Frequently Asked Questions
General information: Voices on the Coast is a youth literature festival, located on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The festival is made up of two student days held at the University of the Sunshine Coast plus a number of additional community events aimed at adults, emerging writers and readers held across the Sunshine Coast.
The student days are targeted towards students from Year 4 to Year 12 with over 150 talks and workshops over the two days. Authors and illustrators from across Australia are invited to talk and workshop with students. The student days are also open to adults and individuals. You do not have to be part of a school group to participate. Everybody is welcome!
The festival is presented by Immanuel Lutheran College and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Booking Information: Tickets are $8.00 for talks and $14.00 per workshop. Please check the information for prices on community events. All people attending events require a ticket, including accompanying teachers. Tickets will be issued as either a Print at Home ticket (one ticket per page) or a Confirmation Email listing all tickets on one page. Tickets or the email confirmation will be emailed to you; these are to be shown at each venue for entry.
There are no refunds or exchanges once tickets are processed.
Purchasing Tickets: Tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day using a credit card via the website here. Tickets will be on sale in Term Two, 2017. Tickets can also be purchased closer to the date by completing the downloadable booking form, submit online or post to PO Box 5025, Maroochydore QLD 4558.Or telephone the Voices on the Coast booking office on 07 5477 3437
Reservations: Tickets can be reserved up to 14 days without payment. Full payment must be made before tickets will be issued. If tickets are not paid within 14 days of the booking they will be released. Booking forms should be posted to the Voices on the Coast office if you wish to reserve tickets or contact the Voices on the Coast office via telephone or email.
Photography Permission: A photographer will be in attendance at the festival, the purchase of a ticket implies permission to use the photos for archival and marketing purposes
Art Gallery: During the festival, the Art Gallery will be open.
The Exhibition is
From the mountains to the sea: Sunshine Coast stories
8 July to 19 August 2017
USC Art Gallery
90 Sippy Downs Drive
SIPPY DOWNS Q 4556
Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm
Closed Sundays and public holidays
Booksales: The festival bookshop is coordinated by the Co-op Bookshop on-site at the festival. Books will be for sale during the festival and presenters will be available to sign purchased copies in the signing area.
Venues and Room Schedules
Venue Allocation and University of the Sunshine Coast Map, please click day below for a list of sessions and their venues on the day.
The room schedule and map will be emailed to all ticket holders, in addition it will also be on the website and copies will be available at the festival. HERE
University of the Sunshine Coast: The two student days on Thursday 20 July and Friday 21 July 2017 are to be held at:
The University of the Sunshine Coast
Sippy Downs Drive
Driving and parking on campus: The University of the Sunshine Coast is a regulated parking area, Monday to Friday 8.00am-6.00pm
$5 for more than 4 hours - $3 for 4 hours or less (as at 22 November 2016)
Free parking is available adjacent to the campus in the allocated parking area.
It is recommended that parking is prepaid via the University website:
Full details regarding transport to the University and parking on campus is accessible below:
Charter Buses at the University – it is recommended that buses use the Transit Centre - Platform 3 to drop off and pick up children. The Transit Centre is accessed via the Greenlink at the end of Scholars Way off University Way. Bus parking is available in the free carpark on Claymore Road. There is no other bus parking on campus.
Public Transport: for information regarding public transport please visit the Translink website.
Water: Bottled water is no longer available for purchase from the University of the Sunshine Coast campus. However, there are a number of water station on-site to refill water bottles. It is highly recommended that attendees bring their own water bottles.