Edition 4 – December 2010
Get in the Christmas spirit at Carols by Candlelight
New Year’s Eve Fireworks!
Find the perfect escape these holidays – and save!
Special Christmas Staycation Offers
Boredom busters
Australia Day 2011
Discover the Fraser Coast with our Discovery Trails
Fraser Coast Events Calendar – December/January
Maybe Melbourne? Update
Merryborough Markets and Twilight Christmas Shopping
Christmas Day Picnic at the Pines
Get in the Christmas spirit at Carols by Candlelight

Fraser Coast Regional Council and Hervey Bay RSL present Carols by Candlelight on Saturday 18 December at Seafront Oval with a great program starting at 5.15pm including a performance by internationally award winning comedy juggler The Great Scott followed by a special children’s show featuring The Twine and an on-stage visit by Santa Claus.

The main carols program, in association with the Hervey Bay Christian Ministers’ Association, will begin at 7pm. There will be free amusement rides from 5pm to 9pm, courtesy of Hervey Bay RSL. More…

New Year’s Eve Fireworks!

Fraser Coast Regional Council has joined forces with local business and community groups to make sure the region welcomes in the New Year in colourful style. Council is proudly sponsoring five New Year’s Eve events across the region: four with fireworks displays. More…

Find the perfect escape these holidays – and save!

Don’t go anywhere else.  Holiday, or Staycation, in the best place in the world… the Fraser Coast!

You’ve got the perfect holiday playground for your family and visiting friends and relatives -with eco-adventures, beautiful safe beaches, living history and more.

You’ll even get great discounts to over 70 Fraser Coast attractions and businesses – just because you’re a local or are accompanied by friends or family visiting from outside the region.  More…

Special Christmas Staycation Offers
Here is a Christmas gift for you. As well as the usual Staycations specials, a number of local attractions and businesses are also offering Christmas specials for locals. More…

Boredom busters
The kids won’t have time to be bored during the Christmas school holidays with heaps of activities and places to visit:

Australia Day 2011
Breakfasts, barbecues and morning teas, Australiana games and bush poetry, flag raising and presentations will be the flavour of Australia Day celebrations across the Fraser Coast in 2011.  More…

Discover the Fraser Coast with our Discovery Trails
Spend the holidays discovering your Fraser Coast …

We’ve put together over 20 Discovery Trails for you to choose from. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find …

New! Fraser Coast hinterland trails
Experience the charms of our rural areas including Tiaro, Bauple, Howard and Torbanlea. Buy country craft and produce, dine in historic hotels, visit museums or take a relaxing drive past sugar cane fields, cattle, orchards and state forest. Get off the beaten track with dedicated trails for horse riding, bush walking, and mountain bikes.

Museums Trail
Delve into colourful history, amazing artefacts and stunning heritage architecture by visiting our region’s impressive collection of museums and historical collections.

Fraser Coast Fishing Trail
Our Fraser Coast is Australia’s best destination for unforgettable fishing experiences. Some top fishing spots to try over the summer include Fraser Island and Maaroom, Boonooroo/Tuan, Poona and Tinnanbar.

Discover more trails…

Latest events and news

10      – Pool Party – Maryborough and Hervey Bay Aquatic Centres, Ages 6 to 17
11      – Dingo Day and Candle Night
11      – Glenwood Christmas Function
11      – Skateboarding, Scooter and Bike Competiton, Maryborough, from 3pm
11      – Burrum District Christmas Carnival, Howard
12      – Sunday in the Park, Pier Park, Urangan
14      – Christmas Capers for Kids, Hervey Bay Library
18      – Hervey Bay RSL Carols by Candlelight, Seafront Oval
23      – Christmas Markets, Maryborough CBD
23      – Merryborough Christmas Twilight Shopping, Maryborough CBD
24      – Harbour View Twilight Markets
25      – River Heads Farmers & Artisians Market
26      – Sunday in the Park, Queens Park, Maryborough
31      – New Year’s Eve events across the region


12       – Adam Brand – Comin’ Home Tour, Brolga Theatre, Maryborough
26       – Citizenship Ceremony, USQ Fraser Coast campus
26       – Flying Art artful weaving, Hervey Bay Wide Bay TAFE Campus
9, 10   – Mary River Festival, Petrie Park, Tiaro
14-16  – Maryborough Heritage Craft Fest – Maryborough City Hall
16       – Torbanlea Picnic Races, Torbanlea
24       – Dorothy the Dinosaur Travelling Show, Brolga Theatre, Maryborough
30-31  – Tiaro Landcare Catch & Release Fishing Competition – Petrie Park, Tiaro

Get the latest events news and information at www.frasercoastevents.com.au

Maybe Melbourne? Update
Negotiations continue with Tiger Airways who are expected to make an announcement late December regarding their decision to introduce direct air services between Hervey Bay and Melbourne.

You can still show your support for our campaign to establish this air service.  The stronger our show of community support, the greater our chances of successfully securing a direct Melbourne route for the Fraser Coast.

Register today

Merryborough Markets and Twilight Christmas Shopping
Find unique handmade gifts and farm fresh produce at Christmas Market day
Maryborough’s Heritage Market will take on a distinct Christmas flavour on Thursday 23 December.  If you would like all your Christmas shopping in one place, be sure to visit this famous weekly market in Maryborough’s CBD.  It is the place to go for fresh produce for your festive cooking; beautiful flowers, plants and living gifts; handmade and imported jewellery; children’s clothes and toys; unique art and craft and much more.  Look out for Santa and Mary Christmas. There will also be children’s amusements and entertainment.

Twilight Christmas Shopping in Maryborough CBD
Maryborough’s historic CBD will transform into a Twilight Christmas shopping experience on Thursday 23 December with local businesses and some market stalls on City Hall green trading until 8pm.  Carol singing, jazz musicians and other entertainment as well as prizes and competitions will add wonderful festive cheer to this special evening.

Christmas Day Picnic at the Pines
Don’t spend Christmas Day alone. Head to the Pines Playground on the Hervey Bay Esplanade for a free picnic lunch from noon to 2pm on Christmas Day.  There is no age limit and the picnic will be children-friendly, smoke and alcohol free. The organisers aim to provide everyone who attends with a picnic lunch, old fashioned games and maybe a small gift.

Anyone who would like to attend can leave their name and contact details with the Uniting Church office on 4125 5233, the Bayside Christian Church office on 4124 3327 or the Urangan Community Centre on 4125 5499.

Volunteers needed – If you would like to volunteer to help with the annual Picnic at the Pines Christmas Lunch please click here or collect a registration form from the Council’s Customer Service offices, the PCYC, the Uniting Church or the Urangan Community Centre.


Share your story and win
We want you to share how you “live life happy” on the Fraser Coast over the holidays. Each month, a winning entry will receive a Quintessential Fraser Coast Gift Pack valued at $50.

Simply tell us in 150 words or less about your Fraser Coast and send your photos which capture the essence of the region to helpdeskmedia@frasercoast.

More …

Fraser Coast Quintessential Online Gift Shop

Get the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family with a unique gift from our Fraser Coast Quintessential Gift Shop. Get a souvenir made by a local artist or get a ‘taste of the region’ with local produce at our online shop.

Click here to visit our on-line shop.

It’s time to shine!

Singing Santas, reindeer and thousands of fairy lights are about to make a stunning appearance across the region as the hundreds of houses and businesses turn on their displays in the annual Light Up Fraser Coast Christmas lights competition.

Competition categories cover Hervey Bay, Maryborough, rural residential, Tinana, Granville, Fraser Coast hinterland, first timers and best neighbourhood or street.

There is also a section for the best Nativity Scene in Hervey Bay, sponsored by the Hervey Bay Christian Ministers’ Association and the most Energy Efficient display across the region sponsored by Ergon Energy.

Entrants will turn their light displays between 7pm and 10pm from Saturday, December 11 until Christmas Day. Maps showing the locations of entries will be published by the Fraser Coast Chronicle: Maryborough locations on December 16 and Hervey Bay locations on December 17. The winners will be announced in the Fraser Coast Chronicle on December 18.

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Fraser Coast Regional Council distributes the information in this newsletter as a general reference source. Despite our best efforts, Council makes no warranties about the validity of the information in this publication. Council disclaims all responsibility and liability (including through negligence) for expenses, losses, damages and costs incurred as a result of the information in this newsletter being inaccurate or incomplete.