Looking for something to do with family and friends over the summer holidays? Redlands Coast offers activities for everyone, whether you’re into arts and crafts, nature, being active or getting out on the water. Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said summer was the perfect time to get out and experience some of the region’s many attractions. 10 things to do on Redlands Coast: 1. Take a walk or drive along one of the local heritage trails in Cleveland/Ormiston and on North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo, Lamb, Macleay and Russell Islands. 2. Watch a blacksmith in action most Saturdays at Redland Museum. You’ll find them at work in the wooden shed beside the museum, demonstrating skills of their ancient trade. 3. Join a sailing charter around southern Moreton Bay or hire a BBQ boat on Coochiemudlo and explore the island’s coastline. 4. There are more than 1400 conservation areas, parks and reserves in Redlands Coast. Why not go bushwalking, mountain biking, cycling or horse riding and explore nature. 5. Visit a park or playground. The new all-inclusive playground at Thornlands Community Park features a giant treehouse, climbing structures, a nature play area, mega slides, a double flying fox, water play elements, a sandpit with dinosaur bones, a farm-themed café cubby house, sheltered picnic areas and barbecues. 6. Buy some unique items or fresh produce at one of the regular farmer and craft markets across Redlands Coast. 7. Explore local waterways by canoe or kayak. 8. Take a day or spend a week exploring Council’s collection of more than 100 public art works along the Redland Coast art trails. There’s a trail from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island, on each of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and on Coochiemudlo Island. 9. Explore the botanic gardens at IndigiScapes Centre and gain some tips on how to transform your own garden with native plants. 10. Fancy an island adventure? Go swimming, check out the wildlife or go fishing. Take a ferry or water taxi to North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo or the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Peel Island is accessible by watercraft. For more ideas check out the Visit Redlands Coast website, pop into the Visitor Information Centre in the Raby Bay Harbour Precinct, Cleveland or visit Redland City Council’s online What’s On calendar.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN ON REDLANDS COAST There’s no excuse for boredom during the summer school holidays, with Redland City Council offering plenty of activities to engage, educate and entertain our city’s younger residents. Mayor Karen Williams said there would be something to suit children of all ages with events being held at IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre, Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and Redland Performing Arts Centre. “There are activities on offer for bookworms, crafty kids, environmental enthusiasts, aspiring artists and budding circus performers,” she said. “Bookings are essential for most sessions as numbers are limited to allow for physical distancing. “I encourage everyone to go online for more information and to ensure their children don’t miss out on a spot. “The majority of events are free, but there are a few which incur a small cost.” IndigiScapes is offering hands-on environmental workshops and events throughout January. For information on any of these activities, visit the IndigiScapes website. In January there will be a puppets storytime, activities inspired by 130-Storey Treehouse, Trolls and Minecraft, and sessions where children gain confidence by reading to story dogs.Bookings are required for all activities. Go to redland.qld.gov.au/library Redland Performing Arts Centre is encouraging youngsters to run off and join the circus for a couple hours in December with workshops where they can tackle the trapeze, harness the hula-hoop, or master juggling and tumbling. For information and bookings visit RPAC’s website. Redland Art Gallery Cleveland will be facilitating free drop-in workshops in January, to coincide with Raquel Ormella’s exhibition Now is the Time at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art. For information and bookings visit the gallery’s website. The gallery also offers a range of online activities where participants can make a hanging mobile, paint a portrait, create a cargo ship or a collage, or do some stamping.