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Secrets on the Lake

The best kept Secret

Secrets on the Lake world class treehouse retreat is designed to offer you the perfect opportunity for romance, relaxation, and the very best in intimate accommodation. Secrets Café on the Deck and ten unique hand carved treehouses all nestle high in the lush rainforest canopy on the shores of magnificent Lake Baroon, each with stunning views overlooking the lake, magical elevated walkways, exquisite carvings and artistic details. Secrets also caters for wedding receptions and has exquisite wedding venues in stunning garden rock pool settings, rustic and rainforest settings, or waterfront, jetty and lake house settings.  From the moment you arrive at Secrets on the Lake, you discover a loving attention to detail everywhere you look – beautiful carved furniture, delicate forged ironwork, handmade pottery, leadlight windows and many other finishing touches handcrafted by local artists. Secrets on the Lake perfectly complements the unspoilt environment and ancient rainforest. This intimate connection with nature is enhanced by the incredible food prepared inhouse by top chef Mat Law and his talented team in the award-winning Secrets Café on the Deck.   Experience truly beautiful accommodation, the Secrets Art Gallery, breathtaking Café, and stunning garden and lake house wedding venues.  Secrets on the Lake has been featured on national television as the perfect romantic escape for couples. Secrets on the Lake have designed competitive packages for all occasions or you can tailor your stay with luxury extras to suit your special needs.  Situated on the shores of Lake Baroon and adjoining Obi Obi Gorge and The Great Walk. You can relax and retreat, canoe, bushwalk, visit other local iconic […]

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Glass House Mountains – The Spiritual Heart of the Sunshine Coast

Timeless, haunting, shrouded in history, the spectacular Glass House Mountains stand as silent sentinels in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland.  Some 31 million years ago a massive volcano erupted south west of today’s popular Maleny Township. This volcano was active for an amazing 4 million years. After the final eruptions molten magma intruded underground into fissures and weaknesses in the layers of sandstone to slowly cool and harden becoming Trachyte and Rhyolite.  Over the next 25 million years the sandstone eroded exposing the harder rock that had formed between the layers of softer stone. It is hard to imagine but if you stand at the Glass House Mountains Information Centre you would be 300 to 400 metres underground 25 million years ago! It was through erosion and not eruption that the extraordinary Glass House Mountains emerged.   These mysterious magma monoliths, fire born and ancient, provide visitors with brilliant walks, breath taking views and a unique history to discover. They were named by Lieutenant James Cook on 17th May 1770 as he sailed north through Moreton Bay. They reminded him of the glass making conical brick kilns of his native Yorkshire.  There is a rich narrative that has been passed down from the first people of Australia and may date back some 65,000 years. Visitors are encouraged to learn more of these legends, a spiritual heritage as ancient as dream time.  The first European to explore the Glass House Mountains was Lieutenant Matthew Flinders. In July 1799 his ship, the Norfolk, was in need of urgent repairs so Flinders beached her in Pumicestone Passage. He decided to investigate Cook’s Glass House Mountains and subsequently […]

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Maleny Wedding Festival

Maleny Wedding Festival

29/07/2018 10.00am - 4.00pm

The Maleny Wedding Festival is on Sunday 29 July at the Maleny Showgrounds with gates open at 10 am FESTIVAL VIBES FOR INSPIRED PLANNING LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE. Entertainment, food trucks, great vibes, activities and workshops, children’s area and ‘Gentleman’s Turf’ area with laser clay shooting, golf putting and craft beers.  A Great day of outdoor relaxed wedding planning and stunning visual concepts with over 80 fabulous wedding vendors. For more information go to www.hinterlandwedding.com.au/events/maleny-wedding-festival-2018/  

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Maleny Music Festival

31/08/2018

Now in it’s 7th year the 2018 Maleny Music Festival, to be held in the Maleny Showgrounds from Friday August 31st to Sunday September 2nd, will provide concerts, workshops, food & market stalls, cabaret, street entertainment, poetry, children’s venue, singing and tunes sessions, licensed bars & open mic stage entertainment. With Reggae, Gypsy Jazz, Blues and Roots, Folk, Latin, Irish, and Country the festival caters to a wide variety of musical tastes. This family friendly event will feature acts such as Fred Smith Trio from Canberra, Kelly Brouhaha from Adelaide, Hardey McMurrick Two from Perth, Martin Pearson from Melbourne as well as The Lovey’s,  Kevin Bennett, Nicole Brophy, Steve Tyson & The Train Rex plus Jesse Morris Band from NSW. Local and Brisbane acts such as The Hillbilly Goats, Bearfoot. The Fergies , Zumpa, Dub Zoo. Barleyshakes, Mufassa, Barry Charles, Dan Horne, Cloudstreet, Estampa, The Jar, East Of West, Cigány Weaver, Canta La Tumba, My Nightingale and Sian Evans add to the dynamic line up of performers. Rob Longstaff returns from Berlin and Jenny Fitzgibbon back from Ireland will add an international flavour to the event. It all commences on Friday afternoon with an Indigenous Opening Ceremony and continues all weekend, culminating on Sunday with a Bushdance as well as a Finale Fathers Day Concert that will feature a selection of acts from over the weekend. Saturday’s Street Entertainment & Children’s Workshops combine together in a Sunset Parade around the site to bring in the night of music for all […]

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Flaxton Gardens

A touch of Royalty comes to the Hinterland Alan Thompson, Owner and Executive Chef at Flaxton Gardens, has had quite an illustrious career in haute cuisine, beginning with his training in New Zealand. Alan decided to pursue a career in London, working as Head Chef for a number of well-known chefs over several years and finally opening his own fine dining restaurant in the early 1990’s known as 755  in Fulham, London, often frequented by English Society and Royalty.  Following several years of making his name in London, he moved to the heart of the Cotswold countryside where he purchased The Royalist Hotel  (now known as  The Porch House) – authenticated in the Guinness book of records as the oldest inn in England, dating as far back as 947AD. Alan purchased the Hotel in the late 1990’s at the beginning of the Gastro-Pub phenomenon, and over the next five years, developed the Royalist into a venue with an esteemed reputation.  “The Royalist has many curious features befitting such an ancient building: ‘witch marks’ above the fireplace to ward off evil spirits, a medieval frieze, and even a leper pit in the oldest part of the cellars. The hotel also features an adjacent pub, The Eagle and Child, where unpleasant pursuits such as bear baiting would have once taken place. The name itself is linked to the English Civil War when the building was used as headquarters of the Royalist army prior to the Battle of Stow in 1646 – a battle they would lose […]

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Maleny Botanic Gardens

Experience Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World

Stunning unique gardens, unparalleled valley views and captivating birdlife make Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World a must-see destination that can’t be described adequately in words or represented accurately in simple photographs.  The gardens are unique, and should be high on the “to do” list of any Hinterland visitor, as a truly unmissable attraction that is all-at-once exhilarating and breathtaking, but also relaxing.   To stand on the escarpment, with expansive terraced gardens just below you, and the magnificent Glass House Mountains in the distance, is an experience that just can’t be equalled.   The exquisite Maleny Botanic Gardens is perched on the side of the mountain, overlooking what is one the world’s most fascinating mountain ranges and the surrounding valley. And with that spectacular backdrop, visitors experience around seven hectares (19 acres) of terraced and manicured gardens, countless bright flower beds, waterfalls, rock walls, ponds and bridges, an actual floating fishing trawler, and a variety of plants so diverse that is literally uncountable.  It’s the perfect place to just get away, relax, wander around quietly, and enjoy nature’s wonderful flora offerings.  Along with the gardens, there’s an expansive walk-through aviary that is home to around 400 magnificent birds – including finches, South American Conures, parrots and colourful macaws – who like to curiously inspect the visitors, perching on their arms and the heads, and even play with jewellery if they can get away with it.   Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World is a unique attraction hand-built by owner Frank Shipp, who continues to terrace and beautify more and more land to create what is an ever-growing mountain oasis.  “It’s all about happiness, laughter, that’s what keeps me going,” Frank said.  “People need a little laughter and joy in their lives; it doesn’t have to be stress all the time, and […]

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Lucas Parklands

Concert pianist Anna Fedorova to perform at Lucas Parklands

28/07/2018 2.30pm

One of the world’s most admired young concert pianists has agreed to present two concerts in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland at Lucas Parklands, Montville in July – her only performances during her 2018 Australian visit. The Ukraine born Anna Fedorova is a multi-international piano competition prize winner including the Rubenstein “In Memorian”.   Ms Fedorova has become a loved and respected musician, her performance resume reads like a who’s who list of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, orchestras and conductors. She is admired for her depth and power of musical expression, and described as possessing “sweet modesty and wild expression,” – traits that have resulted in her audience being “completely taken by surprise, compelled and astonished.”  “The idea of bringing a renowned player to perform in our Montville rainforest concert hall began last year when my thoughts turned to the 2018 Lucas Parklands Winter Concerts” said Mr Lucas;   “I wrote to four or five well known and established concert artists asking if they would like to perform at Lucas Parklands.” Mr Lucas continued, “Anna replied instantly. I was flattered by her energetic response, honest enthusiasm and Anna simply stated that she’d love to play in Montville”.  “I was elated and a little surprised by her enthusiasm.”   “In Europe she’s quite a superstar,” Mr Lucas said. “Anna has 15-million-plus views of her performance of the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto recorded at The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam; this exceeds any other performer or performance of a classical work.”  For the Lucas family Ms Fedorova’s visit has extra significance.  Anna will begin the concert with 50 minutes of solo piano, then after interval will be joined by their son Sam, together they will present works for cello and piano.  Sam is a fine cellist who is building an international reputation as a concert performer and currently studies with maestro Pieter Wispelwey at the prestigious Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf Germany. Whilst visiting Lucas Parklands Anna and Sam will also record works for cello and piano.   Described as one of the top two or three performance venues of its size in the world the 150 seat acoustically brilliant Lucas Parklands auditorium was designed by Ian. The room is set amongst the beauty and peace of undisturbed […]

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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Visit our world class tourist attraction, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and discover rainforest that once covered the entire area By Richard Bruinsma Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve at Maleny has been transformed in recent years to become a high class eco-tourism attraction. It includes a wide array or attractions, from the tranquil and easy walks through the subtropical rainforest that is the centrepiece of the 55-hectare reserve, through to lovely picnic grounds – complete with barbecues, sheltered picnic tables, expansive lawn and play equipment for the children – and the new and modern Discovery Centre and café building. The Discovery Centre includes numerous displays that provide an insight into the world that exists among the thick foliage and towering trees. It features a number of displays, interactive learning activities, and multi-media presentations that all help to reveal more of this wonderful natural attraction. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve provides a understanding of the rainforest that once covered the entire area, and provides an opportunity to take a relaxing wander among diverse birdlife and native animals, as well as a wide array of plant life, from the towering buttressed trees that stretch to the canopy, through the tiniest of mushrooms that feed on the rotting vegetation in the undergrowth below. The reserve sits on the edge of Maleny’s southern escarpment, and provides a stunning uninterrupted view towards the Glasshouse Mountains on the plain below.     The picnic grounds and barbecues are free at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve; however, entry to the walking track […]

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Take the Great Walk from Lake Baroon to Flaxton

Challenge yourself to take a Great Walk that will take you very up close and personal with nature. By Richard Bruinsma 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 […]

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