Take the fam­ily out­doors to play

Head north to visit some of the re­gion’s best days out

The Observer - - HOLIDAY GUIDE LIFE -

LOOK­ING for a hol­i­day that will suit the whole fam­ily?

Why not do some­thing very dif­fer­ent and take the kids on a short drive north of Rock­hamp­ton to the Capricorn Caves.

The Caves of­fer a va­ri­ety of tour op­tions. Try the 'Fam­ily Cav­ing Ad­ven­ture'.

Bats are more likely to be seen on this tour as they pre­fer the qui­eter, darker caves.

The sed­i­men­tary rocks of Capricorn Caves started form­ing un­der the sea about 390 mil­lion years ago, corals grow­ing in shal­low wa­ters around vol­canic is­lands started build­ing up as lime­stone on the sea floor.

Ma­rine fossils of the orig­i­nal corals can still be seen in Capricorn Caves.

Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple have long known of the caves, and it is part of the Darum­bal peo­ple’s tra­di­tional home­land. But now they are open to ev­ery­one.

Also north of Rock­hamp­ton is the cool seclu­sion of a rain­for­est vil­lage at By­field.

Hire a ca­noe and pad­dle along the fresh­wa­ter creek where the rain­for­est spills to the wa­ter's edge.

Here you'll find ex­cel­lent pic­nic ar­eas per­fect for a fam­ily BBQ and beau­ti­ful fresh­wa­ter swimming holes that will keep the kids

oc­cu­pied for hours.

Dis­cover lo­cal art and pot­tery gal­leries and take home a unique sou­venir.

One of Cen­tral Queens­land’s favourite days out is a fam­ily day cruise around the Kep­pel Bay Is­lands.

En­joy a Glass Bot­tom Boat tour for co­ral view­ing and fish feed­ing. Ex­pe­ri­ence a ride in the boom­net be­fore com­plet­ing your cruise - lie in the net while cruis­ing the mag­nif­i­cent Kep­pel Is­land bays, it's just like a spa, but in the ocean.

There’s noth­ing like a day in the great out­doors to give the whole fam­ily an ex­pe­ri­ence to re­mem­ber these school hol­i­days.

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JUMP­ING IN: For a per­fect fam­ily day out head to Great Kep­pel Is­land.

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Sue McBurnie from Nobb Creek Pot­tery at By­field with some of her orig­i­nal work on dis­play.

PHOTO: DANIELLE HARD­ING

RIGHT: The beauty of the Capricorn Caves is a must to visit.

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