Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival


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Step into spring with the Wildflower Festival
 
Sunshine Coast residents and visitors are invited to explore the region’s natural beauty as part of the 2012 Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival, on from 26 August to 2 September.
 
Sunshine Coast Council has partnered with a number of local community groups to offer 12 guided walks for the festival, including a walk through the colourful heathland of Marcus High Dunes to enjoy panoramic views of Lake Weyba.
 
Bookings for the guided walks are now open and are essential. Visit www.community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events to book your spot. Places are limited.

Sunday 26 August
Creekside walk, Currimundi
9.30 – 11.00am
Caloundra Maximum 30
This tour will take us along both Currimundi Creeks through cooler segments of hop bush, broadleaf paperbarks, bracken and blechnum ferns into open areas between tall aged bloodwood and Eucalyptus grandis trees. We then pass into a grove combined entirely of casuarinas and masses of grass trees and finally emerge in an area of white wildflowers of wedding bush and bearded heath. Spotted all along the path are colourful black wattles, palms, hairy bush peas and sandfly bushes.
Phil Rolton, formerly Nursery Manager at Caloundra Council Nursery, will guide the walk.
Meet at Lilac Park, Cnr Creekside Boulevard & Lomandra Drive, Caloundra
Sunshine Coast UBD map 90 – A18
Bookings & Information - Email: cccginfo@currimundicatchment.org.au or phone Phil 0410 033 002 or Tony 5438 8267

Monday 27 August
Expansive views of wildflowers
9.00 – 11.30am
Marcus High Dunes annual walk Maximum 30
Friends of Lake Weyba invite you to take a walk full of colour and interest through the wet and dry heathland of Marcus High Dunes with Noosa Parks Assoc. Botany Group Representatives Janet Whish-Wilson and Shirley Williamson. Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Weyba and the coast.
Meet at Hawthorn Grove, Marcus Beach Sunshine Coast UBD map 19 – K20
Bookings & Information - http://community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events or phone (07) 5475 7272

Tuesday 28 August
Ben Bennett Bushland Park
9.00 – 10.30am
Caloundra Maximum 30
Take a walk through the reserve with members of the new Friends of Ben Bennett group.
Learn about the history and plants of the reserve from volunteers involved with protecting this special green hub in Caloundra. A larger diversity in vegetation ecosystems and plant species will be identifi ed during this walk with the heath understorey providing a vibrant splash of colour amongst the paperbark trunks.
Meet at Queen Street carpark, Caloundra Sunshine Coast UBD map 100 – E12
Bookings & Information - http://community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events or phone (07) 5475 7272

Tuesday 28 August
Mooloolah River National Park
9.00 – 11.00am
Wildflower Walk Maximum 15
Take a stroll through the wildfl owers with QPWS Rangers and be amazed at this stunning explosion of nature at its best.
Meet at Claymore Road carpark, South end of Claymore Road, Sippy Downs Sunshine Coast UBD map 89 – G4
Bookings & Information - http://community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events or phone (07) 5475 7272

Wednesday 29 August
Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge 9.00 – 11.00am
Noosa North Shore Maximum 30
This Nature Refuge is a Sunshine Coast Regional Council Bushland reserve featuring a variety of vegetation types. Join Dave Burrows who will guide you on a leisurely two hour stroll to explore this variety of ecosystems. There is a cost to take a vehicle across the river on the ferry.
Meet at End of Maximillian Road, Noosa North Shore Sunshine Coast UBD map 2 – L18
Bookings & Information - http://community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events or phone (07) 5475 7272

Thursday 30 August
Introduction identifying wildflowers to 1.00 – 3.00pm
 Maximum 40
Barb Henderson, leader of the Wallum Study Group will provide some tricks and tips on the identification of local wallum wildfl ower plants.
Meet at Art & Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha Sunshine Coast UBD map 77 – N17
Bookings & Information - http://community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events or phone (07) 5475 7272

Friday 31 August
Weyba Nature Refuge
Biodiversity Wildflower Walk
9.00 – 11.30am
Western shore Lake Weyba Maximum 30
Friends of Lake Weyba invite you to discover the rich biodiversity and vibrancy of this area ranging from wetlands to dry heath. Guided by wetland biodiversity specialist Ed Surman, with Sonia MacDonald and other wildflower enthusiasts from Noosa Parks Association Botany Group.
Meet at Intersection of Tidswell & Hollett Road (off Eumarella Road), Weyba Downs Sunshine Coast UBD map 18 – H11
Bookings & Information - http://community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events or phone (07) 5475 7272

Saturday 1 September
Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park
9.00 – 11.00am
50th Anniversary Wildflower Walk Maximum 30
Experience the wonders of Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park. Walk through this wildfl ower reserve protected through the eff orts of Kathleen McArthur and the Wildlife Preservation Society, Sunshine Coast who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the society’s formation this year. Group members will guide this walk along the fi re trails in the reserve to see what fascinating plants we can discover.
Meet at Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park, Coongarra Esplanade, Wurtulla Sunshine Coast UBD map 90 – G18
Bookings & Information - Wildlife Preservation Society – Phone 5444 2707

Saturday 1 September
Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park
1.00 – 3.00pm
50th Anniversary Wildflower Walk Maximum 30
Experience the wonders of Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park. Walk through this wildfl ower reserve protected through the eff orts of Kathleen McArthur and the Wildlife Preservation Society, Sunshine Coast who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the society’s formation this year. Group members will guide this walk along the fi re trails in the reserve to see what fascinating plants we can discover.
Meet at Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park, Coongarra Esplanade, Wurtulla  Sunshine Coast UBD map 90 – G18
Bookings & Information - Wildlife Preservation Society – Phone 5444 2707

Saturday 1 September
A splendid wildflower surprise
from 2.00pm
Marcoola Maximum 30
Coolum District Coast Care volunteers invite you to witness for yourself the “Edge Eff ect” and then the splendour of thriving Wallum just behind the industrial estate.
Meet at End of Cessna Avenue, Marcoola  Sunshine Coast UBD map 59 – E9
Bookings & Information - info@coolumcoastcare.org.au

Sunday 2 September
Coolum beach west
8.30 – 10.30am
Maximum 30
Stumers Creek Catchment Group invites you to take a casual walk through the wallum wildflowers in the southern extent of the Noosa National Park.
A single walking track leads the way north-west into wildfl ower country. Enjoy this walk with wildflower enthusiasts amongst a mosaic of brilliant colour and spring foliage.
Meet at School Road, Coolum Beach (northern public carpark)  Sunshine Coast UBD map 20 – C9
Bookings & Information - Phone Mark (07) 5446 1635

Sunday 2 September
Introduction to wildlowers
2.00 – 3.00pm
Mt Emu
Maximum 15
A range of walks around Mt Emu are the perfect introduction to our amazing wildfl owers. Wander through the wallum lowlands and explore the Eucalyptus bancroftii, Allocasuarina emuina and other wildfl owers bursting into a patchwork of colour. For the more adventurous enjoy a climb up the ancient rocky outcrop to see an abundance of wildfl owers and the gnarled plants of the montane shrublands while taking in sweeping views across the coast.
Meet at End of Tritonia Drive  Sunshine Coast UBD map 39 – F7
Bookings & Information - info@coolumcoastcare.org.au

Downloadable: "Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival" pdf
26 August to 02 September 2012
Bookings Open 31 July 2012
Enjoy free guided walks, talks, exhibits and workshops

For general enquiries phone Council on (07) 5475 7272

How to get involved
Bookings are essential, as spaces are limited and no additional participants can be catered for on these walks.
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Book online or call the listed number for the activity to manage your booking.

What to bring
Avoid being disappointed if you attend in unsuitable attire and are not able to participate on your walk. 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;
– Most trails are soft sand so care and a reasonable level of fi tness will be required;
– 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;
– Many Wallum areas are often waterlogged, so if you have gum boots, bring them along; and
– Don’t forget the camera.

The Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival committee would like to thank our partners for their support:
– ANSPA Wallum Study Group
– Coolum District Coast Care Group
– Currimundi Catchment Care Group
– Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
– Eumarella Shores Nature Refuge
– Friends of Ben Bennett Bushland Park
– Friends of Lake Weyba Inc.
– Noosa Parks Association Botany Group
– Stumers Creek Catchment Group
– Sunshine Coast Council
– Wildlife Preservation Society – Sunshine Coast and Hinterland

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

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various locations, Sunshine Coast Wide




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