with Rock Painting. Come down to the YAP tent and make a stone creation. All materials supplied.

Join in on a Community Information Day

On Friday, October 5 at the Tin Can Bay RSL sub-branch from 9am to approximately 11.45am the Community Information Day is hosted by our local RSL, sponsored by Gympie Regional Council, Radio 4GY and DVA.

At present close to 40 government agencies and community groups have confirmed their attendance. We will be having a sausage sizzle on the 4GY trailer with proceeds going to welfare.

Come along and have a look at the stalls, you may gain some valuable information from them. This event is for everyone in the community, there will be fun activities for the kids and free to all.