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Head north for a winter tropical break!

Written by Leanne Brown
Published 17 July 2023

There is no better time to head north than now and stay at an API Holiday Home.

The Queensland coast is a hive of activity during the winter months; it might have something to do with the perfect weather! The day temperatures along the coast are an average of 22oC and at night only dropping to an average of 10oC. Furthermore, there is less rain and lower humidity than other times of the year! Of course, you might need to bring a light jumper or coat for the early mornings and evenings, however, you won’t need your puffer jacket until you head back home!
API Queensland Holiday Homes are located at family friendly Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast and beautiful Urangan, Hervey Bay. During the cooler winter months, you’ll find there is plenty to do and see; everything from watching whales to picnics by the beach.

Here’s just a few highlights of what’s on offer.

Get up close with nature

The API Hervey Bay Holiday Home is ideally located for a spot of whale watching from July. Take the opportunity to book a tour onboard one of the many whale watching vessels from the Hervey Bay Harbour to get up and close with these giants, as they frolic in the warm waters with their calves. Save 10% when you book your Whale Watching tour with Experience Oz via www.apilifestyle.com.au.
If a visit to Australia Zoo is on your holiday list, you’re in luck because the API Holiday Home located at Kings Beach, Caloundra is only a 25-minute drive away from the Zoo. If you have already experienced Australia Zoo, why not drop into the nearby Ginger Factory at Bli Bli or travel a little further to the amazing Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Here you can enjoy a packed picnic lunch and while there, take the opportunity to take a guided tour of the bird aviary to view over 700 different bird varieties. API members receive a 10% on theme parks with Experience Oz via www.apilifestyle.com.au

Markets and events

Get amongst the locals by attending one of the many markets and events on the Sunshine Coast winter schedule!
Here are just a few of the planned activities, however, there is sure to be something for everyone, from home shows to culinary festivals.
Hervey Bay region
Mary Poppins Festival – 2 July
Fraser Coast Expo – 21 July
Urangan Pier Park markets – every Saturday
Koala Markets – held on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday each month
Hervey Bay Whale Festival – 4 August
Hervey Bay Seafood Festival – 26th August
Sunshine Coast region
Caloundra Markets – every Sunday
Caloundra Country & Farmers Markets – every Sunday
Kawana Waters Farmers’ Market – every Saturday
Cotton Tree Markets – every Sunday
Queensland Garden Expo – 7 to 9 July
The Curated Plate – 28 July to 6 August

A treat for the foodies

Winter is a great time to visit the many wineries in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Head to Montville and drop into a local vineyard, where you can wine taste and sample many of the homegrown products on offer. Nearby Maleny boasts the ’Big Barrel” where you will find everything to satisfy your winter hunger from local cheese, chutneys and beef burgers.
Queensland is a seafood mega, especially in the winter. From mouth-watering prawns to fresh scallops and oysters. If you are lucky enough to be staying in August, make sure you add the Hervey Bay Seafood festival to your “must do” list. It’s sure to be a day filled with amazing food, music, and a chance to see several stunning chefs present their best seafood cuisine.

To book your Queensland winter break, call an API Holiday Home Consultant today on 1300 130 566

Images: Tourism & Events Queensland




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