Glass House Mountains

The Glass House Mountains Visitor Information Centre in Settlers Rotary Park is a delightful gateway to the Sunshine Coast. The centre is on the way into the township of Glasshouse Mountains and has an interpretive centre for the region providing information about the mountains and national parks. The centre provides a free booking service for accommodation, tours and activities, and also showcases local produce. Enjoy the extensive landscaping with barbecue facilities and playground.

The Glass House Mountains are found in the hinterland of Queensland's Sunshine Coast. They are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes, so that the sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only hardened plugs or rock spires.

The Aboriginal dreaming story about these formations gives each of the mountains a name and character in a family, and tells a dramatic story of human relationships.

Captain James Cook gave the area its unusual English name while sailing past, on his way up Australia's east coast, in 1770. From a distance they reminded him of the glass-making furnaces of his home town in Yorkshire.

There are both sealed and unsealed roads through the Glass House Mountains National Park, with spectacular lookouts over the surrounding plains along the way. An excellent day trip could include a lunch stop at picnic grounds, bush trails and rock-climbing.

The area around the mountains produces many tropical fruits such as avocados, pineapples and papaws as well as strawberries, vegetables, nuts and tobacco.

Visitors can stay in the area at the township of Glass House Mountain, which can be reached in about 20 minutes from Caboolture or 30 minutes from Caloundra. Nearby towns are Beerwah, Beerburrum, Landsborough and Mooloolah.

Distance from Brisbane (State Capital): 64 Kilometres.

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Ginger Flower and Food Festival 2018

Yandina, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
19 – 21 January 2018
One of Queensland’s most iconic events, the Ginger Flower and Food Festival will return to The Ginger Factory for its 22nd year in January 2018. The festival promises to delight the senses with three spectacular days of food, flowers and entertainment celebrating the best of the Sunshine Coast region and the 75-year history of Buderim Ginger.

Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Fest

Kenilworth, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
31 March 2018
Come and enjoy the Cheese, Wine and Food Fest, showcasing the unique range of the Mary Valley's finest foods, liqueurs and wines. There will be a great variety of food stalls, gourmet cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese tastings all day.

Australian Body Art Festival

Cooroy, Noosa Area
Free Entry
7 – 8 April 2018
Australia's premier body art event, the Australian Body Art Festival is free for spectators and attracts great crowds keen to watch artists at work using human bodies as their canvas. The body art at this event is amazing with brush and sponge, airbrush and special effects full body art as well as some of the most intricate face painting you will ever see.

Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival 2018 presents Ukulele Fiesta

Kenilworth, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$80 - 80
19 April 2018
Be immersed in four days and nights of playing your ukulele, singing, dancing and drumming at Ukulele Fiesta. Heaps of workshops for everyone of every standard of musicianship, where you can learn new skills from the ukulele pro's, dance the samba, learn to sing, relax in the Big Top while fantastic artists entertain you, jam around the campfire.

South Queensland Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$10 - 12
20 – 22 April 2018
Get ready to explore the great outdoors! The South Queensland Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo is one of the region’s largest shows, showcasing the latest in caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, boating, vehicles, auto and four wheel drive accessories, camping gear and outdoor accessories.

Maleny Wood Expo: From Seed to Fine Furniture

Maleny, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$12 - 15
5 – 7 May 2018
Celebrate 21 years of the iconic Maleny Wood Expo with three days of clean country family fun in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Telling the whole timber story and designed to promote sustainable use of native timbers through the work of regional wood artisans, the Expo is now recognized as one of the best wood shows in Australia.

VMX Magazine Classic Dirt 14

Elaman Creek, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$20 - 120
8 – 10 June 2018
Best vintage and classic dirt bike event in Australia. Pre'78 and Pre'90 motocross, Enduro, Trials and Grass riding tracks are available for all riding enthusiasts. Besides riding, there is an abundance of non riding activities taking place during the weekend:

Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$5 - 10
15 – 17 June 2018
In 2018 the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show celebrates its one hundred and thirteenth show. This Show will present an exciting new program with new attractions and events for the whole family to enjoy.

Queensland Garden Expo

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$7 - 40
13 – 14 July 2018
Queensland Garden Expo is a three day celebration of gardening. The event attracts over 40,000 green thumbs and novice gardeners from across Queensland and interstate. Held at Nambour on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, it is ideally situated to showcase all the best of subtropical gardening.

Nambour RetroFest

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
17 – 19 August 2018
Retro Rocks Nambour and PCYC Sunshine Coast combined to create Nambour RetroFest - an annual weekend-long event that begins with a Twilight (car) Cruise on the Friday, Retro Rocks Nambour during the day in the Central Business District on Saturday, the High School Hop Saturday night and then PCYC Nambour RSL Motoring Jamboree on the Sunday.
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