LINE IN: Tyson Goldspink enjoys fishing at Connolly Dam.
LINE IN: Tyson Goldspink enjoys fishing at Connolly Dam. Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily New

6 fun things to do around Warwick these holidays

IN THE blink of an eye, school holidays will be here, which means little Rose City residents will need a few activities to keep them busy.

Here are some ideas for families looking have some fun this holiday season.

1. Darling Downs Zoo

Just half an hour from Warwick, the Darling Downs Zoo gives a glimpse at wildlife from around the world.

There are African lions, snakes and baboons.

Of course Australian animals make an appearance with dingos, emus and kangaroos.

The zoo is bound to keep the family entertained all day, with daily talks and feeding sessions as well as a daily sausage sizzle.

WHERE:

Corner Gatton-Clifton Rd and Baines Rd, Pilton

WHEN:

Open every day except Christmas Day, 9am-4pm

COST:

Admission for adults is $35, children 3-15 years $21 and concession $28

2. Visit Warwick Art Gallery

TAKE a browse of the local art gallery where pieces from talented artists hang on the walls.

Three different exhibitions will be running over the holiday period.

The Burst2 Youth Exhibition will run until December 23, featuring work from young local artists aged 6-25.

Divergence, by Shanae Dittman, will also run until December 23, a collection of exquisitely created portraits and landscapes.

The Centenary of Federal Policing in Australia exhibition will run until January 5, as the force famously began when an egg was thrown at a prime minister right here in Warwick.

WHERE:

49 Albion St, Warwick

WHEN:

Open Tuesday to Saturday, except public holidays, 10am-4pm

COST:

Free

3. Take a hike

JUMP in the car and go for a drive to Girraween National Park.

About 1hr 10mins from Warwick, the park is well worth the travel with stunning views and incredible boulders balanced upon one another.

There are trails to suit everyone, from the easy Wyberba Walk to a challenging full-day hike to Mount Norman and back.

WHERE:

Pyramids Rd, Wyberba

WHEN:

Any time

COST:

Free

4. Ride the steam train

TAKE a step back in time by riding on an old-fashioned steam train through Warwick's picturesque scenery.

It's a stunning way to show the kids just how people got around back in the day.

Trips are running from Warwick to Clifton and Wallangarra during the school holidays, to book head to southerndownssteam railway.com.au.

WHERE:

Corner Hamilton and Fitzroy Sts, Warwick

WHEN:

December 9, Warwick to Wallangarra. December 16, Warwick to Clifton. January 26, Warwick to Clifton

COST:

To Clifton, $40 per ticket. To Wallangarra, $95 per ticket

5. Have a picnic

PACK up some delicious snacks and head to stunning spots in Warwick to enjoy them.

Leslie Dam and Connolly Dam are both great locations, especially if you enjoy swimming or taking your boat out for a spin.

They also have barbecues, so you can cook up some hot food while you're there.

WHERE:

Access Leslie Dam via Leslie Dam Rd, off the Cunningham Highway. Find Connolly Dam on Connolly Dam Rd, off New England Highway

WHEN:

Any time

COST:

Free but fishing licence is extra

6. Do some Christmas craft

WHEN the running around gets a bit much, there's always fun activities that can be done from the comfort of home.

Why not do some home-made Christmas craft, such as making your own cards or decorations such as paper chains or pasta angels.

Pinterest is a great resource for finding quirky ideas.

WHERE:

Home

WHEN:

Any time, but before December 25

COST:

As much or as little as you like


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