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Sept. 16, 2020 UPDATE: Due to new social distancing requirements, the Sunshine Coast Feast Site is full and cannot accept any more registrations.
Aug. 3, 2020 UPDATE: Due to the factors outlined below, the Sunshine Coast Feast site has essentially become a local site to Australia. We are limited to 300 people per meeting, complete with attendance rosters and social spacing requirements. Currently, the borders are basically closed, with expatriates still in the process of returning home to Australia. All who enter the country must go through a mandatory 14-day isolation quarantine in a designated hotel at the port of entry at their own expense, then tested. So, for practical reasons U.S. citizens will find it very difficult to enter the country..
The Sunshine Coast is a tropical ocean resort area with most accommodations located on or near spectacular beaches. The hinterland provides beautiful views and rainforest walks. This is our 14th year at this popular holiday location. The Sunshine Coast location 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 Brisbane Airport to the Sunshine Coast. The best way for overseas visitors to exchange money is at a local ATM. Visa is the most popular credit card with the lowest fees. Amex and Diners Club attract higher fees and are also not accepted at some establishments.
We meet at Venue 114 (formerly called Lake Kawana Community Centre), a modern air-conditioned venue located between the towns of Mooloolaba and Caloundra and a short drive from the accommodation in these areas. Tea, coffee, water and snacks are served an hour before and after services by one of our congregations. This hospitality encourages Feast fellowship. We will also organize a “Courtyard Drop-In” for one or two days during the Feast at our meeting facility. A light lunch will be provided for those want to stay and fellowship beyond the normal departure time.
Restaurants and cafes are plentiful and varied in cuisine. Or you can easily prepare some of your meals in your own unit since most have a kitchen. Recreation activities revolve around beach and ocean—surfing, swimming, kayaking, whale watching and boat trips. Steve Irwin’s Australian Zoo is only a 30-minute-drive away to view Australian wildlife and crocodile feeding shows. Rainforest and hinterland sightseeing is also popular. Some also visit the Great Barrier Reef while in Queensland on trips before or after the Feast.
Weather will be warm and generally sunny—ideal for outdoor activities. Any occasional rain in this subtropical setting does not curtail activities.
We have a range of activities— a 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 in 2020.
Opening Service: Friday evening, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
First Holy Day Service: Sabbath, Oct. 3, 2 p.m.
The Sunshine Coast Feast venue has capacity to accommodate a number of visitors. You can book your own accommodations after registering for this site. To learn about what the area offers and find a wide range of accommodations by searching on Google and going to “Mooloolaba Accommodation” or “Caloundra Accommodation” and/or “Sunshine Coast Accommodation.”