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Founded by Stephen Leek and Graeme Morton in 1993, this Brisbane-based vocal ensemble was created with the purpose of promoting the new and ever-changing genre of Australian choral music. The ensemble has worked with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Hobart Chamber Orchestra, Topology, One Equal Music and countless more choirs and ensembles, sharing the unique repertoire with all corners of the globe. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, The Australian Voices now ventures into a new era under the artistic direction of John Rotar, flowing with the ever-changing, living and breathing music that Australia produces.

When: Sunday, August 20, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Where: 23 Maple Street, Maleny.

Entry: $25 to $40 via TryBooking.

Caravan and Outdoor Expo 

The biggest caravanning event on the Sunshine Coast is returning to Nambour Showgrounds. The very latest models of caravans, motorhomes, campervans, camper/tent trailers and slide-ons, plus Queensland Tourism information, will be on display during the three-day event. Caravanning Queensland’s popular Weight and Towing Masterclasses are back and will again be a popular addition to this year’s expo. Jeff Palmer (Tow-Ed Qld), Dave Lewis (Weightcheck Qld) and Gary Gardiner (Total Towing Setups) are ready to arm you with vital information and tips to hit the road safely and with confidence.

When: Friday, August 18, to Sunday, August 20, 9am to 5pm.

Where: Nambour Showgrounds.

Entry: $13 to $15 via Caravanning Queensland.

Ben Bennett Bushland Park Guided Walk

This is an ideal introductory short walk into the wildflowers. Head along on the walk to discover this diverse patch of bushland in the heart of Caloundra with the Friends of Ben Bennett Bushland Park and Wildlife Preservation Society. Bring water, insect repellent and binoculars for the birds. Toilets are available.

When: Saturday, August 19, 9.30am to 11.30am.

Where: Ben Bennett Bushland Park, Caloundra.

Entry: For more information see Sunshine Coast Events. For bookings contact sunshine@wildlife.org.au.

Healthy Forests = Healthy Us 

Celebrate the forest and human health. Experience and learn ways of taking care of our health in nature which can benefit Earth’s health, and understand how healing country heals ourselves. This is a variety of family workshops, walks and talks by Sunshine Coast organisations at Foote Sanctuary.

When: Sunday, August 20, 11am to 3pm.

Where: Eric Joseph Foote War Memorial Sanctuary, Park Lane, Buderim.

Entry: Free. Register via Humanitix.

Beneath The Southern Cross

From Georgie Girl to You’re the Voice, acclaimed Sunshine Coast ensemble Oriana Choir will present a celebration of Australian music from across the decades. Beneath the Southern Cross will have toes tapping and hearts singing as the choir offers an eclectic selection of Australian music.

When: Sunday, August 20, 2pm to 5.30pm.

Where: Stella Maris Catholic Primary School, Stella Way, Maroochydore.

Entry: $15 to $39 via Oriana.

Picture: Shutterstock

Grease The Musical 

From the team that brought audiences the sell-out production of Little Shop of Horrors in 2022, de Jager Productions and Cope Creations are excited to bring Rydell High to life. Partnering for the second time with Riley Cope, who will also direct the show, producer Marina de Jager is passionate about bringing quality theatre opportunities to the Sunshine Coast, by locals for locals.

When: Saturday, September 2, and Sunday, September 3, multiple show times.

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

Entry: $52 to $59 via The Events Centre.

Children’s Festival

The 2023 Noosa Steiner Children’s Festival is a celebration of the wonder and light of childhood, with something for everyone. This popular yearly festival offers activities for children of all ages, including pony rides, aerial silks, archery and a rock-climbing wall. Families will enjoy the live entertainment by talented students throughout the day, and browsing the mini-market stalls. A variety of nourishing and locally sourced food will be available.

When: Sunday, August 20, 10am to 3pm.

Where: Noosa Pengari Steiner School, Nyell Road, Doonan.

Entry: Free entry.

Coastal Gardens 

The Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden will host The Backyard Series in 2023. Learn how to create beautiful native gardens at home with the help of landscape designers, and soil and local plant experts who will offer inspiration and know-how for a thriving green space.

When: Saturday, August 19, 10am-12pm.

Where: Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, 51 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha.

Entry: $20 via Eventbrite. 

Weekend gig guide

Friday, August 18

  • CIVIC, Solbar, 7pm
  • Battle of the Buskers, Kings Beach Tavern, 6pm
  • Tracy Vaughan Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Tom Weber, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Alexis, Coolum Surf Club, 8.30pm
  • Jay Bishoff, Cooroy RSL, 6pm
  • DJ JD7, Palmwoods Hotel, 8.30pm
  • DJ Mr Sparkle, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm

Saturday, August 19

  • Gypsyland, Kings Beach Tavern, 7pm
  • Mr Thompson, Morts Brewing Co., 5pm
  • Greg Poppleton Band, Caloundra Powerboat Club, 6pm
  • Surf Trash, Solbar, 7pm
  • Midnight Groove, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Luke Speerin, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • TILT, Alex Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • Ricky the Rockstar, Coolum Surf Club, 8.30pm
  • Resignation, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm

Sunday, August 20

  • Swizzle Duo, Maroochy RSL, 6pm
  • 80’s Recall, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • Daryl James, Mooloolaba Surf Club, 2pm
  • Paul Vercoe, Palmwoods Hotel, 2pm
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