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Twelve Easy Things to do in Nambour

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by JKnick (subscribe)
Freelance writer
Published April 6th 2013
For locals and non-locals alike
1. Go for a walk

Nambour has a few good parks for walks, a barbie or a picnic. Petrie Park is smack bang in the centre of town. Koala Park is a natural reserve for the preservation and protection of koalas. It is less than a five-minute drive from the centre of town and is located on Panorama Drive. Cilento Bushland Conservation Reserve is on Waterfall Road, immediately across the Nambour Hospital on the Mapleton Road side. Quota Park on Matthew Street in town is also a war memorial, as well as, a themed garden with a green space and a kids' playground.

Petrie Park

2. Catch a show, a movie or an exhibition at the Civic Centre

The Nambour Civic Centre on Currie Street runs a gamut of events throughout the year. The 'Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow' is on stage on May 3. 'Art,' 'The Australian Bee Gees Show' and 'Frankenstein' are some of the other shows after this date.

Nambour Arthouse Cinema
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The Nambour Arthouse Cinema exhibits genre and foreign-language movies and runs film festivals. Allaince Francaise will present The Sunshine Coast French Film Festival at the Arthouse Cinema on the weekend of April 19 to April 21.

3. Go shopping

Nambour Plaza makes shopping in Nambour convenient. There are two levels of free parking (for three hours). There are at least twenty retail shops, including Big W, Jay Jay's, Woolworth's, Flight Centre, and Prouds Jewellers. There are also a health store, a butcher, a surf shop, and a newly opened bargain books shop. Around town, outside of the plaza are plenty of other shops, such as, Dick Smith's, Dimmey's, Crazy Clark's, Toyworld, and Autobarn. Supermarket chains Coles and Aldi are both opening stores in town soon. And, there is no shortage of bottle shops in Nambour; BWS, Top Shelf Cellars and Liquorwise are only three of at least seven.

The Nambour Moonlight Markets are in the town square every last Friday of the month from five in the afternoon. It has a variety of foods and goods stalls, it offers entertainment for the whole family with a headline of performing groups and activities for kids.

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4. Check out the op shops

There are op shops galore in Nambour, seven of them in fact. On Currie Street, there are the Endeavour Recycled Clothing and Salvation Army; on Howard Street, there are the Neighbour's Aid Community Store and Helping Children Smile; on Windsor Road there is St. Vincent de Paul; on Lowe Street, there is Lifeline; and on Hospital Road, there is Bloomhill.

The quality and quantity of recycled goods, also of brand new ones, on offer vary from shop to shop and are worth checking out.

5. Swim in the aquatic centre

The Nambour Aquatic Centre has a fifty-metre pool and a smaller, enclosed twenty-five-metre pool. There are also toddlers' pools and play area with fountains. Pools are heated in the colder months. The centre runs the 'Learn to Swim Program' and holds squad programs and aqua aerobics classes. Casual and regular users are welcome with entry passes being offered for day visits, monthly, three-monthly and so on.

Nambour Aquatic Centre
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6. Visit the library

The Nambour Library has a good library catalogue of books, e-books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and magazines. It has a genealogy collection that includes records and indexes on microfilm, microfiche and CD-ROM. A Justice of the Peace (JP) is in the library for a few hours a day, four times a week. Members can book to use a computer for thirty or sixty minutes. Computer tutorials, storytelling for children, author talks, and art exhibits are also some of the other services and events that the library offers.

7. Ride a modellers' passenger train

The Sunshine Coast Railway Modellers Society runs mini trains at Model Railway Park on Florence Street every fourth Sunday of the month and on public running days. The public can ride mini-passenger trains from ten in the morning to three in the afternoon on these days. Viewing the passing mini trains is almost just as much fun and there are many vantage points in the park to view them from.

8 Browse the vintage and book shops

The Time Machine on Currie Street stocks and sells vintage memorabilia, including clothing, books, magazines, vinyl records, toys, and other collectables. A life-size, rock-and-rolling Elvis Presley stands guard at the entrance to the shop.

The Nambour Book Exchange has two hundred thousand used and second-hand books on hundreds of genres. It also stocks manuals and magazines and carries collectable books.

The Time Machine and the Nambour Book Exchange are right next to each other, which makes browsing in both places a very handy affair.

9 Take a short course at Nambour TAFE

The TAFE campus on Windsor Road is beautifully located amongst landscaped lawns, native trees, gardens, and even a creek. It is the largest of The Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE campuses. It offers many long- and short-term courses, including Horticulture, Building Design and Technology, Photography, Music, and Child Care.

10 Look up the local museum

The Nambour Museum on Mitchell Street has plenty of displays on and about the area's rich heritage. Generations from the first settlers in the area have been immortalised in its vast collection. The now defunct Moreton Sugar Mill is memorialised in pieces of machinery and artefacts, and even, cane locomotives and trains. The museum is open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

11 Workout in a gym

Nambour has its fair share of gyms and fitness places. Jetts, Curves, Fat Burners, Nambour Gym, Oxygen Pilates Studio, and Anytime Fitness are all in town. If you're a local, trial passes are offered by most gyms. If you're visiting, a casual day pass will be more suitable.

12 Play golf

The Nambour Golf Club is on Nambour Connection Road and is open seven days' a week. It is centred around a valley with pockets of rainforest and a relatively short but challenging par sixty-eight tag. The clubhouse is fully-licensed, the fully-stocked pro shop also has motorised buggies. Play till you drop with unlimited golf after three on most afternoons.

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