- Last updated:
- 02 Sep 2019
If you have come from a big city with many people, the Sunshine Coast might seem lonely at first and a difficult place to meet people.
Here are five fun local activities to get you out and meeting new people:
- Join in one of the free or low-cost health and well-being opportunities, for example yoga, mindfulness, dancing, swimming or group fitness.
- Visit a gallery or explore the regions history and museums
- Borrow a book from one of council’s libraries, attend a book talk or a lifelong learning workshop.
- Explore our self-guided walking trails or go cycling. Adventure Sunshine Coast is the ultimate guide to the great outdoors of the Sunshine Coast.
- Enjoy a family outing with a picnic or BBQ in the gardens, parks and reserves. Many are close to public transport.
Local events and programs
Participating in local events and programs is a wonderful way to learn about your new home and meet new people.
Cultural connections program
The program provides opportunities for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to:
- connect with others
- develop skills
- engage in community and government processes.
Contact the Nambour Community Centre on 5441 4724 for more information.
Women's Global Hub
The Women's Global Hub is a social group for all women from the global village. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 11.00am to 2.00pm at Caloundra Community Centre. Bring a plate to share.
Multicultural lunches and dinners
Sharing a meal is a great way to celebrate our multicultural society together and meet others in our community. Bring a plate of food to share and join into one of the following shared meals:
- Caloundra Multicultural lunch – every third Friday of the month 12.00 to 2.0pm at Caloundra Community Centre.
- Maroochydore Multicultural Lunch - every fourth Saturday of the month 12.00 to 2.00pm at the Maroochydore Neighbourhood Centre.
- A Place at the Table - monthly dinners held on the first Friday of the month from 5.30 pm at Nambour Community Centre.
Sunshine Coast Multicultural Network
This network brings community and government groups together to find better ways to understand cultural diversity. Please contact the Nambour Community Centre on 5441 4724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Festuri is a rich and vibrant festival bringing the whole community together to share and appreciate our cultural diversity. Email email@example.com to join the team.
National and state events and campaigns
We recognise, respect and embrace diverse cultures. We strive to strengthen the resilience and well-being of our multicultural Sunshine Coast.
There are several annual events and campaigns you can join by hosting your own activities. These activities may involve your workplace, community, school or sporting groups.
Harmony Week 2020
On 21 March 2020 the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Network will host the annual Harmony Day event where community connect through song, story, dance, food, traditional activities and customs. If you would like to be a part of this community celebration, please contact the Nambour Community Centre on 5441 4724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The message of Harmony Week is 'everyone belongs'. The week aims to engage people to take part in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster a sense of belonging for everyone. Find out more information on Harmony Week.
March 21 coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development - 21 May
In 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. In December 2002, the UN General Assembly declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
Refugee Week June
Refugee Week provides a platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted. This creates a culture of welcome throughout the country. The aim of the celebration is to create better understanding between different communities. It also encourages successful integration so that refugees can live in safety, and continue making a valuable contribution to Australia.
Racism. It Stops with Me
Racism. It Stops with Me is a national strategy that aims to promote a clear understanding of what racism is, and how it can be prevented and reduced. Racism has no place in Australia. Join the campaign and take a stand.
Queensland Multicultural Month is held in August each year. Multicultural Queensland Month is the state’s largest multicultural celebration. It brings together people from across the state to perform, share, taste, listen, and learn. It acknowledges that, while we may come from different cultures, we all love living in Queensland. If you would like to keep up-to-date with multicultural initiatives held in Queensland all year round:
- like Facebook @multiculturalqld
- follow on Twitter @multiculturalq
- join the Queensland Government multicultural mailing list.
Event and project support
If you are interested in hosting a local event or campaign you can contact council’s Multicultural Development Officer to discuss your idea. We may may be able to help you develop your project. We can also help with funding submissions and linking you to other partnerships.