Only on the Coast are the blooms so bloomin’ wonderful
  • Thursday 16 July 2015
wildflower in bloom

Each year the Sunshine Coast puts on a stunning display of wildflowers and council and the community are celebrating.

The Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival is on August 18 – 30 and features 18 events right across the Coast, including guided walks, art activities, workshops and exhibitions. Bookings are now open and residents can view a full program on council’s website.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said wildflowers such as those celebrated in the festival typically only grew in wallum heathland—a unique Australian ecosystem stretching from Bundaberg to Byron Bay.

“Here on the Sunshine Coast, we have 15 examples of wallum heathland, making this one of the few places in the world to experience this sensory display on such a scale,” Cr McKay said.

“The proximity to the ocean has always been a challenge to this ecosystem—our Biodiversity Strategy shows that 63% of our local wallum heath has been lost to development since European settlement.

“This highlights the importance of understanding our local environment. Long-term planning documents such as our Biodiversity Strategy enable us to make well-informed planning and management decisions that protect our environment into the future.”

There are activities for all ages and interests including lino printing and printmaking, wildflower walks and art exhibitions.

An event program is available on council’s website—simply choose an activity and follow the instructions to book.