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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.