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This is a tropical ocean resort area with most accommodations located on or near spectacular beaches. The hinterland provides spectacular views and rainforests walks. This is our 13th year at this popular holiday location. The Sunshine Coast is an easy 90-minute drive north of the Brisbane International Airport. Car rentals are available at the airport. Visitors must remember that we drive on the left side of the road in Australia. Shuttles run continually from the airport to Sunshine Coast, and one of the best ways to exchange money for overseas visitors is through an ATM. Visa is the most popular credit card with the lowest fees. Amex and Diners Club cards have higher fees and are not accepted at some establishments.
We meet at Venue 114, formerly Lake Kawana Community Centre, a modern air conditioned venue located between the towns of Mooloolaba and Caloundra. It is a short drive from the accommodation in these areas. Tea, coffee, water, and snacks are served one hour before and one hour after services by one of our congregations to facilitate Feast fellowship. We will also organize a “courtyard drop in” for two days during the Feast at the facility, with a light lunch for those who want to stay and fellowship beyond the normal departure time.
Accommodation is generally one, two or three bedroom units with a kitchen and living area, ranging from luxury units to economy. Most are on or within walking distance to the beach. Many are in high rises having ocean views, some allow glimpses of migrating whales at this time of the year. Holiday homes are also available.
Restaurants and cafes are plentiful and varied in cuisine. You can also easily prepare any or all of your meals in your own unit as most are equipped with a kitchen. Recreation activities revolve around the beach and ocean—surfing, swimming, kayaking and whale watching boat trips. Steve Irwin’s Australian Zoo is only a 30-minute drive for viewing Australian wildlife and crocodile feeding shows. Rainforest and hinterland sightseeing is also popular. Some even visit the Great Barrier Reef while in Queensland on trips before or after the Feast.
Weather will be warm and generally sunny and ideal for outdoor activities. Occasional rain in this subtropical setting does not affect activities.
Many activities are planned—family day, young adults activity, seniors lunch, teen outing and an evening social event for the whole family. You can visit our website (www.ucg.org.au) later in the year for further updates on these activities and information about the Feast on the Sunshine Coast.
First Service: 7:30 p.m., Sunday Oct. 13.
First Holy Day Service: 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14.
You can learn about what the area offers and find a wide range of accommodation by searching on Google going to “Mooloolaba Accommodation” or “Caloundra Accommodation”, and/or “Sunshine Coast Accommodation.” The festival location is between the towns of Mooloolaba and Caloundra. Both have excellent accommodations. If I can help you please contact me at email@example.com or at +61 7 3711 5599.