Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Always a Holiday Hot Spot

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Always a Holiday Hot Spot

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OVER the years the Sunshine Coast has played a major part in many holiday experiences, sometimes in a unique way.

Over the next few weeks, Backwards Glance will turn back the hands of time to share some of those happy holiday memories.

Many Australians have holiday memories which generally focus around our culturally laid-back lifestyle.

In earlier times, friends, families and their relatives pitched their tents side-by-side or stayed in a flat or holiday house together.

Many still return with their children and grandchildren to share their experiences.

There are also many memories shaped by visiting the varied and unique tourist attractions on the Sunshine Coast.

Many holidaymakers will recall climbing inside the Big Pineapple and having a pineapple parfait, banana split or a macadamia ice-cream before a trip around the Sunshine Plantation in a little train or a ride on the Nutmobile.

The iconic tourist attraction opened in August 1971, established by KW Taylor on a 52 acre pineapple farm at Woombye. Today our re-invigorated pineapple remains not only a landmark tourist attraction, but as a venue for the farmers markets and a popular music festival.

One of the region's earliest tourist attractions was the unique family project created in the early 1970s by Bill Goodchild at Golden Beach near Caloundra.

Known as the Endeavour Replica, it was a two-third scale model designed to enable tourists to visualise Captain's Cook's ship Endeavour. In 1992, the vessel was relocated to the lagoon adjacent to the Waterfront Hotel at Bli Bli.

It was dismantled and demolished in October 2007.

Some will recall the amazing World of Matchcraft which opened in 1977 on Nicklin Way near the Currimundi Bridge.

Matchstick architect Leonard Hughes displayed more than 300 models depicting sailing, airplanes, trains and other items all made from wooden matches carefully glued together.

The World of Matchcraft advertised that it took 243,000 matches to make the model Spanish Armada and 83,000 matches to make a paddle boat.

Not to be forgotten are two old attractions now long gone. …

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