SANTA'S furry friends have stopped by Hervey Bay's beaches this week for a frolic in the warm surf before heading south for Christmas.

While the warm sand and sea is a far cry from their native snowy climate, owner Graham Reimers said his animals loved to play in the ocean at Scarness beach after a day's work.

"The fawns, we just let them go and they gallop up the beach," he said.

The European red deer are treated to a beach swim after a day of pleasing crowds at Stockland Hervey Bay.

The deer all range from one to two years old while the fawns are two and three weeks old and all are a part of Mr Reimers' The Reindeer Company based in Warwick.

"I do this all over Australia," he said.

Mr Reimers said the deer were trained to pull Santa's sleigh in Christmas festivities and children could get up close with them. 

Since Sunday, visitors have flocked to the deers' pen inside Stockland.

"It hasn't stopped, it's been packed," Mr Reimers said.

Anyone wishing to pat the deer on Wednesday at Stockland Hervey Bay have from 11am until 4pm.

A European red deer leaps in the shallows at Scarness beach with Connor Reimers.
A European red deer leaps in the shallows at Scarness beach with Connor Reimers. Valerie Horton

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