School Holiday Adventures – A day out at Tannum & Lake Awoonga

School Holidays are here, and Gladstone News can help you fill in a day exploring the coastal paradise of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.  

Who doesn’t love building sand castles, jumping over the waves and cooling off on a warm day? Spend a day at the beach these school holidays. The 2018/2019 Surf Lifesaving Patrol Season has started at Tannum Sands Main Beach. Grab some fish and chips from MJ’s on Boyne on your way through town, dine in or enjoy them at the beach.  Make sure you slip slop slap and swim between the flags. Sole Seeker in Tannum has a great range of water accessories in store, or even treat the family to a new set of swimmers. The lifestyle store is well worth a look when heading down to the beach.  

If land-based activities are more your thing there is still plenty to do. Explore the Turtle Way path by foot or bike, there some wonderful local artworks scattered along the marked path. Grab some bait from Boyne Island Bait and Tackle and throw a line in the Boyne River either from the pontoon at Bray Park or off the beach at the mouth of the river.  

Another great way to spend a day away from home is a visit to Gladstone Area Water Board’s Awoonga Dam. Go for a swim, hire a SUP or even a boat to explore this tranquil lake. Lake Awoonga Boating & Leisure Hire have a variety of watercraft available.  Did you know they even have a BBQ pontoon vessel for hire? Take the family, invite your friends, there is so much fun to be had at Lake Awoonga.   

During the school holidays, if you do end up at the beach or at the dam, swimmers are being reminded of key swimming safety messages.  

  • At the beach always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, for your nearest patrolled beach check the BeachSafe app or the Beachsafe Website at www.beachsafe.org.au  
  • Read the safety signs for information about the beach or waterway you are swimming in. If available ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information. 
  • Always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water. 
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 
  • If you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm. 
  • In an emergency, dial Triple Zero. 
  • Don’t forget to be sun safe these holidays. Remember to: Slip on some protective clothing, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Slide on a pair of sunglasses, Seek some shade and Sip on lots of water to stay hydrated.