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Toilet race and tomato throw spell Sunshine Coast summer

October 30, 2015 Headline News, Weird & Wacky No Comments Print Print Email Email

egtmedia59Events involving tomato squashing and a race in an outback ‘dunny’ toilet are part of the rich tapestry of summer holiday offerings available on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Visit Sunshine Coast released an overview yesterday of what’s available.

The Sunshine Coast is offering a feast of festivals to spice up summer for families, folkies and fun lovers.

The emphasis of the 2015-16 summer is on the outdoors, with the Sunshine Coast Swimathon taking place at the Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre on 6 December, raising funds for MS. www.msswimathon.com.au/swim-locations/sunshine


Aussie World Dunny Race Winners 2014. Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles vs Caloundra AFL

With the sun an almost permanent feature of the Sunshine Coast, a focus on food is natural, with the 6 December 2015 Mary Valley Tomato Festival at Imbil a must for any lovers of the ‘big red’. While there are serious prizes for the heaviest tomato and ‘most interesting shape’, the real fun begins with the ‘Tomato Splat’, ‘Tomato Throw’ and Tomato eating relay races. www.maryvalleytomatofestival.com

The Woodford Folk Festival (27 December – 1 January) is one of Australia’s premier music festivals and offers a variety of ticket options so that holidaymakers can combine earthy folk with a traditional beach holiday. This year, the Festival’s stellar lineup includes Josh Pyke, Franti, Ed Kuepper and Katie Noonan. More than just a music festival, Woodford showcases diverse acts, including dance, theatre, comedy, film, street performances, visual arts and indigenous performances. Extensive camping facilities and a range of accommodation/festival packages are available at –www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

Ginger Flower Food Festival

Ginger Flower Food Festival

January is also the month when one of the world’s most versatile plants – ginger – comes to the fore in the Ginger Flower & Food Festival (22 – 24 January). Ginger or ginger root is consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice, and the Sunshine Coast’s Ginger Flower & Food Festival – celebrating its 20th anniversary – will be showcasing the plant’s remarkable role as both an essential ingredient to food and as a beautiful flower. Stand by for specialist workshops, demonstrations and tastings, and children will enjoy it as much as their parents with a wide range of kids activities, including rides, entertainment and sampling of ginger-infused smoothies, cordials and – of course – gingerbread men. www.gingerfactory.com.au

The Color Run is a fun run that gets very colourful along the way. Staged at the Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday 16 January, the Color Run is billed as the ‘happiest 5 kilometres on the planet’ and involves running a course that includes obstacles, dancing and paint. The event is ideal for families and friends. http://thecolorrun.com.au/event/sunshine-coast-2/



Arguably the best way to end the summer holidays and celebrate Australia Day at the same time is by participating in a unique Australian pastime – dunny races. The celebration of the old Australian outdoor toilet is held each on Australia Day, January 26, at Aussie World. Other events include keg lifting and mullet tossing. www.aussieworld.com.au

And throughout the summer, many of the Sunshine Coast’s major markets – such as the renowned Eumundi Markets – will hold additional twilight markets to make the most of the warm evenings.

Here’s a brief roundup of December-to-January Events on the Sunshine Coast

  • 3-5 Dec                 Tag World Cup (Rugby)
  • 6 Dec                     Sunshine Coast MS Swimathon
  • 6 Dec                     Mary Valley Tomato Festival
  • 14-18 Dec            Rip Curl Gromsearch
  • 15-18 Dec            Sunshine Coast Masters Pro-Golf, Twin Waters
  • 27 Dec – 1 Jan    Woodford Folk Festival
  • 16 Jan                    Color Run
  • 22 – 24 Jan           Ginger Flower and Food Festival (celebrating 20th year)
  • 26 Jan                    Australia Day –dunny races at Aussie World
  • 30 Jan                    Ocean Swim Festival, Noosa
  • 6-7 Feb                 Gatorade Queensland Tri-Series, Caloundra

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

Edited by Peter Needham

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