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Six Heritage Talks and Walks - Sunshine Coast Open House

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Take a walk back to yesteryear
The Sunshine Coast Open House 2021 is a celebration of the rich architectural and design history, places and spaces that contribute to the Sunshine Coast region, its community and identity.

Six Heritage Talks and Walks, Sunshine Coast Open House 2021, architectural, design history, places, spaces, contribute to Sunshine Coast region, community, identity, annual event, international Open House program, thirty cities around the world, free public access, Moffat Beach Tour with Heritage architect Roger Todd, Bulcock Beach Historic Tour, Caloundra, Design Redesigned at Bankfoot House, Glass House Mountains, Caloundra Heritage Tour, Palmwoods Heritage Tour, Yandina Heritage Tour, Yandina & District Historical Society, wear suitable walking shoes, bring a hat, BYO water, avoid disappointment, book early
Take a walk down memory lane - Image: Sunshine Coast Open House FB


This annual event is part of the international Open House program, an idea conceived in London in 1992 and is presently held in more than thirty cities around the world.

The Sunshine Coast Open House provides free public access to quality architectural experiences, buildings, heritage places and landscapes. Activities include architecturally designed modern building tours and talks, an architectural debate Up or Out; urban sketching; artist open studio as well as heritage buildings tours and talks.

I. Moffat Beach Tour with Heritage architect Roger Todd
Walking Tour - FREE Event
Saturday 23 October, 9.30am to 10.30am
Meet at 26 Bryce Street, corner of Campbell and Bryce Street, Moffat Beach
Bookings are required for this event and may be booked online here


Six Heritage Talks and Walks, Sunshine Coast Open House 2021, architectural, design history, places, spaces, contribute to Sunshine Coast region, community, identity, annual event, international Open House program, thirty cities around the world, free public access, Moffat Beach Tour with Heritage architect Roger Todd, Bulcock Beach Historic Tour, Caloundra, Design Redesigned at Bankfoot House, Glass House Mountains, Caloundra Heritage Tour, Palmwoods Heritage Tour, Yandina Heritage Tour, Yandina & District Historical Society, wear suitable walking shoes, bring a hat, BYO water, avoid disappointment, book early
Join Heritage architect Roger Todd on the Moffat Beach Tour - Image: www.sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au


Subsequent to WW2 this period represented a social phenomenon - the difficulties and rationing of the war were over, people were gainfully employed and could afford holidays, cars and the roads were being improved. Australians once again had confidence in the economy and with the building industry booming, turned their energies and attention to Australia's continuing love affair with the beach.

Due to its proximity to Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba, Caloundra was a key destination for holidaymakers. These were the growing years for Moffat Beach, with this suburb of Caloundra mainly bushland in 1940, but managing to be inundated with holiday houses twenty years later. These holiday homes were more often simple beach shacks, interspersed with a few elaborate, but the common thread was always informality. This was the next step up from camping! People could tune into modern architectural ideas, but there was a basic simplicity and charm about these places.

Join architect Roger Todd on this fascinating walking tour through Moffat Beach.

II. Bulcock Beach Historic Tour
Walking Tour - FREE Event
Saturday 23 October, 9.30am to 10.15am
Meet on the corner of Minchinton and Bulcock Streets, Caloundra
Bookings are required for this event and may be booked online here


Six Heritage Talks and Walks, Sunshine Coast Open House 2021, architectural, design history, places, spaces, contribute to Sunshine Coast region, community, identity, annual event, international Open House program, thirty cities around the world, free public access, Moffat Beach Tour with Heritage architect Roger Todd, Bulcock Beach Historic Tour, Caloundra, Design Redesigned at Bankfoot House, Glass House Mountains, Caloundra Heritage Tour, Palmwoods Heritage Tour, Yandina Heritage Tour, Yandina & District Historical Society, wear suitable walking shoes, bring a hat, BYO water, avoid disappointment, book early
Learn the fascinating cultural, sociological and life-saving history of Bulcock Beach - Image: www.eventbrite.com.au


In the early 1900's Australia's early beach culture was based on the establishment of Surf Life Saving Clubs. Discover the fascinating cultural, sociological and life-saving history of Bulcock Beach. Hear about legendary local residents 'Ma (Majorie) and Pa (Ben) Bendell', who were two of the world's oldest surfboard riders and much loved in the surfing community. This amazing couple were amongst the first surfers to ride waves in Caloundra in the late 1950's, earning fame in Australia and Hawaii, after taking up board-riding at the ages of 50 and 51.

III. Design Redesigned at Bankfoot House
Walking Tour - FREE Event
Saturday 23 October, 10am to 11am
Meet at Bankfoot House, 1998 Old Gympie Road, Glass House Mountains
Bookings are required for this event and may be booked online here


Six Heritage Talks and Walks, Sunshine Coast Open House 2021, architectural, design history, places, spaces, contribute to Sunshine Coast region, community, identity, annual event, international Open House program, thirty cities around the world, free public access, Moffat Beach Tour with Heritage architect Roger Todd, Bulcock Beach Historic Tour, Caloundra, Design Redesigned at Bankfoot House, Glass House Mountains, Caloundra Heritage Tour, Palmwoods Heritage Tour, Yandina Heritage Tour, Yandina & District Historical Society, wear suitable walking shoes, bring a hat, BYO water, avoid disappointment, book early
The fabulous Bankfoot House in the Glass House Mountains - Image: www.sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au


As we all well know, buildings either remain unchanged forever or due to structural necessity or functional repurposing, need to be redeveloped. The award-winning Mary Grigor Centre at the Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct is one such building that over the past six years has evolved to become a fully functional interpretive centre and archival store.

On the Design Redesigned Walking Tour, walkers will hear how observation, evaluation and planning led to the remarkable and practical changes that can be seen today. From unseen termites to the essential need to reseal floors and walls, the result has contributed to raising the level of collection management, exhibitions and events.

The repurposed theatrette at the Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct showcases the First Nations at Bankfoot House virtual experience, which enables visitors to immerse themselves in a world prior to European settlement.

Take time out to tour the precinct grounds to discover more areas that have been repurposed for interpretation.

IV. Caloundra Heritage Tour
Walking Tour - FREE Event
Saturday 23 October, 10.30am to 11.15am AND 11.30am to 12.15pm
Meet on the corner of Bulcock Street and Canberra Terrace, Caloundra
Bookings are required for this event and may be booked online here


Six Heritage Talks and Walks, Sunshine Coast Open House 2021, architectural, design history, places, spaces, contribute to Sunshine Coast region, community, identity, annual event, international Open House program, thirty cities around the world, free public access, Moffat Beach Tour with Heritage architect Roger Todd, Bulcock Beach Historic Tour, Caloundra, Design Redesigned at Bankfoot House, Glass House Mountains, Caloundra Heritage Tour, Palmwoods Heritage Tour, Yandina Heritage Tour, Yandina & District Historical Society, wear suitable walking shoes, bring a hat, BYO water, avoid disappointment, book early
Enjoy a stroll along Caloundra's footpaths, shops and beaches - Image: www.sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au


More than one hundred years ago, the first allotments of land were made available for sale at the Bulcock Estate, which is the area known today as Caloundra CBD and Happy Valley.

Enjoy a stroll along the town's footpaths, shops and beaches, whilst learning the history of Caloundra. Experience the history of Bulcock Street in days gone by. Explore the oldest surviving building in Caloundra, the 1896 lighthouse in Caloundra and take home the heritage brochure as a keep sake.

V. Palmwoods Heritage Tour
Walking Tour - FREE Event
Saturday 23 October, 11am to 12noon AND 1pm to 2pm
Meet at Piccabeen Green, Little Main Street, Palmwoods
Bookings are required for this event and may be booked online here


Six Heritage Talks and Walks, Sunshine Coast Open House 2021, architectural, design history, places, spaces, contribute to Sunshine Coast region, community, identity, annual event, international Open House program, thirty cities around the world, free public access, Moffat Beach Tour with Heritage architect Roger Todd, Bulcock Beach Historic Tour, Caloundra, Design Redesigned at Bankfoot House, Glass House Mountains, Caloundra Heritage Tour, Palmwoods Heritage Tour, Yandina Heritage Tour, Yandina & District Historical Society, wear suitable walking shoes, bring a hat, BYO water, avoid disappointment, book early
Palmwoods has managed to retain most of its original character - Image: www.eventbrite.com.au


The awesome little hinterland town of Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast has the bragging rights to many architectural reminders of by-gone days. Many of the early buildings in Palmwoods still remain with minimal development in between, ensuring that this quaint little town has retained most of its original character.

Palmwoods is also highly regarded for its various eating and drinking establishments that operate from many of the cultural and heritage significant buildings, exuding character in their design and features.

The Palmwoods Heritage guided walk will explore this character-filled little town, with a focus on the character and heritage buildings located in the town's central business district. Discover a walk that will take you back to yesteryear, packed with historical information and anecdotes about this much-loved town.

VI. Yandina Heritage Tour
Walking Tour - FREE Event
Sunday 24 October, 10am to 11am
Meet at All Saints Anglican Church, 3 Farrell Street, Yandina
Bookings are required for this event and may be booked online here


Six Heritage Talks and Walks, Sunshine Coast Open House 2021, architectural, design history, places, spaces, contribute to Sunshine Coast region, community, identity, annual event, international Open House program, thirty cities around the world, free public access, Moffat Beach Tour with Heritage architect Roger Todd, Bulcock Beach Historic Tour, Caloundra, Design Redesigned at Bankfoot House, Glass House Mountains, Caloundra Heritage Tour, Palmwoods Heritage Tour, Yandina Heritage Tour, Yandina & District Historical Society, wear suitable walking shoes, bring a hat, BYO water, avoid disappointment, book early
'Go on foot' in Yandina! Image: www.eventbrite.com.au


My adventurous 'other' and I spend a lot of our leisure time, discovering Yandina, but what I didn't realise is that the name 'Yandina' is in honour of our first inhabitants as well as meaning to 'go on foot'.

Hosted by members of the Yandina & District Historical Society, the Yandina Heritage walk will take in some of the town's fabulous historical gems, including -
the Anglican Church, built as an undenominational church in 1880;
the Yandina School of Arts, built by the community in 1916;
John McNab's general store, Excelsior House, built in 1909; and
J.G. Sommer's hotel, opened in 1889 on the corner of Fleming Street, but was soon relocated to be closer to the railway station. Apparently, this was achieved by moving the hotel on rollers, whilst continuously serving beer!

Need to know for all walks -
please remember to wear suitable comfy shoes, bring a hat and your own bottle of water.

The Sunshine Coast Open House Heritage Talks and Walks' spots will be taken up quickly, especially as these fascinating trips down memory lane are all free. Avoid disappointment and book your walking spot early for the Sunshine Coast's largest public architecture and design festival.

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Why? To learn and discover well-designed and historic buildings across the Sunshine Coast region
When: Saturday 23 October and Sunday 24 October | Please see article for specific times
Phone: (07) 5420-8600
Where: Sunshine Coast, QLD
Cost: FREE Events
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A good way to spend a day out and about and catching up with history
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