Get set to discover the region this holidays

Lady Musgrave Experience at Lady Musgrave Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef. Picture: TRACY OLIVE

Bundaberg Tourism’s top five ways to enjoy the school holidays:

• Tick one of the seven wonders of the world off your bucket list without leaving your back yard, or even add finding Nemo to your family-fun holiday activities.

Give your children something to talk about these school holidays and make memories to last a lifetime with a day trip to the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

If you’re yet to explore the depths of this diverse eco-system, spend your day snorkelling alongside turtles in the coral-filled lagoon of Lady Musgrave Island with Lady Musgrave Experience.

Hop on board their luxury catamaran before departing from Bundaberg Port Marina to begin your adventurous day out on the water. Enjoy the comfort of a glass-bottom boat while playing I-spy with the marine life and marvelling at intricate coral formations below.

After catching a glimpse of life below the surface, turn your attention to the thriving life that resides on the island with a guided island walk.

With turtle season underway, stumble upon turtle tracks that scatter the coral sands of the island and dive into sun-soaked waters where you’ll be surrounded by turtle action!

Learn to dive in the pristine coral lagoon of Lady Musgrave Island with Lady Musgrave Experience’s dive team and explore the most remote and unexplored areas of the reef this summer. Visit www.bundabergregion.org/bundaberg-to-lady-musgrave-island-day-cruise.

• From hand-feeding baby goats, capturing a selfie with an alpaca or surrounding yourself with flying high feathery friends, our region has the most rewarding animal encounters not to be missed these school holidays!

Venture just 10 minutes from Bundaberg’s CBD and experience the colourful characters of Splitters Farm with a ‘meet the animals’ tour or ‘VIP picnic’, take a scenic drive to storybook town Childers and stop into Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo (don’t forget to stop into Mammino’s Gourmet Ice-cream for a sweet treat), or wander through the free-flying aviary of Flying High Bird Park in Apple Tree Creek, where birds and farm animals call the sanctuary home.

Visit www.bundabergregion.org/splitters-farm, www.bundabergregion.org/flying-high-bird-sanctuary and www.bundabergregion.org/snakes-downunder.

• Discover mini aquariums and fringing reefs along our shoreline.

Spend a day exploring our beautiful beaches and iconic coastline where you’ll find mini aquariums scattering the shoreline.

Also known as rock pools, make your way from Coral Cove to Elliott Heads and stumble upon these water-filled pockets that make for your own private pool.

Home to small marine life, grab your snorkel and goggles before dipping your head into the refreshing waters and seeing if you can find colourful fish, sea cucumbers and other life below the surface.

Want to explore more underwater playgrounds?

Put on your flippers and go from spotting fish in rock pools to snorkelling colourful fringing reefs.

Local gems Barolin Rocks and Hoffman Rocks make for an adventurous day of diving and snorkelling with the family.

Pack a picnic and be sure to check local tide times and weather conditions before diving in.

• Plan a picnic using produce from local farm gates and treat yourself to something sweet.

Venture from one farm-gate to another gathering farm-fresh local treats for the ultimate family picnic this holiday season.

Whether it’s stopping into Bundaberg Brewed Drinks for a cheeky six-pack of your favourite flavours, picking chocolatey treats from Cha Cha Chocolate or sweet treats from Nana’s Pantry, our local boutique shops and farm-stalls offer an abundance of flavour.

Choose to roll the picnic blanket out along the Burnett River at Alexandra Park, surround yourself with nature at the Botanical Gardens, or let the salty air fill your senses with a picnic at Kellys Beach.

• Explore Boolboonda Tunnel and flick a line out at Lake Monduran.

Pack the rods and take a scenic drive through Gin Gin (stopping into the town’s delicious bakery, of course), towards the Boolboonda Tunnel and tick the longest non-supported tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere off your back yard bucket list.

A site not to be missed, choose to walk or drive through the tunnel and soak up the pick-axe marks that line the rock walls.

Home to a colony of bent-wing bats, the kids will be sure to be in awe.

Continue your day of exploring by making your way to Lake Monduran where you can cast the line out and teach the kids how to catch record-size barramundi.

With boats available for hire, barbecues available and the perfect setting for kayaking, come enjoy this little slice of paradise.