WHAT'S ON: 20 things to do in the South Burnett this Easter

1 Join in on the Easter egg hunt

GRAB your basket and a keen pair of eyes for Kingaroy's Easter egg hunt.

There will be hundreds of eggs hidden across Kingaroy Memorial Park on Easter Saturday, March 31. There will be two rounds of the hunt at 9.30am and 11am.

Picnic favourite games such as three legged races will run during the day, as well as some craft activities. Tea and coffee will be available and a sausage sizzle will be running during the day.

2 Easter bunny photos for kids

KIDS can get their photo taken with the Easter Bunny when he visits Kingaroy Shoppingworld as part of the shopping centre's holiday entertainment line up.

Kids may be lucky enough to receive a chocolate egg from the Easter bunny himself. Parents can purchase the photos on the day.

There will be two sessions on Thursday March 29, from 10am to 12pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

There will also be a session on Easter Saturday March 31 at 10am to 2pm.

3 Farm visits in Shoppingworld

COME visit the baby farm animals for free at the Kingaroy Shoppingworld. The farm will be open from 10am to 3pm from Tuesday, April 10 to Saturday, April 14.

4 Fun at our local libraries

SPEND a quiet afternoon at the South Burnett library finding your favourite book.

During the school holidays each library will be hosting fun, interactive sessions for kids full of games and craft to celebrate the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Kingaroy library will also be hosting a special story time, to acknowledge Autism Awareness month, with local author Deborah Stevens.

For more information and times check the South Burnett Libraries Facebook page.

 

club 300 feature pics. 14 DEC 2017
club 300 feature pics. 14 DEC 2017 Trevor Veale

5 Go bowling in Kingaroy

KINGAROY Tenpin Bowl will be open for kids and families to show off how many strikes they can get. The tenpin bowling alley will be open Wednesday to Sunday.

For more details phone 41624544.

6 Taabinga Vacation Care

TAABINGA outside school hours care has all the fun booked up for the school holidays from Tuesday, April 3 to Friday, April 13.

The vacation care has events for kids with all interests. Activities range from a messy day, rainbow run and water play days to gymnastics or a talent show.

The school holiday program will run from 7am to 6pm on weekdays. The vacation care will also be open for the pupil free day on Monday, April 16. Bookings are essential. For more information call 0428227 057 or visit www.pcyc.org.au.

7 Colouring-in competition

KIDS can get their chance to win tickets to Kingaroy Satellite Cinema by entering in the Easter colouring in competition. Sheets can be collected from the Kingaroy Shoppingworld from Monday March 26 and need to be returned to centre management by Friday, April 13 at 2pm.

8 Bjelke-Petersen Dam outing

GO FOR a family day outing to the Bjelke-Petersen Dam to explore, swim, fish or to relax. Just a short drive from Murgon, it is a popular area for picnics, recreational freshwater fishing, birdwatching, boating and camping. The area is well equipped with picnic areas, barbecues, a general store, boat ramp and a caravan park. Koalas, kangaroos and swans have often been spotted in the region and the dam is stocked with Golden Perch and Bass.

 

First race meet at Nanango Races
First race meet at Nanango Races Madeline Grace

9 Nanango Easter Races

COME along for the Nanango races' golden celebrations on Easter Saturday. Marking 50 years of racing. The museum of local racing and rail history will be open for all to inspect.

The fashion theme for the day will be pink vintage glamour and bonnets, with a fashion winner picked on the day.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for pensioners and under 15's are free. Parking will be available on the grounds, and a free return bus service will be leaving from Nanango and Kingaroy. Gates will be open from 10am at Lee Park on Saturday, March 31.

10 Test skills on board games

TRY your hand at giant board games in the Kingaroy Shoppingworld during the school holidays. Challenge your friends to a game of giant Jenga, giant connect four, giant dominoes, giant noughts and crosses or giant mid-size chess. The games are free and will run within the centre from Tuesday, April 3 to Saturday, April 7.

11 Visit Boondooma Dam for a family day out or fishing trip

BOONDOOMA Dam is popular with families, anglers, campers, bird watchers and water sports enthusiasts.

Considered one of the most consistent inland fishing spots in Queensland, Lake Boondooma is known for golden perch, silver perch and Australian bass. The area is popular with anglers because all fishing methods work.

However a stock impoundment permit is needed to fish, which can be obtained from the kiosk.

There is a local campsite, 12 kilometres north of Proston, which has a boat ramp, pontoon, wood and electric barbecue, and a playground for the kids.

 

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Cute young girl smiling joyfully sipping her drink watching a movie at the cinema copyspace entertainment positivity children childhood relax activity leisure hobby beverage snack concept. SerhiiBobyk

12 Go out to the cinemas

GRAB your family or friends and head to the cinemas to see the latest flicks.

Kingaroy Cinema on Short St will be open over the school holidays and showcasing new kids releases such as Peter Rabbit and Disney's A Wrinkle in Time. Ticket prices range from $8 for kids, $10 for students and concessions and $12 for adults.

13. Head to the local pool

GRAB your towel and friends and family and head to your closest public pool to cool off. South Burnett pools are open every day, but will be closed Good Friday. They are located in Nanango, Blackbutt, Kingaroy, Murgon, Proston and Wondai.

14 Drive to the Bunyas

ENJOY the scenery along the Great Bunya Drive and visit the Bunya Mountains for a day or two.

Explore the tracks of the various bushwalks and lookouts, spotting Bunya nuts or one of the resident wallabies in the area. Bring along your binoculars to spot some of the park's 120 species of birds, such as the crimson rosella or bowerbird. Picturesque picnic areas are the ideal location forlunch and perfect for relaxing.

There are plenty of accommodation options including a camping area.

If staying the night, grab a torch and go spotlighting to spy the common ringtail possum. Make time to explore the little town and stores on top of the Bunya Mountains.

 

The South Burnett Mountain Bike Club held a rail trail ride for Relay for Life on Sunday August 20.
The South Burnett Mountain Bike Club held a rail trail ride for Relay for Life on Sunday August 20. Tobi Loftus

15 Take a bike ride on the Rail Trail

GRAB your bike or your running shoes and travel along part of the South Burnett Rail Trail. The track follows the route of the former railway line and is a perfect track for riders of

any skill level or age. Walk, cycle or run with ease along the 44 kilometres of sealed track from Murgon to Kingaroy.

Experienced riders can tackle the entire trail from either direction or other riders can pick a short section starting at any of the towns. Dogs on leads are also welcome along the trail.

16 Race around the track

SOUTH Burnett Kart Hire is a guaranteed fun day out for all ages. Prices start at $14 for a lap of 10 minutes around the race track.

There are no age requirements, rather a height requirement to reach the brakes. A child can ride with an adult in a double cart for 10 or 15 minute laps.

The track will be open everyday over the Easter school break, but will be closed on Good Friday. It will be open weekdays from midday and the weekends from 10am. The Kart Hire is at 13838 D'Aguilar Highway in Nanango, across from the Big Bucket. For more details call 4171 0040.

17 Picnic at Fick's Crossing

FICK'S Crossing is a waterhole about five kilometres south of Murgon.

Have a picnic with your family in one of the picnic areas along the banks of Barambah Creek. Fick's is best accessed by kayak, and is often a popular spot for local anglers, being a great location for fish such as bass, yellowbelly and silver perch.

 

Regatta boats lined up for the Easter Saturday fun day in Proston.
Regatta boats lined up for the Easter Saturday fun day in Proston. Julie Chippindale

18 Check out Regatta in the Park

PROSTON will be hosting the first annual Regatta in the Park on Easter Saturday. You can compete around the course in the boats for $2.50 and watch the sponsors rally to win the Regatta In The Park Cup.

There will be an Easter parade from 10am which will feature the boats, and the Easter bonnet competitors. Families can participate in egg and spoon races and a scavenger hunt. The CWA market will run after the parade in Railway Park on Rodney Street, Proston.

19 Take a trip to the past

VISIT the Boondooma Homestead and museum, one of the few remaining examples of an 1850s wooden home. The centre will be open every day between 9am and 4pm.

The "spirit of the bush" muster will take place from April 25 to 29. Listen to some of Australia's top balladeers and poets and join one of the poetry competitions. There will be a licensed bar, barbecue and stalls, as well as vintage cars and historic displays. On Anzac Day there will be a poet's breakfast and Anzac service with entertainment to follow from 9am. For more information phone 4168 0168.

20 Day trip to Coomba Falls

GO FOR a drive out to Maidenwell to visit Coomba Falls. The secluded spot is ideal for picnics or a day of relaxing. The waterhole is perfect for a swim to cool down on a hot day and the area, with its granite cliffs are a lovely spot for bird watching and photography. The closest facilities are in Maidenwell.

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