Students take holiday journey

GLADSTONE kids can spend their Spring school holidays outdoor or using imagination to visit space, sea and an enchanted garden.

Gladstone Regional Council Community Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Maxine Brushe said with so many activities offered youngsters would wish the school break was longer.

"Council has organised a wonderful variety of school holiday activities which are sure to attract the attention of all ages," Cr Brushe said.

"Youth 12 years and over have the opportunity to take part in some action-packed outdoor events throughout the Gladstone Region; while creative, crafty and environmentally focused activities are on offer for those younger.

"In addition, Council's regional libraries, art gallery and museum and Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens will host extensive and exciting school holiday programs."

Youth activities, organised in partnership with community groups, range from horse riding and canoeing in the Boyne Valley to a BMX demonstration and ride at Boyne Island, laser skirmish and music rock camp in Gladstone and sand boarding and art house on the Discovery Coast.

In Gladstone, local artists Beryl Wood and Leanne Cole will transform Tondoon Botanic Gardens into a Secret Enchanted Garden.

Special maps have been designed to lead children on an adventure to find the magical garden where different educational and environmental activities will be held each week day.

Gladstone's regional libraries will encourage children on a journey using their imaginations to create craft and edible projects exploring the theme Deep Space, Deep Sea.

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum will feature various activities for children and encourage families to travel back in time with the National Archives of Australia's touring interactive exhibition Shell-Shocked.

The display features World War I memorabilia and encourages residents to trace the history of their ancestors through the interactive software Mapping our Anzacs.

A program of school holiday activities, costs and booking information is available on the home page of Council's website at

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