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Sunshine Coast

This page deals with news and gardening issues of particular relevance to the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland, including nurseries and other garden-related businesses servicing the region.


If you're looking for garden shows, open gardens etc in Qld, go to the Events diary.

Coping with cottonwoods

The vigour and dominating nature of coastal stalwart Hibiscus tiliaceus (cottonwood tree or cotton tree) has presented some management concerns for Sunshine Coast Regional Council. The based on results of a new report, Council is proposing a change of management at two pilot locations at Shelley Beach. This includes removal of some trees and pruning of others to reduce density and lift the canopies, improving visibility for the safety of people on foot (including those using the toilet block) and in cars. Trees removed will be replaced with other native species meeting the amenity requirements of these areas, which will also increase ecological diversity. Outcomes at these test locations will inform maintenance decisions elsewhere in the region. More information including full report is available from Sunshine Coast Regional Council here: Cottonwood tree study. (July 2019)

Scroll down the page to find older news items and community links. If you're involved in gardening on the Sunshine Coast and have news to share, please get in touch.

Nurseries, landscape supply, other garden goods & services


The following advertisers may include online suppliers. For the most up-to-date information on plants in stock, opening hours, prices etc, be sure to visit the seller's website or contact the business directly.


PO Box 611,
Sandgate, Qld 4017
Mob: 0423 866 429

The Blow It All mulching service saves you the hard, dirty work of applying mulch, barks, soils, compost, and similar bulk materials to landscapes.

The blower system can apply mulches to almost any terrain, including sloping ground and hard-to-reach areas, even in wet conditions. Playgrounds, rooftop gardens and commercial interiorscapes can also be mulched quickly and precisely, with a special finish that can't be achieved by hand.

Blow It All's standard of quality and service is second-to-none, whether working with government authorities, developers, property managers or private homweowners.

Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and South East Queensland. For more information, visit the Blow It All WEBSITE

North Lakes, Qld
Mob: 0400 44 66 93

Statewide Tree Management provides safe and professional tree services including expert crown thinning, hedge trimming, removal of palm fronds & fruit as well as complete tree removal.

Our stump grinder is able to access most hard-to-reach places. Afterwards, the area can be turfed or landscaped by us, or mulch applied to all your garden beds.

Worried about a dangerous tree? Call anytime for emergency assistance, including removal of fallen trees and post-storm cleanup of debris. Advice on problem trees and general tree care also available.

Small gardens to large parks, private and corporate customers welcome. For more information, visit the Statewide Tree Management WEBSITE


421 Hunchy Road,
Palmwoods Qld
Ph: 07 5445 0441
Neoregelia a speciality, including many first-release hybrids not available at any other nursery. Aechmea, Guzmania, Cryptanthus, Vriesea and Tillandsia also available.

Beautiful display area with a waterfall and many varieties of mature bromeliads for viewing.

Open to the public Wednesday - Friday 9:30 -2:00 and Saturday 9:00 - 4:00
Sunday - Tuesday by arrangement only.

Visit our website for more details:


85 McKees Road
Palmwoods Qld 4555
Ph: (07) 5445 9704
Mob: 0410 152 910

worm farm Based on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Worms DownUnder is a commercial worm farm with expertise in organic waste management. We can help you turn organic waste into valuable soil additives, be it on a domestic level or large scale.

Worms DownUnder also sells worms and worm farms direct to the public. Using specially designed packaging, we can post out to most parts of Australia, safely and cheaply. We grow both mixed compost worms and African Nightcrawler bait worms. We are able to supply both large and small volumes of worms at competitive prices.

Visit the Worms DownUnder WEBSITE for more information. Expert, friendly, no-obligation advice is only a phone call away or simply drop in for a chat.

Incorporating Eumundi Palms

1073 Browns Creek Road,
Eerwah Vale
via Eumundi Qld 4562
Ph: (07) 5442 8492
hut Sunshine Coast Gardener's Paradise lives up to its name with over 200,000 plants from "tubes" to "super advanced" in stock.

Select from indoor and outdoor plants including ferns, rainforest plants, cycads and sun-hardened palms. Be sure to visit the Botanical Palm Garden featuring some eighty different species of palms, including rare varieties.

For a Balinese-style garden, the centre can supply thatched huts, decorative figures, pots and water features.

For more information, visit the Sunshine Coast Gardener's Paradise WEBSITE


18 Kerryl Street,
Kunda Park, Qld. 4556
Ph: (07) 5453 7100
Fax: (07) 5453 7122
We are a specialist landscape and garden design centre, with the largest range of landscaping supplies on the Sunshine Coast.

We can supply all your landscaping requirements, including plants suitable for coastal conditions.

NGIA AGCAS logoCoastal Landscape Supermarket is accredited under the Australian Garden Centre Accreditation Scheme.


Gibson Road, Noosaville
Ph: (07) 5449 9585
Fax: (07) 5447 1294
We offer a refreshing and tranquil place to escape the daily grind. Our plant range has something for everyone, from the contemporary outdoor room to traditional cottage gardens.

There are bold and colourful homewares and gifts or take time out with a coffee from our caf—Č.

Bring your measurements and we will design a garden that you will love to entertain in.
Lifestyle Home & Garden is accredited under the Australian Garden Centre Accreditation Scheme.


5 Sippy Downs Drive,
Buderim, Qld 4556
Ph: (07) 5445 3770
Specialists of advanced plants for all your landscaping needs. Our large landscape yard has everything from sand and soil to pavers and pebbles.

NGIA AGCAS logoRockafellas Landscape Centre is accredited under the Australian Garden Centre Accreditation Scheme.

If you operate a nursery, garden centre, landscape supply yard, turf farm or other garden-related business located on the Sunshine Coast (or servicing that region), why not advertise? Advertising information.


Be sure to check your local council for information on local parks, watering restrictions, garden competitions, environmental issues etc within your city or shire.
Fraser Coast Regional Council Maryborough, Howard, Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads
Friends of Noosa Botanic Gardens Inc. Various activities and events
Hervey Bay Orchid House Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens. This page includes schedule of talks and other events at the Orchid House
Veggie Village A community garden at Peregian Beach
The Shambles, a Montville garden
Gail's Garden of Oz Blog, Gympie
Eumundi War Memorial Information about the trees in Memorial Drive and Gridley Street, Eumundi. Queensland Heritage Register, Environmental Protection Agency
Coastal Plants - Connecting Tasmania and South-east Queensland Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Plants suitable for seaside areas Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland (PDF)
Maleny Voice Community website addressing local environmental and social issues News and views on the Traveston Dam issue
Kenilworth Queensland Community Website

Garden clubs! if you have a website, please send in your link!

Suburbs, towns, and districts covered by this page include: Glasshouse Mountains, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Peachester, Landsborough, Caloundra, Mooloolah, Maleny, Eudlo, Palmwoods, Buderim, Kunda Park, Chancellor Park, Sippy Downs, Eumundi, Maroochydore, Montville, Woombye, Didillibah, Bli Bli, Nambour, Yandina, Hunchy, Flaxton, Dulong, Wootha, Conondale, Booloumba, Obi Obi, Coolum Beach, Peregian Beach, Noosa Heads, Tewantin, Cooran, Gympie, Cooroy, Imbil, Eumundi, Kenilworth, Gunalda, Neerdie.

Older News

Some older news which may still be of interest to Sunshine Coast residents has been retained below.
New city hall a breath of fresh air

Sunshine Coast Regional Council has revealed designs for its proposed new City Hall. The landscaping will be an important part of the overall concept, incorporating balconies and rootop. Plant-covered arbours will shade outdoor dining areas in the precinct. All is designed to reflect region's native plants and terrain. Construction is expected to begin in 2020. Source: Local environment the inspiration for proposed City Hall design Sunshine Coast Regional Council (June 2019)

Sunshine Coast verge gardens

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council have made it easier for residents to establish verge gardens with an amendment to the local law. Provided gardens conform to self-assessable criteria, planting can occur without having to submit an application or get public liability insurance. The criteria include rules about plant heights, setbacks and access requirements. Any plants installed must be on the associated road verge planting list. Note that gardens containing plants not on the approved list or that fall outside the self-assessable criteria in any other way will still need a permit. For more information, go to at the Sunshine Coast Regional Council website. (May 2019)

Gympie gave macadamias to the world

New genetic research by the University of Queensland and Southern Cross University has tracked the origins of the first macadamias grown commercially (in Hawaii) to a small population at Mooloo, north-west of Gympie. It's even possible that the global macadamia industry that subsequently developed is based on seed collected from a single tree. This means there's still lots of potential for further improvement and adaptation of the crop through breeding, taking the advantage of genetic diversity in native populations. Source: Gympie identified as birthplace of global macadamia industry (May 2019)

Happy trails

Work at Eumundi Conservation Park has recently improved a poorly drained section to allow its whole network of trails to be enjoyed in all weather. Source: Source: Eumundi Conservation Park trail network complete (March, 2019). In Brisbane, the Summit Track in the Mt Coot-tha precinct is about to get an upgrade, too. Erosion cause by high foot traffic and water runoff will be addressed with resurfacing plus new handrails. A new trail from the Brisbane Botanic Gardens to the Mt Coot-tha Summit is expected to open later this year. Source: Mt Coot-tha precinct upgrade delivers better trails (February, 2019)

Gympie's strategy for pandandus dieback

Gympie Regional Council have just announced their Leaf Hopper Integrated Pest Management Strategy, which will combine leaf stripping (to stop associated rot from spreading) and biocontrol with a parasitic wasp. Transplanting from areas where there is an abundance of young plants available will be done and a propagation program from collected seed is planned, too. Source: Council to protect Rainbow's Pandanus Palms, Gympie Regional Council. (February, 2019)

A flying visit

If you live on the Sunshine Coast, you may get a chance to see little red flying-foxes (Pteropus scapulatus) visiting the area over the next few weeks. These nomadic bats travel to the coast from the north and west to feed from (and pollinate) eucalypts and other native trees. It's expected that drought conditions in western Queensland will bring more than usual this year. The little reds are said to be noisier than the black and grey-headed flying-foxes, but are expected to head back again by late March. Source: Little red flying foresters seeking Sunshine Coast blossoms, Sunshine Coast Regional Council (February 2019)

Piccabeen Palms Help Transform Palmwoods

Palmwoods in the Sunshine Coast hinterland officially opened its new Piccabeen Green town square. In addition to a boardwalk, seating, shade structures, artwork and historical information, the project includes 54 Piccabeen palms (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana) which have inspired its name. Source: New $3M town square transforms heart of Palmwoods. You can get a drone's-eye view of the completed landscaping with this short video. (March 2018)

Kilcoy Koalas

An area at Kilcoy is to be protected from cattle grazing and planted with blue gums. Besides supporting the local koala population, it's hoped that the trees will eventually attract the grey-headed flying foxes currently roosting at Anzac Park. The forested area will also help protect water quality in the catchment. Source: Koala Tree Planting to Occur in Kilcoy (April 2017)

Rainforest attraction opens on Sunshine Coast

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre has opened at Maleny. In addition to spectacular views of the Glasshouse Mountains, there's a an elevated rainforest walk and Rainforest Education Centre. The "sensitively designed" building will house various displays and interactive experiences and is expected to become a major Sunshine coast attraction. Source: Governor of Queensland opens the new Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre (February 2017)

USC identifies backyard-appropriate koala tree for SEQ

A University of the Sunshine Coast team, led by Dr Stephen Trueman, have spent nine years researching which koala-friendly trees are most suitable for urban South-East Queensland, including backyards. They assessed around 20 species and variants, including grafting experiments. The only one that grew well and stayed sufficiently small was Eucalyptus kabiana ( Mt Beerwah mallee), reaching 6m in seven years. They can provide food and habitat for koalas and should be useful in creating corridors between existing habitats well away from dangerous roads. The first 350 seedlings to be planted across the Moreton Bay Region were given to the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Pine Rivers Koala Care Association at the project launch. The next step is to assess them in various locations with different soil types. Source: Dwarf gum tree plantings to help safeguard koalas (July 2016)

More for kids at Whipbird Walk

The latest stage of the Whipbird Walk children's experiential garden has been achieved with completion of the Whipbird Village. Located inside Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Whipbird Walk incourages discovery and interaction with nature. New additions include carved granite whipbird eggs and "pods" of native plantings within a network of enticing trails. Source: A new children's experiential garden unveiled to inspire and delight (April 2016)

New Hervey Bay bushland has many benefits

Bushland is being re-created along the Link Mobility Corridor between Urraween Road and Bay Drive for beauty and environmental benefits. The more than 12,000 plants will help create a wildlife corridor linking to the Greig Dry Vine Forest in Stirling Drive and improve water quality in Eli creeek while reducing the need for mowing. Many of the plants have come from local seed collected by volunteers in Fraser Coast Regional Council's Community Environment Program. Source: Corridor to be shaded by regenerated bush (June 2015)

Tree vandal brings tools

Public trees along the at Pialba (Hervey Bay) have been vandalised in a premeditated attack involving a saw. Lower limbs and hanging roots of figs along the Seafront Oval Esplanade were cut and six Coastal She Oaks on the dunes were cut down. The cut material was then hidden in hollows among the dunes. Anyone with information about the crime should contact Fraser Coast Regional Council on 1300 79 49 29. Source: Seafront Oval trees vandalised (May 2015)

Butchulla People's garden interprets Fraser Coast environment

The Fraser Coast Cultural Centre has a new garden featuring plants that traditional owners the Butchulla People used to mark the changing seasons across the Fraser Coast. Designed in cooperation with the Elders, the garden helps to explain how the Butchulla People's intimate knowledge of the environment helped them live in harmony with it. It is planned to continue to develop this area as a community space. Butchulla Season Garden opened (May 2015)

New plantings to welcome Buderim visitors

The major entry points to Buderim are in the process of being enhanced with specially-designed landscape plantings. The Mooloolaba Road entry is based on the dry eucalypt type of vegetation in this area, with the entry sign itself enhanced by banksia, bottlebrush, lomandra and grass trees. The planned Crosby Hill Road entry will incorporate local native plants including lilly pilly, grey myrtle, tree ferns and golden penda. Source: Buderim makes an entry statement (March 2015)

Tree replacement won't let poisoners win

It has been confirmed that a dead Casuarina glauca on the Golden Beach foreshore was poisoned. Unfortunately, it will have to be removed. Sunshine Coast Council will promptly replaced it by a new specimen of the same species, with a high level of protection and monitoring during its establishment. Anyone convicted of poisoning a tree could face very heavy fines. Source: Calling for community support in protection of tree (August 2012)

Australian natives, Japanese style

The new Japanese Tea Garden at Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden features traditional design elements of a Soto Roji (outer tea garden), but is planted with species native to Sunshine Coast. The plants were chosen on the basis of similarities to the species that would have been used in Japan. Australian plant themed Japanese style garden unveiled (August 2012)

Cotton tree climbers' tradition to continue

Replacement cotton trees will be planted following flood damage to beloved climbing trees in the Cotton Tree (Sunshine Coast) area: Council plants a number of new cotton trees in Cotton Tree (June 2012)

Caloundra fig saga continues

Four figs on Bulcock Street, Caloundra have been strengthened with a "rod and cobra" bracing system to reduce safety concerns. However, the trees will eventually be removed as part of the management plant developed for the trees. Recent inspections have indicated the prognosis for the trees is worse than previously believed. Source: Firming up four fig trees on Bulcock (June 2012)

Congratulations Caloundra

Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has been announced the Overall Winner of the 2012 Tidy Town awards. It also took out categories in community action and litter prevention. Organised by Keep Australia Beautiful, the awards recognise efforts made in improving the local environment and general sustainability of regional and rural communities. (May 2012)

Landsborough environment to benefit from new nursery
With the help of Sunshine Coast Council, Barung Landcare will soon have a native nursery in Landsborough on the site of a former ostrich farm. It will supply the area with plants grown from locally collected seed. Read more at the Council's website: Council support for Barung Landcare (December 2011)

Land link for Sunshine Coast flora and fauna
Sunshine Coast Council has purchased over 200 hectares to form a link between Maleny National Park and Kondalilla National Park. The block is currently a mix of remnant vegetation, regrowth and cleared land. Restoration work will further enhance its value as a wildlife corridor into the future. Source: Koalas, possums and wallabies say thanks (August 2011)

Kenilworth parks
Residents and visitors to Kenilworth will soon enjoy upgrades to two parks. The bush tucker garden at Isaac Moore Park will be extended and shade trees added to the lawn, while Charles Street Park is to undergo some returfing, tree planting and revegetation work on the river bank. More at Sunshine Coast Council: Kenilworth parks progress (July 2011)

Myrtle rust in Hervey Bay
After discovery of the fungus on a plant in Urangan, surveillence in the Hervey Bay area and Fraser island will be conducted. Source: Myrtle rust spreads to Hervey Bay (May 2011)

Sunshine Coast Council releases composting DVD
Sunshine Coast residents who can't attend one of the council's compost and wormfarm workshops can now learn at home with a new DVD. "Compost Worm Farms and Everything in Between" is freely available from Sunshine Coast Council offices, libraries and online at their website. It includes information on setting up and maintaining an organic recycling system and producing free fertiliser at home. More information: Free DVD helping residents recycle in their own backyard (May 2011)

Muller Park works to start soon
Sunshine Coast Council say that the first stage of the five-stage master plan of the 45 Ha site at Bli Bli will commence soon. Source: Muller Park Master Plan magnificent (April 2011)

Reprieve for Theebine trees
A plan to remove seven large trees to build a carpark at the school in Theebine (near Gympie) is to be modified after protests from the town's residents. A more modest design will be implemented at the small school. Source: Theebine's School Trees Saved (April 2011)

Myrtle Rust reaches Sunshine Coast
Infected plants have been found in a park at Noosaville. Media release: Myrtle rust confirmed in parkland in Queensland (8th February 2011).

Sunshine Coast compost trial
In a first for Queensland, the Sunshine Coast Council is embarking on a composting trial in food and garden waste will be collected in a separate wheeelie bin. This will be used to create a high-grade compost. 500 residents will be particpating in the trial initially. If successful, this could be a way to keep these materials out of landfill and recycling the nutrients they contain, avoiding the associate greenhouse gas emissions while producing a valuable soil improver. Source: Coast residents join Queensland first trial (February 2011)

Future for Bulcock Street figs decided
Sunshine Coast Council will gradually remove and replace some of the fig trees on Bulcock Street, Caloundra, as part of the area's Streetscape Master Plan. Three trees in the roundabouts will be retained, but sixteen figs will be removed due to the threat their roots pose to pipes, pavenments and structures. A list of suitable replacement species is being developed. Source: Community support for fig tree replacement (December 2010)

Congratulations, Queensland Garden Expo
The Queensland Garden Expo, which is held annually in Nambour, has won the Festivals and Events category at the 2010 Queensland Tourism Awards. It will progress to judging for a national award, to be announced in March next year. (November 2010)

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