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Discovery Weekend and Selfie Competition

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
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A Whole Weekend Jam-Packed With Exploring And Discovering
Discovery Weekend and Selfie Competition, Sunshine Coast's 50th year celebrations, aeroplanes, lighthouses, museums, Heritage walking trails, Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, Bankfoot House, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Pattemore House, Fairview,Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Maleny Pioneer Cottage, Nambour Museum, QLD Air Museum, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Yandina Historic House, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Caloundra Family History Research Inc., Peachester History Committee, Peachester Cemetery, Sunshine Coast Heritage Library, Museum of the 5th Light House Regiment Maleny Troop
Heritage Adventuring - Image: www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au


How exciting is this? A whole weekend of exploring, with nineteen museums and heritage places opening their doors to celebrate the heritage of the Sunshine Coast. Remember, this year the Sunshine Coast is celebrating its Fiftieth year anniversary - that's absolute Gold! (excuse the pun)

So, whether you're into aeroplanes, lighthouses, museums, Heritage walking trails, the Discovery Weekend on Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May, will ensure your weekend is jam-packed with fun and entertaining activities.

And, the cherry on top:

Join in the Selfie Competition and win a family pass to the Sunshine Coast Show! To enter take a photo during the Discovery Weekend at any participating local museum or heritage place listed below and then share the photo on social media with #SC50#HeritageSunshineCoast. As with all competitions, there are certain terms and conditions, please read them here.

LOCATIONS AND OPENING TIMES

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk
Saturday 6 May - At 2.00pm a guided walk, meet at Telco Road
Sunday 7 May - No guided walk but the trail will be open for visitors to enjoy


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A fun, historical walk - Image: Elaine de Wet


This is a wonderful time of the year to visit the historical Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk. Buderim can claim this very special Tramway Walk as one of their hidden gems. A fun, easy 4km return trail, through the regrowth forest, with various points of historical value along the way. The trail commences from the corner of Mons and Telco Roads in Buderim and meanders through the regrowth forest.

The Heritage Tramway Walk is ideal for walkers and runners but not suitable for bicycles or horses. Your furry family members are also welcome to enjoy the walk, provided they're on a leash.

This is definitely one to bookmark for the whole family.

Where: Corner of Mons Road and Telco Road, Buderim, QLD, 4556

Bankfoot House
Saturday 6 May - Closed
Sunday 7 May - 10.00am to 3.00pm


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Bankfoot House - Image: State Library of Queensland


Bankfoot House was established in 1868 by William and Mary Grigor, as roadside accommodation on the road from Brisbane to the Gympie gold rush. As well as being the oldest surviving building in the Glass House Mountains, Bankfoot House was also the first homestead in this picturesque location alongside the Old Gympie Road.

Where: 1998 Old Gympie Road, Glass House Mountains, QLD, 4518

Buderim Pioneer Cottage
Saturday 6 May - 11.00am to 3.00pm
Sunday 7 May - Closed


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Pioneer Cottage - Image: Elaine de Wet


This is the house that John built - John Burnett, that is. Pioneer Cottage is a Heritage listed Cottage, but despite being called a 'cottage' is in fact a substantial home. The Burnett family, John, his wife and eight children plus an elderly father, all lived in this beautifully preserved home from 1882.

Enjoy walking through the different rooms of Pioneer Cottage, furnished in the decor of the time period and observe, with much admiration, how onerous the life of the lady of the house must have been. No washing machine, no dishwasher, no running water and with eight children!

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Sundial in the gardens of Pioneer Cottage - Image: Elaine de Wet


The story goes that when the children of the house reached the height of the windowsill, they were permitted to leave the nursery and sleep on the outdoor verandah. What a thrill for the children, just like outdoor camping! I bet they couldn't wait to reach the windowsill height.

A worthwhile outing for the whole family; the children will love to see the toys from a hundred years ago.

Where: 5 Ballinger Crescent, Buderim, QLD, 4556

Caloundra Lighthouses
Saturday 6 May - 10.00am to 1.00pm
Sunday 7 May - 10.00am to 1.00pm


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Caloundra Lighthouses - Image: Elaine de Wet


If you see the flag flying, the Lighthouses are open! Well, the day we visited, unfortunately, there were no flags flying and we couldn't gain access to the inner sanctum of the Caloundra Lighthouses. So, this is definitely one for me to bookmark!

The old Caloundra Lighthouse is the oldest building in Caloundra dating back to 1896. This lighthouse was dual-purpose providing a harbour light as well as a coastal light to direct traffic towards the North West Channel into Moreton Bay. During World War II this lighthouse was used as a Royal Australian Navy observation post.

With the arrival of large container ships, Moreton Bay's deep channel became increasingly important. This heralded the construction of the new Caloundra Light, a modern tower building consisting of the lighthouse, signal and radar station. The working life of the new lighthouse was cut short by a high-rise development, which obscured views of the light from the sea. It did, however, continue to operate as a harbour light until 1992.

The precinct where the 'old' and the 'new' Lighthouses are, is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.

Where: Canberra Terrace, Caloundra, QLD, 4551

Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre
Saturday 6 May - 10.00am to 3.00pm
Sunday 7 May - 10.00am to 3.00pm


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Discover Eumundi's heritage - Image: Elaine de Wet


This is one of the most visited heritage centres on the Sunshine Coast with approximately 10000 visitors a year. This Centre provides visitor information and has interpretive displays of historical objects, photographs and documents. Well designed and produced displays depict the Centre's collection of Aboriginal artefacts and the areas natural and social history. Eumundi Heritage Centre also strives to remain relevant to the local community by documenting the contemporary. This includes the recent photo documentation of the Australian Body Art Carnivale and the history of the famous Eumundi Markets.

Where: 73 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, QLD, 4562

Pattemore House/Fairview
Saturday 6 May - 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Sunday 7 May - 1.00pm to 4.00pm


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Image: Friends of Pattemore House Facebook Page


For a historical walk back in time, why not visit the heritage listed Pattemore House, situated between the Golf Course and Cloudwalk in Maleny. This homestead was built in 1907 by the Pattemore brothers for their parents, John Robert and Emily Pattemore. Pattemore operated as a dairy farm throughout most of its lifespan. Recognised as one of the oldest surviving in-situ sawn timber residences in the area, Pattemore is now under the custodianship of Friends of Pattemore House, who ensure its preservation through regular working bees and open days.

The farmhouse was heritage listed by the Queensland Heritage Council in 2003.

Where: 25 Porters Ln, North Maleny, QLD, 4552

Kenilworth Historical Museum
Saturday 6 May - Closed
Sunday 7 May - 10.00am to 2.00pm


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Image: Kenilworth Historical Museum Facebook Page


Take a historical walk through the Kenilworth Historical Museum where every artefact has a story and the volunteer guides will relate these stories to provide a Living History experience for all visitors.

Where: 6 Alexandra Street, Kenilworth, QLD, 4574

Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk
Saturday 6 May - 6.00am to 3.00pm
Sunday 6.00am to 3.00pm


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Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk - Image: Caloundra Surf Club - Mets on Kings FB page


The original Pavilion at Kings Beach has been revamped to a Kiosk run by Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Club. This building is now heritage listed and is an exceptional piece of history for Caloundra. Great coffee and snacks are available at the Kiosk. Admire photos of Caloundra's by-gone era that line the interior walls of the Kiosk.

Where: Kings Beach, Caloundra, QLD, 4551

Landsborough Museum
Saturday 6 May - Closed
Sunday 7 May - 9.00am to 3.00pm


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Take time out to explore the Landsborough Museum - Image: Elaine de Wet


Take a trip down memory lane and visit the Landsborough Museum, an historical landmark established in 1976, dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the local region.

A quick visit to the Museum can take up to one hour but with so much to see several hours can be spent browsing the collection. Expect to see depictions of farm machinery, domestic life in the last century, the local historic tobacco and farming communities and many other items of interest.

Where: 4 Maleny Street, Landsborough, QLD, 4550

Maleny Pioneer Village
Saturday 6 May - Closed
Sunday 7 May - 9.30am to 3.00pm


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Image: Maleny Historical Society to ‎Pioneer Day Maleny FB page


7 May is Open Day at the Pioneer Village with vintage cars and caravans, wood-chopping, sheep shearing, an art display, old engines and a blacksmith's workshop. You'll be able to browse plenty of stalls with plants, crafts, cakes, sweets and music.
Morning tea will be available from 9.30am.

Where: 7 Bryce Lane, Maleny, QLD, 4552

Nambour Museum
Saturday 6 May - 9.00am to 3.00pm
Sunday 7 May - 10.00am to 3.00pm


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Image: Nambour Museum Facebook Page


I'm not sure if you know this, but William Samwell was this area's second selector after Mathew Carroll and took up his selection of 1625 acres in 1870, with the northern road to Gympie being the eastern boundary.

In a letter to the Department of Lands in 1872, Samwell called his property Nambour, in the locality of Naamba country. Naamba (nambur or nambah) was the name of the Aboriginal camping ground which had flourished for many years at the same location where the Nambour showgrounds exist today. Nambaa refers to the Callistemon Salignus, the willow bottlebrush, a small tree with a beautiful and useful bark.

Learn interesting facts like this and much much more by visiting the Nambour Museum on this special Discovery Weekend.

Where: 18 Mitchell Street, Nambour, QLD, 4560

Queensland Air Museum
Saturday 6 May - 10.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday 7 May - 10.00am to 4.00pm


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Heaps of exciting planes to explore at the QLD Air Museum - Image: Elaine de Wet


A tour of the Queensland Air Museum is truly an awesome trip to appreciate Australian aviation history. The children can explore all the ins-and-outs of the various planes on display including an F111 which proudly calls the Queensland Air Museum home. There's even a 'Kids Corner' for the littlies to take a rest and play.

Where: 7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra, QLD, 4551

Genealogy Sunshine Coast
Saturday 6 May - 12.00noon to 4.00pm
Sunday 7 May - 10.00am to 4.00pm


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Image: Genealogy Sunshine Coast Facebook Page


Genealogy Sunshine Coast is a fully equipped Resource Centre at Petrie Park in Nambour, right opposite the swimming pool. This centre has over 15 000 items in their collection devoted to researching family history and local history. Well worth a visit - who knows you might be related to somebody really important.

Should this not really interest the little folk in the family, the Gary Evans Walkway is in the same area and well worth a walk or even a picnic along the creek.

Where: Petrie Park Road, Nambour, QLD, 4560

Yandina Historic House
Saturday 6 May - 9.30am to 3.00pm
Sunday 7 May - 9.30am to 3.00pm


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You can't miss the signage for the Yandina Historic House - Image: Elaine de Wet


The Yandina Historic House is in the vicinity of The Ginger Factory and the Nut Works in Yandina. I wonder how many of us have driven past this landmark, without thinking 'next time I'll pop in'.

Well, make the Discovery Weekend the 'next time'. It's totally free to explore, with a team of dedicated volunteers, eager to assist you with information regarding tourist destinations and historical sites in and around Yandina.

Other rooms in this historical house have been dedicated to local Sunshine Coast Artists with artwork reflecting the traditional nature of the house. All artwork is available for sale and a different artist is portrayed each month.

Enjoy a Devonshire Tea and browse through the Gift Shop at the Yandina Historic House and Visitor Information Centre.

Where: 3 Pioneer Road, Yandina, QLD, 4561

Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society
Saturday 6 May - 9.30am to 2.30pm (with a guided walk at 10.00am)
Sunday 7 May - Closed


The Bli Bli On Maroochy Historical Society aims to be "Here today - to collect, preserve and promote local history". This historical Society was established in 1994 to preserve the old Presbyterian Church Hall from removal or demolition. The Historical Society's members have met every month for the past 22 years, to continue sharing local history stories and photographs.

The Historical Society also retains donations of photographs, memorabilia and objects related to local history. From cataloguing and digitising the collections, they can more easily share materials with the community about the lifestyles of local families from the Sunshine Coast region and beyond.

Where: 89 Willis Road, Bli Bli, QLD, 4560

Caloundra Family History Research Inc
Saturday 6 May - 9.30am to 12.30pm
Sunday 7 May - Closed


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Image: Caloundra Family History Facebook Page


Learning about family history can teach us a lot about ourselves. The friendly club of Caloundra Family History welcomes people, from those who have no previous experience in researching their ancestors, to those who have already ventured into this fascinating world of history, folklore, myths and hidden secrets.

Where: Sunshine Coast Turf Club, Pierce Avenue, Caloundra, QLD, 4551
(enter at Gate 2)

Peachester History Committee
Saturday 6 May - Cemetery open
Saturday 7 May - Cemetery open

Peachester Cemetery has a Memorial Wall containing plaques of those buried in the cemetery who served in World War One. Funding for the Memorial Wall was received through the Anzac Centenary Grants Programme.

Where: Cemetery Road, Crohamhurst, QLD, 4519

Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library
Saturday 6 May - 9.00am to 1.00pm
Sunday - Closed


The Heritage Library provides answers about Sunshine Coast people, places, parks and road names, house histories, school talks, tours and more. Specialist research assistance is available at the Heritage Library located on the first floor of Nambour Library.
The main Heritage collection is at Nambour library. Smaller collections, relevant to specific areas, can be accessed at Beerwah, Caloundra, Coolum, Kawana, Kenilworth, Maleny and Maroochydore libraries.

Museum of the 5th Light Horse Regiment Maleny Troop
Saturday 6 May - 9.00am to 1.00pm
Sunday 7 May - Closed


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Image: 5th Light Horse Regiment Maleny Troop Facebook Page


How exciting is this? A living museum demonstrating Australian Light Horse skills and dress. Maleny Troop is a re-enactment Troop, active in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny, who parade and march at public events.

Where: Maleny, QLD, 4552

Please note that some of these organisations may charge an entry fee.
Please click here for the Heritage Discovery Guides to learn more about the Sunshine Coast's rich heritage.

This wonderfully exciting Discovery Weekend is hosted by the Sunshine Coast Council to celebrate the heritage of the Sunshine Coast. Grab your diaries and bookmark the important dates and times and organise a weekend of fun and discovery for the whole family.

PS Don't forget your phones and cameras so that you can take some selfies for the all-important Selfie Competition.
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Why? For an adventurous weekend, discovering Sunshine Coast's heritage
When: Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May 2017
Where: All over the Sunshine Coast
Cost: Some organisations may charge a entry fee
Your Comment
It's a shame we're not up that way, my husband is a museum addict and don't even mention lighthouses because I'd never tear him away.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7224) 929 days ago
What a comprehensive list, well done!
by Kate Blake (score: 3|1352) 929 days ago
Thanks for sharing Elaine. Didn't realize there were so many people dedicated to preserving the Sunshine Coast heritage. Respect!
by Barry (score: 3|1311) 928 days ago
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