Go behind the scenes at Open Home festival

September 6, 2023 10:19 am in by
This Black Mountain home is one of 23 properties featuring in the Sunshine Coast Open Home festival. (supplied)

A revived 1960s beach treasure, a family tree house inspired by a Californian dream and a historic homestead where you can walk through time are among the buildings being opened to the public as part of a popular festival.

The Sunshine Coast Open House is the region’s largest public architecture and design festival, offering rare, behind-the-scenes tours, talks and special experiences including paint and sip class in a charming Queenslander and students becoming an “architect for a day’’.

Banksia House at Kings Beach, Caloundra (supplied)
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The 2023 program has been officially launched by Queensland Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young, ahead of the Open House weekend on October 21 and 22.

Properties throwing open their doors include Eumundi House by Peter Ireland, which features art and architecture in the landscape and Banksia House by Dragi Majstorovic at Kings Beach, which showcases stunning architecture in an award-winning garden by Kirsti Sheldon.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said the free community event celebrated the region’s historic, contemporary and sustainable buildings from Caloundra to Noosa and into the hinterland.

“Our region is well known for its design and architecture.” Mayor Jamieson said.

“From the coast to the hinterland, we have a history of great design that is acknowledged nationally and internationally.

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“Sunshine Coast design celebrates the region’s unique history and architecture with built form that considers the local climate, prioritises indoor-outdoor living and maximises living within the landscape.

“The Sunshine Coast Open House festival offers rare, behind-the-scenes access to the Sunshine Coast’s best buildings, including private homes, corporate buildings, heritage treasures and sustainable spaces,” Councillor Jamieson said.

The festival will provide an opportunity to meet and gain inspiration from the talented people who design, build and preserve these buildings.

The community is invited to go behind the scenes and learn how some of the Sunshine Coast’s most impressive properties use design to embrace the climate and create liveable spaces, capitalise on views, incorporate energy efficiency and honour unique historical and cultural features.

Sunshine Coast Open House is part of the Open House Worldwide network, founded by Open House London in 1992 and now in more than 50 cities around the world.

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People wishing to see open properties, volunteer or learn more about Sunshine Coast Open House can visit

2023 Sunshine Coast Open House Building List:


  1. Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct
  2. Landsborough Museum
  3. Fairview (Pattemore House)
  4. Studio- Habitance

5.Caloundra Regional Gallery

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  1. The Geddes House
  2. Caloundra Lighthouses
  3. Family Tree House
  4. Wilson Beach House
  5. Banksia House


  1. Currimundi House


  1. Koongalba
  2. Stealth House
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  1. The Wheel House
  2. Pioneer Cottage Buderim
  3. Studio – Aspect Architecture
  4. City Hall


  1. Art Room


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  1. Eumundi House and Sculpture Garden

Noosa Heads and Noosa Hinterland

  1. Black Mountain House
  2. Kijiji
  3. The Majestic Theatre
  4. Alfredson’s Joinery