The Australian Body Art Festival is one of the most unique and fascinating annual events on the Sunshine Coast calendar. It brings artists and models from all over Australia (and the world) to compete for top honours, and spectators flock to Cooroy to see what flights of fancy they come up with each year.
The word “swamp” brings to mind all manner of oozy and disgusting things, but mangrove “swamps” are one of my favourite ecosystems. So much so that I spent the Honours year of my Science degree doing a research project on mangrove ecology. If you share my enthusiasm for tidal wetlands, the Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary and Bilai Environmental Education Centre in Bli Bli is a wonderful place to visit.
One of the most iconic features of the Sunshine Coast landscape is the Glass House Mountains. And one of the best views of these striking volcanic remnants can be seen from the aptly named Glass House Mountains Lookout.
Gone are the old days of dingy, musty smelling opp shops crammed full of unwanted and unloved cast offs. The new Salvation Army Family Store in Caloundra West is bright and airy and huge. Did I mention how absolutely gigantic it is? Massive. Absolutely ginormous.
I slept really well this weekend. My monkey-mind often keeps me awake with its chittering and its gymnastic twists and turns, but this weekend it was still and calm and I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. Bliss.
I can thank Stephanie June Ellis for my good night’s sleep because I spent Saturday immersed in her fascinating drawing workshops at the Maleny Community Centre. Stephanie is a professional artist who specialises in geometric and biomorphic art. She holds regular workshops around Australia and, luckily for us, has now added the Sunshine Coast to her schedule.