Maleny Wood Expo ‘24

The long-standing and much-loved Maleny Wood Expo is set to captivate attendees this coming Labour Day long weekend May 4-6, with a diverse array of workshops, entertainment, and exhibitors, promising an unforgettable experience for all ages.
Held annually at the Maleny Showgrounds, this year’s Wood Expo is gearing up to be the most vibrant yet, celebrating its 25th year!
Hosted by local environment group Barung Landcare, the expo aims to bring the community a unique and diverse way to experience sustainability and learn about the environment. It is also a major fundraiser for the Landcare group which has been working across the Blackall Range and surrounds for 35 years.
This year’s Wood Expo features an extensive lineup of workshops tailored to both children and adults, providing hands-on experiences to inspire creativity and skill development.
From beginner woodworking sessions to advanced techniques, participants will have the opportunity to learn from seasoned woodworkers.
From spoon and handheld carving, to stool making, coopering and toy making, to power tool carving, and flute making, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Entry to the Wood Expo is free for young people under 16 years.
In addition to the talks and workshops, the Wood Expo will offer a delicious range of world food and coffee options and some great entertainment, including live music from local musicians, street performances, live chainsaw carving and interactive demonstrations.
Attendees can immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere, enjoying the talents of local musicians while exploring the myriad of exhibits showcasing the beauty and versatility of wood, and ways we can live more sustainably.
One of the highlights of the Maleny Wood Expo is viewing the finalist pieces that make up the Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize exhibition. This year, the competition attracted a record number of entries: triple the number they have received in the past.
Sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council along with local business sponsors, this “competition with a conscience” offers a generous prize pool of $19,000, and attracts woodworkers and artisans from all over Australia to submit works.
Featuring exquisite sculptures, fine furniture and uniquely created miniature pieces crafted from sustainably harvested timber, the competition celebrates the diversity of woodworking practices, highlighting the innovation and creativity of artisans from across the country.
“We are thrilled to showcase the incredible talent and creativity of our woodworking community at this year’s Maleny Wood Expo,” said Barung Landcare General Manager, Doug Evans.
“Whether you’re a seasoned woodworker or simply curious about the craft or keen to learn more about living sustainably and our local environment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We invite families, enthusiasts, and visitors alike to join us for a weekend of inspiration, education, fun and entertainment.”
The Maleny Wood Expo is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council, Visit Sunshine Coast and Tourism and Events Queensland, and is also supported by a range of local businesses and the wider community.