UPDATE 9AM

MAYOR Mark Jamieson and Lisa Curry have welcomed hosts of The Today Show, Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson to the Sunshine Coast.

The pair shared their views on the Sunshine Coast with the hosts.

Local music duo, hoo8hoo, made up of Tim and Sam Aitken also performed for the live broadcast and hundreds of locals down at Caloundra.

 

UPDATE 8.15AM

DICKIE'S Double Dip proved popular with residents down at the live broadcast of The Today Show at Moffat Beach this morning.

Lucky participants picked out ping pong balls for their chance to win some cash.

Parents were more than happy to receive their winnings after their kids drew out the balls.

UPDATE 8AM:

MALENY Dairies cows Millie and Kaylee have made their television debut on The Today Show.

Tour cows Millie and Kaylee awaiting their TV debut on the Today Show Australia this morning down here at Moffat Beach...

Posted by Maleny Dairies on Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson competed in a milk-off with the Sunshine Coast cows.

While Lisa got off to a shakey start, Karl coaxed his cow into providing some milk and took the win.

 

UPDATE 6AM:

LOCALS have flocked to Moffat Beach to greet the stars from The Today Show this morning.

Hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson watched the sun rise over the water before fans joined them in Caloundra.

Karl and Richard Wilkins couldn't believe how many fans had joined them.

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"What a beautiful crowd we've got here," Karl said.

"I can't believe how many people were here as we went to air," Richard said.

Richard also appreciated the love some residents had specifically for him.

Richard promptly found the granny in question.

He also spent some time with the nippers from Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

Sunshine Coast Council was also impressed with the hundreds of Sunshine Coasters who turned out to make the show welcome.

EARLIER:

THE eyes of 350,000 people will be on the Sunshine Coast this morning as Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson broadcast their popular morning television show live from Moffat Beach.

Karl Stefanovic arrives at Sunshine Coast airport all kitted up.
Karl Stefanovic arrives at Sunshine Coast airport all kitted up. john mccutcheon

One only hopes that Karl has changed from the short black Adidas running shorts and slightly small sandals and cowboy hat he wore when arriving to a red carpet at the Sunshine Coast Airport.

The blue suit Karl wore every morning for an entire year was gone, he said it was "packed away" as he embraced the "warmest welcome from anywhere in the world". Lisa also appeared amazed as she walked along the carpet to the tunes of the Shake it Up music band.

SUPERSTAR WELCOME: Nine's breakfast show hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson arrive at Sunshine Coast Airport.
SUPERSTAR WELCOME: Nine's breakfast show hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson arrive at Sunshine Coast Airport. john mccutcheon

Both television personalities took the time to be photographed with the young band members and their family in the airport welcome lounge.

Karl and Lisa were gracious enough to be interviewed twice after problems with audio on the tarmac.

They were thrilled to be showcasing the Sunshine Coast for their "We love Australia Tour".

For Karl, a visit to the region has been a long time coming.

"I've been here for 60 Minutes interviews, but it's probably been about 15 to 20 years since I spent the night," he said.

Lisa, on the other hand, is a familiar face.

"I spent my honeymoon here (to media personality Pete FitzSimons)," she said.

"I try to come back at least once a year."

Karl was hoping to take in a kite surf yesterday afternoon, but with storm clouds brewing and his skills sorely lacking, he admitted it probably wouldn't happen.

He was looking forward to enjoying the food from our restaurants and "catching up with locals".

"The best part of what we do is promoting parts of Australia to Australians," he said.

He was impressed with how "green" the Sunshine Coast was from the air.

But then again, he had just travelled from drought-stricken Longreach.

Karl and Lisa were also challenged with the task of milking a cow from Maleny Dairy in the Hinterland to the beach for an on-air milking session, while Spicers Clovelly chef Cameron Matthews used the best Mooloolaba seafood to cook up a distinctively local breakfast barbecue. The Today Show will be broadcast from 5.30am at Moffat Beach.



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