Much to my delight it's once again time for the annual Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival, signifying the onset of Spring and the celebration of Mother Nature's wondrous display of wildflowers that we are privy to, on the Sunshine Coast. Since the Wildflower Festival's humble beginnings in 1967, this Festival has grown in leaps and bounds and most of its success is due to the support and enthusiasm of local community groups, who happily share their time and wealth of knowledge, to host these fun nature-filled outdoor activities.
From Bribie Island to Noosa National Park, the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival presents FREE, public guided walks and activities across the Sunshine Coast region, allowing keen budding botanists and walkers to immerse themselves in Mother Natures' splendid display of flowers.
For two weeks, from Saturday 17 August to Sunday 1 September, outdoor enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to discover the diversity of native, flowering plants in our local environment. To ensure that readers don't miss out on enjoying Mother Nature's floral bounty, this is a guide to what's happening, where and when during the second week of the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival. And, most importantly, how to book and where to meet. To view the first week of the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival's Free Guided Walks and Activities, please click the highlighted section.
Look out for a pademelon or two in the early morning
Sunday 25 August | 8.00am to 10.00am Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny
A fun, early Sunday morning rainforest flora identification and discussion walk at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Early birds should keep a lookout for local fauna too, as there might be a pademelon or two about.
Bookings: via email to Marie on firstname.lastname@example.org Maximum 25 participants
Beerwah region is where the Glass House Mountains National Park Walk takes place
🌻 Explore Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park Walk Tuesday 27 August | 9.00am to 11.00am Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah
Participants will be astounded by the stunning explosion of colour on this journey through the wildflowers with QPWS Rangers in the Glass House Mountains National Park. Learn some helpful techniques on how to take fabulous close-up images of the wildflowers or just enjoy the scenic walk through this local paradise.
Heath Trail at Kathleen McArthur Conservation Park
🌻 Kathleen McArthur Conservation Park Guided Walk
Thursday 29 August | 9.00am to 11.00am
Saturday 31 August | 9.00am to 11.00am
Kathleen McArthur Conservation Park, Currimundi
Just north of Caloundra, is the delightful Kathleen McArthur Conservation Park - a section of the Currimundi Lake Conservation Park - with a small remnant of wallum heath that is absolutely thriving, despite its close proximity to new developments. Experience the fascinating wonders of this region with members of Wildlife Queensland - Sunshine Coast and Hinterland.
🌻 Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge Guided Walk
Thursday 29 August | 9.00am to 12.00noon
Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge, North Shore
Explore the wildflowers, wallum heath and stunning woodlands of Noosa North Shore, with Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) guides and a QPWS Ranger. Walkers will be provided with an ever-helpful species list. This guided walk's distance is plus minus two kilometres. To get to the Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge, the Noosa vehicular ferry will need to be used; walkers will be able to carpool for the ferry trip.
🌻 Mangrove Boardwalk at Weyba Creek
Friday 30 August | 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Weyba Creek, Noosaville
Discover the mysteries that surround mangroves with Noosa Integrated Catchment Association. The Mangrove Boardwalk walk distance is 1.5km return and is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Walkers will receive a flower species list too.
Maximum 25 participants
Meet at: Car park east of Noosa AFL Club grounds on Weyba Road, Noosaville (UBD Map 9/D20)
🌻 Coolum Beach West Wildflower Walk
Saturday 31 August | 8.30am to 11.00am
🌻 Surprise at Marcoola
Saturday 31 August | 2.00pm to 3.30pm
Mt Coolum National Park, Marcoola
Coolum & North Shore Coast Care invite walkers on a guided walk through the southern portion of Mt Coolum National Park at Marcoola. Community conservation volunteers will lead the walk, with assistance and interpretation of the wildflower species as seen in the council brochures.
Maximum 30 participants
Meet at: End of Cessna Street, Marcoola (UBD Map 59/E9)
When enjoying the outdoors it's important to be prepared so here are some recommendations:
– Wear comfortable protective clothing i.e. long sleeves and long pants;
– Slip, slap, slop sunscreen; and for wet underfoot areas, insect repellant is a pre-requisite;
– Wear a hat;
– Wear closed-in footwear suitable for the walk;
– Most trails are soft sand, so care and a reasonable level of fitness is required;
– Pack wet weather gear in case it rains;
– Bring a bottle of water and a snack;
– Bring your binoculars for bird watching activities;
– Many Wallum areas are often waterlogged, so if you have gum boots, bring them along; and
– Don't forget the camera.
Bookings are essential for these FREE guided walks (except for the Bribie Island walk) particularly as spaces are limited and no additional participants can be catered for on these walks.
A spring in one's step! Image: ZaydaC > Pixabay License