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New building doubles city centre’s residential capacity

The Maroochydore city centre will soon be home to about 300 more residents, after the opening of a two-tower development. The Corso Residential Apartments, by More

Group calls for mass changes at camping hotspot

A group of government, tourism and environment representatives has called for widespread changes to improve management of a booming camping destination. The Teewah and Cooloola More

New boardwalk opens along Coastal Pathway

A 160m section of beachfront boardwalk has opened to the public after nine months of construction. The Caloundra Headland boardwalk, near Kings Beach, has replaced More

Boy, 11, dies after collision between bike and bus

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Glamping retreat and century-old homestead for sale

A 20-hectare property with glamping sites and a 100-year-old homestead has hit the market. Kanimbia estate, at 27 Innalls Road at Obi Obi, has attracted More

This Is Incomplete Without You 

A pink space of labour and gloss, This Is Incomplete Without You is an installation that considers the state of the passenger in transit. With clusters of video, sculpture, sound and text, this work navigates systems of transit as a way to map relational entanglement. This work is a direct response to Ruby Donohoe’s residency at Sub Tropic Studio at the Caloundra bus terminus and her three-hour public transport commute to and from the studio.

When: Until June 25. Gallery opening hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 2pm.

Where: Caloundra Art Gallery, 22 Omrah Ave, Caloundra.

Entry: Free entry. More info via Caloundra Regional Gallery.

Claudia Chan Shaw

ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) is welcoming well known designer, author and presenter, Claudia Chan Shaw for two arts talks. As a cultural tour leader for the Art Gallery Society NSW, she has led Art Deco tours to culture capitals including Shanghai, Miami, Cuba, New York and Singapore. On June 17 for Art Deco Style – Fashion and Jewellery, she will explore from the textile designs of Sonia Delaunay to the poster girls of Shanghai and the luxury of Cartier. On June 18 for Art Deco Sydney, she will look at the persistent presence of a visual culture defined not only through architecture, but also graphic and interior design, the decorative arts and photography. Drinks and nibbles are served after each lecture and you will be able to talk with Claudia.

When: Saturday, June 17, 3.45pm for a 4pm start; Sunday, June 18, 3pm to 4pm.

Where: Saturday – St Mary’s Church, 17 William Street, Tewantin; Sunday – University of the Sunshine Coast Sippy Downs Campus, Lecture Theatre 1.

Entry: $25. For Saturday bookings email Jenny Reeve at membershipnoosaadfas@gmail.com; for Sunday email Merle O’Rourke at orourke.mj@bigpond.com or phone 0419 795 625.

The Barleyshakes

Adored for their “bent” Irish sound, the Barleyshakes are winners of the Queensland Music Award for World Music. Recently returned from their tours of NZ, outback Queensland and FNQ, the Shakes will play fresh material as well as old favourites. Ever since their inception in the ’90s in Dublin, the Barleyshakes have injected new life into Irish music.

When: Saturday, June 10, 7.30pm.

Where: Eumundi Brewery, 1 Etheridge St, Eumundi.

Entry: $32.65 via Oztix.

Nathan Appo.

The Voice – It’s Time to Listen

The Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Group will hold a public talk at two locations on the Voice to Parliament referendum proposal. This seminar features First Nations speakers addressing the Voice to Parliament proposal. Entry includes refreshments.

When: Thursday, June 15, 9.30 am to 11.30am. Where: Maleny Community Centre, Maple St.

When: Friday, June 16, 6pm to 8pm. Where: Kawana Community Hall, 30 Nanyima St, Buddina.

Entry: From $15 via Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Group. 

Up Late: Tunes, fashion and drawing! 

Come along for a wearable art-costumed drawing workshop under the guidance of award-winning figurative artist David Bongiorno. Materials and drawing boards provided and bring along your personal materials of choice. Cash bar available and complementary nibbles provided.

When: Friday, June 9, 6pm to 8pm.

Where: Caloundra Art Gallery, 22 Omrah Ave, Caloundra.

Entry: $25 via Eventbrite.

Island Charity Swim

The much-anticipated swim, now in its 21st year, is set to make waves as participants, volunteers, and sponsors come together to support local special schools. With an ambitious fundraising target of over $100,000, this year’s event aims to make a significant difference in the lives of students with special needs. Swimmers of all abilities will test their endurance, embarking on a challenging 11km open-water swim. It was rescheduled from May 13.

When: From 7.30pm, Sunday, June 11.

Where: Starts at Mudjimba SLSC, Mudjimba Esplanade, Mudjimba, and ends at Mooloolaba SLSC, Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba.

Entry: Entries have closed. Free to watch from beaches. More information via Island Charity Swim.

Garden High Tea 

Come to a high tea at Stone Bridge Gardens. Funds raised will go to team Monkey Madness in support of Rally for a Cause to help Sunshine Coast families with life-limiting medical conditions. Enjoy a live auction for a two-night stay at Treetops Montville for two, guest speakers, signature cocktails and prizes.

When: Saturday, June 10, 10.30am to 1.30pm.

Where: Stonebridge Gardens, 20 Rifle Range Road, Palmwoods.

Entry: $50 via Monkey Madness.

Bloom sings Stevie Nicks, Carole King and Linda Ronstadt

Celebrate all the hits of Grammy Award-winning artists and vocal powerhouses Stevie Nicks, Carole King and Linda Ronstadt in one massive show. You can expect to hear hit after hit including You’re No Good, That’ll Be The Day, Blue Bayou, I Feel The Earth Move, It’s Too Late, Edge of Seventeen, Rhiannon, Landslide and Dreams. Be charmed by the Australian vocal powerhouse that is Bloom.

When: Friday, June 9, 8pm to 10pm.

Where: Kings Beach Tavern, 43 Burgess Street, Kings Beach.

Entry: $39.9 via Oztix.

Creating Wearable Art – The Secrets: With Denise Lamby 

Join Denise Lamby on a collaborative adventure and turn jumbled tea bag tags into a wearable artwork worthy of catwalk display. Themes include formulating a vision, planning, working with materials, overcoming doubt and just getting started. Participants will create components, problem solve and collaborate towards the end goal of a finished garment while leanring skills along the way.

When: Monday, June 12, 9am to 3pm.

Where: Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra.

Entry: $60 via Eventbrite.


Embark on an unforgettable musical journey with Estampa, a world folk jazz band hailing from Brisbane. Featuring the mesmerising violin and soulful vocals of Rebecca Karlen, the guitar and banjo wizardry of Paul Henderson, the accordion virtuosity of John Reeves and the rich double bass of Samuel Vincent, Estampa performances are a lively mix of world music that will transport you to the bustling streets of Paris, the sultry rhythms of Brazil, and beyond.

When: Friday, June 9, 7pm to 9pm.

Where: Eudlo Hall, 19 Rosebed St, Eudlo.

Entry: $30 via Humanitix.

ArtWorkz – Art for Everyone

Artists from across the Sunshine Coast will exhibit their creations at this event, which is in its third year and is becoming a must-do in the community art sector. Hosted by local disability support organisations Equity Works and Spiral, the event celebrates the valuable contribution people living with disability make to all aspects of community life. ArtWorkz aims to raise awareness and engagement around inclusivity of people of all walks of life and the therapeutic benefits of engaging in creativity.

When: Opening night Friday, June 30, 5pm to 6.30pm, exhibition on display Saturday, July 1, 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Where: 2-4 Park Street, Coolum Civic Centre, Coolum Beach

Entry: Registration essential for opening night via Humanitix, free to see exhibition the following day.

Coastrek Sunshine Coast

Created as the ideal weekend away, the Sunshine Coast Coastrek route journeys along some of the most picture-perfect coastal trails in the world. Fall in love with fitness by hiking 60km, 45km, 30km or 20km from Currimundi to Noosa. Walkers will experience gorgeous, white sand, plentiful wildlife and stunning trails. Get out in nature, expand your comfort zone and do something great for your own health and happiness, while fundraising for healthy hearts. Join thousands of trekkers in teams of four for an epic adventure of fun, fitness, friends and fundraising, proudly supporting the Heart Foundation.

When: Friday, July 21, from 6am (60km), 7am (45km), 9.30am (30km), 3pm (20km)

Where: Currimundi Beach (60km), Alexandra Headland Beach (45km), Mudjimba (30km) or Coolum (20km) to Noosa.

Entry: Register from $234 (60km), $203 (45km), $172 (30km), $150 (20km), via Coastrek. 

Grand Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine

From the trauma and heartbreak of war in their country, to the major cities of USA and Europe. Now to the stages of New Zealand and Australia … this is the Grand Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine. It was formed in 2014 by the premier dancer of the National Opera of Ukraine, Oleksandr Stoianov, who is renowned for his high jumps, energy and is known as the modern Nureyev. The company performs a diverse range of classical repertoire, including legendary ballets Forest Song, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Giselle, and Carmen Suite, as well as other contemporary ballets. Since the outbreak of war in 2022, at the request of their families, the Grand Kyiv Ballet have remained outside of Ukraine.

When: Friday, June 16, 7.30pm.

Where: The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra.

Entry: $108, $98 concession, $68 child via The Events Centre.

SEA LIFE Trust Global Beach Clean

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium is hosting its annual clean-up event, in line with World Oceans Day and the inaugural Mooloolaba Whale Welcoming Weekend. Locals and visitors are encouraged to join hands to make a positive impact on the environment and protect our delicate marine environments from the plague of plastics. The beach clean will be part of the Whale Welcoming Weekend. Working closely with Visit Sunshine Coast and other local businesses, the hope is to create a milestone event that will become a tradition for years to come.

When: Saturday, June 10, 10am to midday.

Where: Mooloolaba Beach

Entry: Free. For more information see SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.

Gig guide

Friday, June 9

  • The Ten Tenors, Events Centre Caloundra, 7pm
  • Camerata, Buderim War Memorial Hall, 7pm
  • Salt Tree, Sol Bar, 7pm
  • Shades, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Liam Griffin, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Alys Ffion, Cooroy RSL, 6pm
  • Destinys Plan, Maroochy Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • Dusk Revival, Kawana Surf Club, 7pm

Saturday, June 10 

  • Pity Vincent, Sol Bar, 7pm
  • Rockfest Caloundra, Norton Music Factory, 3pm
  • Neil Murray, Diddillibah Hall, 6pm
  • Tracy Vaughn Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Souled, Caloundra RSL, 9pm
  • The Febs, Maroochy Surf Club, 7.30pm

Sunday, June 11

  • The Jungle Giants, Venue 114, 7pm
  • Beier Griffin Pollak Trio, Tranquil Maleny, 4pm
  • Swizzle Duo, Maroochy RSL, 6pm
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