Program Details

Program Details

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Program Details

Amazing Drumming Monkeys
► 9.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Australia’s favourite little kids’ show is coming to the Gladstone Region’s Ecofest 2016! The show includes a blend of puppetry, live music, comedy, and interactive themes for the whole family to enjoy. The puppetry element of the show will feature two monkeys, Bongo and Congo, otherwise known as the ‘African drum experts’.

Recycled Art N Sound, presented by Bunnings
► 9am – 3pm

Residents are encouraged to join the team at the Bunnings marquee and make musical instruments out of recycled materials.

Kitchen Garden Demonstrations, presented by Bunnings
► 11am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm

Participants will learn how to produce their own kitchen gardens, ideal for organic home cooking. Demonstrations will take place at the Bunnings marquee.

EcoFest-3969Native Stingless Bees Display
► 10.30am and 1.30pm

Attendees will be able to view the inside of a bee hive structure and learn about the different elements. The community will also witness several thousand bees in flight during the course of the day. The demonstration will take place at the Society for Growing Australian Plants tent.

Face Painting and Tattoos
► 9am – 3pm

Have your face painted by the fairies from Fantasy Faces or have our very own Ecofest tattoos applied. Radical

Reptiles Queensland
► 10am, 12pm and 2pm

Radical Reptiles will be back again conducting three 30 minute demonstrations. Radical Reptiles Training has been in business for 10 years bringing educational entertainment to the public. Radical Reptiles currently hold Australia’s only nationally recognised course for Reptile Awareness and Safety. They travel all over Australia with both entertainment and training purposes.

Koorana Crocodile Farm
► 9am – 3pm

Adam from Koorana Crocodile Farm will wow the crowds this year with crocodile release and catch demonstrations throughout the day.

Tondoon StallEcofest_2015-492
► 9am – 3pm

Staff will have 1000 dry rainforest seedlings for sale for $1 each. Residents will be able to view the plant via a factsheet prior to making the purchase. The stall will have a table full of pencils and crayons for children to participate in Council’s Colouring Competition. Staff will be giving away little peat pots and seeds for residents to plant. Gardens’ volunteers will be present to answer any questions.

Pest Management
► 9am – 3pm

The Pest Management stall will boast various displays and children’s activities, aimed at creating a fun learning experience for youngsters. There will be a display of live weed samples for hands on identification, a feral animal trapping equipment display, weed and feral animal factsheets and a splatter gun interactive display.

Conservation Management
► 9am – 3pm

Council’s conservation stall will provide a large sandpit which will depict dunes and coastal vegetation. Children will also be able to sieve for plastic debris in the sand and learn about the effects of plastics on marine and wildlife.

BirdLife Capricornia
► 9am – 3pm

BirdLife Capricornia and Tondoon Botanic Gardens have combined together to create an educational interactive display for this year’s Ecofest. Attendees will learn which local native trees and plants attract specific species of birds. In addition, residents can paint their own bird, purchase local plants and collect free information sheets on urban trees, shrubs, grasses and lilies.

Activities & Animals


Gladstone District Wildlife Carers Association

Come and meet the team as they ‘show and tell’ their animals in care. Expect to see eastern grey kangaroos, reptiles, wallabies and an array of native animals on the day. They will also have possum boxes and rescue packs for sale.

EcoFest-3930Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

Adults and children will see native turtles up close and personal at the display, while learning about the animals through additional displays, slides shows and activities.

Benaraby Plant Farm

You don’t need a large garden or yard to grow your fruit and vegetables, Ion Daetz will answer all your questions on container gardening and setting up your own vegetable garden boxes.

Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP) Tent

There will be various activities taking place throughout the day, including:

  • Bipods
  • Boyne Valley Historical Society
  • Bush Foods Display and Plants
  • Capricorn Bonsai Group
  • Central Queensland Koala Volunteers
  • Frogs Society of Queensland Volunteers
  • Propagation of Native SpeciesBrodey Judd - Council rubbish sorting at Ecofest May 31 2015
  • How To Make a Bug Hotel
  • Native Plants of Capricornia
  • Plants of Capricornia
  • Port Curtis Organic Growers
  • Scout Craft
  • Seed Savers Network
  • Water Wise Gardening
  • Wildlife Nest Boxes