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Have you ever ventured down to the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens in Tanawha on the Sunshine Coast? Thi... [more]
Whether you're taking a day trip or are planning an extended family holiday, here are my three top adventure experie... [more]
On a pathway in the Botanical Gardens, under the shade of an old mangrove tree and even along a shabby wrought iron ... [more]
If you loved the Breathe In and Bleat Out Meditation with Baby Goats and Lambs, the relaxation technique that guaran... [more]
29/02/2020
Yummo! The Sunshine Coast's sweetest event of the year is about to hit our shores - and waistlines - the Sunshine C... [more]
15/02/2020
Since the beginning of time, sea turtles have been returning to the land to lay their eggs on beaches all around the... [more]
08/02/2020
This sounds fabulous! Come and boogie on the streets and beaches of the Sunshine Coast! Immerse yourself in a magi... [more]
31/01/2020
Some of these fabulous markets are special-occasion linked i.e. Christmas, Easter, school holidays, whilst others a... [more]
What is better than having one adventurous destination to visit? Having four adventurous destinations to visit … an... [more]
29/01/2020
First and foremost - yoga is not about being able to bend your body every which way but up (including looking like a... [more]
We, as Sunshine Coasters, are truly blessed to live in such a spectacular region. We have bush walks, we have rainf... [more]
Sunshine 60 & Better Group is a community development healthy ageing programme, designed to meet the expressed needs... [more]
When we have first-time to Australia visitors, there's usually a burning desire to do the whirlwind tour of the whol... [more]
Early mornings is usually the best time of the day to enjoy the collective sounds of many of the Sunshine Coast rainfore... [more]
12/10/2019 - 29/02/2020
Lady Elliot Island - home of the Manta Ray - is a coral cay positioned at the southern-most tip of the World Heritag... [more]
☠️ What is an Escape Room? If you had asked this Escape Room virgin this question a week ago, I wou... [more]
School holidays are just around the corner … again … so why not bookmark a couple of treasure hunting or sightseeing... [more]
The Ocean Street Precinct in Maroochydore is a lively cultural hub in the heart of the Sunshine Coast! An eclectic ... [more]
With Spring just around the corner, it's time to get out and about to do some much-needed (after winter couch slothi... [more]
The Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre can be found between Currimundi Beach and the mouth of Currimundi Lake, just no... [more]
Recently, my adventurous 'other' and I travelled to Canada and Alaska - a fabulous milestone birthday gift for me (f... [more]
Most travellers want to experience as much as they can of a specific city and/or region in the quickest possible tim... [more]
Muscles straining, mouths grimacing, bodies glistening, guttural grunts … And no, I'm not referring to the wildlife ... [more]
Hubby and I recently came across Coochin Creek camping area, whilst out and about with the Camel Cuddles Farm Tour. ... [more]
This is so exciting! Make sure you get along to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny to participate in BioB... [more]
25/03/2019 - 25/08/2019
Most of us are crazy about our four-legged family members and would love to take them with us to go walk-about into ... [more]
QCamel is a family-owned camel dairy farm on the Sunshine Coast that offers some very unusual experiences to visitor... [more]
Have you ever explored Maleny? It's one of those charming little rustic towns, positioned up high in the Blackall M... [more]
As most of my readers know, our much-loved grandson is 'train' crazy! We have travelled 'the world' on Moreton, the... [more]
My children are all adults and have already flown the coop, so we have had to learn to compromise every Christmas - ... [more]
Fantastic news for Weekend Notes readers: Use Promo code 'WEEKENDNOTES' to get 10% off all online tickets in ANY cit... [more]
07/12/2019 - 27/01/2020
Fantastic news for Weekend Notes readers: Use Promo code 'WEEKENDNOTES' to get 10% off all online tickets in ANY c... [more]
23/11/2019 - 09/02/2020
Summer is on its way - can you believe that Christmas is just around the corner! And, oh my gosh, my all-time favou... [more]
27/12/2019
Cape Town is the stunning, southern-most city in the Western Cape of South Africa - a vibrant, colourful city where cult... [more]
Our secret road trip was to reach the Kureelpa Falls, via the Kureelpa Falls Forest Trail in the Mapleton National P... [more]
Father's Day was upon us and my 'other' half was definitely in the mood for seafood. Rather than do the usual, and ... [more]
This was a tough choice! Did we walk Emu Mountain? Hike it, or climb it? Oh heck, I've decided - we walked it! Wh... [more]
As my readers well know, I'm really not into the 'climbing the eight summits in a day challenge', or dedicating six ... [more]
The Sunshine Coast Collective Markets in Coolum is definitely one of my all-time favourite markets on the Sunshine C... [more]
23/02/2020
A treasure hunt of a different kind - an educational, imaginative kind! Oh my gosh, my adventurous other and I su... [more]
I'll take the high road and you can take the low road - but no matter which road you choose to take, make sure it ta... [more]
The Sunshine Coast Public Art Collection is constantly growing. Whether it is 'Sculptural Works'; 'Street Art'; ... [more]
My grandson is totally besotted with trains and of course, being his doting grandparents, hubby and I will do everyt... [more]
23/02/2020
The Hundred Acre Bar at St Lucia Golf Links in St Lucia, an inner-city suburb of Brisbane, has to be one of my all-t... [more]
Gosh, I just love our 'adventuring' in and around the Sunshine Coast. One of my absolute favourite Hinterland towns... [more]
This little-hidden treasure located in the treetops in Montville, on the shores of Lake Baroon, was my choice for a ... [more]
My curiosity has now been piqued and I'm on a mission! A mission to locate as many art trails as I can, in and arou... [more]
Oh my gosh, we sure have been having some warm weather in Queensland…. not that we're complaining as we know that Au... [more]
Yes, I do realise that there is a Pomona in California in the USA, but the Pomona we visited, is a picture-perfect l... [more]
Can you imagine my excitement when I discovered that Caloundra has its very own Downtown Street Art Trail! Absolutel... [more]
I'm not sure if you have realised, but The Wharf in Mooloolaba has been undergoing some major revitalisation and bee... [more]
Hubby and I have been so busy this year, that we totally haven't had time to do some of my favourite ad-hoc adventur... [more]
You've heard the expression 'one man's trash is another man's treasure' and never a truer word has been spoken when ... [more]
10/08/2019
Admiration, awe, respect and praise come to mind when I think of Dail and Mark, the owners/creators of Parrots in Pa... [more]
As most of my readers would have realised by now, I'm not one of those 'over-the-top' health fanatics that live sole... [more]
This is an activity that has long been on my 'to do' list, and even though I would love to glide through the water, ... [more]
Well, I was the lucky writer to have the absolute privilege of spending a whole day, touring the Sunshine Coast Hint... [more]
Hatfield Forest is the best surviving example in Britain of an almost complete Royal Hunting Forest. It has seen ma... [more]
Spring is in the air, school holidays are just around the corner and what better reason than warm weather to get out... [more]
Dürnstein, otherwise known as the pearl of the Wachau Valley, is a quaint little town on the banks of the Danube riv... [more]
Vienna is the capital of Austria, located on the banks of the Danube. Austria's climate is generally moderate and m... [more]
Céad Míle Fáilte - 'A Hundred Thousand Welcomes' says it all for a country steeped in history and many locals still ... [more]
What better way to see a city, at your own pace, than with the Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour. With a morning free in Bud... [more]
My first time in Budapest (pronounced Budda-pesh)! The first things I notice is the incredible friendliness of the p... [more]
I must admit that winter is definitely not my favourite season, no matter how mild the winter is, I am always cold!... [more]
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AND a coffee - Images: Pixabay CCO Public Domain" wrap="0" title="Play dates and coffee, Tiny Tots Tuesdays Aussie Worl... [more]
I'm not sure how many of you have had the privilege of visiting the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary in Bli Bli - we've a... [more]
Depending on which way you look at it, the good news is that winter is definitely on its way! Us Sunny - note the a... [more]
How exciting is this! Aussie World has relaunched their Tiny Tots Tuesdays especially for the little people in our ... [more]
I constantly read requests from Sunshine Coast locals looking for ideas for children's birthday parties, whether it be f... [more]
A morning dedicated to everything that us girls love to participate in - shopping! The Sunshine Coast Fashion Marke... [more]
14/09/2019
We visited Sydney on the weekend - the main reason was to see my son and his partner - but secondly to enjoy the div... [more]
I've been searching forever and a day for somewhere on the Sunshine Coast to take our grandson so that he can intera... [more]
Have you ever been to Eudlo? Nope, me neither, so a visit was long overdue. Eudlo (pronounced you-d-lo) is a teeny... [more]
Compass Connections Cafe is an absolute gem of a find on the Sunshine Coast's Cafe scene. This charming cafe in... [more]
Beach holidays are usually at the top of a vacation list, but with autumn in the air, have you ever considered get... [more]
What a stunning little place of paradise! Butterfly Hill is a privately-owned butterfly sanctuary on Petrie Creek R... [more]
The Sunshine Coast is aptly named and with its temperate climate makes it a relaxing holiday destination, all year r... [more]
The most exciting, thrilling day of your life is being planned - your wedding day! Perhaps it's just around the corn... [more]
Smack bang in the centre of the Mother City, is Cape Town's most original, accessible to everything, fun place to s... [more]
Hout Bay originally named Houtbaai (Wood Bay) by Dutch Settlers due to the surrounding wooded valley, has changed fr... [more]
Having heard rave reviews from family and friends re Die Strandloper, translated means The Beachwalker, this sounde... [more]
You cannot visit Africa without experiencing an encounter with the Big Five - lion, elephant, buffalo, Mountain Leop... [more]
One cannot visit Cape Town in South Africa without visiting a wine farm. Just twenty minutes from central Cape Town... [more]
If, like us, you're on a tight time-schedule and don't have time to go to the Kruger National Park, then the Rhino a... [more]
One of the things we really hanker for in Australia is authentic Portuguese cuisine. Yes, I know we have Nandos but ... [more]
The next stop on our road trip was the Farmhouse Lodge in Newcastle, a city in the province of KwaZulu Natal. This t... [more]
Guess what? We're travelling through South Africa and I'm hoping you will follow us on our journey as I try to enti... [more]
With the jelly fish (including the Irukandji) rapidly approaching the Sunshine Coast — according to the authorities,... [more]
Peace and tranquillity…the only sound…your paddle slicing through the calm water as your kayak glides quietly along ... [more]
Ok, I was just kidding about my intentions to be a wannabe summit climber, (see my article on Wild Horse Mountain Sc... [more]
I wish you a Merry ChristmasI wish you a Merry ChristmasI wish you a Merry ChristmasAnd a happy New Year(Bing Crosby) ... [more]
Summer is here, warm and balmy days, a perfect time to get out into the great outdoors and enjoy the sun-kissed ... [more]
We all love to stock up on fresh, local products, speciality fare, original creations or old treasures and with Christma... [more]
Is vintage, retro, antique, unique your thing? Then the Collectorama Fair will most certainly be up your alley. Co... [more]
02/11/2019
Looking for something a bit more energetic than an amble or a stroll? Why not try the Noosa National Park Coastal T... [more]
Okay, this was probably not my brightest idea at 3.00pm in the afternoon (and after having had three consecutive leg... [more]
South African cooking has been influenced by so many different nationalities: African, Dutch, French, German, Portu... [more]
I do love this impromptu adventuring - getting out and about and exploring one's own backyard, so to speak. Today... [more]
I hesitate to say that these are the 'top' nine walking trails and tracks on the Sunshine Coast as there really are so m... [more]
Looking for tranquillity and inner peace to put a 'spring' back in your step? With Spring in the air and the ocean st... [more]
As the first hues of Spring start spreading their tendrils to overshadow the cold, gloomy days of winter, we realise tha... [more]
The Sunny Coast Baby and Kids Market is a locally owned market selling pre-loved, new and handmade items for children un... [more]
08/12/2019
A magical breakaway - relax and re-charge! Three wondrous days sans any form of technology - no phones, no internet a... [more]
My husband and I went on a Super Bee Tour at the Ginger Factory in Yandina and to say that we were blown away by what we... [more]
 
Join the iconic Ginger Factory for three ginger-tastic days of food, flowers and entertainment, celebrating the 24th... [more]
17/01/2020 - 19/01/2020
Coolum Business & Tourism and Visit Coolum are once again proudly bringing to Coolum their Flicks in the Park, comme... [more]
21/12/2019 - 18/01/2020
This is such a fabulous idea for the summer holidays. Hosted by Sunshine Castle in Bli Bli and Raptor Vision, two r... [more]
25/01/2020
Summer on the Sunshine Coast is all about balmy, outdoorsy days, usually spent in close proximity to water, ensuring... [more]
14/12/2019 - 25/01/2020
Summertime Playscape … it rolls off the tongue with such ease, giving one a sense of fun with no limitations, outdoor ad... [more]
14/12/2019 - 26/01/2020
Summer school holidays are just around the corner and what better way to keep the kids active and involved, than at... [more]
16/12/2019 - 17/01/2020
1 December | 9.00am to 2.00pm 🎄 6th Annual STEPS Autism Treehouse Christmas Party Field 5, Kawana Sport... [more]
Apex Camps Sunshine Coast host a selection of exciting outdoor school holiday drop-off activities, specifically for chil... [more]
16/12/2019 - 24/01/2020
Oh my gosh, this is just so exciting! Solar Nights is back! For the second year in a row, we have an opportunity t... [more]
13/12/2019 - 22/12/2019
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way My all-time favourite events for the festive season are the Communit... [more]
Ho, ho, ho, we are approaching the home stretch to our favourite time of the year … the festive season! Time to sta... [more]
24/11/2019
The magical festive season is almost upon us! And with all the fabulous Christmas celebrations that we have to look... [more]
08/12/2019
The Art Hub Sunshine Coast in Caloundra is a creative arts facility, where the skilled staff work closely with stude... [more]
02/11/2019 - 07/12/2019
Readers might well have experienced the Spiegeltent adult cabaret entertainment in Brisbane, usually showcased durin... [more]
08/11/2019 - 15/12/2019
Readers might recall that as recently as July, the Montville Christmas Wonderland celebrated Christmas in July, invi... [more]
01/12/2019 - 23/12/2019
Both of these free events run concurrently at the Caboolture Regional Art Gallery. The John Mawurndjul : I am the o... [more]
05/10/2019 - 23/11/2019
The Shambles is a privately-owned country garden in Montville - the crowning glory to a century old farmhouse. The ... [more]
Shucks, it's time for oyster lovers to rejoice! The 2019 Oyster Festival is about to hit our shores on Saturday 1... [more]
19/10/2019
'Double, double toil and trouble Fire burn and cauldron bubble Cool it with a baboon's blood, Then the charm is f... [more]
Kids! … get ready for a festival of fun, excitement and adventure! The Moreton Kids Festival is coming back in 2019... [more]
13/10/2019
I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the Sunshine Coast's 'beautiful one day, perfect the next' culture, than... [more]
04/10/2019 - 07/10/2019
There are some fantastic workshops happening for the kids these September school holidays. With everything from coo... [more]
Apex Camps Sunshine Coast hosts a selection of exciting outdoor school holiday drop-off activities, specifically for... [more]
23/09/2019 - 07/10/2019
With so much emphasis on recycling, the Sunshine Coast Council are timeously hosting Waste To Art - a children's hol... [more]
23/09/2019 - 04/10/2019
The school holidays are just around the corner and what better way to keep the kids active, entertained and happy, t... [more]
23/09/2019 - 04/10/2019
The school holidays are just around the corner and what better way to keep the kids active and entertained, than at ... [more]
23/09/2019 - 04/10/2019
Calling all fun lovers ... come one, come all! A fabulous FREE Entry Family Fun Day - the first-ever - has been or... [more]
21/09/2019
Oh, gosh, who doesn't love a market! We all do! But, what sets one market apart from the others? What makes it mo... [more]
Hailing from Soweto, a town outside of Johannesburg, the Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in 2002 with the goal of cel... [more]
31/07/2019 - 14/09/2019
Horizon Festival is a ten-day arts-fuelled Festival where visitors get to experience the creative soul of the Sunshi... [more]
23/08/2019 - 01/09/2019
Much to my delight it's once again time for the annual Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival, signifying the onset of S... [more]
17/08/2019 - 01/09/2019
Oh my gosh, how awesome is this! Healthy Sunshine Coast, in conjunction with Adventure Sunshine Coast and CORCA (Ca... [more]
03/11/2019
There is such keen interest shown by local Sunshine Coasters with regards exploring the panoramic trails in our 'bea... [more]
I know we haven't really had a winter yet on the Sunshine Coast - last year we had it on a Tuesday - but I just know... [more]
17/08/2019 - 01/09/2019
Foodies rejoice! The Curated Plate, Visit Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council are very proudly hosting a thre... [more]
09/08/2019 - 11/08/2019
'Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art' opened on Friday 12 July as part of the Sunshine Coas... [more]
13/07/2019 - 07/09/2019
Oh gosh, how exciting is this! I am already salivating. For the very first time ever, The Curated Plate, Culinary ... [more]
08/08/2019 - 11/08/2019
It's time for a new adventure! Put yourself in the pilot's seat for a fabulous weekend of all things aviation at th... [more]
06/07/2019 - 07/07/2019
Christmas is usually synonymous with snow and in certain areas of Australia a 'white' Christmas in July is actually ... [more]
Winter school holidays are just around the corner and parents everywhere will be scrambling for activities to keep t... [more]
02/07/2019 - 12/07/2019
I'm definitely not trying to pull the wool over your eyes here, but the Knitfest - Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival is a... [more]
06/07/2019 - 07/07/2019
Queensland's three day top-shelf gardening event is about to hit our 'beds' again in 2019. The Queensland Garden Ex... [more]
12/07/2019 - 14/07/2019
What a magical idea! Hosted by Sunshine Castle in Bli Bli and Raptor Vision, A Knight with Owls is an introduction ... [more]
13/07/2019
Who doesn't love Christmas? Whether you are a one year old toddler or a one hundred and one year old 'young-at-hear... [more]
06/07/2019 - 28/07/2019
How amaaa…zing is this! The Sunshine Coast is getting their very own Ferris wheel, just in time for the winter scho... [more]
14/06/2019 - 28/07/2019
This is such an awesome idea! All across Australia, in hundreds of different locations - just about anywhere - part... [more]
22/05/2019
Fernberg, also known as Government House, has been the historic home of Queensland Governors since 1910 and is the w... [more]
01/06/2019
This is so totally awesome! Have you seen Oddball the movie yet? Well, here's an amazing opportunity to experienc... [more]
17/05/2019
What is World Environment Day? Not to be confused with World Naked Gardening Day (different weekend), World Envir... [more]
02/06/2019
Apex Camps Sunshine Coast host a selection of exciting outdoor adventure activities for children aged between five a... [more]
01/07/2019 - 12/07/2019
Sydney is the third city, after Vancouver and Toronto, to launch the South African Film Festival, showcasing and focusin... [more]
09/05/2019 - 19/05/2019
The Events Centre Caloundra is the largest performing arts and conference venue on the Sunshine Coast, and is presen... [more]
Such a fabulous idea! We all love animals, especially the cute, the cuddly and the fluffy and Be in the Meow is cat... [more]
14/07/2019
'ANZAC' was the name given to a combined force of First Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Army troops who la... [more]
25/04/2019
'It's just a jump to the left And then a step to the right',* and A shimmy, shimmy, all down the street The lyr... [more]
05/05/2019
BYTES - Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence - had a very successful 2018 at the Anywhere Festival, with their Sunshi... [more]
09/05/2019 - 26/05/2019
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