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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 […]


Classical concerts “not to be missed” at Montville

The “Cadenza Chamber Players” with their conductor, Nambour product Lucas Lynch. The purpose built concert hall – with the resident grand “Flame Mahogany” piano – at Lucas Parklands, Montville, has been described as one of the best classical music performance venues in the world for its size. Harpist Jaclyn Miles is among the many talented musicians to perform at the “Lucas Parklands Concerto Extravaganza” at Lucas parklands, Montville, on August 5 and 6. Lee Lucas pictured with the Concert Hall at Lucas Parklands, which will host “Lucas Parklands Concerto Extravaganza” on August 5 and 6. Russian pianist Nadia Koudasheva will perform at the concerts. The grounds at the Lucas Parklands estate.   Lovers of classical music, it’s worth planning now to attend the “Lucas Parklands Concerto Extravaganza” in early August at the purpose-built concert auditorium at the exquisite Lucas Parklands, Montville. The unique music event will feature a “small” orchestra of around 20 globally-recognised rising stars, playing several concertos– including the iconic “The Carnival of the Animals” and “the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp” – and much more, over two days of performances in the intimate purpose-built Lucas Parklands auditorium. The auditorium is set beside majestic-yet-peaceful and undisturbed rainforest on the Narrows Road, Montville, just a stone’s throw from Baroon Pocket Dam an ideal setting for majestic and classical music. “It’s been the home of Lucas Parklands Music Events since 2008 and those who play here love it,” Ian Lucas, of Lucas Parklands, said. “It’s been described as one […]

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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 […]

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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.  


Visitors are always welcome at the Maleny Golf Club

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 of the Year Award. These prestigious awards complemented the Queensland Government’s Sports Volunteer of the Year award […]


Maleny Wood Expo


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“Translucence” showcases the work of five watercolourists who have the talent to create magnificent paintings using this notoriously challenging medium. Transparent watercolour can be soft and subtle, but equally strong in its suggestion, which allows the artist great scope when it is used skillfully. Each painter has their own approach and therefore results. These are artists who respect the possibilities of watercolor and know how to use it to its fullest potential.


Kenilworth Cheese, Wine & Food Fest

Cheese, Wine and Food Festival  Easter Saturday 26 March 2016, Kenilworth Town Park and Cheese Factory, Free Entry, A delicious selection of fine food and fare, to taste and purchase all from the Mary Valley. Gourmet cooking demonstrations. Wine and Cheese tasting all day.Early breakfast in the Park. Queensland’s only Cheese Rolling Competition, Cheester Egg hunt for kids. Fun in the country for the whole family


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.