Native Plants Sunshine Coast Meetings, Excursions and Local Events for 2017

Please contact Events Management if you have anything to contribute to this calendar.

13 August, Bobbie Sattler Reserve, Pierce Ave, Bell’s Creek, 9.00 am. start.  Conor Jenkins from Sunshine Coast Council will lead the walk and members of the Wallum Study group will join us, so we will have plenty of expertise to help ID the tricky plants.

Directions: Leave Caloundra Rd at Racecourse Rd and head south.  Pierce Ave is first on the right.  Follow it to the last large industrial building on the left. Meet at the locked gate just past the industrial building.  There is plenty of street parking.

September 9, 9.30 – 3.00. Natives Naturally, full day at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha.

Check the  full day Programme for both native  plant and bee enthusiasts, including walks, talks, a hive making workshop and plant sales. See you at the Green Wall café for a NPSC members cuppa, about 10:30am.

October 8, a morning visit to Witjuti Grub Bushfood Nursery, 84 Falls Creek Rd, Obi Obi.

Veronica Cougan will give us a nursery tour, a talk and we can buy bush food plants (but cash only)  We can car pool from Mapleton after a coffee at La Botiga – departing from Mapleton by 10.30 am.

November 12, Sunday: 9.30 am,  Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha.

Hilary Pearl to talk on the progress of her Wallum PhD studies and tips on collecting plants for an herbarium.                Morning tea at 10.30 will be provided by the Friends of the Maroochy Gardens (small donation appreciated ).  Other groups invited:  Wallum Study Group, Native Plants Caboolture, Coolum Community Nursery, Coolum and North Shore Coast Care, Wildlife Queensland Sunshine Coast Branch.             RSVP to Marie  by 9th for catering purposes.

December 2, Saturday: 8.00 am to 1.00 pm, Mapleton Plant Sale, at the Mapleton Community Library Fair, Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton

December 10, Sunday: 10.00 am   Let’s celebrate 10 years for Native Plants Sunshine Coast at The Orangery at Cairncross Cnr, Maleny.  The car park entry is in Mountain View Rd.

Cost: $12.00 per person for coffee/tea and a range of cakes and pastries all made on the premises and includes gluten free options. RSVP to Marie by 5th December: or 5494 9187 or 0427 152 022 (deposit required based on numbers).

Suggestions for further events welcomed.

Events in which we will participate during the coming months include:
25 – 27 August, Noosa Wallum Festival, Bicentennial Hall Annexe, Sunshine Beach (Draft Brochure).
9 September, Natives Naturally, Maroochy Botanic Gardens, 9:30am to 3:00pm.  Display.
16 – 17  September, Native Flower Show & Plants sale, Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Display with Wallum Study Group.

Information about these events will be posted as it comes to hand.

Regional and National Events

August 25 – 27, Noosa Wallum Festival, Bicentennial Hall Annexe, Sunshine Beach.

Refer to the Draft Brochure  for details available at this time. Additional information will be posted when received.

September 9, Natives Naturally, Maroochy Botanic Gardens, 9:30am to 3:00pm.  Display.

Details including link to programme above.

September 16 and 17,  Spring Wildflower Show and Plants Market at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt.Coot-tha.

The theme of “Where the wild things grow” leaves plenty of room for exciting displays.  There is the usual great food from the CWA; incredible numbers of fabulous native plants waiting for a home in your garden; a range of knowledgeable speakers.

NPSC will have a display promoting Native Plants for Native Bees


Excursions and Local Events Enjoyed in the Past 2 Years


Annual General Meeting, elections and guest speaker (February). Cali Campbell talked about her experiences at the Cranborne Botanical Gardens in Melbourne

Eric Anderson lead a Tree ID Stroll around the streets of Flaxton (March). A Plant List and a Bird List were  provided for the area visited

Walk through the Mooloolah River National Park  with Stella Wiggins (April). A Botanical List for the area from a survey by Ann Moran is most interesting. For information about the campaign to save the old growth forest refer to – Save the Steve Irwin Way Forest

Walk Amongst the Banksias starting at Matthew Flinders Park lead by John Birbeck (May). A joint outing with the Wallum Study Group

Guided walk in the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, Bli Bli (June).  The Sunshine Coast Council has produced a brochure for visitors to the Sanctuary


Annual General Meeting, elections and guest speaker (February)

Regional Gathering of Native Plants Queensland at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens (March)

Walk Amongst the Foreshore Plants – Dicky Beach to  Currimundi (April)

Outing to NativesRUs wholesale nursery at Traveston (May)

Garden exploration and a talk  on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species (June)

NPSC Branch participation in the Queensland Garden Expo at Nambour (July)

Natives Naturally for Your Garden, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens (August).

Ecological walk  in the Jowarra Section of Mooloolah National Park (August)

Spot the wildflowers walk along Forestry Rd, Landsborough (September)

Our annual Christmas Party (December)

Regional and National Events in Recent Years

Regional Gathering of Native Plants Queensland at Maroochy Regional Botanic Gardens (March 2016)

Native Plants Queensland’s Native Flower Show and Plants Market at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens (August 2015)

Rosewood Festival, Ipswich (September 2015)

Samford Valley Garden and Lifestyle Expo (September 2015)

Helidon Hills plant spotting (September 2015)

Australian Native Plant Society ( Australia ) Inc. Conference, Canberra (November 2015)