Now school holidays are here, Patty is ready to pick strawberries!

Now school holidays are here, Patty is ready to pick strawberries!

Strawberry Fields forever

Along the old Cobb & Co Route, now called Laxton Road, Palmview, you will find the Sunshine Coast Farm and its Strawberry Fields. Run by the Carmichael family since 1980, strawberry picking season begins in June and runs until November.

So, bring the kids, pick a few punnets-worth, and maybe stop for some barista-brewed coffee, strawberry-sweet treats and homemade ice-cream. Admission is free and you pay for what you pick (following current wholesale pricing). Remember, the redder the better!

Visit www.strawberryfields.com.au

We love walking

Meet the Friends volunteer guides at the Arts and Ecology Centre for a guided walk of the garden. The Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden includes a variety of attractions along the walks that can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

Take a journey of discovery in Whipbird Village exploring nature and searching for hidden wildlife and artworks in the village located across the lagoon walk. Try balancing on the carved tree trunks or just sit on the timber platforms to enjoy a tranquil morning tea or lunch in the forest. The upper area includes a Sensory Trail that engages touch and smell to demonstrate that the Gardens are not just about what can be seen.

Visit www.friendsofmaroochybotanicgardens.org.au for more information.

Discover native animals in Beerwah

Ever wondered what lives in your backyard? Join Martin Fingland from Geckoes Wildlife to discover the secret life of flying foxes and other native animals that depend on them for survival.

Get up close and personal with three local species of flying fox. Meet owls, snakes and other animals that have a direct relationship with them.

Learn how flying foxes enhance the environment by pollinating and spreading the seeds of important trees.

Discover more about our fascinating local creatures and what to do if you come in contact with them. This is a free event but registration is essential. June 30 at 10am. Visit library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

In the swing of things

The Maleny Golf Club will be holding its free Junior Golf Clinic in July, on Wednesday and Thursday 4/5 and 11/12.  This is a perfect place for 7-12-year-olds to learn the basics: how to hold a club, stand properly, swing effectively. Ring 5499 9960 to book.

Balloonacy bounces in!

Bringing quality local entertainment from 3bCreative, this playful romp dishes up plenty of slapstick but also offers some touching reminders of the highs and lows of developing a strong friendship. Discover how the power of friendship turns Dotty’s life upside down and helps her fly to new heights. This show has been praised for its ‘childlike energy, innocence and total memorability’.

See Balloonacy on Saturday, July 7 at Kureelpa and Dulong Community Hall, 11am – midday. BYO snacks and drinks for a picnic lunch on the lawn after each performance. Include a little gift for the children.