Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sand Cements Our Tourist Mecca That Enduring Love of We Call Our Home; Priceless Memories from Beach over the Decades

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sand Cements Our Tourist Mecca That Enduring Love of We Call Our Home; Priceless Memories from Beach over the Decades

Article excerpt

SPRING is just around the corner and so is the Horizon Festival, here on the Sunshine Coast from August 24 to September 2.

Get set for 10 days of art-fuelled fun, creativity, music and stories across our region.

Part of the action-packed program includes Patterns in the Landscape - Tidal, which explores our relationship with our landscape through the synergy of art and movement, and where better to see this in action than on our sandy beaches.

The beach has always played a big part in the lives of people in our region.

Few childhood activities are remembered more fondly than spending time at the beach building a sandcastle or sand garden with family or friends.

Perhaps now is a good time to revisit those memories.

Over the years, sandcastle competitions were held regularly during summer holiday seasons all along our Sunshine Coast beaches.

A bucket and spade were the main tools of trade but were not a necessity if you came to the beach without them.

The art of the sand creation can be made using hands for digging and sculpting, little feet for stamping the sand down tight and a lot of boundless energy.

A sandcastle can be made by one or two, or all together in a group.

Moats were an important aspect of this special sandy architecture.

If the sandcastle was constructed high on the shore, when water was poured into the moat it could frustratingly disappear into the porous sand.

Running to and from the waves, children would often be seen carrying a variety of buckets trying to fill the moat.

Building a sandcastle closer to the sea could also have its issues.

Sometimes the incoming tide could catch you by surprise and wash away the castle walls and all the shells gathered to decorate it.

Over the years, another Sunshine Coast castle has also gained plenty of attention - although this one isn't made of sand. …

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