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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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The Perfect Time to Take a Great Walk

The cool weather makes it the perfect time to take a Great Walk worthy of the bucket list! The very term Great Walk in itself is almost enough to wave away the idea completing that challenging hike aside and think instead about coffee shops and quaint boutiques. But there comes a time when these alternate but beautiful attractions in the Sunshine Coast hinterland should also be added to the bucket list and given true deserved consideration. One part of the Great Walk is the walking track between the Montville side of Lake Baroon and Flaxton – a 15km walk that conveniently includes the popular Kondalilla Falls day walk and picnic area. The section of the track from Lake Baroon to Kondalilla Falls is around 10km, and a convenient finishing point for those not wanting to complete the full walk. Or, of course, a good start point for those wishing to head the opposite direction. The walk is graded a Level 2 difficulty by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, which also suggests allocating between five and seven hours to complete the one-way journey. However, as a male of moderate fitness, I was able to complete the walk comfortably, including various stops to take photo graphs, in an easy three hours. In total, the Great Walk stretches 58km, from Lake Baroon to Kondalilla Falls at Flaxton and, then, from Flaxton to Mapleton Falls National Park, and the national park itself as the fourth piece of the puzzle. Thankfully, that considerable bucket list […]

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unique restaurant

Falls Farm helping create unique restaurant menus

IMAGINE an organic vegetable, fruit and herb farm that hosts visits from south east Queensland’s best chefs, who then return to their restaurants and create menus based on what they have tasted and seen. The Falls Farm at Mapleton, not far from the Mapleton Falls National Park, is doing just that. In the process it’s becoming a key player in a wave that’s sweeping through the blue ribbon restaurant sector – the variety, quality and flavours of the produce and herbs available is dictating the meals that are created. “I think that’s where these sorts of restaurants are going; they want to make that move to be able to grow with the grower, and we also want to learn from them,” Christine Ballinger, of The Falls Farm, said. The list of recent visitors is a sort of who’s who of the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane restaurant scene: Spicers Clovelly Estate’s Executive Chef Cameron Matthews, 2013 Queensland Good Food Guide Chef of the Year Alejandro Cancino  of Brisbane’s Urbane restaurant, Gerard’s Bistro head chef Ben Williamson, 2012 Master-chef winner Andy Allen and more. They have each taken a taste tour of the farm and some have even cooked at its outdoor wood-fired oven. “I ask them, ‘What are you looking for? What would you like us to grow in our climactic conditions?’ – that’s the way I like to work with the restaurants,” Ms Ballinger said. The 24-acre Falls Farm is a mini-miracle itself. It was purchased in 2013, after some 20 years of little care, and was overgrown with various weeds and vines, including lantana six metres high. Over time, the land was cleared, new garden “rooms” were created, orchards, crops and herbs planted and fertilized with home-made organic fertilizer, and greenhouses established. Parts of the farm are also being regenerated to its natural native form. The farm today produces a wide array of […]

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hinterland markets

Hinterland Markets

Bring a recyclable bag and enter shopping heaven at one of our local markets. Stock up on fresh local produce, specialty fare, original creations and old treasures. There is something for everyone. Growers And Farmers Markets Big Pineapple Growers Markets – Nambour Connection Road, Woombye – Every Saturday – 6.30am to midday Yandinda Plant & Produce Markets – Yandina Sports Ground, North Street, Yandina – Every Saturday – 6am to midday Blackall Range Growers Markets – 316 Witta Road, Witta – Every 3rd Saturday of the month – 7.30am to midday Crystal Waters Country Markets – 65 Kilcoy Lane, Conondale – 1st Saturday of the  month (except January) 8am to midday Montville Local Produce Market – Village Hall, Main Street, Montville – 2nd Saturday of every month 7am to midday Regular Markets Arts & Crafts, Bric-a-Brac, Collectables Markets – Artist on the Green, Village Green, Montville – Second Saturday every month 8.30am – 3pm Maleny Art Craft & Collectables Market – RSL Hall, Bunya Street (Opp Maleny Hotel), Maleny – Every Sunday 8am – 2pm.  

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Visitors are always welcome at the Maleny Golf Club

Visitors are always welcome at the Maleny Golf Club Visit the Maleny Golf Club Website for more information. Nestled within the green hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the Maleny Golf Club’s quality, 9-hole course provides visitors with a picturesque, “golf-as-it-began” playing experience. From the elevated 1st Tee players are presented with a panoramic view of the links-style course and an ideal vantage point from which to assess the golfing challenge ahead. The Graham Papworth-designed Par 35 course, is comprised of six Par 4s, two Par 3s and one Par 5. Players will encounter some stern tests of golf along the way, including a penal kikuyu rough for those who stray from the well-defined fairways. The club, which only opened to the public in July 2015, has cleverly combined two shipping containers to establish a rustic temporary HQ which adds to the overall experience. Visitors can enjoy a snack and a refreshment after a round on the covered rear terrace while taking in the spectacular vista. The course has been built to a high standard by a team of dedicated volunteers under the direction of course Superintendent Mick McCombe using the latest agronomic technology and knowhow to construct the Tiff Dwarf greens. McCombe’s diligence in transforming what was once a weed-ridden old dairy farm into a quality golf course praised by all who play it, earned him the Queensland Golf Industry’s 2016 superintendent’s achievement award. Mick subsequently received the national AGCSA Excellence in Golf Course Management Award and Australian Golf Digest Superintend […]

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Landsborough Palmwoods Eudlo Mooloolah

Landsborough is a small town located north of the Glasshouse Mountains and 5 minutes from the Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. You will find quaint shops and a museum housing the social and cultural history of the area. There’s a local pub which is abit of a tourist attraction. The Palmwoods, Eudlo and Mooloolah area make a lovely drive through the country side, situated in the valley below the Blackall Range, on the coastal side. The small town now known as Palmwoods (named after the Piccabeen Palms that grow in the area) was originally called Merriman Flats and is at the Northern end of the valley. It can be reached via the ‘Hunchy’ or Razorback road from Montville, or from the Bruce Highway via Kiel Mountain. A stones throw from the Big Pineapple, and Nambour, it is a luscious green hilly area, and a gateway to the coast. A great area to sit in a café with a good book as you watch the world go by.

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