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Coolum is a quiet little seaside holiday town about 1.5 hours north of Brisbane, boasting a pristine golden beach and sparkling turquoise water. It is often overlooked for its more glamorous northern neighbour, Noosa, but once a year it holds the Coolum Kite Festival, a two-day event where the clear blue spring skies explode in a riot of colour and motion. More than 30,000 people relax on the beach with picnics to listen to the music, and watch events and demonstrations of all kinds of kite flying during the day and into the evening.

These dancing ladies were actually tall sails that had been planted in the sand in the middle of shallow Stumers Creek, which flows across Coolum Beach and into the sea. Many small children were paddling in the water and building sandcastles in the shadows of the sails, giving the dancers a very maternal appearance as they gazed down on the children.

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