Amy Nielsen at Snakes Down Under Reptile Park, one of the stops on the two-week Tourist in Your Town series which draws to a close today.
Amy Nielsen at Snakes Down Under Reptile Park, one of the stops on the two-week Tourist in Your Town series which draws to a close today. Max Fleet

Two week adventure comes to a close for Nielsen family

IT HAS been a whirlwind couple of weeks for the five members of the Nielsen family, who have wrapped up their two-week sightseeing tour of Bundaberg as part of the NewsMail feature series, Tourist in Your Town.

Their last stop was all about getting in touch with their artistic sides during a visit to the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG).

Dad, Lee, and daughters, Renee, Amy, Kayla and Brooke were treated to three different exhibitions, including Studio: Australian Painters Photographed, as well as a project put together by schoolchildren across the region, called Yonder.

Mr Nielsen said the painters' exhibition in the downstairs level of the gallery displayed a series of photographs of artists in their studios.

"It is quite interesting to see the different personalities in the way their studios are set up," he said.

Mr Nielsen said the gallery catered well for children, with his girls immersing themselves in the children's corner.

"The girls loved the dress-ups," he said.

But the entire family agreed the highlight had been the school project, Yonder, which was a culmination of a three-year program in schools where students used film and photographs to express what they have achieved through involvement with the arts.

"It was great to see a local project and what it was about," Mr Nielsen said.

The dad-of-four said the past two weeks had sent the family to 12 tourist hot spots across the region, from exploring 19th century medical marvels and making 3000 feathered friends at the Flying High Bird Sanctuary in Childers, to the spectacular turtle display at Mon Repos.

"I've found it very enlightening, having just recently moved into the area, and the kids loved it," Mr Nielsen said.

"It gives you a new appreciation for Bundaberg."