The best ways to ensure safety around Water

Sunshine Coast Waterways

1 The importance of Supervision – the first primary defence

The most important way to ensure water safety is supervision. In fact, supervision is regarded as one of the primary defences in preventing drowning incidents. It is often recommended that all non-swimmers and swimmers under five years of age should be within arm’s reach at all times. This Includes all children aged from 6 to 10 years Every supervising adult needs to be ready to jump in immediately if needed. This means keeping your phone in your pocket and remaining constantly vigilant. Even children aged 11 to 14 should be checked on regularly while they are in and around water.

2 Swimming Ability – the second primary defence

The second primary defence to prevent drowning incidents is the ability to swim. You need to enrol your kids in learn to swim programs as early as possible. Such swim programs need to teach Water Safety and survival skills that will equip children to enjoy their water activities safely.

3 Always heed the signs

Whether at the beach or at the pool, you need to heed all safety signs and messages. These include beach flags or whistles, PA announcements or beach entry signs. You need to follow the directions to keep you and your family safe.

4 Backyard Pool Safety

In your own backyard, you are the lifeguard, so make sure that everyone is playing by your pool rules and making good choices such as packing up all toys afterwards.

It would be a great idea for you to have a current CPR certificate, so you know what to do if an emergency arises.

When around Water, we all need to follow these two basic rules.

Water safety rule #1

Rule One is to keep hydrated so keep up the water intake throughout the day.

Water safety Rule #2

The other rule is to ensure skin safety. Slip on a shirt or rashie, slip on the sunscreen and slap on a hat . Be sun safe this summer and don’t be a victim.

Queensland Garden Expo

The three-day expo is a ‘must see’ in 2023 for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike.

It is Queensland’s premier gardening event and attracts visitors from all over Australia. 

Some of Australia’s leading gardening experts take part in three days of lectures, demonstrations, and workshops.

Queensland Garden Expo is held in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Nambour from 7th to 9th July,

Queensland Garden Expo 2022

Caloundra Street Fair

Caloundra Events
Caloundra Street Fair

The Caloundra Street Fair is a fantastic event held along Bulcock Street, the main street of Caloundra.  It is a wonderful community street market that operates every Sunday from 8am to 1pm.  Many of the local traders also open to add to the atmosphere. The Fair attracts thousands of visitors as well as locals. It is designed to showcase new and regular stall holders displaying varying homemade products and services, along with fresh food, plants, herbs, flowers, art works and well-being and health products.

It’s a must visit for locals and for people from the surrounding districts. The Fair attracts a great turnout of visitors who relax and soak up the atmosphere, enjoying the food and entertainment from the many local performers.  These local performers provide street entertainment and create an atmosphere that is thoroughly enjoyed by all who attend.

There is something for everyone.  

Maleny Botanic Garden bird

During a recent visit to the Caloundra Street Fair, we came across this beautiful bird. The very friendly parrot was out on an excursion from the Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World. The bird had his handler with him, who explained that he was one of many birds representing over sixty countries. At the Maleny Botanic Garden, visitors can sit near waterfalls and watch, listen to and photograph the birds who are happy to sit on a waiting arm or head. Visitors can also take part in a guided tour through the aviaries that cover over 1400 square metres.

So come down to Caloundra Street Fair, enjoy the fun, food, coffee and browse the streetscape at your leisure.

Sunshine Coast Christmas Events

Christmas on the Sunshine Coast


Christmas in Eumundi
Original Eumundi Markets 5 to 9pm


Community Light the Lights

Lilyponds Park 5pm


Shop Window Trail

Christmas lights and snow! 6 to 8pm

Lighting of the Christmas Tree


Twilight Markets

Beerwah CWA hall 3-6:30pm


Christmas Parade

Apex Park Maple Cooroy 4-7pm


Festive Tree Lighting

Carols and live band

Montville Village Green 4:30pm

Cotton Tree

Carols at Cotton Tree

Cotton Tree Park, The Esplanade 4:30pm


Merchants Parade 4:30pm

Glen Retreat Park


Christmas Tramfest

Howard Street 5 to 10pm

Sunday 8th December


Crummunda Park

39 Coongarra Esplanade 4pm


Christmas Carnival

RSL Park Poinciana Avenue 4 to 8pm

Glasshouse Mountains

A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)

Bankfoot House


Christmas Extravaganza

The terraces of the original Eumundi Markets 5:30 to 9pm


Hope is Alive

Suncoast Church

Cnr Keil Mountain and Schubert Road 7pm

Christmas Carols on the Coast

Christmas on the Sunshine Coast

Christmas Carols on the Coast

Christmas Carols on the Coast

The singing of Christmas Carols is a common tradition on the Sunshine Coast during the Christmas holiday season.

Carols events typically involve groups of people singing traditional Christmas carols in public places, such as shopping centres, town squares, or churches.

In some communities, Christmas carol singing events are organized by local organizations or churches. They may also be organized as fundraisers for charitable organizations or as part of larger holiday celebrations.

Christmas Carol Singing

If you’re interested in attending a Christmas carol singing event, you may want to check with your local community organizations, churches, or event venues for further information on upcoming events.

You can also search online for Christmas carol singing events in your area.

Carol singing event schedule

Cotton Tree

Cotton Tree Park, Cotton Tree Esplanade 4:30 to 8pm

Meridan College Christmas Carols
Meridan Community Church

Saturday 14th December


Kings Beach 4:30 to 8pm

Coolum Beach

Jack Morgan Park. 7 to 9pm


Beerwah Sportsgrounds 4:30 to 8:30pm


Community Christmas Carols

Buderim Village Park 6pm Tuesday 17th December

Christmas on the Sunshine Coast

Other Christmas Events on the Sunshine Coast


Eating out

Get your Christmas shopping done all in one place at Caloundra Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair

arts and crafts

Caloundra Arts Centre  5 North St, Caloundra celebrate Christmas this year with their Arts and Crafts Xmas Fair 

Come, browse and buy your Christmas presents.  The fair will be held over two whole days.  You will find homemade cakes and slices along with home grown produce. 

You just might win a huge Christmas hamper to put under the Christmas tree.

Entry is free.

Held each year in November in Caloundra

Apollo 11 Vmax Screening at Maroochydore

First man on the Moon

In 2019, a 90-minute historic movie was screened at the Event Cinema at Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza. 

Directed by Todd Douglas Miller, it was, in reality, a cinematic event that had been in the making for the past 50 years.  Apparently, old 65mm movie film had been unearthed from the bowels of NASA’s archives, along with 11,000 hours of recorded audio. 

The movie was titled simply Apollo 11. 

It told the story of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing mission from the perspective of the astronauts themselves and the team of mission controllers in Houston Texas, along with the millions of observers on earth. 

Screened in the large screen VMax Cinema in Maroochydore, patrons experienced first hand those five momentous days when astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins left the safety of Earth to orbit and land upon the surface of the moon and return safely to Earth.

This image is a photograph of the actual landing site on the moon’s surface.

Read more about the Apollo 11 Mission here.

Queensland Garden Expo

Growing camelias

Visit Queensland’s premier gardening event that attracts over 40 thousand visitors from throughout Australia and even from New Zealand. 

Some of Australia’s leading gardening experts are there to deliver lectures, demonstrations and workshops.  The expo is held at the Nambour Showground, attracting experienced gardeners as well as novices and is well worth a visit for anyone on the Sunshine Coast. 

Nambour is in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast and the Queensland Garden Expo this year runs from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July, opening at 8am each day.  Limited parking is available within the Showgrounds for $7 per car per day.

The Queensland Garden Expo is a well organised event… A visit to the Expo is a day out for the whole family to enjoy.

  • You will learn about…
  • growing all types of plants,
  • garden-to-table food ideas
  • organic kitchen gardens,
  • herb gardens,
  • reflection gardens,
  • eating your own greens,
  • natural remedies,
  • getting bees back into your garden,
  • managing pests,
  • how to compost at home,
  • worm farming,
  • floral decorations,
  • the best turfs for Queensland lawns and so much more.

…and there are plenty of plants and garden related items to purchase.  There are plants for every situation with fantastic plant displays of perennials, ferns, succulents, camelias, rare plants and orchids.

There is no need to carry your plant purchases around. There’s even a “plant cloak room” to park your plants while you browse. 

There are also cooking demonstrations. 

Cooking Demonstration

Tim Adams Coffee is in abundance and there is plenty of shade and seating where you can relax and soak up the ambience.

Gardening Workshops

There are lots of workshops to participate in.  Create your very own mini-succulent garden.  Make a simple macramé pot hanger for your new plant purchase. 

Find gardening product advice on tools, equipment, how to grow the best lawns for your area and the latest trends.  Get the top tips for growing an abundant vegie patch at home.  Obtain garden advice for mulching and worm farming.

Learn all about fruit trees and native plants and beating the bugs in your garden.  Visit the wonderful floral design displays and arrangements and be inspired.

Wander in the reflection gardens and get some great ideas.  Hear talks and advice from leading experts on how to grow, maintain and keep a healthy garden.

Whether you have a large or small garden, or no garden at all, you are sure to be inspired and impressed by the huge array of exhibits, at this three-day event, covering all aspects of gardening in Australia.

Queensland Garden Expo

Queensland Garden Expo

Sunshine Plaza Shopping Mall

Sunshine Plaza Shopping

Article republished

The first super-regional shopping centre north of Brisbane.

If you are looking for a good grocery store on the Sunshine Coast you can always find one at the Sunshine Plaza Shopping Mall.  And if you are in the Maroochydore/ Mooloolaba region searching for “Shopping Centre near me” or “Woollies near me” you will no doubt come across the Sunshine Plaza Mall.

There is every imaginable shop, ranging from Baker’s Delight to Kathmandu sale shop… as well as Anaconda Stores for all your shopping needs. The Sunshine Plaza shopping centre also caters for those who may need an upgrade on their mobile phone at the Telstra Shop.  There are electronic stores to browse and a TV shop to buy the latest sound equipment or a popular movie.  And yes, there is a Reject Shop where you will find that bargain item.  There is even a tobacconist at Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre.

Every outlet is catered for… from a quaint book store to the all-important food court. Why not enjoy your Muffin Break coffee while you do your Coles online shopping? There is even a Barber Shop where you can get the latest hairstyles, while others go shopping.  You may even find the Secret Sneakers Store.  

With Black Friday 2021 approaching, Sunshine Coast locals will find the greatest range of gift ideas and homewares to choose from.  So be prepared for the Black Friday sales so that you can be ready for Click Frenzy and other Online shopping opportunities.

Sunshine Plaza’s $440 million redevelopment

In March 2019, Sunshine Coast Mayor, Cr Mark Jamieson joined APPF Retail, The GPT Group and Lendlease to celebrate the official opening of Sunshine Plaza’s $440 million redevelopment.

Sunshine Plaza’s grand opening

Sunshine Plaza

The celebrations included the opening of the Sunshine Coast’s first David Jones, H&M, Sephora, Lululemon and Sheike stores, as well as a new Big W, Kathmandu, JB Hi-fi, MECCA, Seed Heritage, Endota Spa and Baku, to name but a few.

The new stores took Sunshine Plaza’s total retailer count to 345 over 107,000sqm and elevated the Centre to be the first super-regional shopping centre north of Brisbane.

The redevelopment, which commenced construction in August 2016, is estimated to have generated close to 2,900 jobs over the past two-and-a-half years, and a further 2,300 retail jobs are expected to be created.

The only way to truly know what you’re getting is to see and feel it for real. 

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