Much to my delight and with perfect timing to brighten up our 2020 with vivid colours, the annual Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival is back, promising its usual spectacular tapestry of breathtaking wildflowers, throughout the Sunshine Coast region.
From Bribie Island to Tewantin, enthusiastic nature lovers can immerse themselves in Mother Natures' splendid patchwork of wildflowers on these guided walks. Bookings are absolutely essential, especially as all guided walks are free of charge.
🌻 Thursday 27 August | 9.00am to 12.00noon Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge Guided Walk Meet at Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge, Noosa Vehicle Ferry, end of Moorindal Street, Tewantin Bookings to email: firstname.lastname@example.org (maximum 25 participants)
Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) guides and a Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service Ranger will take you on a guided 2km return walk through the wallum heath and beautiful woodlands of Noosa North Shore. Please bring hats, drinking water, sunscreen, insect repellant and walking shoes. A species list will be provided.
🌻 Thursday 27 August | 9.30am to 11.30am Isabel Jordan Bushland Reserve Guided Wak
Meet at Pathfinder Drive, near the Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra Bookings to email: email@example.com (maximum 30 participants)
Join members of the Wildlife Preservation Society for a closer look at wildflowers in an unexpected patch of wallum heath, next to the busy Caloundra Road.
Join Noosa Council on an easy, flat 2.5km walk through the stunning Weyba Nature Refuge, exploring the open woodland and heath ecosystems of this beautiful reserve. Learn the hard-to-believe stories of how the bush recovers and responds after fire and observe and compare the stages of succession, in areas that were burnt in 2018, 2012 and an area that has had no fire in recent times. There will be masses of flowers to identify and plenty to chat about along the way.
🌻 Friday 28 August | 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Mangrove Boardwalk at Weyba Creek
Meet at Weyba Creek Conservation Park, carpark east of the Noosa AFL Club grounds on Weyba, Noosaville Bookings to email: firstname.lastname@example.org (maximum 25 participants)
Discover the secrets that surround mangroves on this 1.5km return boardwalk walk, that is wheelchair and stroller accessible too. A species list will be provided.
Please bring hats, drinking water, sunscreen, insect repellant and walking shoes.
The Mangrove Boardwalk at Weyba Creek is wheelchair and stroller accessible - Image: Noosa Integrated Catchment Association FB
🌻 Saturday 29 August | 9.00am to 11.00am
Kathleen McArthur Conservation Park Guided Walk
Meet at eastern end of Coongarra Esplanade, Currimundi Bookings to email: email@example.com (maximum 30 participants)
Delight in the wonders of the wallum heath in Kathleen McArthur Park (Currimundi Lake Conservation Park) with members of the Wildlife Queensland - Sunshine Coast and Hinterland.
Please wear covered shoes, hat, sunscreen and remember the drinking water.
🌻 Saturday 29 August | 2.00pm to 3.30pm
Surprise at Marcoola
Meet at southern portion Marcoola Section of the Mount Coolum National Park, Cessna Street, Marcoola Bookings to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coolum and North Shore Coast Care invite walkers to join them on a guided walk through the southern portion of Mt Coolum National Park at Marcoola. Community conservation volunteers will be your guide for this walk, with explanations of the various wildflower species, as can be seen in the Council's brochures.
Wildflowers at Yaroomba Beach - Image: Coolum and North Shore Coast Care FB
🌻 Sunday 30 August | 8.30am to 10.30amAND9.30am to 11.30am
Wonders of the Wallum Spring Wildflower Walk
Meet at Bribie Island National Park, corner of Cotterill Avenue and Protea Avenue Bookings to email: email@example.com (maximum 20 participants per time slot)
The Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association is welcoming visitors to join in on their annual Wonders of the Wallum Spring Wildflower Walk. Walkers have two-time slots on Sunday 30 August to enjoy this self-guided walk through Wallum heathland, with plaques identifying wildflowers along the route.
Wildflower Walk at Bribie Island - Image: Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association FB
🌻 Sunday 30 August | 9.00am to 11.00am
Wallum Wildflower Walk
Meet at southern extent, Noosa National Park, School Road (northern public car park), Coolum Beach Bookings to email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0431 123 419
Coolum and North Shore Coast Care and Coolum Residents Association invite walkers to join in on a casual walk through the wallum wildflowers in the southern region of the Noosa National Park. A single-track takes walkers north-west into wildflower country to enjoy a mosaic of brilliant Spring colour and foliage.
Walkers to please wear covered shoes, hats, sunscreen and bring their own drinking water.
🌻 Sunday 30 August | 2.00pm to 3.00pm
Vistas of Mount Gu'lum
Meet at northern portion Marcoola Section of the Mount Coolum National Park, Seaside Boulevard, Marcoola Bookings to email: email@example.com
Coolum and North Shore Coast Care invite walkers to join in on a guided walk through the northern portion of Mt Coolum National Park at Marcoola with views to Mount Gu'lum. Community conservation volunteers will lead the walk, explaining the variety of displayed wildflower species, as can be seen in the Council's brochures.
Triangle Leaf Wattle - Image: Coolum and North Shore Coast Care FB
Each one of these guided walks has a limited number of spots available and as they are also totally FREE, keen walkers/nature lovers need to ensure early booking. Choose a walk/s, then either follow the booking/registration link or email your request to the relevant supplied email address. It's as easy as one, two, three to get out and about, to enjoy Mother Nature's stunning explosion of Spring colour at the 2020 Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival. Alternatively, you might prefer the Self-Guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks option, where wildflower exploring can be enjoyed at your own pace.