Have a blooming marvellous time at wildflower festival
  • Friday 01 August 2008

The annual Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival is on its way with a colourful program heralding in all things bright and beautiful for the season ahead.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot said the event, which runs from 15 August to 31 August, will give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a range free guided walks, talks, exhibitions and workshops.

“The Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens will this year provide an ideal venue for the event launch and that will be followed by more than 30 community events right across the region,’’ Cr Abbot said.

He said the festival provides a range of opportunities to explore and experience – with a little expert guidance – the diversity of native flowering plants found in our local ecosystem.

“There really is a wealth of wonderful native flora right here in our back yard,” Cr Abbot said.

“The Sunshine Coast is home to a number of ecologically significant natural conservation areas that are home to a really rich diversity of native species. The Festival is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the local area and celebrate the Coast’s natural beauty.”

Local highlights of the Festival program, which extends from Bribie Island to Noosa, include tours of the local National Parks, wallum wildflower areas and botanical reserves, plus special sessions relating to local wildlife, eco friendly gardening and some of the great work being done by local community groups and schools.

For a copy of the program, which includes details for all the activities and exhibitions, visit Council’s website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and click on “events”.

Further information is available by contacting Council’s Customer Service Centre on 1300 00 7272 (local calls only, excluding mobiles) or 5475 7272.