Sunshine Coast Festival of Sand

Sunshine Coast Festival of Sand

When: 30 September 2017  to 2 October, 2017
Where: Mooloolaba Beach

Come and see the amazing sand creation of international sand artist Dennis Massoud, ‘the Sandman’ over the October long weekend. The Sandman will be creating a sand sculpture right on Mooloolaba Beach.

Adults and children alike will be amazed at what can be created from sand. Children will have the opportunity to learn about building sandcastles like the professionals, with two workshops being held over the weekend. 

As part of the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast, this event is part of a extensive program of events taking place all over the Sunshine Coast. For a full event program visit Sunshine Coast Council.

The Festival of Sand will be open from 9am to 3pm daily at Mooloolabah Beach in front of Loo with a View.

Entry: Adults $5; Children gold coin donation.

Book your Alexandra Headland Accommodation for the long weekend at the end of the September School Holidays with use here at The Mirage Resort. Enjoy Mirage’s very well equipped pool facilities, with a heated lagoon, lap and spa pools and heated children’s pool with a waterfall. Other facilities include a well equipped fenced park and nearby picnic area. Grownups will enjoy the full-sized tennis court, and families can match wits and ball skills on the half-basketball court. BOOK NOW

When: 14 & 15 October, 2017
Where:  Buderim War Memorial Hall, Buderim

Nothing exemplifies Spring more than beautiful blooming gardens. The Garden town of Buderim celebrates Spring with the annual Buderim Garden Festival in mid October.

The festival features four fabulous events over the weekend with the following:

  • The Spring Flower Show
  • Open Gardens
  • Quality Flower Market
  • St. Marks Church Floral Display

Spring Flower Show entries will fill the Memorial Hall with floral decorations, plants, vegetables, hanging baskets, bonsai, cut flowers and novelty arrangements in a blaze of colour.

The Plant Market presents a wide variety of plants from specialist growers and local enthusiasts that have established a reputation of  quality in their plants in the past years.

The Buderim Garden Show costs $15 for access to all the gardens, the hall and the plant market. A bus will move people between the gardens for a small extra cost. Pre-purchase tickets are available at the Old Buderim Post Office in Burnett Street, Manawee Nursery, Buderim Newsagency or Bendigo Bank.

Don’t miss this special weekend in Buderim. Book your Sunshine Coast Accommodation in Alexandra Headland, less than 7 kilometres from Buderim. The Mirage Alexandra Headland features 4.5 star resort-style accommodation set 50 meters from the main road along the Alexandra Headland strip. BOOK NOW


When: 13 to 15 October, 2017
Where: Kawana Sports Precinct, Bokarina

All you ever needed for home, lifestyle, outdoors and adventure at the one expo! The Sunshine Coast Home Show and Caravan, Camping & Boating Expo over 3 huge days from 13 to 15 October.

There will be 180 companies and thousands of products and services exhibiting their products and services for homes, lifestyles, outdoor living and outdoor adventure. Be prepared for a big day of adventure, learning, shopping and entertainment.

Entertainment includes:

  • Free kid’s rides and a jumping castle for the kids
  • Two Old Ducks cooking demonstrations
  • The Berkley Super Fishing Tank will take you on an underwater journey with a massive display

Make sure you grab your free copy of the 2017 Event Guide as you enter the event. The Guide contains all the essential information you need to know about the event including, entertainment details, event map, list of exhibitors and products on display, prize information and loads more!

Admission: Adults $12, Aged seniors $10, children under 16 are free with an adult.
Times: Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 9am to 4pm

For more information visit Sunshine Coast Expo

Kawana Sports Precinct is located at 320 Nicklin Way, Bokarina

Book your Sunshine Coast Accommodation for this event at Alexandra Headland’s Mirage Resort. Select from comfortable one, two or three bedroom apartments set 50 meters from the main road at Alexandra Headland. BOOK NOW


Sunshine Coast International Readers & Writers Festival
When: 12 & 13 August, 2017

Where: Coolum Beach Civic Centre

A festival for aspiring writers and bookworms alike! The Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival features two days and one night of entertainment at beautiful Coolum Beach.

The Festival showcases the amazing talents of a huge variety of local, national and international artists, including renowned writers, performers, musicians, raconteurs, poets and artists. 

The festival program features the launch of the first-ever 2018 SCIRWF Short Story Competition. Prizes will include a publishing package, cash and the publication of the Top 20 entries in the first-ever SCIRWF 2018 Short Story Anthology. 

On opening day the local Gubbi Gubbi people and Lyndon Davis will perform a welcome ceremony. Followed by Yvonne Corstorphin and her Cool Harmonies choir with a rousing and warm-hearted welcome to the 2017 festival.

The program continues throughout the weekend with workshops, book launches, presentations and entertainment. For a full program of events visit SCIRWF

Quality Artisan and food stalls will be operating in Jack Morgan Park from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13.

Tickets for the festival start from $80 for a full day pass to $140 for a two-day pass. For tickets visit Eventbrite

Coolum Civic Centre is located at 2-4 Park Street, Coolum Beach.

Get in quick and book your Sunshine Coast Accommodation for this event at The Mirage Alexandra Headland. This luxury four and a half star resort is set 50 meters from the main road at Alexandra Headland. BOOK NOW

Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival
When: Saturday 26 August, 2017
Where: Old Horton Park Golf Course, Maroochydore

The countdown is on until the Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival with an awesome lineup at Old Horton Park Golf Course on Saturday 26 August.

The festival now in its third consecutive year, will feature a diverse range of musical talent with a blend of electro and rock. With one main stage, a cash and PayWave bar, Champagne and Oyster Garden and larger-than-life art installations, the natural amphitheatre comes alive each year with the hottest acts and artists in Australia. 

The lineup includes:

  • The Presets
  • Bernard Fanning
  • Alison Wonderland
  • Mallrat
  • Anna of the North
  • Horrorshow
  • Skeggs
  • Northeast Party House
  • Billy Davis

Plus many more! So gather together your friends and make sure you grab a ticket for $120 from MMVAF and head along for a wicked day under the Sunshine Coast sun.

Old Horton Park Golf Course is located off Dalton Drive, Maroochydore.

Book your Sunshine Coast Accommodation for this event in a one, two or three bedroom apartment at The Mirage Alexandra Headland. BOOK NOW



Sunshine Coastrek
When: Friday 28 July, 2017
Where: Sunshine Coast

Coastrek is a 30-60km team trekking challenge run by Wild Women On Top, which will journey along the beautiful Sunshine Coast on Friday 28 July.

Teams of four, with at least 50% women, have between 10 to 18 hours to complete the challenge that starts at Caloundra (Dicky Beach) and finishes at Noosa (Woods). The purpose of this trek is getting fit while raising money to transform lives.

Coastrek has seen thousands of people complete the challenge, raising almost $15 million for The Fred Hollows Foundation to date.

This life-changing adventure starts months prior to the event with a 12 week training program that includes loads of expert tips, events and fundraising support to help competitors prepare for the big day.

It is amazing what can happen when a small group of women believe in the impossible. For more information visit Sunshine Coastrek

Get in quick and book your Sunshine Coast accommodation at the half-way point of the trek at The Mirage Alexandra Headland Resort. BOOK NOW



IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast
When: 8-10 September, 2017

Where: Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Love a challenge? Enter IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast and take on a world-class triathlon course beachside at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast in Australia’s beautiful Queensland.

The event starts at Mooloolaba Beach with a swim off the surf beach, next take on the super-fast bike course followed up by two running laps of Mooloolaba Esplanade to finish up the day. Find out more at IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast!

Whether you are competing in the event or just a spectator you’ll get to enjoy all that the Sunshine Coast offers from top class restaurants, stunning beaches and world famous attractions. 

The Mirage Alexandra Headland offers a choice of fully self-contained 1, 2 or 3 bedroom holiday apartments. Book your  Sunshine Coast accommodation with us today.

Sunshine Coast Marathon Queensland7 Sunshine Coast Marathon
When: 18-20 August, 2017

Where: Sunshine Coast, Queensland

The 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Run Festival draws participants from all over the Sunshine Coast, throughout Queensland, interstate and even internationally.

More than 10,000 runners and walkers are expected for the 2017 Sunshine Coast Marathon. The event offers several options for varying ages and abilities, including:

*The Channel 7 Marathon (42.195km)
*McDonalds Half Marathon (21.0975km)
*Westpac 10km
*Love & Partners 5km
*QLD Government Family Dash 2km
*Cricks Fun Run 1km

Many of the events are centred locally here around the Alexandra Headland area. For further details and registration information please visit the Sunshine Coast Marathon website.

The Mirage Alexandra Headland offers a choice of fully self-contained 1, 2 or 3 bedroom holiday apartments with excellent onsite facilities including lagoon swimming pool, lap pool, children’s wading pool, heated spa, gymnasium, sauna, full size tennis court, kids playground … and more!  It’s the perfect base for your Sunshine Coast holiday.

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