Discover the clever critters in your Sunshine Coast backyard
  • Thursday 14 March 2019

Have you ever wondered what type of native animals might call your garden home? If so, mark our Backyard Buddies events in your calendar.

Presented by Geckoes Wildlife, these free events are hosted at libraries across the region, and provide the opportunity to get up close with three local species of flying-fox and meet owls, snakes and other animals.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said this educational and interactive series is a great addition to the libraries’ diverse events available for the community, further reinforcing the Sunshine Coast Council’s healthy, smart, creative vision.

“Bring your kids along and discover more about all these fascinating creatures in the comfort of our local libraries,” Cr McKay said.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about their interesting habits and what to do if you come in contact with them.

“You’ll even learn about the secret life of flying-foxes and other native animals that depend of them for survival.

“These little critters are also local residents of the Sunshine Coast, so we all need to educate ourselves on how to live side-by-side and respect the wildlife.”

The Backyard Buddies events are free, but registration is essential. Head to the library website or call 5475 8989 to secure your spot.

Sunshine Coast Libraries host a variety of events across the region, head to our What’s On events calendar to find out what’s happening in your area, or subscribe to the library eNews.

Backyard Buddies



Saturday 16 March

10.00 – 11.30am

Caloundra Library

Tuesday 19 March

5.00 – 6.30pm

Coolum Library

Saturday 23 March

10.00 – 11.30am

Nambour Library

Tuesday 2 April

5.00 – 6.30pm

Maroochydore Library

Saturday 6 April

10.00 – 11.30am

Kawana Library

Wildlife enthusiasts should also mark the 5th Annual Australasian Bat Night in their calendars.  The event will take place   from 4.30 – 8.30pm on Saturday April 27 at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and activity and information stalls will open from 3pm.

Along with a special outdoor cinema screening of The Lego Batman Movie, attendees are invited to join Frankie the flying-fox and learn about all the amazing things flying-foxes do to keep our environment healthy.

Patrons can opt to park at Maleny Showgrounds and catch a shuttle bus to the event.

For more information about the event visit council’s website.