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‘Folkies’, dunny races and hot ginger – Sunshine Coast serves up a “tropical” summer menu

November 13, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast may have some of Australia’s finest beaches, but that’s just the start of their offerings for the upcoming summer holidays.

In less than 30 minutes drive from the coast, visitors can experience an eclectic mix of memorable holiday experiences including the legendary Woodford Folk Festival (27 Dec – 1 Jan), the Ginger Flower & Food Festival (17 – 19 Jan) and one of Australia’s quirkiest festivals – the Australia Day Dunny Races at Ettamogah Pub (26 Jan).

With both Sunshine Coast Airport and Brisbane Airport providing easy access to the region’s coastal and Hinterland attractions, the ‘Sunny Coast’ is an ideal holiday destination for short or long stays this summer.

The Woodford Folk Festival offers a range of ticket options so that holidaymakers can combine earthy folk with a traditional beach holiday. The Festival this year features over 500 acts spread across 28 venues and six days. Highlights from the musical portion of the bill include Beth Orton, Tim Finn, Clare Bowditch, and Julian Marley. In addition, the GREENhouse venue will host environmental workshops, information sessions and debates, while The Parlour and the Bazaar will feature theatrical presentations including Hot Brown Honey Burlesque, sideshow stunt performers The Dirty Brothers, one-man murder mystery Birdmann, and Woodford’s annual game show the Festival of Fortune. More information – www.woodfordfolkfestival.com.

January is also the month when one of the world’s most versatile plants – ginger – comes to the fore, with its blooms lighting up the Ginger Flower & Food Festival. Ginger or ginger root is consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice, and the Sunshine Coast’s Ginger Factory will be showcasing the plant’s remarkable role as both an essential ingredient to food and as a beautiful flower. There will be specialist workshops, demonstrations and tastings, and children will enjoy it as much as their parents with rides, entertainment and a tasty array of ginger-infused smoothies, cordials and – of course – gingerbread men guaranteed to capture their interest. www.gingerfactory.com.au

The Ginger Factory is located at Yandina, and can be complemented by visits to Nutworks & the Chocolate Factory just a short walk from the Ginger Factory. Nutworks holds chocolate ‘workshops’ throughout the holidays – and they are very hands on… finger-lickingly so. www.nutworks.com.au

For more cerebral culinary pleasures at Yandina, the Spirit House is a delight for all the senses. Set in lush tropical gardens nestled around a tranquil pond, bubbling waterfalls, tinkling wind chimes and the sounds of nature, the Spirit House offers hands-on cooking classes and award winning contemporary Asian food throughout the summer break. www.spirithouse.com.au

Arguably the best way to end the summer holidays, and celebrate Australia Day at the same time, is by participating in a unique Australian past-time – dunny races. The celebration of the old Australian outdoor toilet is held each on Australia Day,January 26, at the wonderfully crooked structure that is the Ettamogah Pub. Other events include keg lifting and mullet tossing. The Ettamogah Pub is located at Aussie World, a theme park featuring more than 30 rides and games in the Sunshine Coast suburb of Palmview. The Ettamogah Pub is based on the cartoon creation of Ken Maynard regularly published in the now defunct Australasian Postwww.aussieworld.com.au/content/ettamogah-pub

The Sunshine Coast’s rich tapestry of summer holiday offerings – Dunny Races, the Woodford Folk Festival and the Ginger Flower & Food Festival 

For a full range of events and holiday options on the Sunshine Coast – www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au

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