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Most travellers want to experience as much as they can of a specific city and/or region in the quickest possible tim... [more]
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]
26/05/2019
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
The Anywhere Festival is back for 2019 and it's bigger and better than ever before. With events spread to all corne... [more]
09/05/2019 - 26/05/2019
The Anywhere Festival is back for 2019 and it's bigger and better than ever before. With events spread to all nooks... [more]
23/05/2019 - 25/05/2019
Muscles straining, mouths grimacing, bodies glistening, guttural grunts … And no, I'm not referring to the wildlife ... [more]
Join thousands of Australians in the fight against cancer at the Sunshine Coast Cancer Council's Relay for Life. Th... [more]
18/05/2019 - 19/05/2019
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]
I am still very 'old school' and haven't yet got into reading books via a Kindle or any sort of digital reader; de... [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]
Summer holidays are here and we all love to be outdoors and what better way to appreciate the great outdoors than go... [more]
Oh my gosh, this is a brilliantly ingenious idea! A social sports club for adults - well, if you're fifteen years o... [more]
With white sands and an azure blue water backdrop, visitors to the Green Zebra Restaurant & Bar in Parrearra on the ... [more]
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]
My readers might remember - what seems to be eons ago - that I wrote about the Point Cartwright Walk and Lighthouse ... [more]
Welcome to The Imperial Hotel in Eumundi, home to the Eumundi Brewery or Brewmundi as it is affectionately called. ... [more]
Sometimes I wake up in the morning and think 'well, I would love to get out and about, but am not really in the mood... [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]
I've always loved the ocean - the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, the mesmerising flow and ebb of the wa... [more]
21/01/2019
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]
26/05/2019
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]
Queensland Recreation Centres are running heart-pumping adventure activities during the school holidays for children... [more]
08/04/2019 - 18/04/2019
'Climb the highest mountain and swim the deepest sea' or however that song goes, I've always loved it - though I sus... [more]
I know that I have written about The Ginger Factory in Yandina umpteen times, but I firmly believe that every visit ... [more]
The Sunshine Coast Public Art Collection is constantly growing. Whether it is 'Sculptural Works'; 'Street Art'; ... [more]
Energetic, joyful, full of life's promise and true advocates for their Christian faith, perfectly sums up our experi... [more]
03/06/2018 - 30/06/2018
My grandson is totally besotted with trains and of course, being his doting grandparents, hubby and I will do everyt... [more]
26/05/2019
Sunny Coasters, please don't falafel your chair, but I've discovered another magical cafe, Two Point Oh - ideal for ... [more]
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]
Oh my gosh, I do love getting out and about, adventuring over a weekend - there is always something special to do an... [more]
Perched on the highest point in Buderim, commanding statuesque views of the surrounding mountains and ocean, is Rue ... [more]
I'm not too sure about other people, but for me, I love the idea of celebrating my Mum every day! This year we will... [more]
Gosh, I just love our 'adventuring' in and around the Sunshine Coast. One of my absolute favourite Hinterland towns... [more]
The East Coast Originals run monthly music festivals in Queensland - held in three different locations on either a S... [more]
01/12/2018
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]
Casual-fine dining is the description See Restaurant give themselves. It might sound a tad ambiguous, but I found w... [more]
Oh my gosh, can you believe that Easter is just around the corner - it's definitely come early this year!! Well, ju... [more]
30/03/2018 - 13/04/2018
I now know that many WEN writers have covered the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney, but you can imagine my sur... [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]
Are you a bit of a city slicker? Love to say you've been walkabout, but don't really want to venture too far from th... [more]
Can you imagine my excitement when I discovered that Caloundra has its very own Downtown Street Art Trail! Absolutel... [more]
I bet you didn't know that there was such an acronym. FOBO - the fear of being offline! Perhaps, if you're of my ge... [more]
After Christmas and New Year celebrations, the next BIG occasions on most calendars are birthdays. Personally, I al... [more]
Since YogaFest's inception in 2007, more than twenty major Yoga events have been facilitated all over Australia. Ev... [more]
24/03/2018 - 25/03/2018
...gardens offer us something beyond the material world…they provide a spiritual component allowing us to part... [more]
If you're out and about in Caloundra visiting the special Twilight Markets on a Friday evening or the iconic weekly ... [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]
The Festive Season is about to go off with a 'bang'! The Sunshine Coast's heavens are going to explode with firewor... [more]
How magical - the festive community event, Lights on the Lake will take place, once again this year, on the shores o... [more]
09/12/2018
artie & MAI in Albion - Image: Elaine de Wet" align="CENTER" link="http://www.weekendnotes.com/im/000/07/artie-mai-albi... [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]
08/12/2018
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]
01/06/2019
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]
26/05/2019
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]
 
'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
How egg-citing! 2019 is promising the biggest programme of bunny-licious entertainment ever at the 2019 Redcliffe Festi... [more]
19/04/2019
What is boerewors, I hear you ask? As you can imagine, not everybody has a South African connection and therefore... [more]
14/04/2019
Did you even realise that World Naked Gardening Day is an actual 'event'? It sure is! Held on the first Saturday in May... [more]
04/05/2019
Adventure Sunshine Coast is a fresh initiative from the Sunshine Coast Council, offering new and easy ways to find t... [more]
08/04/2019 - 14/04/2019
Yeah, right I can hear you say - meditating with baby goats and lambs! I grew up on acreage and from experience, I c... [more]
31/03/2019
Whangdoodles, are we in for a gobstopper of a treat! The Ginger Factory on the Sunshine Coast is always determined ... [more]
08/04/2019 - 12/04/2019
The Toddler Wednesday workshop is hosted by Caloundra Regional Gallery, Sunshine Coast Council and A Little Creative... [more]
27/03/2019
The spectacularly lavish 2019 Australian Body Art Festival, is once again about to hit our Sunshine Coast shores, by... [more]
05/04/2019 - 07/04/2019
Can you believe that the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge - SCARS - is celebrating its 40th Anniversary! Wow, that's a ... [more]
23/03/2019
I hate to give my age away, but macramé was very big in the day! I think my Mum still has a macramé hanging in her ... [more]
16/03/2019
I am so totally excited to share some fabulously sweet news with you! For the first time ever, we are having the Su... [more]
16/02/2019
The Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee need your help to find frogs! Find a Frog in February is a citizen ... [more]
01/02/2019 - 28/02/2019
How turtley awesome is this! The countdown is on for all the little turtle hatchlings to leave their nests and star... [more]
02/02/2019
I feel fairly certain that as we approach the final weeks of the school holidays, parents start scratching their hea... [more]
21/01/2019 - 25/01/2019
In true blue Aussie style, Redcliffe is once again playing host to Australia Day celebrations on spectacular Suttons... [more]
26/01/2019
Christmas and New Year festivities are but a memory and the school holidays seem to be stretching out before us, lik... [more]
14/01/2019 - 18/01/2019
School's out, Christmas and New Year festivities are behind us and now we're looking for some good, wholesome, creat... [more]
07/01/2019 - 11/01/2019
Most of us enjoy a tipple or two of wine, but besides swilling these glorious fruits from the gods, what better way ... [more]
23/02/2019
Whether you call them movies, flicks or cinema, everybody loves outdoor entertainment especially on sultry summer ni... [more]
05/01/2019 - 19/01/2019
Six days and six nights at the annual Woodford Folk Festival sounds pretty amazing to me! The music and cultural Wo... [more]
27/12/2018 - 01/01/2019
The Curious Creatures School Holiday Programme is designed for children to learn about the curious creatures that l... [more]
18/12/2018 - 18/01/2019
So many of our Christmas celebrations on the Sunshine Coast this year, have had to be cancelled due to bad weather a... [more]
School holidays have started, we are half-way through December and the Sunshine Coast's Christmas festivities are we... [more]
We all have differing views - whether it's politics; religion; whether it's 'Merry Christmas' or 'Happy Holidays'; ... [more]
🎅🏼 Summer Twilight Markets Caloundra Friday 14 December | 5.00pm to 9.00pm The Esplanade, Calound... [more]
Are you up for the challenge? The Buderim 9 Challenge has had seven successful years and 2018 is promising a totall... [more]
16/12/2018
The next magical Christmas must-do event on my social calendar is the Mooloolaba Christmas Boat parade, organised by... [more]
22/12/2018
When a sub-tropical region has access to mobile outdoor movie theatres that can be set up indoors or outdoors, the a... [more]
🎁 Lighting of the Christmas Trees Noosaville Friday 7 December | 5.00pm - 8.00pm Noosa Boathouse, Gympie ... [more]
Within the Sunshine Coast Council, there are a total of twenty locations with beautifully adorned Christmas trees, a... [more]
01/12/2018 - 31/12/2018
Easter school holidays are almost upon us and Kawana Indoor Sports have a diversity of indoor holiday sporting activ... [more]
15/04/2019 - 18/04/2019
UPDATE: Great news! The movies which haven't screened so far due to the wet/stormy weather in December, have been ... [more]
02/01/2019 - 19/01/2019
Fantastic news for Weekend Notes readers: Use code 'WEEKENDWEDGIES' to get 10% off all online tickets in ANY city (n... [more]
15/12/2018 - 03/02/2019
🎄 Fabulous Foodie Fare Eumundi Markets 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi Friday 7 December and Friday 14 Decemb... [more]
Fantastic news for Weekend Notes readers: Use code 'WEEKENDWEDGIES' to get 10% off all online tickets in ANY city (n... [more]
07/12/2018 - 28/01/2019
One of my absolute favourite hinterland towns on the Sunshine Coast is the town of Cooroy - the little town with a b... [more]
30/11/2018 - 01/12/2018
Oh my gosh, how exciting is this! The adrenaline-pumping Big Wedgie will be happening in Adelaide from Saturday 24 ... [more]
24/11/2018 - 10/02/2019
Christmas is usually a day of festivities and celebration, spent at home with families and friends, but sometimes, j... [more]
According to the dictionary, a 'wedgie' 'is the act of pulling up the material of someone's underwear tightly betwee... [more]
08/12/2018 - 28/01/2019
Such exciting news! We have Christmas just around the corner and now to add a bit more sparkle to our festive seaso... [more]
17/12/2018 - 21/12/2018
So exciting! Christmas is just around the corner and The Ginger Factory in Yandina are spoiling families once again... [more]
05/12/2018 - 24/12/2018
Is Buddhism a religion, a science or somewhere in between? Over the years Buddhism has held a certain fascination... [more]
Oh my gosh, my favourite time of the year is almost upon us! The time of year when the magic of the Easter Bunny, E... [more]
26/04/2019
We are fast approaching the busiest time of the year when children finish school for the year and the school holiday... [more]
There are always so many fun and exciting happenings going on at Caloundra Regional Gallery, and with the summer sch... [more]
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la  Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la... [more]
23/11/2018 - 24/11/2018
This is fabulously exciting news! Nights on Ocean is back and just in time for the summer festive season too. For ... [more]
08/02/2019
Ho, ho, ho, Santa Claus is on his way to spread the joy of Christmas to five sun-soaked corners of the Moreton Bay R... [more]
On 11 November 2018 at 11.00am, Australia will be commemorating the Centenary of the Armistice - the moment the guns... [more]
If you missed out on the Oyster Festival last year at the Sandstone Point Hotel - and it was really an aw shucks fee... [more]
20/10/2018
Australia's very own Underground Opera Company, based in Brisbane, is dedicated to providing 'extraordinary perform... [more]
29/03/2019 - 31/03/2019
How exciting does this sound! The 2nd Annual Moreton Kids Festival 2018 is about to hit us with a six - six worlds ... [more]
07/10/2018
Brand new to the coffee scene in Maroochydore is Wax Buildup - a funky speciality coffee and record store, located ... [more]
How ghoulishly ghostly! Two spooktacular Saturday nights of zombies, monsters, witches and ghosts are about to cove... [more]
20/10/2018 - 27/10/2018
Crikey, we have so many things happening on the Sunshine Coast for the September school holidays, I suspect mum and ... [more]
How exciting - winter can be mothballed for another year, spring has arrived and school holidays are a hop and a ski... [more]
The Sunshine Coast Council are incredible with making sure our children are kept well and truly entertained, with ve... [more]
25/09/2018 - 05/10/2018
This is so exciting! I'm sure you have all heard the very recent news regarding Brisbane Open House tours that are ... [more]
13/10/2018
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