Snap a photo during the Heritage Discovery Weekend and win!
  • Monday 06 August 2018
buderim pioneer cottage

Planes, trains, lighthouses, museums and more are waiting to be discovered during the Heritage Discovery Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26.

Heritage Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said more than 12 fascinating museums and heritage places would open their doors over the weekend.

“Heritage Discovery Weekend is a fantastic way to learn more about our region’s history, have a family day out, and spark the curiosity of the next generation and inspire them to talk about the importance of preserving and sharing our history,” Cr Baberowski said.

“There will be a lot to discover, including historic collections, heritage-listed buildings, tours, talks, entertainment and so much more.”

To add to the weekend of discovery, council is inviting everyone to take a striking photo of their experience and share it online using the hashtag #heritagesunshinecoast.

The winning entry will receive a $100 voucher to spend at The Events Centre, Caloundra.

So, for a great weekend of fun, organise a group, pack the smartphone camera and a picnic and head off to explore our fascinating museums and heritage places.

For more information visit .

The Heritage Discovery Weekend is funded by council’s Cultural Heritage Levy. The Levy was introduced in 2009 to ensure the region’s stories, traditions and places continue to be protected and experienced by future generations. 

To find out more about the region’s rich heritage, pick up your free copy of the Discovery Guide from customer contact centres or libraries.

For more information contact Cultural Heritage 07 5420 8600 or or

Get involved in the Heritage Discovery Weekend:

Cobb & Co special event

Sunday, August 26, Bankfoot House, 10am – 3pm. Free.

Come to Bankfoot House and celebrate 150 years since the opening of the Cobb & Co route from Brisbane to the Gympie Goldfields. Learn about early transport from expert Jeff Powell, curator of Cobb & Co Museum, and Steve Ralph, from The Australian Teamsters Hall of Fame. Guided tours with the Friends of Bankfoot House and morning tea.

Visit Beersheba Living Museum

Sunday, August 26, 1pm – 4pm. Donation.

Learn about the Australian Light Horse and see displays of the uniforms, weapons and equipment used by the Australian Light Horse Regiments.

Visit Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society

Saturday, August 25, 1pm – 3pm. Free.

Ask our local historians about our vibrant and diverse coastal heritage and bring along your own photos, heritage items and memorabilia to share your personal or family history.

Take a guided tour along Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway

Saturday, August 25, Telco Road, Buderim, 2pm. Free.

The tramway was a lifeline to people on the Sunshine Coast before roads existed. Learn about tramway history with expert guides.

Visit heritage-listed Buderim Pioneer Cottage

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 11am - 3pm. $5 includes Devonshire Tea.

Pioneer Cottage is an original historic Buderim house built around 1882 and remains a piece of living history filled with heritage furniture, homewares, décor, photos, clothing and curios.

Take a tour of Caloundra Lighthouses

Saturday, August 25, 10am - 3pm. Adult $2 and children free.

Get the adrenaline pumping with a climb to the top of the 1896 lighthouse – the oldest surviving building in Caloundra – and enjoy the view of Kings Beach from the top.

Guided tours of Eumundi township

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, 10am - 3pm. Free.

Learn about Eumundi early settlers and industries. Collection includes natural history and Indigenous artefacts from the region. 10:30am Guided town walk (gold coin donation). Tour bookings essential. Phone 07 5442 8762.

Open house at Fairview (Pattemore House)

Sunday, August 26, 1pm - 4pm. Adults $5 and children free.

Visit this charming 1907 Queensland farmhouse, built entirely from white beech, pit-sawn on the property.

Attend a workshop at Genealogy Sunshine Coast

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 9am – 4pm. Free.

Explore a centre for researching family history, including local pioneers. Morning tea and sausage sizzle. Saturday 1pm, DNA or scanning and archiving workshop. Sunday 9.30am, research or trove workshop. Sunday 1pm, family history research workshop.

Take a trip to the country and visit Kenilworth Museum

Sunday, August 26, 10am - 2pm. Adults $4. Children $1.

Have a go operating the plug and cord telephone switchboard and see the working antique machines. Download the free Tour of the Township app and take an historical walk around the town starting at Kenilworth Information Centre.

Kings Beach Pavilion

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 6am - 3pm. Free.

Step inside this heritage-listed building built in 1937 that is now a popular café. Enjoy the heritage photo display.

Visit heritage-listed Landsborough Museum

Sunday, August 26, 9am – 3pm. Adults $5 and family $10.

Enjoy a sausage sizzle and find out more about Landsborough’s local heritage. View the local historical exhibitions including a rare Dead Man’s Penny.

Displays and refreshments at Nambour Museum

Saturday, August 25 11am – 4pm and Sunday, August 26 11am – 3pm. Adults $5 and children $1.

Explore the heritage of the local district, major industries such as sugar cane, telecommunications and health as well as many other facets of country life. There will be a special display featuring photographs, objects, and videos on the history of the locomotives that once worked at the Moreton Central Sugar Mill.

Queensland Air Museum

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 10am - 4pm. Adults $15 and children $8. 

QAM houses an F-111, Australia’s oldest DC3, 20 aircraft and 90 aircraft engines.

Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library

Saturday, August 25, 9am – 1pm. Free.  

Learn about Sunshine Coast people and places and search the collection of more than 10,000 local historical photographs.

Yandina Historic House

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 9.30am - 3pm. Free.

A lovely example of a hinterland homestead built in 1899, now a museum, information centre, craft shop, café and gallery.