Snow forecast for Sunshine Mitre 10 Gympie

Despite temperatures expected to hit the mid-30’s, snow is forecast for parts of Gympie next week, with the arrival of an interactive Christmas-themed Snow Globe at Sunshine Mitre 10’s Langton Street store.

Lightly filled with artificial snow, the inflatable Globe can comfortably accommodate up to 5 people and will be instore over two Saturdays in December, the 15th and 22nd between 9am and 2pm.

Much like a Santa photo, the Snow Globe is the ideal setting to capture the magic of Christmas, but one that comes at no cost.

Mary Valley Rattler schedules record number of services

The Mary Valley Rattler will mark a major milestone next month, with a record number of train journeys scheduled for December, as strong demand from visitors builds.

The heritage railway experience is on track to run 34 services in December, a 30% increase from its regular timetable of the 26 services spread across Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays since the popular attraction reopened in early October.

Mary Valley Rattler Chairman Ian McNicol said the significant jump is a result of special Christmas services, an extension of the Retro Fridays trial and the demand for group bookings.

“We’re thrilled with the way Queenslanders have embraced the return of the Rattler, so much so that we will continue with our trial of Retro Fridays, the short haul trip to Monkland on the Silver Bullet rail motor paired with breakfast or lunch at the Platform No.1 Café throughout December. We have also planned some very special trips to celebrate Christmas,” Mr McNicol said.

“There will be a special Christmas service scheduled next month, with two additional charter services to run for private functions.

All aboard the Mary Valley Rattler Christmas Train

The Mary Valley Rattler will celebrate its first Christmas since regular services resumed with a special Twilight Christmas Train journey, along with the opportunity to take your own photos with Santa Claus every Sunday in December in the lead up to Christmas.

The inaugural Mary Valley Rattler Twilight Christmas Train will depart historic Gympie Station on Tozer Street on Friday 14th December at 5.30pm, on an extended return trip to Amamoor Station.

Mary Valley Rattler Chairman Ian McNicol said the Rattler’s Twilight Christmas Train is a rare opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the scenic Mary Valley at night.

Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade to light up December!

A flotilla of local boats will light up The Mooloolah River with the spirit of the season again this year for the 15th annual Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade, organised by Mooloolaba Yacht Club.

MYC Vice Commodore Josh Close said the Parade, starting at 6.30pm on Saturday 22nd December, will be the biggest and best yet with a record level of entries expected not only from boat owners but homeowners along the Parade route too.

“The Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade is a wonderful event for the club as we love bringing boaties and the community together to enjoy what can only be described as a magical sight,” Mr Close said.

During the Parade, The Wharf Mooloolaba will be hosting a special outdoor broadcast from popular local radio station Mix FM, who will be running great competitions for listeners.

The Wharf Mooloolaba co-owner, Dirk Long said the Christmas Boat Parade is a particularly exciting time for everyone at The Wharf, as Stage Two of the refurbishment at the popular precinct nears completion.

“Since this time last year, we’ve had several fantastic new restaurants and dining options open at The Wharf, including Il Vento, La Finca, El Bigotón and Fior Di Latte, as well as retail stores – Bedouin Traders, Mikimi Resortwear and Meraki Thread Co., who are all excited to experience the Parade for the first time,” Mr Long said.

“Along with the other restaurants Rice Boi, Saltwater Fish and Chippery, See Restaurant, Chances and Hogs Breath Café, and activity centres, it’s a great opportunity for everyone at The Wharf to celebrate Christmas together.”

Mr Close said families and friends from across the region, as well as visitors, will gather at The Wharf, La Balsa Park and other vantage points along the river to see the Parade, which sees local boaties decorate their boats with twinkling lights and other decorations to celebrate the festive season.

“It’s a lot of fun for everyone involved and some of the entrants really go all out to win one of the trophies on offer, like Best Dressed Boat, Brightest Boat, Best New Entry, Best Dressed Kids, and even Best Decorated Houses and Units,” Mr Close said.

To enter the Boat Parade and find out more, visit

This year, all Parade entry fees go directly to support the Sunshine Coast branch of Rosies Friends on the Street, a Queensland-based community group offering friendship and support to some of our most vulnerable through a street outreach program.

Rosies local coordinator Carolyn Wilson said recent statistics showed nearly 900 people are sleeping rough across the Sunshine Coast.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Mooloolaba Yacht Club,” Ms Wilson said.

“As their charity of choice for the fantastic Mooloolaba Boat Parade our fundraising drive will receive a great kickstart towards the purchase of a new outreach van, which includes a servery and a cargo bay for the swags, toiletries and other items we connect to those in need.”

This event is made possible with thanks to support from Sunshine Coast Council, Nine Sunshine Coast, Mix FM, Sunshine Coast Daily, Reflected Image PRoductions, Waterfront Agents, GT Print, Sea Life Mooloolaba, Oaks Hotels and Resorts, Adams + Sparkes, Colliers International, Blackburne Jackson, Hanrick Curran and Westpac Bank.

For more information including how to enter your house or boat visit

New faces help to take Foundation to the next level

Two new directors including a local lawyer and business success coach have been formally appointed to the Board of the Buderim Foundation at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting held recently.

Paul Kusy from My Legal Group and Rebecca Ramsay from Clear Light Capital join ten current directors and replace retiring directors – John Kruger and Lisa Edwards.

In announcing the new appointments, convener of the panel of Members responsible for their selection, Mr. Rod McKinnon said each of the new directors has an acknowledged track record of success and achievement in their respective fields.

“They each bring a great deal to their new roles adding further breadth and depth to this outstanding community organisation,” Mr McKinnon said.


Paul Kusy – photo by Ross Eason

“It’s a significant development in the Foundation’s evolution and I’m confident they will make a great contribution to the next phase of growth.


“I would like to acknowledge the exceptional contribution by both former Chair of our Grants Committee, Lisa Edward and resident lawyer, John Kruger. Collectively, they have volunteered in many and various roles for the Buderim Foundation for more than eight years.”

Paul Kusy has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial, business and property lawyer. He has lived in Buderim since 1999.

Mr Kusy previously served for over 10 years as a director for the Queensland not for profit organisation, Community Solutions Group Limited.  He has also served as a committee member for RADF (Regional Arts Development Fund) for the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and as the secretary of the Mooloolaba Chamber of Commerce.

An experienced business owner and coach, Rebecca Ramsay is a vibrant communicator skilled in motivating and evolving leaders through dynamic coaching and development.


Rebecca Ramsay – photo by Ross Eason

Ms Ramsay’s business experience combined with her keen focus on personal and professional development, allows her a unique approach to assisting business in identifying improvement opportunities for both people and systems. She is the Chair of the Buderim Foundation’s Grants Committee.


The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation whose purpose is to strengthen the Buderim community by harnessing the power of giving. It does this by receiving donations and bequests, carefully investing the funds to generate income and distributing the income as grants to organisations that provide services to Buderim.

For more information on the Buderim Foundation, please visit,

Come join Retro Fridays at the Mary Valley Rattler

By popular demand, iconic tourist attraction the Mary Valley Rattler announced today it will start Retro Fridays, a fun filled journey every Friday morning aboard the gleaming 1960’s Silver Bullet railmotor with complimentary breakfast or lunch.

As part of a trial, every Friday 10am, the beautifully restored Silver Bullet diesel railmotor will travel a portion of the Mary Valley heritage rail corridor on a return trip to nearby Monkland, a suburb on the north-east bank of the Mary River home to the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum.

With a meal included in the ticket price, passengers will also enjoy either a delicious breakfast or lunch from Platform No. 1 Café prior to or after travelling.

At 30 minutes for a roundtrip, Mary Valley Rattler Chairman Ian McNicol said Retro Fridays are an ideal way to sample just some of the magic of heritage rail travel the Mary Valley Rattler is known for.

“A trip Monkland is a great way to see parts of Gympie from a completely different perspective – you’ll cross the historic Victoria Bridge, which towers a whopping 33 metres above Deep Creek,” Mr McNicol said.

“And, if you’re like me and fondly remember the era when locomotives like the Silver Bullet were first made, what better way to relive the spirit of the 50’s and 60’s than spending a morning aboard and learning about this remarkable engine on Retro Fridays.”

The Silver Bullet, as it’s known, is a 2000 Class Railmotor first introduced onto Queensland Railways in 1956 as a passenger only vehicle seating almost 100 passengers across 2 units, fully fitted out with a luggage compartment­­.

Fully restored to a high spec, the Silver Bullet in the Mary Valley Rattler’s fleet of engines is an exceptional example of the 2000 Class, a symbol of modernism and prosperity in its heyday and now an eye-catching reminder of an optimistic time for Queenslanders.

Tickets for Retro Fridays are $30 for adults and $15 for children and include either breakfast or lunch at the Platform No. 1 Café located at the historic Gympie Station on Tozer Street.

The station, considered one of the best examples of timber railway architecture in Queensland, is the home of the Mary Valley Rattler and recently underwent a full refurbishment.

Check in is at the station at least 30 minutes prior to departure and passengers are encouraged to arrive early not only to enjoy breakfast prior to departure, but to have a chat with the drivers and tour guides before boarding the train.

For further insight into the rich heritage of the Mary Valley and how the region has grown, be sure to make time to view the historical display at that station and visit the gift shop selling locally made products, speciality giftware and souvenirs – ideal stocking fillers with Christmas just around the corner.

For more information along with about Retro Fridays, and to book, visit or call the Mary Valley Rattler on 07 5482 2750. Wheelchair access and plenty of off-street parking available.


DATE:              Every Friday morning

TIME:               Train departs at 10am, returns at 10:30 – check in at least 30 mins before departure

VENUE:            Historic Gympie Station, Tozer Street, Gympie 4570

COST:               $30 adults $15 children. All tickets include either breakfast or lunch at Platform No. 1 Cafe

Date set for Buderim Community Christmas Carols

The Buderim Village Park will come alive with festive spirit, with the date set for the Buderim Community Carols on Sunday, 9th December.

The 2017 BWMCA Community Carols Crowd – photo by Ross Eason

With pre-show entertainment from 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start, along with a special appearance by Santa Claus, locals and visitors alike are invited to join in on the popular annual event, hosted again this year by the BWMCA and Buderim Bendigo Community Bank.

BWMCA Carols organiser Andrew Butterworth said the Buderim Community Christmas Carols would this year feature the Suzie Keenan and Friends trio, Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence (BYTES) and local ukulele collective The Uka-lalians.

“After the success of last year’s event on the new Buderim Village Park stage, we are even more excited about this year’s Buderim Community Carols, which for the local community really heralds the beginning of the Christmas season,” Mr Butterworth said.

“We welcome everyone to gather their family and friends, and bring along a chair or a picnic rug for what promises to be a magical night.

“Along with some great live acts performing, we will have many Carols for everyone to sing along with too, and hope the Buderim community will join in on the spirit of peace and goodwill as we head into Christmas.”

Buderim remembers a terrible war’s end

Australia’s worst trauma, World War 1, left a legacy of sorrow felt to this day. Buderim was no exception. The tiny farming community lost ten of its young men from the 49 who saw active service.

These words are part of the address to be delivered by veteran Drew Miller at Buderim’s Remembrance Day service on Sunday 11 November, marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 1918.

Mr Miller, who served with the UN in the Australian Peace Keeping Contingent in Rwanda and is now a science teacher at Sunshine Coast Grammar School, will lead the service that takes place at the E.J. Foote War Memorial Sanctuary in Park Lane,  Buderim commencing at 10.30am.

USC gets drone’s eye view of migrating whales

Inexpensive drones are offering scientists from the University of the Sunshine Coast a spectacular birds’ eye view of migrating humpback whales.

Two times a day, three days a week, researchers are setting sail in a Sunreef tourist boat into the waters off Mooloolaba.

Tourism researcher Dr Vikki Schaffer said the drone was an inexpensive consumer-grade model chosen so that the experiment could be replicated in other areas.

“Drones offer an aerial view that is absolutely changing the game for whale research which, to date, has been challenged because of the logistics around getting close to whales,” she said.

Exciting new fashion & homewares businesses to call The Wharf Mooloolaba home

As part of The Wharf Mooloolaba’s $10million refurbishment, some exciting new retail ventures will open their doors this week, joining a mix of cafes, restaurants, bars and recreational attractions already busy operating in the open-air precinct.

The launch of these new retail businesses is further evidence The Wharf Mooloolaba is firmly re-establishing a reputation as the place to meet, eat and explore at Mooloolaba and on the Sunshine Coast.

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