The Proserpine Swimming Pool water park. Photo: Tourism Whistundays
The Proserpine Swimming Pool water park. Photo: Tourism Whistundays

13 things to do in the Whitsundays these school holidays

AS PARENTS stare down the barrel of two weeks’ holidays, it’s natural to already be bracing for cries of “I’m bored”.

That’s why the Whitsunday Times has complied a list of foolproof day fillers that are great for children as well as the big kids in all of us.

Here are some activities that will keep the whole family entertained:

Bowen Markets

When: Every Sunday from 7.30am

Where: Hansen Park

Cost: Free

Sample some fresh Bowen produce or kick back and relax while listening to live music.

There are plenty of interesting stalls to sift through against the beautiful beach backdrop.

Airlie Beach Family Carnival

When:

- Tuesday, September 29, 10am-2pm and 5-9pm

- Wednesday, September 30, 10am-2pm and 5-9pm

- Thursday, September 1, 10am-2pm and 5-9pm

Where: Coral Sea Marina

Cost: Free entry, $30 unlimited ride armbands, single ride tickets $5-$7

Roll up, roll up for some carnival fun with the little ones.

With fairy floss, dagwood dogs and plenty of tummy churning rides, this is sure to wear the children out.

There will be plenty of rides at the Airlie Beach Family Carnival. Photo Rohan O'Neil
There will be plenty of rides at the Airlie Beach Family Carnival. Photo Rohan O'Neil

Cedar Creek Falls

When: Any time

Where: Cedar Creek Falls Rd

Cost: Free

While the falls may not be flowing this time of year, it’s still a great stopover for adventurous children.

Explore one of the tracks leading from the falls or bring a picnic to enjoy in the shade.

Whitsunday Gold Coffee Farm

When: 7.30am to 3pm on weekdays, 7.30am to 4pm on weekends

Where: 12505 Bruce Hwy

Cost: Entry to play area $9.95

Kick back with a coffee in hand while the little ones take to the massive indoor playground or explore the menagerie.

Located just outside Proserpine, it is Australia’s largest coffee plantation and has a cafe with plenty of options to keep the whole family happy.

Peter Faust Dam

When: Any time

Where: 20km outside Proserpine, off Crystalbrook Rd

Cost: Free

Whether your family is full of water babies or land lovers, there’s plenty to do at the dam.

Take a walk along the water, throw in a line or pitch a tent at the recently upgraded 72-hour free site.

Horseshoe Bay, Bowen. Picture Supplied
Horseshoe Bay, Bowen. Picture Supplied

Horseshoe Bay

When: Any time

Where: Horseshoe Bay, Bowen

Cost: Free

The calm waters of Horseshoe Bay make it the ideal place for a day at the beach.

Adventurous types can hike up to Mother Beddock lookout while children looking to cool off can bring their own snorkel and explore the shallows.

There’s also a nearby cafe to hush those rumbling tummies.

Proserpine pool and water park

When: Open 8am to 7pm daily, except on Tuesdays when it’s open noon to 7pm

Where: 79-83 Anzac Rd, Proserpine

Cost: Free

Take a break from the heat at the Proserpine pool.

The children will love the water park area complete with slides and a tipping bucket.

The Proserpine Swimming Pool water park. Photo: Tourism Whistundays
The Proserpine Swimming Pool water park. Photo: Tourism Whistundays

Airlie Beach markets

When: Every Saturday from 7am to 1pm

Where: Airlie Beach Foreshore

Cost: Free

From mango sorbet to the self-proclaimed best sausage rolls in the country, the Airlie Beach markets are a treasure trove of epic proportions.

Head down early to avoid the crowds and score some interesting finds from one of the many stalls.

Summergarden Cinemas

When: See www.bowencinemas.com for movie times

Where: 40 Murroona St, Bowen

Cost: $10 all ages

Catch some of the latest and greatest flicks on the big screen at the Bowen Summergarden Cinemas.

The cinema was established in the 1940s and many greats have visited the building in years gone by.

Views from the Honeyeater trail lookout at Airlie Beach stretch over the marina and Whitsundays. Picture: Rae Wilson
Views from the Honeyeater trail lookout at Airlie Beach stretch over the marina and Whitsundays. Picture: Rae Wilson

Honeyeater hike

When: Any time

Where: Kara Crescent

Cost: Free

Got some little ones with energy to burn?

The honeyeater hike is a foolproof way to get the blood pumping while taking in some of the best views in Airlie Beach.

Warning, this hike is not suitable for younger children.

Coral Beach

When: Any time

Where: Shute Harbour

Cost: Free

Enjoy a stretch of seclusion that lives up to its name.

If you’ve got budding anglers in your family they can cast a line while explorers can fossick along the shore to find some gems.

Proserpine Museum registrar Aisla Reinke, vice-president Gay Gillies and secretary Michele Dibbens in front of their phone history display.
Proserpine Museum registrar Aisla Reinke, vice-president Gay Gillies and secretary Michele Dibbens in front of their phone history display.

Proserpine Museum

When: 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Where: 198 Main St, Proserpine

Cost: Adults $6, students $3

Your little ones will love exploring the Proserpine museum.

With artefacts, photos and stories from years gone by, it’s the perfect place to spend the afternoon.

Bowen Family Carnival

When: September 18 and 19 from 10am-2pm and 5pm-9pm.

Where: Bowen Showgrounds

Cost: $30 unlimited ride armbands

Try your luck at one of the sideshow alley games or soar to new heights on an adrenaline pumping ride.

There’s something for children of all ages and more importantly, plenty of fairy floss to go around.


High-tech cruise liner to take in Airlie on maiden voyage

Premium Content High-tech cruise liner to take in Airlie on maiden voyage

Cocktails served by robots and skydiving simulators are all part of the new ship.

$15m pledge for major Northern Beaches community project

Premium Content $15m pledge for major Northern Beaches community project

Queensland election candidate throws support behind extra services for growth...

GP recognised for kindness and dedication in community

Premium Content GP recognised for kindness and dedication in community

The Proserpine doctor said the region’s generosity would be key in recovery after a...