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Easter in the Gardens hunt hits the road

Easter in the Gardens self drive tour
Monsoon Aquatics Coral Farm Tour Manager Megan Combe and artist Kate Neal with one of the eggs she designed as part of the Easter in the Gardens 2024 Self Drive Tour.

Families are in for a treat these Autumn holidays as the popular Easter in the Gardens event has returned to the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens with an expanded program including a self drive tour around the region.

Hosted by Wide Bay Kids Community Inc, the program runs until 14 April with the aim of promoting community connection and participation.

With support from a Bundaberg Regional Council Partnerships and Sponsorships Grant, the program now also includes a self-drive tour where families can explore destinations across the region to find one of the eight giant Easter installations.

Bundaberg artist Kate Neal produced seven of the eight artworks for the Easter in the Gardens Self Drive Tour as well as hand-painting three of the eggs hidden around the Botanic Gardens.

Kate said she was excited to be able to spread colour around the community and had enjoyed adding extra hidden Easter eggs into her artworks for people to find.

“I was involved last year which was the first year they did the Easter in the Gardens, then this year they asked if I would be involved again with the addition of the driving tour, which is very cool,” Kate said.

“So that means I got to design seven digital artworks and they were customised to each business.

“They gave me a brief of what they might want and I drew them digitally on my iPad and they were then printed either into stickers or printed and made into a sign for whatever suited each business.”

Bringing art into the community

“I think it's a really fun way, especially for families, to all get in the car and go for a little bit of a drive around and hopefully get excited about seeing each artwork, they're all very different,” Kate said.

“It's a good way to bring awareness to certain businesses [and] it’s awesome bringing art into the community.”

Community members are invited to follow a self-drive tour map here and explore the region by visiting the destinations where the giant Easter eggs have been hidden.

All installations are positioned on the exterior of each destination and participants can also vote for their favourite by scanning the QR code at each location or by entering here, with prizes to be won.

Easter in the Gardens self-drive tour locations include:

  • Quirky Support Services, 13 Hanbury St, Bundaberg North 
  • Gin Gin Library, 4 Dear St, Gin Gin
  • Childers Library, 49 Churchill St, Childers
  • First National Real Estate, 234 Bourbong St, Bundaberg
  • Bank of Queensland, 149 Bourbong St, Bundaberg
  • Bundaberg Regional Libraries, 49 Woongarra St, Bundaberg
  • Green Solutions Wide Bay, 417 Windermere Rd, Woongarra
  • Monsoon Aquatics Coral Farm, 145 Buss St, Burnett Heads



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