School’s out! Cue the family fun…

10 family fun ideas for school holidays in the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton.

Looking for something to do that everyone will enjoy? There’s heaps of family fun to be had around Yeppoon and Rockhampton.

1. Make a splash!

There’s hours of fun to be had at the Yeppoon Lagoon, with a kid’s  shallow water area and swim up infinity pool. Pack a picnic or a barbeque and enjoy a day out at the lagoon.  Not far from the Yeppoon Lagoon is Appleton Park with a huge playground featuring a skate ramp.

The kids will also love playing at the Keppel Kraken right in the heart of Yeppoon. Featuring a mythical sea creature. including water cannons, jets and a unique umbrella bucket. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a barbeque or picnic.

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2. Be decked out

Let the kids be entertained while you sit and relax on a deck overlooking the ocean with a cocktail. Right on Yeppoon Main Beach is Keppel Bay Sailing Club with the idylic Keppel Islands as the backdrop.

3. Snap up a good feed

Take a tour at Queensland’s first crocodile farm. You’ll be surprised about the things you didn’t know about crocodiles from your very knowledgeable guide. Meet some of the crocs – Stumpy and Suzanne, Brigsy and Bridgette and Mason and Maggie.

Have you ever wondered what crocodile meat tasted 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.

You may just be in luck to see the baby dinosaurs hatch between February to April.

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4. Talk to the animals

Get up and close with the animals at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary. Say hello to the Dingoes – Dino and Diva, the Rufous Bettong – Ollie and Candy the Koala. 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.

You’re sure to score a goal when you take the kids to Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. With open grassed areas to kick a ball, a playground to swing in, gardens to explore and animals to see at the Zoo. Enjoy a bite to eat at the Gardens Tearooms making it an easy family day out. The cafe is located under the 100-year-old Banyan Fig Trees.

5. Have fun in the sun – island style

Spend the day (or even longer) at Great Keppel Island. There’s something for the whole family from exploring the fringing reefs, having a friendly game of beach cricket, waddling in the ocean, hiking to the lookout or just simply relaxing, what a great way to spend the day. Pack a picnic or grab a bite to eat on the island at Great Keppel Island Hideaway.

It’s a popular spot for families. The calm waters of this island paradise are very safe (even for young children). If your kids have outgrown sandcastles, then you can enjoy snorkelling, paddleboards, kayaks and SUPs with Keppel Dive and Snorkel.

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6. Step back in time

Nestled in the dry rainforest is this hidden natural attraction. You’ll be amazed by the interesting facts of the caves. Look closely and you’ll see a very rare and special fern growing in the caves and the tiniest cutest bats in December and January.  Summer solstice takes place which the only natural place this occurs in December and January. There’s so much to discover at the Capricorn Caves, this makes a great family day out even the grandparents would love it! Who doesn’t like Devonshire teas and a hot cuppa or dig into a burger? Or make a splash in the pool on those hot days to cool off.

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7. Be bowled over

There’s some serious fun that the whole family will enjoy at Rocky Bowl and Leisure. Get a hole in one with indoor glow in the dark mini golf, mission accepted with laser tag, test your driving skills in the bumper cars, arcade games, a pool table and of course 10 pin bowling! After working up an appetite grab a snack and a cool drink from the café. Head to Rocky Bowl and Leisure for some family fun and good times!

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8. Hit thunder road

A short 40 minute drive from Rockhampton takes you to Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park. This is a wonderful place for families to try their hand at fossicking and learn the wonders of the ‘Thunder Egg’.

Thunder eggs or ‘volcanic birthstones’ are crystalline formations that occur when gas bubbles in molten lava solidify on cooling. They look like normal rocks but once cut in half they reveal beautiful patterns of semi-precious minerals inside that can be made up of quartz, amethyst, agate and jasper.

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9. Jurassic Fun

Located adjacent to Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, Capricorn Dinosaur Park Mini Golf is ready to provide a ‘hole’ lot of fun! Featuring an impressive 18-hole dinosaur-themed mini golf course with 10 life-sized prehistoric beasts sitting proudly among the natural environment, the Capricorn Coast’s newest attraction is the ultimate putt-putt experience on the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

The course is suitable for all ages and abilities and no bookings are required. We dino what more to tell you… come and check it out for yourself!

10. Get fully stoked

Has the thought of learning to surf been daunting in the past? Now is the perfect opportunity to upskill and finally experience the pure ‘stoke’ of surfing. Capricorn Coast Learn 2 Surf provides a comfortable small group setting suitable for any age. Pat is a long-time Yeppoon local and knows the hotspots for beginners. Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons are also available.

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