Conondale

Conondale, like many rural towns in South East Queensland, is pretty. The town might be a great spot for a chance to catch your breath during what is a very scenic drive but there is something about Conondale that is as subtle as it is magic. When travelling from Maleny, Conondale is the first opportunity to take a close-up and easy look at the river that gives its name to the valley through which it passes - the Mary River.

Just near where the Maleny-Kenilworth Road crosses the Mary River, Fritz Park offers the chance for a picnic and time to contemplate exactly why this little village is so special.

Conondale is distinctive because of its proximity to the rugged beauty of the range to its west called the Conondale Range. Within the Range a national park called Conondale National Park is an unspoilt and undeveloped park of harsh beauty. Conondale National Park protects important remnants of grassy open Eucalypt forest, tall wet sclerophyll forest and subtropical rainforest that once covered large areas of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

The park is the central undisturbed core of an extensive area of forest reserves in the Conondale Range and an important refuge for many rare and threatened animals, including the Mary River Turtle, which, until recently, had not been discovered.

It is important to remember that this park is suited to very experienced walkers only. The turn off to the national park is about 15 kilometres north of Conondale at Sunday Creek Road. The turn is marked by a pretty park called Keith and Ivy Boon Memorial Park.

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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.

Rest and Relax Yoga and Meditation Wellness Retreat

Pinbarren, Noosa Area
From AU$595 - 695
27 – 29 April 2018
They invite you to retreat with them as they immerse themselves in a weekend of deep peace and relaxation at The Big House in the Noosa Hinterland. Set against a rolling countryside background, this intimate escape from the daily grind of the material world integrates traditional yoga and meditation practices with a deeply relaxing and restful weekend of fresh country air, organic plant based meals and inspiring workshops to uplift and nourish you.

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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