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Get the kids off the devices and into Central QLD Highlands!

Let’s face it. Most kids would probably be happy to fill the Easter school holidays with Roblox and TikTok! But it’ll be far easier to peel the kids away from their mobile devices – at least temporarily – when you all take a Central Queensland Highlands adventure.

Here’s a few ideas to Explore More these holidays:

  • Emerald has loads of kid-friendly activities. The Botanic Gardens playground has undergone a major upgrade recently; the aquatic centre’s splash pad is always a hit; and there are great photo opportunities with the giant van Gogh Sunflower painting in Morton Park. More info.
The playground at Emerald Botanic Gardens has recently been upgraded
  • Gemfields. Just driving through the Gemmies is an adventure itself – it’s fascinating to see the quirky homes and shacks made from billy boulders, bush timber, corrugated iron and even glass bottles. But the real fun is in the fossicking. Call into one of the fossicking parks to unearth your own sapphires. More info.
Fossicking in the Gemmies
  • Blackwater. You could spend a whole day at the Blackwater International Coal Centre, home to the Australian Coal Mining Museum, mine tours, Japanese Gardens, Eliza’s Cottage store, coffee shop, cinema and Visitor Information Centre. It’s also worth calling into Lions Park on the Capricorn Highway to see one of the largest displays of flags in the world. More info.
Blackwater International Coal Centre
  • Capella‘s aquatic centre – which includes five solar-heated pools and a waterslide – is so popular that locals come from all over the region for a swim! The Capella Pioneer Village is also worth stopping for – it’s a lesson in Aussie history but kids will just think it’s fun! More info.
Capella Aquatic Centre
  • Carnarvon Gorge demands a longer road trip but it’s so worth it, especially to see its majestic cliffs that change colour; to swim in the rock pool carved from the waters of Carnarvon Creek; and to witness rock art that’s a fragile reminder of Indigenous people’s long and continuing connection with the gorge. A night walk with a torch can reveal gliders, possums and bush stonecurlews. More info.
Carnarvon Gorge National Park. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

Want more ideas? Explore More of our website or contact the friendly crew at the Central Queensland Highlands Visitor Information Centre in Emerald.

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