Warm up your weekends with a swag of fun events that’ll get your heart pumping or your feet tapping. From Twilight Tastings to Triathlons, and pinot to precious stones, the Capricorn region has such a diverse range of events you’ll find yourself sipping, savouring, singing and sporting your way through this beautiful part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Looking for something to do that everyone will enjoy? Here are some cool ideas to warm up your school holiday fun.
Have a Whale-y good time
When you’re a kid everything seems big. Imagine how amazing it is for a child to see something as huge as a whale. Seeing a whale for the first time is something a child will never forget, and we are lucky to have these amazing creatures in our local waters. Whale watching season in the Keppel Bay runs from July to September. Book your tour with Keppel Konnections, Freedom Fast Cats and Keppel Explorer.
Soak up sunshine and vitamin sea
Whether for a day trip, or for a night (or few), Great Keppel Island is a must do on your school holidays. Cruise on a glass bottom boat tour and enjoy the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Take a sunset sailing cruise and be rewarded with a front row seat to an amazing sunset over the Keppel Bay.
Talk to the animals
Get up and close with the animals at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary. Say hello to the dingoes and cuddle a koala. Ever wondered what a snake feels like? Be sure to catch their animal encounter at 1 pm. Pack up the kids and pack a picnic lunch and have a great day that will have the kids running around with excitement.
Soak up seaside tunes
With spectacular views and exceptional service, The Waterline Restaurant at Keppel Bay Marina is the perfect place to soak up the sun this school holiday. Kids eat free on Monday to Friday during the school holidays after 5pm. Or, if you are visiting on the weekend, enjoy tunes with Live On The Lawn every Sunday from 1-5pm.
Walk away the winter chills
Enjoy a great family day outdoors! Breathe in pure rainforest air with a bushwalk through Byfield National Park. Discover history as you and the kids bicycle through the Pineapple Trail. Explore the Bluff Point circuit in the Bluff Point section of Capricorn Coast National Park, and enjoy panoramic views of the Capricorn coastline and the Keppel Bay islands.
Step back in time
Nestled in dry rainforest just north of Rockhampton, are the Capricorn Caves. You’ll be amazed by the interesting facts of the caves, look closely you’ll see a very rare and special fern growing in the caves and the tiniest cutest bats. There’s so much to discover at the Capricorn Caves, this makes a great family day out even the grandparents would love it!
Snap up a good feed
Have you ever wondered what crocodile meat tastes like? Try some crocodile meat in a Crocodile Pie, Crocodile Kebabs and Crocodile Ribs which are just a few of the delicious dishes on the menu. Visit Queensland’s first crocodile farm, Koorana. Take a tour, you’ll be surprised about the things you didn’t know about crocodiles from your very knowledgeable guide.
Ride the rails
Your little train buff will love this! For a fantastic trip down memory lane, Archer Park Rail Museum is home to a large variety of railway heritage exhibits. Visit on the weekend and treat the kids to a ride on the world’s only operating Purrey Steam Tram. Climb aboard restored carriages, change the signals and use the antique phones. Additional activities are available during Queensland school holidays.