At first thought, taking three little kids onto a houseboat didn't really seem like a great idea - could we really stay for a week confined in a smallish boat with 3 very active kids? Well, we decided to do it anyway! We had wanted to visit Fraser Island for a long time now - for those that don't know, Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and is world heritage listed (as well as being amazingly beautiful) - so what better way to visit than by houseboat!One of our first concerns was what to pack, it's not like we could just duck off to the shops to pick up some groceries (although we did manage to do this), however we have done a bit of camping previously so this made it a little easier. The boat that we hired was a 45 foot houseboat which accommodated us comfortably as well as giving us plenty of room for storage and a bit of room for the kids to move around. A quick hour long session with one of the skippers gave us enough information on operating, navigating and most importantly, anchoring the boat and we were on our way!
We left from the little fishing village of Tin Can Bay and we had 5 nights to explore this amazing part of the country - we had arranged a little excursion at Kingfisher Bay Resort in the north of Fraser Island and we had two days to make our way up there! Anchorages were marked out on the map - they are dotted along the coast and most are within calm waters. We allowed plenty of time to arrive at each point so that we could anchor-up early and explore our surrounds (as well as allowing plenty of time to relax and do a little fishing)! The houseboat was equipped with a small tender so that we could explore the coastline and get onto dry land from time to time, although for the most part we were quite content to stay on our boat!
We made it up to the resort in time for our excursion, stopping off where-ever we saw something of interest - there are a couple of shipwrecks along the way which the kids were really intrigued with, so they were definite stopping points! We weren't staying at the resort - we just joined a large number of other boats that were anchored nearby. The resort was very generous in opening up its facilities (restaurants, bars and swimming pools, there are also small shops as well) to the boaties so it was understandable as to this being a popular anchorage.
Fraser Island was beautiful! It's a little difficult to get around - no sealed roads here - but we had booked the taxi service to pick us up and take us to one of the most picturesque natural places that we have seen. Lake Makenzie is a freshwater lake on the island with perfectly white sand beaches, surrounded by thick forest. Driving across the bumpy sand roads in our 4 wheel drive taxi it was hard to imagine that a place like this could exist, but it was simply magnificent, and it was a highlight on our little trip!
Our houseboat holiday was a fantastic adventure - for all of us! We imagine that it must have been quite surreal for the kids as it was amazing for us parents! In general the waterways were nice and quiet and the waters were smooth - fantastic for our first adventure on the water, and being able to relax for a day at the resort made for a special treat off the boat as well! We got to see turtles and dolphins (but sadly no dugongs), lots of fish and crabs, even some bioluminescence on the surface at night-time! The kids kept well entertained throughout the week even though they were a little confined and we're sure that they have some fantastic memories!
Where is it: Teralba Park, Everton Park
What's it all about: A day to get together as a community and of course find some Easter eggs!
How can I join in: It's all free so get down to the park early and enjoy the fun events put on for the community!
Tell me more: This is another one of the many awesome and free community events put on by local business and government representatives. This event ticks two boxes - Easter and Neighbour Day! Heaps of fun activities for all the family (but mainly for the little guys!) and lots of great community spirit! Egg and spoon races, sack races, tug of war, prizes and heaps more! But there's no doubt about the main attraction - two attractions actually - the arrival of the Easter Bunny and the Easter egg hunt! The Easter Bunny arrives in style - in a Police car complete with sirens - and the arrival of the Easter Bunny signifies the start of the egg hunt - a fun hunt through the playground and hedge maze of this great park, split between little kids and big kids and there's hundreds of chocolate eggs to find!
Where is it: Various Brisbane City Libraries
What's it all about: So many activities for the kids at libraries in the greater Brisbane area! More than just books!
How can I join in: Check out the events listing on your local library's website or give them a call to find out what's on next!
Tell me more: We're not the biggest bookworms around but we do spend heaps of time at Brisbane's libraries! Apart from the expected books and reading, there are so many other things to do and see! There are always special activities scheduled for both kids and adults - you really will be amazed at what's on offer! We've been to some really fun story-times which are in different languages which are really fun and a great way to immerse your little guys in different languages and cultures. We've also gotten involved in craft, singing, dancing, cultural activities, computing and more! One of the more exciting things we've done was getting to meet a very special little talking and dancing Nao robot! You definitely should check out your local library to see what's on - we're sure that you will find something!
Frozen Party April-2019
Easter Egg Hunt and Craft
Meeting a NAO Robot
Storytime and craft
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We are very lucky here in Brisbane with the perfect weather for enjoying the outdoors, and plenty of impressive scenery too! So eating outdoors for us Brisbanites seems to come pretty naturally, but sometimes eating outdoors will come at the expense of a little luxury or a touch of class. That’s why we think that The Vintage Picnic Company is on to a real winning formula with their fantastic picnic arrangements that just ooze taste – both in the food and the setup!
We enjoyed a beautiful picnic brunch at Captain Burke Park – one of our favourite parks here in Brisbane. Set right on the banks of the river, directly under the very impressive Storey Bridge, this park has a great little playground, heaps of trees and lovely lawns to run around on. Our picnic was set up in the shade (with plenty of consideration for the changing shadows) and it was fantastically and tastefully presented with thick rugs, comfy cushions and vintage accessories – it looked absolutely beautiful! Brunch was from a selection of sweet and savoury in both adults and kids serving sizes and lots of fresh fruit, which as expected was very yummy! Also provided were some fun lawn games – quoits and boules – perfect for a family picnic.
Picnics are often a secondary thought for us for when we are out and about exploring, but after our experience with The Vintage Picnic Company we might just have to change our thinking on that - it was such a lovely morning out! Absolutely everything was taken care of, all we had to do was turn up and enjoy! They can cater for any occasion and from 2 – 200 guests, in all locations here in Brisbane, Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Hinterlands. Everything is so wonderfully tasteful, inviting and best of all, relaxing. Picnicking is definitely an experience that will be a more common occurrence in our family now! If you’re thinking of a picnic, or just considering options for an event or outing, don’t hesitate to contact Georgia from The Vintage Picnic Company on 0431 576 423 to discuss your options!
Where is it: In the centre of Brisbane – 25 August 2019 – registrations are open now!
Why we love it: A wonderful fun run for the whole family and a fantastic way to see some magnificent parts of Brisbane!
Tell me more: There are some truly Brisbane experiences in this great city of ours that every resident (and a whole lot of visitors) really should take part in – and this is one of the most iconic! For 23 years the Bridge to Brisbane fun run has been eagerly anticipated by many here in the city.
We went along for the launch of the Bridge to Brisbane (early bird registrations are now open) at Captain Burke Park - the starting point for the 5km run - and even four months out, the excitement is already starting to build! We enjoyed a lovely brunch from Miss Bliss Catering, received some fantastic training tips from the guys at Anytime Fitness and mingled with some other prospective runners - from current Olympians through to novices like ourselves! And that is the best thing about this wonderful race - it really is a 'fun' run and anyone and everyone joins in!
Just like the Brisbane River, the Bridge to Brisbane snakes its way through the city over either 10 or 5 kilometres and takes in some of the highlights of the inner city, starting from Roma St, the CBD, the Story Bridge and finishing at South Bank. It’s a fun run for all ages and abilities and not only is it a fantastic experience, it also raises much needed funds for a range of charities!
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