Council Manager of Parks and Bushland Services, Nick Coluccio (left), with Bushland Operation Supervisor, Peter Nagel, at the Maroochy Botanic Gardens.
Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Council Manager of Parks and Bushland Services, Nick Coluccio (left), with Bushland Operation Supervisor, Peter Nagel, at the Maroochy Botanic Gardens. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Fest blooming with possibility

The Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival will be launched at Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens today but many of the planned activities will happen in the Coolum and the North Shore area.

Two weeks of events will be held across the Coast from Bribie Island to Noosa celebrating our native flora and the environment.

The program includes tours of local national parks, wallum wildflower areas and botanical reserves, as well as special sessions on local wildlife, eco-friendly gardening and some of the great work being done by local community groups and schools.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council acting parks and bushland manager Nick Coluccio said the festival was a great opportunity to “bring to the wider community, the environmental values that are associated with our coastal vegetation such as the wallum heath”.

“Through the variety of workshops, guided walks and talks and exhibits, it is an opportunity for community members of all ages to participate in, and learn about, the beauty and environmental values that these plants and associated wildlife contribute to the region,” Mr Coluccio said.

“There are a number of wildflowers that are commonly seen as we move around the region and the festival will provide the opportunity to get up close with such plants as the wallum bottlebrush, swamp banksia, swamp heather, wallum wedge pea and wedding bush plant.

“The wallum heath is recognised nationally. In the northern part of our region it forms part of the National Heritage Estate–Noosa-

Maroochy Wallum Corridor.

For a festival program, with details of all the activities and exhibitions, visit council’s website at www.sunshine coast.qld.gov.au and click on “events” or call the council on 1300 007 272 (local calls only, excluding mobiles) or 5475 7272.

YOUR GUIDE TO WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16

From 10am

NATIONAL PARK AT MARCOOLA

Tip toe through open wallum heath and bushland ablaze with yellow , to the accompaniment of frog and bird calls with Coolum District Coast Care volunteers and a QPWS Ranger.

Bookings: phone 5475 8501

Meet: Bus stop, corner David Low Way (park along Seaside Boulevard, Marcoola)

MONDAY 18 AUGUST

From 9am

MARCUS DUNES WALK

Janet Whish-Wilson & Shirley Williamson, accompanied by a QPWS ranger, will lead a walk through the wet and dry heathland at Marcus Dunes.

Meet: Hawthorne Grove Park, Marcus Beach.

Bookings: Contact Janet on 5446 7486 or Shirley on Ph 5449 0236

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19

10am to noon

EXPANSIVE VIEWS OF WALLUM WILDFLOWERS

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.

Meet: Footbridge over Stumers Creek. Park along Park Crescent, Coolum.

Bookings: Phone 5475 8501

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20

From 10am

THRILL TO THE MAGIC AND BEAUTY OF MT EMU

The abundance of wildflowers and sweeping views are inspiring and uplifting as you walk over Mt Emu with Coolum District Coast Care volunteers and a QPWS Ranger.

Meet: Opposite Coolum High School, Havana Rd East, Coolum

Bookings: Phone 5475 8501

SATURDAY 23 AUGUST

10am to noon

RESTORATION BY RESIDENT POWER

No need to feel helpless about the destruction of natural eco-systems. Come and enjoy the results of “resident power”. You too can transform a weed infested wasteland into a bird, frog and butterfly haven using local native plants.

Meet: 106 Springfield Ave, Coolum.

Bookings: Phone 5475 8501

2pm to 4pm

TREASURES OF YAROOMBA

Come and take a closer look at the diverse range of coastal vegetation communities of Yaroomba Bushland Park, all of which provide habitat for a number of rare and threatened species.

This walk leads around the tail of the parabolic dune through patches of high dune heath and closed sedgelands fringed by Melaleuca open forest.

Meet: Playground, off Neurum Road, Yaroomba.

Bookings: Phone 5475 8501

SUNDAY 24 AUGUST

8am to noon

CANOEING THE CREEK

A casual paddle from the mouth of Stumers Creek, the southern most waterway in the Noosa National Park system. A great place to pull ashore and stroll through the wallum. The catchment area includes significant landscapes and flora and flora communities. Cost $5 per adult, canoe, coffee/tea and biscuits provided.

Meet: End of Stumers Creek Road, Coolum

Bookings: Phone 5475 8501


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