Make a day of it: Nambour with Shayeket

here’s a few extra things you can do when you visit nambour for Horizon festival.

Nambour is home to a few events this year. There’s Hotmess, Unapologetically Dressed, Nonsensual, and Glambour — the official opening party for it all.  

Aside from these events, there’s a lot to do in this not-so-sleepy town. So, rather than just coming for an event, why not make a day of it.

We asked the friendly faces behind Shayket Productions (Shaye Hardisty and Ketakii Jewson-Brown) how they would spend the day in Nam.

Spoiler: there’s kebabs, hole-in-the-wall cafes, gigantic fig tree-playgrounds, op shops, pinball, and much more.

Muffin Whole (Wed–Sat) @muffinwholenamba

29 Mathew Street (opposite the Skate Park)

The best lil’ hole-in-the-wall coffee shop with all the feels. They showcase local art and promote a zero waste kitchen. I love the turmeric latte (good and spicy) and the decaf. Plus, their house made meals and cakes change on the daily. This is one of the best places for spotting fun people and unique Nambour outfits!

Petrie Creek

From Muffinwhole, you can cross into Quota Park, have a lil’ play in the skate park, and then head down to the creek. There is a lovely forest walkway and some lovely spots to contemplate life. You can see platypus in this creek and ‘Friends of Petrie Creek’ do amazing work restoring the creek and the banks. You can also do a beautiful walk on the other side of town (Gary Evans Walk) where the platypus are often playing. Also great for a little kayak trip.

The Sewing Mill (Mon– Sat) @sewingmill

33 Currie Street 

While your on this side of town, I always like to pop in to the Sewing Mill to see Beth and pick up supplies. The shop is a historical monument to the craft — it has been there for 62 years as a sewing shop. It has an old time charm and has all your sewing and craft needs.

Burnside Tree (open all the time and no insta tag!)

Perwillowen Road, on the right, just before St Johns School. Technically Burnside.

Take a two minute drive to the outskirts of town to have some climb time or quite contemplation. It’s the best kids playground in my opinion. This tree is the size of an entire house block and is a little out of place in suburbia, which adds to its charm. It is a giant fig tree with lots of climbing spots and nooks to explore. Its one of my favourite spots to conjure ideas.

Kebab Zone (everyday)

At the end of Bury Street, at the front of the Coles complex

Back into town and time for lunch. You can’t go wrong with a kebab from Kebab Zone. I am vegetarian and they do a perfect salad or falafel roll. Always fresh and delicious!

Neighbours Aid (Mon–Sat)

99 Howard Street

After lunch, head down Howard street to Neighbours Aid. There are nine op shops in Nambour and this one is a solid favourite for good prices and outrageous clothing and fabric. They are across the road from Aus Living Support op shop, so you could check out both.

Mr Beesley’s Vintage (Mon–Sat) @mr_beesley_vintage

29a Howard Street

Mr Beesleys Vintage is the sweetest collection of vintage goodness. They mainly stock clothing and accessories but a good little corner of homewares too. 

Nambour Library (Mon–Sat)

Bury Street

The library will always feature on my list. Nambour library is so friendly and they always get me with their entry display (I usually borrow at least four books from the colour themed displays). There is a great kids slide and forecourt out the front and the library has lots of sunny little nooks to sit and relax in. The staff are so lovely, Ange and Tracey are firm favs and always have great book recommendations.

Maiori Pizzeria (Mon–Fri) @maiori_pizzeria

8 Bury Street (from 4:30pm)

After the library, walk straigh out and into Maiori — the best european-style pizzas! I would recommend one of my favourite meals… a caprese salad! The bases are hand-stretched and woodfired and there are some incredible vegetarian options. Plus, their neon sign is pink, so you will feel good while you eat!

Pinball and Movies @sunshinecoastpinball, @Majestic_cinemas

C-Square (accessd from Mill Lane or Currie Street)

To top of the perfect Nambour Day, head to C-Square and play some pinball and airhockey. You can have some cocktails here, too! Then visit the awesome Nambour CInema. 

check out the full program here.

This feature promotes Horizon Festival’s upcoming annual event.

Horizon Festival — the Sunshine Coast’s premier multi-arts festival — returns 25 August to 3 September 2023.

The 10-day offering takes place all over the Sunshine Coast — beaches, the hinterland, warehouses. The lot.

At our core: we celebrate place — it’s the heartbeat of the festival — and our programming reflects this.  But, more importantly, we honour the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we stand — the Kabi Kabi Peoples and Jinibara Peoples.

Our events vary. And they’re (almost) always in spectacular locations. There’s music, art, theatre, dance, workshops, ceremony, and plenty for the family.

So, pop the kettle on, put your feet up, and enjoy flicking through this year’s program — we’d love to see you at an event.     

See you on the horizon,

The Horizon Festival Team