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Fraser Coast

Explore our Centre in 3D


Why consider enrolling at Busy Bees at Hervey Bay?

At Busy Bees at Hervey Bay your child will benefit from:

  • Early Learning for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old
  • Rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standards
  • School Readiness Program in partnership with Sandy Straits State School - Transitional visits, stay and plays, library and playgrounds, bush tucker garden
  • Bush Kinder Program – Understanding the local environment and exploring all it has to offer through learning
  • Ranger Vikki Barnyard Program – helping children to understand the importance of caring for animals and the environment, with daily opportunities for children to visit, interact and care for our goats, chickens, lambs, guinea pigs and birds
  • Water Park with sprinklers and water features where children can splash and explore their senses through water play
  • Garden World provides daily gardening and composting experiences for children, utilising our worm farm and digging in the mud pit
  • Art Studio- Early Childhood Educator dedicated to teaching children the fundamentals of art, creativity and exploration
  • Local community enrichment programs including visits from the Butchulla Aboriginal Dance Group and Didgeridoo playing
  • Nutritionally balanced meals made by our Qualified Chef

Busy Bees at Hervey Bay is located in the leafy suburb of Torquay. Serenely surrounded by natural bushland, the Service is just around the corner (and in walking distance) from Sandy Straits State School and Urangan High School. Within this beautiful space you’ll find a rainforest, creek bed, a waterpark, bike track, fort, and endless opportunities for children to play, investigate and explore. We even have our very own Garden World, which provides the children with daily experiences gardening and composting, utilising the worm farm, and digging in the mud pit.

Inside our on-site Barnyard you’ll find our dedicated Ranger Miss Vicki, ready to teach the children all about farm animals. The Barnyard is open from 7.30am every morning allowing the children to visit, interact with and learn how to care for our goats, lamb, guinea pigs, chickens and birds.

Busy Bees at Hervey Bay offers 74 registered placements for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age, supported by our friendly Service Manager Melanie Gapes. Melanie is dedicated to providing the very best care for every child and is supported by a qualified team of 23 passionate Educators, including a fully qualified teacher that facilitates our Government approved Kindergarten program. Our on-site cook prepares nutritionally balanced meals daily to ensure our children are nourishing their bodies as well as their minds.

Busy Bees at Hervey Bay provides a warm and nurturing environment where we nurture each child’s individuality, helping them move at their own pace, in their own way. We keep our families in the loop every step of the way, utilising Storypark as our online platform to document and share your child’s learning journey.

Busy Bees at Hervey Bay encompasses an innovative approach which is based on the discovery and exploration of respectful relationships with children. We follow this philosophy and offer children uninterrupted time for play, plenty of freedom, a calm and relaxed environment, cooperative relationships, and our full attention.

We’ve developed the Busy Bees learning program with the help of childcare specialists, curriculum experts and Early Years Advisors at our Centre Support Office. It’s filled with unique and stimulating activities you won’t find anywhere else!

We would love to have you join our Busy Bees family at Hervey Bay.

Contact our team to Book Your Tour today.

Service Manager

Melanie Gapes

Hi there, my name is Melanie Gapes and I’m the Service Manager at Busy Bees at Fraser Coast. I have 21 years’ experience in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. My career began at a young age, as I discovered while still in High school that I was passionate about working with young children.  My training and career started in New Zealand, where I completed my Diploma and my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. 

I find children simply beautiful.  They are free spirited, happy and so much fun to be around. I believe as Early Childhood Educators we have such a positive impact on each child’s life as we support them to become strong, independent and capable individuals.

I am also an advocate for the education and professional growth of all our Educators, and continually invest in the success of my team. In my many years as an Educational Leader, I have always enjoyed sharing my own knowledge, as well as research and new findings within the Early Childhood sector. Part of my role is to support and mentor others, so they can grow and become the best they can be.

My overall goal as a Service Manager is to lead and inspire our wonderful team of Educators so that together we can provide a space for children that is warm, respectful, welcoming, fun, and stimulating. We are always striving to provide the best quality education and care to every child.


Learning Spaces

Explorers (6 weeks - 2 years)

Nurturing responsive relationships are our primary focus for our nursery children.

Adventurers (15 months - 3 years)

Your toddler will be encouraged to explore to build resilience, vital social skills and independence in our purpose built environments.

Investigators (2.5 years - 3 years)

Our child-centred approach promotes the development of creativity, individuality and self-confidence with our Investigators.

Researchers (3 years - 5 years)

Teaching Practitioners develop a stimulating approach to learning by supporting the children with an educational program that is challenging, insightful, consultative, giving them a head start as they prepare for school.


Come and explore our barnyard, where children have daily opportunities to visit, interact and care for our goats, chickens, lambs, guinea pigs and birds, under the watchful eye of our dedicated Ranger Vikki

Garden World

Our "Garden World" provides daily gardening and composting experiences for children, utilising our worm farm and digging in the mud pit

Virtual Tour



Phone 1300 851 331
Email enrolments@busybees.edu.au
Address 19 Southerden Street, Torquay QLD 4655

Monday: 6.30am - 6.30pm

Tuesday: 6.30am - 6.30pm

Wednesday: 6.30am - 6.30pm

Thursday: 6.30am - 6.30pm

Friday: 6.30am - 6.30pm