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A magical world of colour and creativity
Solar Nights 2019, FREE Family Event, University of Sunshine Coast, USC, campus transformed, magical world of fantasy, light displays, sustainable energy, creativity, environment, community, Veolia, solar powering, stay and play, food trucks, Mexican food, gourmet calamari, loaded fries, donuts, ice-cream, coffee, reusable water bottles, no pets, wildlife reserve, free parking after 6.00pm, wheelchair access, gather your tribe, world of colour and creativity
A magical world of fantasy! Image: USC > Solar Nights FB


Oh my gosh, this is just so exciting! Solar Nights is back! For the second year in a row, we have an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a whimsical light-filled wonderland - the University of Sunshine Coast (USC)'s enchanting wonderland, that in 2018 captured visitors' imaginations and …. got everybody talking!

The University of Sunshine Coast's campus was transformed into a magical world of fantasy.



Hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Solar Nights is a FREE family event, showcasing a sea of captivating light displays in celebration of sustainable energy, creativity, the environment and the community.

About Solar Nights

USC started Solar Nights' in 2018 to celebrate a successful partnership with Veolia. The partnership's objective to successfully solar power the Sunshine Coast's campus had been achieved, with six thousand solar panels installed across USC's campus, sufficient to power a giant 'water battery'.

Solar Nights 2019, FREE Family Event, University of Sunshine Coast, USC, campus transformed, magical world of fantasy, light displays, sustainable energy, creativity, environment, community, Veolia, solar powering, stay and play, food trucks, Mexican food, gourmet calamari, loaded fries, donuts, ice-cream, coffee, reusable water bottles, no pets, wildlife reserve, free parking after 6.00pm, wheelchair access, gather your tribe, world of colour and creativity
A captivating trail of light


Using a combination of solar power, centrifugal chillers and heat transfer technology, this very innovative system will cut the University's energy consumption by forty percent, putting USC at the forefront of Australian universities. This huge step forward has put USC on track to becoming carbon neutral by the year 2025, with the focus being on lessening energy consumption, rather than offsetting energy use.

To celebrate the successful completion of this project, USC transformed their campus into an enchanting wonderland to share with the public.

Solar Nights 2019, FREE Family Event, University of Sunshine Coast, USC, campus transformed, magical world of fantasy, light displays, sustainable energy, creativity, environment, community, Veolia, solar powering, stay and play, food trucks, Mexican food, gourmet calamari, loaded fries, donuts, ice-cream, coffee, reusable water bottles, no pets, wildlife reserve, free parking after 6.00pm, wheelchair access, gather your tribe, world of colour and creativity
An enchanting wonderland


2018's Solar Nights was a huge success with throngs of smiling and happy visitors strolling around the University grounds, ooh-ing and aah-ing, in total awe and amazement. This, at a time of year, when traditionally the campus is quiet as a mouse. The Solar Night project was so much bigger than USC anticipated, with thousands of positive comments flooding in, the University decided it just had to all be 'done' again!
And voilà, we have Solar Nights 2019!



Solar Nights is an easy walking adventure across the University's Sunshine Coast campus, for friends and family to take in the lights. It was so fabulous last year (we went twice), USC feel sure that visitors will more than likely want to stay and play a bit longer at Solar Nights 2019, so for this year the University have extended the fun festival atmosphere, to include a food truck area.

Solar Night explorers can settle back and chill-lax - no need to rush home to make dinner - with some very tasty treats, featuring Mexican; gourmet calamari; loaded fries; donut creations plus real fruit ice-cream, for some sneaky late night treats! It's okay, Christmas only comes but once a year! Did I mention coffee? There'll be great coffee too!

Solar Nights 2019, FREE Family Event, University of Sunshine Coast, USC, campus transformed, magical world of fantasy, light displays, sustainable energy, creativity, environment, community, Veolia, solar powering, stay and play, food trucks, Mexican food, gourmet calamari, loaded fries, donuts, ice-cream, coffee, reusable water bottles, no pets, wildlife reserve, free parking after 6.00pm, wheelchair access, gather your tribe, world of colour and creativity
Lots of delicious food options will be available for Solar Night fans! Image: www.usc.edu.au


Water! There's lots of it! Bring your reusable water bottle to refill at the bubbler stations, located all around the campus.

Some important need-to-knows for visitors

USC Campus
You can bring your prams, but NOT your pets as USC Sunshine Coast is a designated wildlife reserve, carefully designed to nurture all the different animals who call this campus home.
If you have an assistance dog, please contact USC by email to: majorevents@usc.edu.auto to notify them that your assistance dog will be coming too.

Solar Nights 2019, FREE Family Event, University of Sunshine Coast, USC, campus transformed, magical world of fantasy, light displays, sustainable energy, creativity, environment, community, Veolia, solar powering, stay and play, food trucks, Mexican food, gourmet calamari, loaded fries, donuts, ice-cream, coffee, reusable water bottles, no pets, wildlife reserve, free parking after 6.00pm, wheelchair access, gather your tribe, world of colour and creativity
The only creepy crawly's I'm happy to see!


There are occasional creepy crawly's, including snakes, so please stay on the designated Solar Nights trail to avoid disturbing USC's insect and reptile friends
If you are not sure where the Solar Nights trail starts, please ask one of the friendly staff members for assistance

Solar Nights 2019, FREE Family Event, University of Sunshine Coast, USC, campus transformed, magical world of fantasy, light displays, sustainable energy, creativity, environment, community, Veolia, solar powering, stay and play, food trucks, Mexican food, gourmet calamari, loaded fries, donuts, ice-cream, coffee, reusable water bottles, no pets, wildlife reserve, free parking after 6.00pm, wheelchair access, gather your tribe, world of colour and creativity
Follow the well-marked signage


Getting Around/Parking
Excellent news! Parking is FREE after 6.00pm. Parking areas 6, 7 and 7a are available to visitors - take the main entrance of USC near the Innovation Centre, off Sippy Downs Drive and follow the parking signage to the right. Please click here for online directions.

Accessibility
The USC campus is proud to be a community asset - a public space for everyone to enjoy - including prams and wheelchairs. The Solar Nights trail is built around sealed campus paths, with staff stationed throughout the grounds to steer visitors in the 'right' direction.

Solar Nights 2019, FREE Family Event, University of Sunshine Coast, USC, campus transformed, magical world of fantasy, light displays, sustainable energy, creativity, environment, community, Veolia, solar powering, stay and play, food trucks, Mexican food, gourmet calamari, loaded fries, donuts, ice-cream, coffee, reusable water bottles, no pets, wildlife reserve, free parking after 6.00pm, wheelchair access, gather your tribe, world of colour and creativity
Interactive play


Prohibited items
Domestic animals must please be left at home.
Alcohol - no alcohol is permitted on the campus
Smoking - USC Sunshine Coast is a clean-air campus so smoking is prohibited
No drones or other flying craft
Violence and anti-social behaviour is also not tolerated

Solar Nights 2019, FREE Family Event, University of Sunshine Coast, USC, campus transformed, magical world of fantasy, light displays, sustainable energy, creativity, environment, community, Veolia, solar powering, stay and play, food trucks, Mexican food, gourmet calamari, loaded fries, donuts, ice-cream, coffee, reusable water bottles, no pets, wildlife reserve, free parking after 6.00pm, wheelchair access, gather your tribe, world of colour and creativity
Permitted on campus


To stay in the loop for important updates and information i.e. unplanned weather conditions etc., Solar Nights' fans can register online here.

Gather your tribe, gather your friends - Solar Nights 2019 is promising visitors an enchanting world of colour and creativity.

Solar Nights 2019, FREE Family Event, University of Sunshine Coast, USC, campus transformed, magical world of fantasy, light displays, sustainable energy, creativity, environment, community, Veolia, solar powering, stay and play, food trucks, Mexican food, gourmet calamari, loaded fries, donuts, ice-cream, coffee, reusable water bottles, no pets, wildlife reserve, free parking after 6.00pm, wheelchair access, gather your tribe, world of colour and creativity
A world of colour and creativity


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Why? To experience a sea of captivating light displays
When: Friday 13 December to Sunday 22 December | 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Where: University of Sunshine Coast campus, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs, QLD 4556
Cost: FREE Family event | FREE parking after 6.00pm
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