Winton

"Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong..." You'll be forgiven for relentlessly whistling this famous tune while you're in Winton, as it's the very home of Banjo Patterson's 'Waltzing Matilda'. Reputedly inspired by an 1894 shearer's suicide at the nearby Combo Waterhole and first performed in Winton's North Gregory Hotel on 6th April 1895, you can learn all about Banjo and the adopted national anthem at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton.

First settled in 1875 and originally called 'Pelican Waterhole', Winton has plenty on offer to keep you busy for at least a day or two. The town is home to Boulder opals that you can view and buy in town and a day trip will take you to Queensland's oldest opal fields at Opalton. Also just out of Winton is Lark Quarry, where 93 million year-old dinosaur fossils will give you a glimpse into prehistoric times.

The quirky Winton Music Fence, developed by percussionist and composer Graeme Leak, is free and a fantastic spot to let the kids explore their hidden musical talents. Arno's Wall, a wall surrounding a private residential property in town, is worth a look for its unique construction from all sorts of things including motorbikes, lawn mowers, crockery and historical items.

Winton is in the heart of Matilda Country, a diverse region in which vast mitchell grass plains are broken by magnificently coloured gorges, ridges and mesas; what the locals call 'jump-ups'. Visitors to the region will be amazed by the vastness of the plains and the undulating nature of the landscape. There is a wide variety of animal and bird life in the area, generally best seen around dusk and dawn on minor roads and tracks.

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Winton, Winton Area
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Sculpture on the Edge

Maleny, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
29 September – 23 October 2017
Now in its seventh year, nationally recognised Sculpture on the Edge is a contemporary three-dimensional (3D) exhibition presented by Arts Connect Inc. in the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland from September 29 to October 23.

Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival

Imbil, Gympie Area
Free Entry
7 October – 11 November 2017
Spot the scarecrow in Mary Valley Country, South East Queensland, every year in October! The annual festival encourages people to plan a day out in Mary Valley Country, and see if they can find the variety of serious and not so serious straw creations along the way.

Showtime by Ann and Gerry O'Connor

Maleny, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
17 – 22 October 2017
Art on Cairncross, Maleny presents Queensland ceramicists Ann and Gerry O’Connor who bring an air of performance to their respective works of sculpted white clay and raku. An exhibition of skill, humour, thought and joy.

Heath Franklin's 'Chopper' in All Killer - Nambour

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$36.00 - 36.00
26 October 2017
Chopper’s been saying funny stuff in Australia for over a decade, and what’s he got to show for it? Well, about ten years’ worth of funny stuff to say. Now he’s back, with all his hits, in a best-of grab bag of his favourite jokes, in a comedy Frankenstein!

Opera at the Castle - Sunshine Castle

Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$49 - 85
27 – 29 October 2017
Opera at the Castle - Presented by the Underground Opera Company. The Underground Opera Company returns to the Sunshine Castle, Bli Bli, (just a five minute drive from Maroochydore) for their next "Opera in the Castle" concerts.

Sammy J in Hero Complex

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$32.00 - 32.00
27 October 2017
Adelaide and Melbourne has come out in droves to the hilarious coming-of-age story about a schoolboy and his gardner, and a friendship based on their love of comic book hero, The Phantom. Jam packed with real life photos and video, new songs, Sammy J has taken his audience on an unbelievably true journey across the last 20 years of his life to an incredible, must be seen to be believed finale.

A Darling Affair Sunshine Coast

Woombye, Sunshine Coast Area
28 October 2017
Join them for a beautiful, fun-filled wedding festival packed with inspiring, creative ideas for your big day. Enjoy music, fashion, food, giveaways and so much more. Their bespoke event is a one-stop shop for all your wedding day needs and they have handpicked the most creative wedding suppliers on the Sunshine Coast (and surrounds) to help make your wedding day dreams come true.

Jungle Love Festival

Imbil, Gympie Area
30 November – 2 December 2017
A boutique music festival that celebrates up and coming local musicians, artists and art workers. They follow a different model to most other festivals whereby they closely curate the entire program and add in different acts that they know most people are unaware of but will thoroughly enjoy, creating an element of surprise.

Festival of Small Halls Summer Queensland Tour 2017

Kandanga, Gympie Area
13 December 2017
Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of the country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.

Festival of Small Halls Queensland Summer Tour 2017

Eudlo, Sunshine Coast Area
16 December 2017
Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of the country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.
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