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Three of the best restaurants in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland!

By Angus Richard Long gone are the days in Australia where John Galsworthy noted that: “The French cook, we open tins.” One of the key attractions today for local and overseas visitors to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is the freshness, creativity and diversity of our food culture which manifests itself in brilliant restaurants. Here for your enjoyment are just three that you must experience when next immersed in a well-earned break in this rich and iconic region. The legendary Terrace Seafood Restaurant at Cairncross Corner has consistently delighted diners for over twenty years. Signature dishes include their amazing Seafood Platter with a highlight of gravity defying prawns. Their Seafood Chowder is a must. This is where you get to eat the crockery (it is served in a freshly baked cob loaf!). Finish with their Brandy Basket which looks and tastes so good you could probably enter it in an art prize and take home the trophy.     Pomodoras sits on the banks of the Obi Obi Creek where you can literally dip a toe in the water and be relieved that the Platypus are friendly. The relaxing contemporary restaurant is famous for its Beef Carpaccio and locally sourced Buffalo Burgers. It is a wonderful, tree shrouded, creek kissed place to dine.       In picturesque Montville seek out Lisa and Gypsy’s Table. A homely low set timber building at the top of the main street that recalls the country’s early settlement. The warmth of wood, soft furnishings, comfortable furniture, […]

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Knitfest – Maleny Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival

30/06/2018 8:30am to 4:00pm

Knitfest 2018 is an exciting weekend Yarn & Fibre Arts Festival held on June 30th – July 1st, 2018, celebrating winter arts and crafts, embracing the whole community of Maleny. We yarnbomb and decorate the main street of Maleny so the town becomes a centre of art, creativity, yarnbombing, workshops, guest speakers, music, trade stalls and craft markets. It is a magical festival for families to discover new skills, talents and creativity with the use of yarns including knitting, crochet, basket weaving, spinning and weaving, felting and lots more. Get involved and join one of the many workshops. Knitfest features competitions for community groups, art associations and skilled artisans to decorate trees in our beautiful streetscapes with handmade art installations made of yarn and fibre. There’s prize money too! There is also several competitions for the Best Beanie, Scarf, Shawls, Tea Cosy etc. Ride the Mystic bus as it travels up and down the Festival Precinct so you can get a window seat to see all the attractions and the best yarnbombing. The bus is yarnbombed of course. We encourage people to bring their knitting needles, crochet hooks and basket weaving for random acts of craft in the street. We want to expose the many Fibre artists, arts and crafts groups, knitting for causes groups, artisan groups and craft suppliers in a fun filled family weekend. The theme for this year is “Outer Space / Sci Fi”. This year, our local Astronomy Club will be hosting a “Come see the […]

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Indulge your senses in the Hinterland

Flame Hill Vineyard – impressive wines and beautiful fresh produce Flame Hill Vineyard and Restaurant, positioned on a plateau on the highest point in lush green Montville, is notable not only for its stunning views, but also for the unique wines produced from its two vineyards, and the sustainable production of the ingredients used in its delicious meals. Under the guidance of passionate owner Tony Thompson, the vineyard not only grows the grapes for its impressive wines, it also farms its own beef, venison, poultry and eggs, and grows its own fresh vegetables and herbs – it’s no wonder the dining and experiences are truly unique. The vineyard is proud of its over-arching focus on producing good food and wine in an ethical and sustainable manner. Flame Hill also breeds its own high-quality Angus beef, which is grass fed on site at the Montville property; the cattle graze in the pastures around what is lovingly known as the “Chook Hilton”, the home of the poultry and eggs that are also produced on the lush property; and it has a market garden on site for the fresh vegetables and herbs that are served in the restaurant. To accompany the meals, or to be savoured nicely on their own, are two beautiful wines produced from the local grapes – Montville Shiraz and Flamehill Verdehlo – and wines produced from their southern vineyard, Kurrajong Lyra, at Ballandean in the Granite Belt of southern Queensland. Perhaps the secret of these estate-grown, hand harvested wines stems from the deep emotional […]

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Horse Riding through Hinterland Rainforest

By Richard Bruinsma There are numerous beautiful, relaxing and sometimes-challenging bushwalks through various national parks in the Sunshine Coast, and a small number of them are also available for horse riding. Among the trails open to horses are the trails around Mapleton National Park. The park offers three longer trails – the Turpentine Trail at 7.8km return, Piccabeen Circuit (6.7km) and the Kureelpa Falls Circuit (8.5km) – which are shared between walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. There is a hierarchy of who gives way to whom – all users give way to horses. Local residents Chloe Hutton and Matt Norman are among those who regularly ride their horses through trails. One of their favourites is the Piccabeen Circuit, which has a full distance of 6.7km return. The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing website reports that the trail makes its way through tall blackbutt forest and rainforest and includes “several crossings of Gheerulla Creek”. “It’s a beautiful track, it’s nice and even for the horses,” Chloe explained. “There’s a few creek crossings that are also beautiful, and even better when they are running as they are now after the rain.” Her partner Matt added: “The track is really well looked after, it’s just a nice peaceful ride. “It’s a great place to bring young horses too, there’s not a lot out there to scare them so they are able to get used to riding in different areas, easily.” To get to the Mapleton national Park (not to be […]

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Wittacork Dairy Cottages

Experience a working farm

We visit Wittacork Dairy Cottages in Maleny to experience a modern working dairy farm stay and so much more. By Kerry Brown Just getting to Wittacork Cottages is an unforgettable drive; the road to the dairy is narrow and winds the entire way along a ridge with lush green paddocks rolling gently as far as the eye can see. You can almost sense you are about to experience something very special, and you are. This modern working dairy farm is located just outside of Maleny. The 500-acre property includes pristine rainforest overlooking Lake Baroon and adjoins the Kondalilla and Obi Obi Gorge National Parks. A hearty helping of country hospitality awaits when hosts Rob and Anne Cork meet you on arrival. When they first moved to the dairy in 1992, it was fairly run down so they worked incredibly hard to revive and modernise the farm. When the dairy industry was deregulated in 2000, they were determined to find a way forward. Rob said the couple knew they had to diversify to keep the farm working. “We researched and visited other farm stays before we devised our own way of doing it here,” he explained. “We talked to people and knew that there was an interest in what we do here at the farm. “People love seeing the dairy and feeding the animals, especially the family groups, then they can walk through the rainforest tracks or even walk to Lake Baroon; it’s a fair way but worth the effort.” Guests […]

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Maleny Food Co

Gelato, sorbet and cheese … oh my!

Fresh gelato and sorbet hand made every day in Maleny The team at Maleny Food Co. are passionate about what they do, simply put by owner Norman Scott. “We make the best gelato and sorbet in Australia right here in Maleny; combining the rich Guernsey milk and cream from a local farm, with the finest Queensland and Italian flavour ingredients”. These delicious award winning products are made every day at the purpose built facility in Maleny, it’s a handcrafted process using traditional artisan techniques. “We start the day by collecting fresh Guernsey milk and cream from a local family farm that we know produces the best quality milk in an environmentally sustainable way.” Norman explains. Made in small batches the base mixture is churned rather than whipped to produce the perfect rich and creamy texture. The flavours are then hand stirred through to create delicious combinations such as cherry ripe, lychee chocolate and ginger and the popular crème caramel. “It’s our commitment to quality that makes the difference, we know where our ingredients come from and the story behind the producers”, Norman says. It’s well worth the scenic drive up to Maleny in the Hinterland to discover the Maleny Food Co café where you will be greeted with a warm welcome and can enjoy a great coffee and the deli-style dining. You will be surprised by the well-stocked walk in fromagerie with more than 200 Australian and International cheese. A “foodie” experience for any cheese lover, especially those that who […]

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Kondalilla Falls

Lots to see, so Come On Up!

20/01/2018

Visitors to the Sunshine Coast hinterland are warned to not make the mistake of leaving the area before they’ve experienced everything The Hinterland and the surrounding communities have to offer. The list of attractions is not as straight forward as many may think – it’s very diverse in deed. The region encompasses the well-known headline towns of Montville, Maleny and Mapleton, but then also boasts the unique attractions that come with the farming and alternate communities of Conondale, the colonial town of Kenilworth with its national parks, bushwalks, and camping grounds, and outlying communities like Kenilworth, Landsborough, Mooloolah, and Palmwoods. The hinterland has well and truly developed a great reputation for its unique and quaint boutique shops, its beautiful coffee shops and restaurants, and the views to the coast that are so readily accessible in Montville itself and along the hinterland’s mountain ridge road. But the lesser-known attractions include the region’s produce and food attractions – visitors are able to visit working farms, organic vegetable and fruit producers, coffee roasters, and spend time cooking with unique locally-made marinades and sauces. There are also speciality breweries manufacturing world quality beers, a boutique liqueur-maker using native bush foods to create unique flavours, cheese producers, and dairy farms that produce the freshest dairy products that need to be experienced to believe, as well as providing accommodation that allows visitors to experience working farms. The natural attractions include countless bushwalks, starting with the 58km Great Walk that meanders from Lake Baroon through the range […]

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The Strangler Cairn, Conondale National Park

In the rugged Conondale Range, this park features luxuriant rainforests, tall eucalypt forests, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and spectacular scenery.  The diverse forests provide homes for a wonderful variety of wildlife including more than 120 species of birds and many mammals. The threatened but seldom-seen yellow-bellied glider lives in the open forest. Some rare and threatened species are found in the Conondale and Blackall ranges, including the cascade tree-frog and plumed frog-mouth. The 56 km Conondale Range Great Walk showcases the very best of Conondale National Park’s natural features. A sculpture by internationally renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy is within a half day walk on this track and compliments the stunning beauty of its environment.  The walking track to Artists cascades goes past the sculpture. For more information – check out the National Parks website …  

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Crystal Waters

Crystal Waters Markets

THE FIRST things noticed about market day at the Crystal Waters community is just how many people attend the so-called remote location on market day; the second is the beautiful overarching canopy provided by the huge shade trees at the market site. The markets are held on the first Saturday of each month, providing the range of usual market fare, but with an organic and natural edge – clothing, health products, tasty food, organic fruit and vegetables, coffee outlets, and even organic ice cream. Musicians play at the open mic on the Community Deck, there’s a playground for kids if they get bored, and Les’ Sourdough Bakery, a permanent future in the community, sells traditional sourdough breads as well as coffee. Les’ bakery is actually open every Saturday morning and provides a central location for social interaction by the community’s residents and visitors. The Crystal Waters community has long been regarded by many as being isolated, but, in actual fact, it is just a 7 km drive up Aherns Road, which comes off Maleny-Kenilworth Road just a couple of kilometers on the Maleny side of Conondale. Crystal Waters is less than half an hour’s drive from Maleny. As is the case in the Conondale region, which is surrounded by mountains, mobile phone coverage is a big tricky, which can add to the false feeling of remoteness. Ally Bing, the Chairperson of the Crystal Waters Co-op, notes there are about 250 residents living in the community, which focusses on organic and sustainable living. There are two overarching rules at the community: no dogs and cats, and no restricted pesticides – as a spin off of these rules, the residents share their common areas with local native wildlife. The Co-op is responsible for the management of the community, as well as hosting the markets, managing the camping and cabins of its Eco Park Centre, hiring of garden plots and managing the hiring of […]

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