Winter school holidays are here and there is so much to see and do in the Cooloola Coast region you will never have to say, ‘I’m bored’.
There are many walks featured in our Cooloola Coast Visitors Guide feature in this paper including the Carlo Sand Blow, the famous Coloured Sands, the foreshore Tin Can Bay, and Rainforest Walks.
Hire a 4 x 4 and drive yourself with Rainbow Beach 4 x 4 hire; pop in and see Sam and Maureen at the Rainbow Beach Tourist Information Centre for a tour of Fraser Island; take a dive around Double Island with Wolf Rock Diving; have an adventure with Epic Ocean Adventures; grab a rod and go fishing along the beach or at Carlo or Bullock Point; see the dolphins at Tin Can Bay; grab a tinny and have a day out; take a helicopter ride or just enjoy the many cafes and restaurants we have in the region and relax on the beach.
Try Dragon Boating
Attend the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club on Thursday July 4 from 1.30pm – 3.30pm and try Dragon Boating. This unique activity emphasises fun, fitness and friendship. The Cooloola Dragon Boat Club offers the very best elements of Dragon Boating, so come and try this amazing sport and have a great afternoon out on the water. This session is for kids 10 and over and costs $5, with bookings essential.
Learn to surf, skate or paddle board at Rainbow Beach with Learn to Surf School Holiday Programs
Surf Lessons: run as our small group surf schools (just four surfers per lesson), private lessons or groups as requested by our customers. All surfing lessons come with complimentary wetsuit hire for each participant and all equipment required.
Surf-Skate sessions will be based at the Rainbow Beach State School and we encourage each participant to bring their bike helmets and any safety gear they currently have. Get to know the SmoothStar surf trainer board and see what they can do for your surfing skills, fitness and more.
Stand up Paddle tours will be available over the holidays for kids and families and visitors. We guide our tours with a big focus on not disturbing our natural wildlife while we cruise through our incredible country on paddle boards.
For anyone looking for activities under their NDIS funding come and have a chat to us. We offer lessons and programs incorporating surfing, hiking, surf-skate, stand up paddle board and personal training.
Winter beach riding with Rainbow Beach Horse Rides.
Rainbow Beach Horse Rides
Whether you are a horse riding champion or a beginner, there is a horse and a ride for you at Rainbow Beach Horse Rides.
The rides operate from 23 Clarkson Drive on the way to Inskip Point and bookings are essential.
There are pony-led rides for the little ones for only $20, one-and-a-half-hour blissful beach rides for $150 per person (over 10 years), or the full day country rides at Goomboorian for the outdoor enthusiast.
All staff are certified Trail Guides having completed and fulfilled the requirements of a Horse Safety Australia clinic.
Art Piece creating entries for the Cooloola Coast Art Show U13 category at the
Cooloola Cove Veterans and Community Hall from 10am to 12pm, July 4.
All materials supplied and YAP will submit the completed work of art including the entry fee.
Sweet HOY – playing for chocolate at the Cooloola Cove Veterans and
Community Hall from 10-11am, July 9. Non stop card play action that will get the brain working with sweet reward. Everyone’s a winner!
Touch Football every Friday afternoon
Head to the Tin Can Bay foreshore just down from the skate park. Either have a game with Coach Bill or bring a ball and have a kick around with your mates. Contact Jess on 0411 218 254 for more information.
The Mary Valley Rattler will steam out of the station every Friday in July, especially for the school holidays. The Holiday Express will depart the historic Gympie Station for a three-hour return journey to Amamoor. The crew from Wildlife HQ are bringing along some of their mates and our fabulous face painter will be at the Station from 8am. Bookings at www.maryvalleyrattler.com.au
There’s always something fun to do at the Gympie Regional Gallery over the school holidays! You can try your hand at painting something fabulous, playing with clay, drawing or even some embroidery. There’s workshops for kids of all ages, so jump on to holidayfun.com.au for a full list of what’s on.
Art Play and Art Stars for Kids
Bring your old clothes and be prepared to get a little messy with your kids during a variety of creative sessions for children under 9 years old.
Art Stars runs on Saturday 6 July and 3 August for kids aged 5 – 9 years.
Art Play, for the littlies, is on Friday 5 July and 2 August for kids aged 2 – 4 years.
Special sessions can be arranged for schools, day cares, home schoolers and community groups.
Each session costs $5 per child with bookings essential.
Untutored Life Drawing
Join fellow artists on a Thursday night at 5.30pm, and relax while drawing the human form with a nude model.
The human form has been a fascinating subject for artists and drawing a nude model can be an enjoyable experience.
You can join these untutored sessions on 18 July and 15 August.
The event costs $15, just bring your own materials as easels will be supplied.
Stitched Bugs, Beetles and Butterflies
Coming up at the Gallery is an exhibition of colourful crochet and stitch-styled miniature replica bugs, beetles, spiders and butterflies by Violette Vegh- Jameson OAM.
Opening on Saturday 29 June at 2pm, these new works by Violette will surely capture the hearts of fibre artists and naturalists alike.
To celebrate this exhibition, join young crafter Matisse Andersen on Saturday 6 July for an afternoon of relaxing embroidery.
Find your fun at the Tin Can Bay Library
Come along and join in the games, activities, stories and fun as we celebrate Andy Lee’s amazing picture book series Do Not Open This Book. Suitable for children aged 5-8 years, bookings essential for Thursday July 4, 2-3pm.
Florette’s Mini Garden
When Mae’s family moves to a new home in the city, she wishes she could bring her garden with her. When Mae arrives at her new home she decides to set up a new garden. Join us as we celebrate this wonderful tale by making a mini succulent planter or terrarium. Suitable for children aged 5- 12 years, bookings essential, Thursday July 11, 2-3pm.
Holiday Craft Bar
Stop by the children’s area at your local library branch between Monday 1 July and Friday 12 July for free craft activities during the school holidays. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years and their carers, Monday – Friday, 11am–12noon.
Bath Bombs and Soap
Join us to make your own customised bath bombs and soap. Ages 12 and up, bookings essential for Friday July 5, 10-11am
TV streaming on the internet
Never miss your favourite television show again. Learn about online streaming and how to use the internet to watch television on a laptop, mobile device or television. Basic computer and internet skills required. Tin Can Bay Library on Thursday July 18, 2-4pm.
Or head to the Rainbow Beach Library
Holiday Craft Bar
Stop by the children’s area at your local library branch between Monday July 1 and Friday July 12 for free craft activities during the school holidays. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years and their carers on Wednesdays 3–4pm.
Queen of Hearts Croquet Challenge
Do you think you have what it takes to beat the Queen of Hearts at her favourite game? Come along and join us for fun activities and games. Suitable for children aged 5-8 years. Bookings essential, on Thursday July 4, 10-11am.
70 years of Noddy
Celebrate 70 wonderful years of Enid Blyton’s Noddy with games, activities and stories. Suitable for children aged 5-8 years. Bookings essential, on Thursday July 11, 10-11am.
Use these simple circuit components to create mini machines and inventions while learning about the basic elements of circuitry. Suitable for children aged 8-12 years. Bookings essential.