Check out the Sunshine Coast’s stunning wild side
NATURE is putting on its annual display of wildflowers and we're celebrating.
The Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival is on from August 18-30, with 18 events including guided walks, activities and art exhibitions.
Sunshine Coast residents and visitors are invited to explore the region's natural beauty and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about our natural environment, so come and explore the exquisite range of native flowering plants our local ecosystems support.
Environment portfolio councillor Jenny McKay said wildflowers typically only grew in wallum heathland.
"Here on the Sunshine Coast, we have 15 examples of wallum heathland, making this one of the few places in the world to experience this sensory display on such a scale," Cr McKay said.
"The proximity to the ocean has always been a challenge to this ecosystem.
"Our Biodiversity Strategy shows that 63% of our local wallum heath has been lost to development since European settlement.
"This highlights the importance of understanding our local environment."
The festival will feature activities for all ages and interests including lino printing and printmaking, wildflower walks and art exhibitions.
Bookings are now open and residents can view a full program on council's website.
Go to sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.