Spring Wildflower Festival


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Spring Wildflower Festival is blooming great

Buds are bursting into bloom in preparation for the annual Spring Wildflower Festival 15 -- 29 August, which celebrates the Coast's spectacular native flora and fauna.

Free guided walks, talks and workshops showcase the best the Coast has to offer, resulting in an all round appreciation for our native, natural environment.

Natural areas officer Michael Gilles said that the festival provides a range of opportunities to explore and experience -- with a little expert guidance -- the broad range of native flowering plants found in our local ecosystem.

"Our spring wildflowers really are stunning. In late August, you'll see such amazing displays of colour, it really is natures own garden expo," Mr Gilles said

"There's more to the festival than just flowers, local highlights of the festival program, which extend from Bribie Island to Noosa, include nocturnal critters discovery walks, native gardening workshops and the popular kayaking the Currimundi.

"One activity I am very excited about is the nocturnal creatures and critters walk. We are able to installed surveillance cameras in the top of nest boxes, giving us the ability to see some of our shy wildlife, squirrel gliders, possums and owls, in their own environment.

"Bookings are essential. Anyone interested in attending can pick up a brochure from their local library or download one from council's website. Booking numbers vary depending on the activity, once people have chosen they should call customer services on 8420 8200 to reserve a place.

"All walks, talks and workshops are free. Our aim to give participants the best possible experience, has meant a reduction in the size of the groups, giving everyone a chance to see and hear what's going on and more importantly ask questions," Mr Gilles said

"This is the 5th year of the wildflower festival. Each year environmental groups from Noosa to Caloundra pool their talents under one banner, joining with Sunshine Coast Council to make the event possible.

"I would like to think that Kathleen McArthur, who held the first wildflower show at her home, Midyim in Caloundra 1965 would be delighted to see people are still exploring and enjoying the wonders of wildflowers," Mr Gilles said

Inspiration strikes on the Sunshine Coast

Sunrise---and the silence is broken only by the chattering of tiny wrens and honeyeaters flitting between shrubs in the dense vegetation. The dew from the previous evening has lightly glazed everything we can see in the dim light.

Slowly the sunlight touches the glistening kaleidoscope of white, purple, pink and yellow spread out in front of us. Fairies' Wings, Rice Flower, Wedding Bush and Vanilla Lilies are greeting this crisp August morning with a brilliant display of dew kissed flowers for the photographer's lens.

As the sun rises we discover even more of the previously hidden treasures amongst the grasses. The vibrant purples of Native Iris and reds of Sundews require a change of camera batteries, where has the past hour gone?

Eventually a growing hum disturbs the tranquillity - the city is rising and residents are starting their daily commute to work or school. We slowly return to our car and prepare for the day ahead refreshed by the knowledge that these special places and hidden treasures still exist.

Oh that's right -- where are we? We could be just over your fence in any one of the dozens of wildflower reserves scattered across the Sunshine Coast.

To discover these hidden treasures for yourself join us on any one of the dozens of walks in your backyard during the annual Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival or take a stroll in your local bushland or conservation reserve.

Programs can be collected from local libraries, Council offices and visitor centres.

Downloadable: "Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival" program

Images and wording courtesy of Suzanne Aspland


Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival
15 -- 29 August, bookings essential


Saturday 19 August - From 9.00am
Marcus High Dunes Walk Maximum 15
A walk full of colour and interest through the wet and dry heathland of Marcus High Dunes with members of Noosa Parks Assn Botany Group and staff from Department of Environment & Resource Management.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Saturday 19 August - From 5.00 pm
Flying Fox Flyout Maximum 15
An introduction to your batty neighbours before they join the commuter rush at dusk to their nightly job as forest makers. The evening fly-out is a spectacular sight. The plight of flying foxes is representative of many other wildlife species who have also lost feeding and roosting habitat. BYO torch. Location of walk will be confirmed at time of booking.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Sunday 16 August - From 9.00am
Girraween, Noosa National Park Maximum 15
A walk through vulnerable natural bushland surrounded by urban development. Learn its history and what is being done to protect it with guides Stephanie Haslam from Noosa Integrated Catchment Assoc and Ernie Rider from DERM.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

8.30 -- 9.30am
Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park Maximum 15
Take a leisurely stroll with staff from Department of Environment & Resource Management and Sunshine Coast Regional Council while enjoying the brilliant, colourful display of Winter and Spring wildflowers.
Keen birdwatchers may even see some of the numerous species of birds that inhabit this reserve.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Monday 17 August - 9.00 -- 11.00am
Doonan Creek Bushland Conservation Reserve Maximum 20
Join staff from SCRC on a leisurely walk through
the wet heath and Scribbly gum woodland within Doonan Creek Bushland Conservation Reserve.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Tuesday 18 August - 9.00 -- 10.30am & 11.00am - 12.30pm
Beerwah Scientific Area Maximum 15 per walk
Join the ANPSA (ASGAP) Wallum Study Group, who with the assistance of staff from DERM will take a walk through this significant heathland area to see the spectacular wildflowers in bloom.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Wednesday 19 August - 9.00 - 11.00am
Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge Maximum 30
This Nature Refuge is a SCRC Bushland reserve featuring a variety of vegetation types. The two-hour walk explores this variety of ecosystems. Meet at the end of Maximillian Road on Noosa North Shore. There is a cost to take a vehicle across the river on the ferry.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Wednesday 19 August - 1.00 -2.30pm
Woodland Drive, Peregian Beach Maximum 15
Tip toe through open wallum heath and bushland ablaze with yellow, to the accompaniment of frogs and bird calls with Coolum DCC volunteers assisted by a DERM ranger.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Thursday 20 August - 8.00 - 9.30am
Ben Bennett Bird Spotting Maximum 20
Over 30 species of birds have been identified in this special inner city Caloundra reserve. See how many you can check off on your list during our guided walk lead by Lionel Findlay from the Fairhill Wednesday Group.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Thursday 20 August - 1.00 - 2.00pm
Isabel Jordan Bushland Reserve Maximum 30
Have you ever driven along Caloundra Road and wondered what hidden treasures might be found in this tiny roadside reserve. Join us on a walk to discover what wildflowers hide here and are regenerating after our recent prescribed burn.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Friday 21 August - 9.00 -- 10.30am
Wandering Coondibah Wetland Maximum 20
Explore the ephemeral wetlands and wet heath ecosystems found along the coastal path between Ballinger Beach and Coondibah Lagoon with Friends of Currimundi Lake. Keen birdwatchers may also sight many of the small species which frequent this reserve.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Friday 21 August - 9.00- 10.30am
Landscaping with Natives Maximum 30
Get tips and a professional landscaper's experience on using native plants for home gardens. Held at the Coolum Community Native Nursery. Website www.coolumnatives.com/wordpress/
Bookings & Information: Coolum Community Native Nursery Ph 5473 9322

Saturday 22 August - 9.00 -- 10.30am & 11.00 -- 12.30am
Emu Mtn walks Maximum 15 per walk
The abundance of wildflowers and sweeping views are inspiring and uplifting as you walk through Noosa National Park, Emu Mt Section to the top of Emu Mountain. This walk will be lead by Coolum District Coast Care group members assisted by a DERM ranger.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Saturday 22 August - 5.20pm -- 6.15pm
Threatened species -- Wallum Ground Parrot Noosa National Park Maximum 15
A resonating whistle rising in steps, a flapping of wings and a yellowish-green blur with a long tale drops back into the vegetation again. Join Lyn Boston in the closed heath and sedgelands of Noosa National Park to identify the call and learn about the plight of the endangered Ground Parrot. BYO torch.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Sunday 23 August - 9.00am to Noon
Wonders of the Wallum Walk
Members of the Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association welcome visitors to join our annual "Wonders of the Wallum" walk. Enjoy a guided walk with local wildflower enthusiasts.
Bring hat, sunscreen, cameras, walking shoes and refreshments.
Meet: Bribie Island Arts Centre, Sunderland Drive, Bribie Island. Brisbane UBD map 53 A5
Information: Diane - Ph 3410 0757 www.biepa.org

Sunday 23 August - 9.30am -- 11am
Kayaking the Currimundi
Come with Currimundi Catchment Care Group to enjoy the serenity of a slow paddle along the Currimundi. A circuit of the Lake will take us to Noel Burns Park to look at some of the restoration work there followed by a paddle up Currimundi Creek as far as we can go. Urbanisation is rapidly encroaching on the waterways and the best way to enjoy the last remaining borders of native wet and dry ecosystems, and understand the pressures on the system is from the water. Only paddlers are permitted on this trip so tinnies are most welcome if you can row them.
Equipment: Bring own kayak, canoe or tinny but only paddling allowed. No motors. No safety equipment is provided. Participants must be competent as paddlers. Children must be under the supervision of parents.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Sunday 23 August - From 9.00am
Noosa National Park Maximum 15
Lots to see as you walk 400 metres through the trees to the coastal heathland. The headland section of Noosa National Park is accessed from the Sunshine Beach side with good parking and tracks that pass through different types of vegetation. Stephanie Haslam and the NPA Botany Group will lead the walk.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Monday 24 August - From 10.00am
Mountain Creek Conservation Park Maximum 20
Here's your chance to see the endangered swamp stringybark (Eucalyptus conglomerata). Come along for a walk through the Mountain Creek Conservation Area and learn about the impressive native plants and animals and how Council are helping to protect their habitats.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Monday 24 August - 6.00 -- 7.00pm
Nocturnal Creatures & Critters Ben Bennett Botanical Park Maximum 15
Sugar Gliders, possums and owls are just some of the shy creatures that venture out to feed after dark, so join us to discover the habits of these normally unseen residents using the video surveillance cameras in our nest boxes.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Tuesday 25 August - 10.00 -- 11.30am
Ewen Maddock Artificial Wetland Maximum 30
Surrounding this dam are a number of vegetation communities including an artificial wetland area on the eastern shoreline. Join us on a walk through the wetland to the lake to see the wildflowers and aquatic plants of this area.
Bookings & Information: Wildlife Preservation Society - 07 5444 2707

Tuesday 25 August - 1.00 - 3.00pm
Ewen Maddock Wet Heathland Maximum 20
Join staff from SCRC on a leisurely walk through the wet heath vegetation surrounding the western edge of Ewen Maddock dam.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Wednesday 26 August - 9.00 -- 10.30am
Mooloolah River National Park Wildflower Walk Maximum 15
Take a journey through the wildflowers with a Department of Environment & Resource Management ranger. The colour, the close-ups -- be amazed at this stunning explosion of nature at its best. Bring your camera, learn some techniques of a great image or just enjoy the scenic walk through this local wonderland. Children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Thursday 27 August - 9.00 -- 10.00am
Hardie Buzzacott Wildflower Reserve Maximum 20
Take a walk with Council staff through this pocket size reserve on the banks of Tooway Lake. Although small, there is a wealth of native flora and fauna diversity to be discovered in the ecosystems fringing the Lake.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Thursday 27 August - From 2.00pm
Tewantin Forest Reserve, Wooroi Picnic Area Maximum 15
Investigate the Spring flowers, ferns and palms flourishing under the eucalypts of the Tewantin Forest Reserve with Sonia Macdonald and Joan Heavey from Noosa Parks Assoc Botany Group.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Thursday 27 August - 6.00 -- 7.00pm
Nocturnal Creatures & Critters Coolum Maximum 15
Sugar Gliders, possums and bandicoots are just some of the shy creatures that venture out to feed after dark, so join us to discover how many of these normally unseen residents we can find.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Friday 28 August - 9.00 -- 10.00am
Coolum Community Native Nursery Tour Maximum 30
Join Jake Hazzard at the Coolum Community Native Nursery to tour this successful not for profit community operated nursery. Learn about the nursery history and operations from seed collection, propagation to sales. Plants will be available for purchase. Website www.coolumnatives.com/wordpress/
Bookings & Information: Coolum Community Native Nursery Ph 5473 9322

Friday 28 August - 10.30 -- noon
Stumers Creek Maximum 15
This is close encounters with exposure. So wear long pants, sleeves and a hat, gumboots may also be useful if it's been raining. The experience is worth it. Join the Coolum Area Parks Society (CAPS) volunteers
Bookings& Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Friday 28 August - 6.00 -- 7.00pm
Nocturnal Creatures & Critters Coolum Maximum 15
Sugar Gliders, possums and owls are just some of the shy creatures that venture out to feed after dark, so join us to discover the habits of these normally unseen residents using the video surveillance
cameras in our nest boxes.
Bookings & Information: SCRC 07 5420 8200

Saturday 29 August - 10am -- noon
Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park, Annual Wildflower Walk Maximum 15
Experience the wonders of Kathleen McArthur Conservation Park. Walk through this wildflower reserve protected through the efforts of Kathleen McArthur and the Wildlife Preservation Society, Sunshine Coast. Guided by members of the Wildlife Preservation Society this walk will travel along the fire trails in the reserve to see what fascinating plants we can discover.
Bookings & Information: Wildlife Preservation Society 07 5444 2707

Saturday 29 August - 2.00pm
Launch of Kathleen McArthur CD Caloundra Library
To celebrate Queensland's 150th birthday, the Sunshine Coast Branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld, is launching a CD celebrating the wildflower paintings and writings of environmentalist, Sunshine Coast Citizen of the Century, and co-founder of the Society, Kathleen McArthur, at the Caloundra Library. Bookings essential by 21 August please, as numbers are limited.
Bookings & Information: Wildlife Preservation Society 07 5444 2707

ONGOING DISPLAY DURING THE FESTIVAL
Display at Noosa Regional Library -- wildflowers, photographs and HerbariumPLUS folders from local schools taking part in the "What LOCAL native plant is that? Programme. A schools' education initiative of last year's Wildflower Festival developed by Noosa Integrated Catchment Association.

How to get involved
Bookings are essential, as spaces are limited and no additional participants can be catered for on these walks.
Find an activity that interests you. Check the date, time and location of the activity. Call the listed number for the activity to make your booking (or cancellations) and receive further details for this activity
NB Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult

What to bring
When enjoying the outdoors it's important to be prepared so we recommend you:
* Wear comfortable protective clothing;
* Slop on some sunscreen;
* Slap on a hat;
* Wear closed in footwear suitable for your activity;
* Pack wet weather gear in case it rains;
* Carry a torch for night time activities;
* Bring a bottle of water and a snack;
* Bring your binoculars for bird watching activities and
* Many Wallum areas are often waterlogged, so if you have gum boots, bring them along.

The Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival committee would like to thank our partners for their support.
ANPSA (ASGAP) Wallum Study Group, Greening Australia Inc, Bat Rescue Inc Sunshine Coast, Hollow Log Homes, Coolum Area Parks Society, Noosa and District Landcare, Coolum Community Native Nursery, Noosa Integrated Catchment Association, Coolum District Coast Care Group, Noosa Parks Association Botany Group, Currimundi Catchment Care Group, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Department of Environment and Resource Management, Wildlife Preservation Society - Sunshine Coast and Hinterland, Friends of Currimundi Lake, Friends of Maroochy Regional Botanical Garden



Sunshine Coast Regional Council :
Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
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