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Heritage Discovery Weekend

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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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Brilliant bygone backgrounds
Heritage Discovery Weekend, heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums, aeroplanes, brilliant bygone backgrounds, celebrate Sunshine Coast's heritage, photo competition, Bankfoot House, Cobb & Co, Beersheba Living Museum, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Fairview, Pattemore House, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Nambour Museum, Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library, Yandina Historic House, picnic basket, camera, family weekend
A family-fun Heritage Discovery Weekend | Image credit to Barry Alsop via Sunshine Coast Council FB


Readers might well remember that 2017 was the year that the Sunshine Coast commemorated its 50th year anniversary and one of the events was the Discovery Weekend and Selfie Competition - a whole weekend of heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums and aeroplanes.

This year we are really fortunate to have the Heritage Discovery Weekend with a multitude of local museums and heritage places again opening their doors, for one special weekend of brilliant bygone backgrounds, in celebration of the Sunshine Coast's heritage.

Heritage Discovery Weekend, heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums, aeroplanes, brilliant bygone backgrounds, celebrate Sunshine Coast's heritage, photo competition, Bankfoot House, Cobb & Co, Beersheba Living Museum, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Fairview, Pattemore House, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Nambour Museum, Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library, Yandina Historic House, picnic basket, camera, family weekend
Take a brilliantly coloured photo for the Photo Competition - Maleny Pioneer Village, Image credit to Barry Alsop via www.heritage.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au


More fun news - there's to be a Photo Competition too!

Be snappy, happy and simply snap and share a photo at any one of the participating museums, during the Heritage Discovery Weekend, for the opportunity to win a $100 voucher, to spend at any show at The Events Centre in Caloundra. To share your happy snap, post it to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #heritagesunshinecoast or upload your photo, via the link on Sunshine Coast Council's Facebook here.
Please click here for Terms and conditions for the Photo Competition.



★ Bankfoot House - Cobb & Co | FREE, Registration not required
Saturday 25 August | Closed
Sunday 26 August | 10.00am to 3.00pm
Where: 1998 Old Gympie Road, Glass House Mountains


Wow, Bankfoot House is celebrating one hundred and fifty years! Bankfoot House was initially established as the lunch stop and staging post for Cobb & Co coaches on the Brisbane to Gympie goldfields route.

Take a FREE guided tour of Bankfoot House, the oldest surviving settlers residence on the Sunshine Coast. Tours are being run by Friends of Bankfoot House from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Between 10.00am and 12.00noon listen to guest speakers, Jeff Powell, Curator of Cobb & Co Museum and Steve Ralph, Spirit of Cobb & Co. FREE morning tea is included.

Heritage Discovery Weekend, heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums, aeroplanes, brilliant bygone backgrounds, celebrate Sunshine Coast's heritage, photo competition, Bankfoot House, Cobb & Co, Beersheba Living Museum, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Fairview, Pattemore House, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Nambour Museum, Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library, Yandina Historic House, picnic basket, camera, family weekend
A fantastic historical walk down memory lane and your furry friends, on a leash, are welcome too


★ Beersheba Living Museum | Donation
Saturday 25 August | Closed
Sunday 26 August | 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Where: Parklands Drive (off Porters Lane), North Maleny


Okay, this is a newbie for me. The Beersheba Living Museum is in North Maleny and was officially opened on the 29 October 2016, the date chosen to closely align with the ninety-nine year anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.

The charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade marked itself in history, when at dusk on the 31 October 1917, the Brigade fought and broke through Turkish lines, to secure the town of Beersheba. It is remembered as one of the last great cavalry charges.

The Beersheba Living Museum sounds like a very interesting place to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.

Heritage Discovery Weekend, heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums, aeroplanes, brilliant bygone backgrounds, celebrate Sunshine Coast's heritage, photo competition, Bankfoot House, Cobb & Co, Beersheba Living Museum, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Fairview, Pattemore House, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Nambour Museum, Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library, Yandina Historic House, picnic basket, camera, family weekend
$5 entry at Pioneer Cottage includes Devonshire tea


Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society | FREE
Saturday 25 August | 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Sunday 26 August | Closed
Where: The Old Church, 89 Willis Road, Bli Bli


Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk | FREE
Saturday 25 August | 2.00pm Guided walk, meet at Telco Road
Sunday 26 August | Track open, no guided walk
Where: Corner of Mons Road and Telco Road, Buderim


Heritage Discovery Weekend, heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums, aeroplanes, brilliant bygone backgrounds, celebrate Sunshine Coast's heritage, photo competition, Bankfoot House, Cobb & Co, Beersheba Living Museum, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Fairview, Pattemore House, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Nambour Museum, Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library, Yandina Historic House, picnic basket, camera, family weekend
Entry at Caloundra Lighthouses is only $2 for Adults and FREE for children


Buderim Pioneer Cottage | $5 entry includes Devonshire tea
Saturday 25 August | 11.00am to 3.00pm
Sunday 26 August | 11.00am to 3.00pm
Where: 5 Ballinger Crescent, Buderim


Caloundra Lighthouses | Adult $2, Children FREE
Saturday 25 August | 9.00am to 3.00pm
Sunday 26 August | Closed
Where: Canberra Terrace, Caloundra


Heritage Discovery Weekend, heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums, aeroplanes, brilliant bygone backgrounds, celebrate Sunshine Coast's heritage, photo competition, Bankfoot House, Cobb & Co, Beersheba Living Museum, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Fairview, Pattemore House, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Nambour Museum, Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library, Yandina Historic House, picnic basket, camera, family weekend
Go on a FREE guided walk through Eumundi


Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre | FREE
Saturday 25 August | 10.00am to 3.00pm
Sunday 26 August | 10.00am to 3.00pm
Where: 73 Memorial Drive, Eumundi


At 10.30am on both mornings, enjoy a FREE guided walk through the town of Eumundi. Donations will be welcome. Bookings to go on this historical walk can be made by calling (07) 5442-8762.

★ Fairview (Pattemore House) | Adult $5, Children FREE
Saturday 25 August | Closed
Sunday 26 August | 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Where: 25 Porters Lane, North Maleny


Heritage Discovery Weekend, heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums, aeroplanes, brilliant bygone backgrounds, celebrate Sunshine Coast's heritage, photo competition, Bankfoot House, Cobb & Co, Beersheba Living Museum, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Fairview, Pattemore House, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Nambour Museum, Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library, Yandina Historic House, picnic basket, camera, family weekend
Image: Friends of Pattemore House FB


Genealogy Sunshine Coast | FREE | Morning tea and sausage sizzle
Saturday 25 August | 9.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday 26 August | 9.00am to 4.00pm
Where: Petrie Park Road, Nambour


On Saturday at 10.00am the Genealogy Sunshine Coast are celebrating their 40th Anniversary, so visitors will be involved in all the festivities.
FREE workshops are being held on the Saturday:
1.00pm - DNA, scanning and archiving.

FREE workshops will also be run on the Sunday:
9.30am - Researching or Trove
1.00pm - Family history research

Heritage Discovery Weekend, heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums, aeroplanes, brilliant bygone backgrounds, celebrate Sunshine Coast's heritage, photo competition, Bankfoot House, Cobb & Co, Beersheba Living Museum, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Fairview, Pattemore House, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Nambour Museum, Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library, Yandina Historic House, picnic basket, camera, family weekend
FREE workshops on DNA scanning, archiving or family history research | Image: Genealogy Sunshine Coast FB


Kenilworth Historical Museum | Adult $4, Child $1
Saturday 25 August | Closed - FREE audio tour of the town, starting at Kenilworth Info Centre
Sunday 26 August | 10.00am to 2.00pm
Where: 6 Alexandra Street, Kenilworth


Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk | FREE
Saturday 25 August | 6.00am to 3.00pm
Sunday 26 August | 6.00am to 3.00pm
Where: 1 Spender Lane, Kings Beach, Caloundra


Heritage Discovery Weekend, heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums, aeroplanes, brilliant bygone backgrounds, celebrate Sunshine Coast's heritage, photo competition, Bankfoot House, Cobb & Co, Beersheba Living Museum, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Fairview, Pattemore House, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Nambour Museum, Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library, Yandina Historic House, picnic basket, camera, family weekend
Image: Kenilworth Historical Museum FB


Landsborough Museum | Half price entry: Adults $5, Pensioner $4.50, Family $10 | sausage sizzle
Saturday 25 August | Closed
Sunday 26 August | 9.00am to 3.00pm
Where: 4 Maleny Street, Landsborough


Nambour Museum | Adult $5, Child $1
Saturday 25 August | 11.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday 26 August | 11.00am to 3.00pm
Where: 18 Mitchell Street, Nambour


Heritage Discovery Weekend, heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums, aeroplanes, brilliant bygone backgrounds, celebrate Sunshine Coast's heritage, photo competition, Bankfoot House, Cobb & Co, Beersheba Living Museum, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Fairview, Pattemore House, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Nambour Museum, Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library, Yandina Historic House, picnic basket, camera, family weekend
Half price entry to the Landsborough Museum


Queensland Air Museum | Adult $15, Child $8
Saturday 25 August | 10.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday 26 August | 10.00am to 4.00pm
Where: 7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra


★ Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library | FREE
Saturday 25 August | 9.00am to 1.00pm
Sunday 26 August | Closed
Where: Main Heritage collection is at Nambour Library; smaller collections can be accessed at Beerwah, Caloundra, Coolum, Kawana, Kenilworth, Maleny and Maroochydore Libraries


Heritage Discovery Weekend, heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums, aeroplanes, brilliant bygone backgrounds, celebrate Sunshine Coast's heritage, photo competition, Bankfoot House, Cobb & Co, Beersheba Living Museum, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Fairview, Pattemore House, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Nambour Museum, Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library, Yandina Historic House, picnic basket, camera, family weekend
Queensland Air Museum is open Saturday and Sunday for the Heritage Discovery Weekend


Yandina Historic House | FREE
Saturday 25 August | 9.30am to 3.00pm
Sunday 26 August | 9.30am to 3.00pm
Where: 3 Pioneer Road, Yandina


From Caloundra to Eumundi the Heritage Discovery Weekend, with all its activities will certainly appeal to the young and the not so young, with something fun for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Heritage Discovery Weekend, heritage walking trails, lighthouses, museums, aeroplanes, brilliant bygone backgrounds, celebrate Sunshine Coast's heritage, photo competition, Bankfoot House, Cobb & Co, Beersheba Living Museum, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society, Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Caloundra Lighthouses, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Fairview, Pattemore House, Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Kenilworth Historical Museum, Kings Beach Pavilion Kiosk, Landsborough Museum, Nambour Museum, Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library, Yandina Historic House, picnic basket, camera, family weekend
Pack a picnic basket and get out and about over the Heritage Discovery Weekend - Image: KristineLejniece Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons


Pack a picnic basket, pack the camera and get out and about into the picturesque hinterland - a brilliantly affordable weekend, exploring the heritage and history of the Sunshine Coast, during the very special Heritage Discovery Weekend.

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Why? For a weekend of brilliant bygone backgrounds
When: Saturday 25 August and Sunday 26 August
Where: From Caloundra to Eumundi
Cost: Mostly FREE
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Very informative article Elaine. Thanks for sharing.
by Barry (score: 2|977) 182 days ago
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