Kalinga Park Memorial

Wooloowin, Brisbane Area

Victoria's Great Ocean Road may be Australia's best known WWI repatriation project but Brisbane families enjoy another year-round: Kalinga Park's unofficial 'Diggers Drive'.

In May 1924, Governor Sir Matthew Nathan opened a 1,200 metre tree-lined roadway from war memorial gates in Park Avenue, following the curve of Kedron Brook, to Sandgate Road.

The road was built and trees planted by 83 unemployed soldiers. After WWI, Australia was awash with grief for its 60,000 dead fighters. Many more returned nursing injuries and needing re-employment. While the Commonwealth Department of Repatriation placed returning soldiers in jobs, progress was slow: community groups like Kalinga Unemployed and Distressed Soldiers Committee formed to provide relief and work. Diggers Drive was its project, commencing in 1922.

Kalinga Park had opened in 1910. In October 1920, memorial gates at the Park Avenue entrance were erected as an everlasting memory of the patriotic services of men who enlisted from Kalinga District. The gates were a venture between the local Ladies Patriotic Club, Kalinga Progress Association and Toombul Shire Council. For a time, the park was even called ANZAC Memorial Park.

Now a popular outdoor play space, it served as a large army staging camp during WWII.

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Ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park

Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$15 - 25
Dive the Brisbane and experience this historical treasure and budding environmental wonder. The ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park is an artificial reef and dive site off the Sunshine Coast, and is set to become one of Australia's premier dive attractions.

Buderim Falls

Buderim, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Buderim Falls is a 45 hectare haven of tranquillity less than a kilometre from the north side of Buderim village on the Sunshine Coast –just 15 minutes from the coast. With its towering trees, meandering tracks and stunning waterfall, this sub-tropical oasis is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers alike.

Mount Coolum National Park

Mount Coolum, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Mount Coolum National Park, especially the green-cloaked dome of Mount Coolum, dominates the skyline of the Sunshine Coast lowlands. After rain, waterfalls cascade down steep craggy cliffs to open eucalypt forest skirting the lower slopes.

Magic Mountain Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Magic Mountain, a dive site on the Outer Gneerings Reef off Mooloolaba's coast, is a dive for more experienced divers due to its depth and the complex structures formed by rocky outcrops. The large group of outcrops extend from the sandy ocean floor to form numerous gullies, ravines, bommies, swim-throughs and pinnacles, all housing soft and hard coral colonies.

Mudjimba (Old Woman) Island Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
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Mudjimba (Old Woman) Island can be found a short boat ride from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. The Island offers treats for both snorkellers and divers, with coral gardens starting at just two metres deep for brilliant dives.

HMAS Brisbane Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Just a few kilometres from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, HMAS Brisbane is a retired Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer that is now one of Australia's top dive sites. The ship was scuttled in July 2005 - the 133 metre wreck is sitting upright on her keel, lodged in sand 27 metres below sea level.

Mudjimba Beach

Marcoola, Sunshine Coast Area
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Mudjimba Beach is an unspoiled coastal haven just a stone’s throw from Maroochydore and 90 minutes from Brisbane. The endless, golden sands of this beach are bounded by the Maroochy River and the Pacific Ocean.

Marcoola Beach

Marcoola, Sunshine Coast Area
Marcoola Beach is located just north of Maroochy River and boasts quiet uncrowded beaches, which are best suited for serious surfers and walkers. Marcoola Beach is a great escape - unwind for a quiet barbecue or picnic with open grassy parkland, shady trees and children's park.

Mudjimba

Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast Area
If a laid-back beachside holiday is your idea of heaven, then beat a path to the best kept secret on the Sunshine Coast, Mudjimba. This secluded stretch of golden beach is surrounded on two sides by the clear, blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and Maroochy River and flanked by the Maroochy River Conservation Park.

Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Dine on the freshest seafood straight off the trawler or hop on a fishing charter to catch your own. Mooloolaba is home to the largest trawling fleet in the region and a favourite anchorage for ocean cruisers and leisure boats.
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