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Regional Tourism Guide for Fraser
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Worlds Greatest Pub Fest
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Take part in the greatest Pub Crawl you will ever experience - a quirky take on the Aussie tradition!

Dress in your most outrageous costume and set off to the bang of an historic time cannon around Maryborough's old hotels - all in the name of raising money for charity and having a day of fun.

The charity will be Assistance Dogs.
The theme will be Circus.
The colour will be Blue.
Senior Moments A Comedy Revue: Maryborough
Date Wed 22nd May 2019
By popular demand, Senior Moments is back for another national tour from February 2019, with Gold Logie winner and veteran actor John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules) and Max Gillies (The Gillies Report, Once Were Leaders) joining Play School icon Benita Collings, Kim Lewis (Sons and Daughters, The Restless Years) and Russell Newman (A Country Practice, Underbelly) in this senior theatrical sensation, with Midday Show Maestro Geoff Harvey on piano.

Senior Moments is a comedy revue about old people and the young people they have to deal with, with sketches and songs and performers who are old enough to know better, all making wicked fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully.
Goomeri Pumpkin Festival
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Enjoy a smashin, fun filled day at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.

Roll a pumpkin down Policemans Hill in the unique, Great Australian Pumpkin Rollâ„¢, enjoy quirky, novelty pumpkin competitions, a street parade, all day live entertainment on stage, huge street markets, demonstrations, displays and much, much, more.

Treat yourself to a variety of pumpkin foods, including homemade pumpkin scones, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread rolls, pumpkin and lamb sausages and the best ever pumpkin soup made from the festival’s secret recipe.

Enjoy billy tea, stew and damper.

There is a chance to win great prizes just by joining in and having fun - check the website for details.

Dress up for the Pumpkin Pageant.

It's a ton of Pumpkin fun for the whole family.

Camping is available and there is free entry to the festival.

For more information please phone them or visit their website.

Relish Food and Wine Festival
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019
Maryborough's heritage streetscapes and riverside parks are the setting for the Relish Food and Wine Festival which is a delicious feast of culture and cuisine serving up celebrity chefs, gourmet tastings, cooking workshops, live music and art.

Join Queensland's premier wineries for a delightful tasting experience and sample the finest seasonal produce grown in the Fraser Coast's idyllic natural environment - including Fraser Island prawns and macadamias nuts.

Indulge in food and beverage matching sessions, listen to leading foodies as they share the fruits of their work, and learn from talented chefs who provide the unmistakable stamp of the region in every dish.

Highlights include a ride on a historic steam engine through heritage-listed Queens Park and quirky boutique beer sessions among old rum barrels dating back to the 1860s.
World Oceans Day Beach Clean
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019
Fraser Coast Intrepid Landcare and Pacific Whale Foundation Australia are partnering together to celebrate World Oceans Day, and we want you to be involved too! Their event is kicking off with a beach clean at the pier followed by relaxing and learning more about protecting our oceans.

They cannot wait to clean up another one of their local beaches and look forward to sharing the fun with their community. Everyone is welcome to come and join in the fun, however those under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Please bring gloves, enclosed shoes, water, and sun protection. Old clothes and a rain jacket/poncho is also recommended. Extra water will be available so don't forget your reusable water bottle!
Mary Poppins Festival
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
This year’s Festival presents a two week program of storytelling for all ages through all art forms. From music concerts backstage and onstage at the Brolga to pop up performances in the Bond Store Basement.

Their artists share their stories through exhibitions and public art installations.

Walk the streets and search the rooftops for some very special new surprises as part of the Maryborough Story Trails experience.

The signature event is the Mary Poppins Festival Day in the Park where Maryborough's glorious heritage streetscapes are transformed into scenes from the Poppins novels.

Nannies race each other pushing prams in the great Nanny Challenge; chimney sweeps compete in the Chimney Sweep Dash while Mary Poppins characters come to life from the pages of books and mingle with the crowd.

The entertainment includes professional street theatre performers, sidewalk artists, jugglers, roving Penny Farthing, grand costume parade, kite display, vintage cars, carnival rides and old fashioned games and workshops.

Hervey Bay Whale Festival 2019
Date Sat 10th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
There is no other place in the world that compares to the awe-inspiring, soul-stirring, up-close whale watching encounters that you will find in Hervey Bay.

Between July and November, thousands of humpback whales travel the ‘humpback highway’ and arrive in the calm, protected waters of Hervey Bay.

Unlike any other place along the ‘humpback highway’, the whales will stop and spend up to 10 days, resting, socialising and playing before continuing their trip back to the Antarctic for the summer months.

This unique relationship gives reason to celebrate each year with the Hervey Bay Ocean Festival. An eclectic event to recognise the importance of the ocean to Hervey Bay and promote the conservation of the marine environment and animals that are unique and important to the region.

The festival kicks off on August 10 with a calendar of colourful events that includes seafood, conservation, live concerts and more.
Hervey Bay Seafood Festival
Date Sun 11th Aug 2019
The Hervey Bay Seafood Festival celebrates the sea with Hervey Bay's abundance and variety of wild caught seafood from the pristine waters of the Fraser Coast. Escape for a warm wintery weekend and the ultimate seafood escape at the festival's signature Tastes of the Bay long lunch with Chef Andrew Mirosch or cruise your way around the seafood stands serving the regions signature Wide Bay Wild Catch and of course the famous Hervey Bay scallop along with a variety of prawns and fish by local restaurants and the seafood industry. An occasion to relax and unwind with music, wine, food and family.

Learn the science of seafood and cooking sustainable seafood at the Fishermans Kitchen with Celebrity Chef, Javier Codina (Moda Restaurant) and Professor Daryl McPhee. Browse the exhibits, market stalls matched to the ocean foods, health and the environment.
Fraser Coast Expo 2019
Date Fri 16th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
Each year, thousands of home renovators and outdoor adventure enthusiasts make their way to the Maryborough Showgrounds for the annual Fraser Coast Expo. Over 100 exhibitors will showcase some of Australia’s best outdoor adventure gear and home renovation products. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to compare products and chat with industry experts.

Looking to upgrade or purchase a new caravan, camper trailer, 4x4 or boat? Then make sure you don’t miss this event. With hundreds of products all in one place, you’ll be able to find the perfect solution for your lifestyle and you might even score yourself a fantastic show only deal.

Are you renovating your home or living spaces? The fabulous home show displays will showcase everything you need to take your home to the next level, including air conditioners, homewares, sheds, awnings and more. Bring the family along to enjoy the entertainment on offer even the pickiest of family members will enjoy including the Berkley Supertank Fishing show and Luke’s Reptile Kingdom.

See all this and more at the 2019 Fraser Coast Expo at the Maryborough Showgrounds from August 16 to 17.
World Whale Conference
Date Mon 7th Oct 2019 to Sat 12th Oct 2019
The 2019 World Whale Conference, hosted in Hervey Bay in Australia, will focus on the theme of 'Journeys that Inspire Change.'

Topics will include:

- Understanding whale migrations and their significance for marine conservation;
- Promoting sustainable whale and dolphin tourism for tourists and local communities;
- Exploring our cultural and artistic connections with migrating whales;
- Maximising the power of cetaceans to inspire positive human behaviour change to protect our oceans.
- Delegates will hear from speakers, and discuss and share evidence, to better understand how we - can improve and ensure the protection of cetaceans in Australia and worldwide. In addition, delegates will participate in themed workshops and share ideas and best practice on the work already underway to protect cetaceans.

Whale Heritage Site Summit and Awards
Following the conference, the Whale Heritage Site Summit will showcase destinations, businesses, charities, events, and communities leading the way in marine conservation, community engagement, and sustainable development.
Beach House Hotel Hervey Bay 100
Date Sat 23rd Nov 2019 to Sun 24th Nov 2019
The Beach House Hotel Hervey Bay 100 is a long course triathlon consisting of a two kilometre swim, 80 kilometre bike and 18 kilometre run. It takes place along the beautiful foreshore of the protected waters of Hervey Bay and is run by the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club.

They have a great lineup of events across the weekend this year, including their Super Saturday events, which consist of Junior aquathlon and triathlon events. They host the Barge2Beach ocean swimming event on the Saturday of race weekend also.
Barge2Beach
Date Sat 23rd Nov 2019
Barge2Beach is a two kilometre Open Water swimming event with a difference!

Get dropped off of a Kingfisher Bay Resort vehicle barge two kilometres offshore from Scarness beach in the middle of the crystal clear waters of Hervey Bay. Swim back to shore with 200 other keen ocean swimming enthusiasts.

This swim is part of the Hervey Bay 100 triathlon weekend run by the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club.