Cooberrie Park's Keiron Smedley and Francis Carnahan invite all to come and talk to the animals over the summer holidays.
Cooberrie Park's Keiron Smedley and Francis Carnahan invite all to come and talk to the animals over the summer holidays. Sophie Jackson

30 ways to spend the holidays

1. Cruise the Keppels

THINKING of things to do with the relatives, children or just to get out the house these holidays… Try a Freedom Fast Cats Full Day Cruise with ferry transfers; glass bottom boat cruise, morning tea, barbecue buffet lunch and afternoon tea, time on Great Keppel Island, snorkelling and boomnetting.

2. Ride a wave

CAPRICORN Coast Learn 2 Surf is one of Queensland's most northern surf schools and local beaches such as Farnborough Beach boast consistent waves for the beginner through to the elite surfer. Providing lessons for locals, tourists, families and groups, soft surfboards, rash vests, wet suits and all necessary equipment are provided with your lesson.

3. Improve your stroke

YEPPOON Aquatic Centre is holding School Holiday Intensive Lessons - babies through to senior squad available. Cool off at the pool these holidays. Stroke correction clinics for children will run on Tuesday and Thursday with four clinics available focusing on two strokes each clinic.

4. Explore local history

DELVE into Australia's gold mining history these school holidays - with Mount Morgan Guided TMC Tours. Mount Morgan is home to one of history's richest gold discoveries. Short two hour tours daily. Bookings essential.

5. Go to Keppel with Geoff

GEOFF Mercer's Great Keppel Island Water Taxi commences trips to the island next Tuesday. Leaving from the Marina at 8.40am and returning to the mainland at 3.30pm there will be plenty of time for bushwalking.

6. Smile at a Crocodile

KOORANA Crocodile Farm is open every day at 10am with tours at 10.30am and 1pm. It's nesting and egg laying time now so there is plenty of interest.

7. Build a bowl

WITH a focus on having fun and teaching kids new skills, Stamp Your Feet's ceramic workshops for kids are the perfect holiday activity. A variety of programs are on offer, running Monday to Wednesday throughout January at the Bush Café in Byfield and are suited for ages five and up. A three-hour workshop costs $50 and discounts are available for package bookings. Bookings are essential.

8. Go underground

THE Capricorn Caves offer a range of tours from easy walking, wheelchair accessible caves to wild caving adventure tours.

9. Increase your fitness

PT Power offer a range of fitness options from group fitness classes to one-on-one personal training.

10. Make a crazy critter

BEACH Potters are holding two children's workshops on January 10 and 17 from 9am till noon in the Atkinson Building at the Yeppoon Showgrounds. Students have the chance to build a variety of crazy critters in the workshops for school aged children. The critters will be fired and the students can paint the clay afterwards

11. Talk to animals

VISIT Cooberrie Park and cuddle a koala, hold a crocodile, snake or lizard, play with birds and dingoes and hand-feed friendly kangaroos while you experience more than 350 fascinating animals, across 85 species.

12. Exlore local arts

NOB Creek Pottery is one of those places that can intrigue both young and old for hours. The forest entrance is littered with spectacular pots, sandstone sculpture and gazebos leading to the front of the store where a display of coloured glass and Nob Creek signature pieces greet visitors.

 13.  Hit the lake

THE Causeway Lake is always a favourite spot for children of all ages with beach, lake, sand dunes and playground all in easy reach.Causeway Lake Boat Hire have a large range of watercraft for hire to make your day on the lake plenty of fun. You can hire a tinny (no licence required) to fish, crab or just sightsee or take a single or double kayak for a paddle.Grab one of the two or four seat peddle boats or just relax and watch the kids kayak or swim in the safe enclosed area. Bait, ice and drinks are available at Causeway Lake Boat Hire.

14. Ride the trail

FOR an adventure on horseback, come along for a one, two or three hour trail ride. Stroll along on horseback through unique grasstree forests and discover the hidden fantastic views of the scenic Capricorn Coast's ranges. For children we also offer riding lessons and led pony trails, with special activities during school holidays.

15. Hit the ice

IF YOU'RE in Rockhampton these holidays then don't miss the Winter Magic ice skating experience.  Winter Magic will be open January 29. Telephone 4938 7777.

16. Try for a hole in one

A MODERN, fully equipped clubhouse sits centrally on the course. Visitors are welcome to participate in competitions or social golf - bookings are essential

 17. Mad Duck Leisure Sports

BUZZ around Yeppoon on a 50cc Daytona scooter or soak up the sun in one of Mad Duck Leisure Sports soft top Jeep Wranglers. If the beautiful tropical waters beckon, make a splash on a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP). Rental packages for all vehicles and watersport equipment are available from two hours up to full day rental (sunrise to sunset).

 18. Stay Cool

COOLWATERS has the spectacular Kinka Beach at the front, natural bushwalks at the back, all set on the banks of the Causeway Lake. Coolwaters has plenty of activities to keep the whole family occupied including a shaded children's playground and swimming pool, the ever popular jumping pillow, volleyball and basketball courts, tennis, recreation room and a large area for cricket or ball sports. The lake provides ample opportunity for fishing and kayaking or just enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the lake.

19. Fossik for thundereggs

MOUNT Hay Gemstone Tourist Park, is an internationally known destination for thunderegg fossicking. Thundereggs or volcanic birthstones are crystalline formations that occur when gas bubbles in molten lava solidify on cooling. Admission to the park is free (includes picnic area and barbecues), and there are camping and caravan sites as well as a kiosk. Fees apply to fossicking and tours and enclosed footwear is required.

20. Sail away

IMAGINE spending the day exploring the islands of Keppel Bay. Luxury sailboat, Grace, cruises these waters with day sails to secluded beaches and coves, drops anchor for lunch while her guests fish, snorkel or just soak up the Queensland sunshine.

 21. Explore local culture

THE Paint Pot Gallery in Beaman Park, Yeppoon, has a display of arts and crafts by local artists. Spend some time taking paintings, pottery, textiles, wood turning, china and more.

22. Eat and be entertained

FOOTLIGHTS Theatre Restaurant offers the finest in entertainment, food and atmosphere with a licensed bar. Come and see a top class, comedy variety show with a delicious three course dinner and fully licensed bar.

 23. Fly a kite

WIND and beaches are in plentiful supply on the Capricorn Coast, so why not just go fly a kite?

24. Go Fishing

TREAT yourself to a feed of fresh-caught fish this summer. For those who aren't experienced anglers the thrill of your first catch is only better when you get to feed the family as well. Head to The Causeway Lake, Rosslyn Bay Harbour or Marina, Ross or Cooroomon Creeks and cast a line and relax.

25. Snap happy

THE Capricorn Coast is surely one of the most photogenic places in the world so why not capture it on camera and send your results to the Capricorn Coast Mirror Photo of the Week?

26. Walk the beaches

STAY in shape with some serious strolling and head to Kemp Beach to walk the 2.5km bluff track and take in the views at the dolphin and turtle lookouts. If you're still full of beans, hit the beach and walk the long swathe of sand to Double Head and take the short, steep track with plenty of stairs to checkout the blowhole then head higher to the lookout over the marina, Keppel Islands and to the west.

27. Commune with nature

HEAD to any of the national parks in the area and get back to nature. Byfield National Park and State Forest boast great walking tracks through remnant rainforest and crystal clear, ice cold swimming holes.

28. Head for the Hills

TAKE a hike to the peak of Mount Jim Crow situated just off the Rockhampton / Yeppoon Rd in Mount Jim Crow National Park.

29. Perfect your Picnic

THE key to a simple, scrumptious and safe picnic is to find a killer picnic spot, good company and great weather, which are all abundant on the Capricorn Coast.

30. Take it easy

VISIT a nearby park or beach, breathe some fresh air, and release all that energy outside. Bring along the bicycles, balls, scooters and skateboards and spend the day lapping up the great outdoors.



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