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Hinterland Camping and Overnight Treks

Hinterland Camping and Overnight Treks Spend a few days totally immersed in nature in one of the hinterland’s national parks. Swim, hike and barbecue your way to a blissful and memorable break. In order to camp in one of Queensland’s national parks, you need to make a booking. Conveniently, bookings can be made online visit the website of Department of National Parks, Sports & Racing Conondale National Park There are three camping locations in Conondale National Park, all located along Bouloomba Creek. Two camp sites are for tents only; the third camp site allows for high clearance caravans and camper vans. Do note that the Bouloomba Creek Rd access has a number of creek crossings, so is suitable for high clearance 4WD vehicles only. Camping Area 1 Features: A rainforest setting for tents only. Features toilets, cold showers, fire rings (bring your own firewood), walking tracks, a pay phone and water (not for drinking, as it is pumped from the creek, unless treated). Camping Area 3 Features: Tent camping on individual sites in a rainforest setting. Features walking tracks, fire rings, toilets and (untreated) water. Camping Area 4 Features: An open forest setting with plenty of room for high clearance caravans and campervans. Also suitable for tent camping beside your vehicle and for larger groups. Its facilities include (untreated) water, fire rings (bring your own firewood), toilets and walking tracks. Further information about these campsites visit Conondale National Park from the National Parks website Conondale Range Great Walk This 56 […]

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Waterfall Attractions opening “critical” for Hinterland Tourism

  Waterfall Attractions opening “critical” for Hinterland Tourism    The re-opening of one hinterland waterfall attraction and the pending repair of a second waterfall’s viewing platform are critical to the success of local eco-tourism, tourism operators advise. A section of the Kondalilla Falls walking track and the Mapleton Falls viewing platform had both been closed for around a year, due to damage caused by heavy rains during exTropical Cyclone Marcia in February 2015. Alan Dryden, who operates the Falls Rainforest Spa Cottages at Montville with his wife Aryna, said the two waterfall attractions, along with Gardners Falls near Maleny, represented the “three jewels in the hinterland eco-tourism crown” so it was vital that they were all open and operational and ready to welcome visitors. Thankfully, Minister for National Parks Dr Steven Miles confirmed repair work to the Kondalilla Falls track in early December had been completed. “The Kondalilla Falls circuit track is now open following the removal of several large hazardous boulders from the cliff above the walking track,” a department spokesperson said. Some of the boulders weighed an estimated 55 tonnes. Meantime, site preparation work has started at the Mapleton Falls lookout and “slope stabilisation and structural work” is due to begin early March. The work is expected to cost around $200,000 and take five weeks. The work will include installing fibrecrete and mesh pinned to the substrate by metre-long spikes of steel, installing “micropiles” connecting the lookout to the bedrock beneath the soil surface and modifying drainage to […]

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Sunshine Coast Hinterland National Parks

Sunshine Coast Hinterland National Parks With lush green rainforests and national parks full of wild life, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a nature lovers paradise. The regions forest sand bush land areas are home to a multitude of bird life, koalas, possums, goannas and kangaroos. The enchanting Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is located a few minutes from Maleny and features endangered species, subtropical plants and remnants of the ancient forests that once covered the Blackall Range. This 55 hectare rainforest overlooks the Glasshouse Mountains and is home to the Mountain Crayfish, Great Barred Frog, Marbled Frogmouth and the Red-necked Pademelon. Mary Caircross is also one of the only few breeding habitats for the southern species of the Pink Underwing Moth. Conondale National Park forms the heart of an extensive area of unspoilt mountain scenery in the Conondale Range. With magnificent forests, deep gorges and spectacular views, this park and the adjacent State Forest offer scenic drives, picnic areas and a choice of four grassy camp sites near rainforests and mountain streams. Birdwatchers will enjoy Little Yabba Creek, while mountain bike and horse riders can explore the park and forest along vehicle tracks. The Glass House Mountains National Park was named by Captain Cook as he mapped the Queensland coast in 1770. The “Glass Houses” are distinctive volcanic plugs that rise abruptly out of a patch work of farms and forests. The mountains are spiritually significant to the local Aboriginal people and the park is madeup of several sections that include […]

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130 Year Old Train Tunnel Bushwalk

130 Year Old Train Tunnel Bushwalk – For more information click here By Richard Bruinsma An interesting work of historic engineering is on hand for bushwalkers on the main track at Dularcha National Park at Mooloolah. It emerges through the trees along the mostly-flat bush walk, a simple-but interesting man-made attraction that one can imagine would have been quite the laborious engineering feat some 150 years ago.The centre piece of the 3 km walk is a 100 m disused rail tunnel that was first constructed in 1861. The tunnel is an easy 800 metre walk from the main entrance to the national park, at the end of Dorson Drive, Mooloolah. The slightly curved concrete tunnel is today the home of bats, whose chittering provides an interesting and eerie overhead accompaniment as you walk through the darkness towards the arches of natural light at either end. The entire track itself is an easy walk, mostly flat as you’d expect from what was once a railway line route, with sections of the track running adjacent to the existing rail line between Mooloolah and Landsborough. The track extends from the central Mooloolah entrance to another entrance at Beech Road, which is just 1.25 km north of Landsborough Railway Station. The national park is open to horse riders and mountain bikers, who also have an alternate steeper 200 m de-tour around and over the tunnel if they wish to give their thighs a little more of a workout. Several joggers also were using the track […]

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Kenilworth Secrets Unlocked at Information Centre

Kenilworth Secrets Unlocked at Information Centre Where do tourists go to prepare to visit the mysterious Strangler Cairn? Or to organise a camping trip in Conondale National Park or in Charlie Moreland forestry? Or to find a rugged but beautiful bushwalk? The answer is the Kenilworth Tourism Information Centre. The busy centre, in the town’s main street, answered to around 17,000 requests for help in2014about all sorts of hinterland tourism issues. It is stocked with scores of brochures, local maps, information about local accommodation, bushwalks (from an hour long through to four days) and, of course, the general corporate knowledge of its dedicated volunteers. “This building has been open for 10 years now and it’s all 100% community operated,” said centre coordinator Pat Yates. “We also have a craft centre and gift shop attached to it. “The number of volunteers we have is 12 and the craft centre has seven.” Kenilworth itself is located in the beautiful upper Mary Valley, near both the Blackall and Conondale ranges. The town, which has a population of not quite 300, is only about 40 km from Maleny, 25 km from Mapleton via Obi Obi Road, and one and a half hours drive north of Brisbane. It maintains a comfortable 1930s charm, and has various attractions including a museum, art gallery, cheese factory, a well-appointed playground and picnic area, and a good range of shops. The surrounding area includes state forest that hosts camping, horse riding and bushwalking. The KIC is an important factor […]

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Breathtaking Kondalilla Falls

Breathtaking Kondalilla Falls A visit to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland would not be complete without visiting the spectacular Kondalilla Falls which is located inside the Kondalilla National Park near Montville. Kondalilla National Park is 327 hectares of land featuring hiking tracks, spectacular mountain views, unspoilt rainforest and the breathtaking waterfall, where Skene Creek plummets 90 meters into a rainforest valley below. Kondalilla is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’ and describes the park’s waterfall during the summer wet season. Kondalilla National Park is a great place to go bushwalking, have a picnic, or cool down in the rock pool near the waterfall. The park and waterfall also offer spectacular photographic opportunities – so don’t forget to bring your camera and appropriate footwear so you can explore the walking tracks which vary in degrees of difficulty. Above the falls, tall open eucalypt forest mingles with rainforest species in wetter areas. A drier forest grows on the western escarpment, featuring casuarinas with a grass tree understorey. This spectacular parcel of land is an important refuge for many animals and plants including the rare pouched frog, Assa darlingtoni and the bopple nut, Macadamia ternifolia, which is vulnerable to extinction. More than 107 species of birds and 70 species of reptiles, plus 32 species of frogs have been seen in the park and recorded from the nearby ranges. Kondolilla National Park is open to the public and provides toilets, barbeque facilities, lookouts and walking tracks. The park is close to a range of accommodation […]

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Security and safety fears raised by Online Booking Changes

The concerns were triggered with changes to the Expedia agency’s information policies. Information like guests’ phone numbers and email addresses are now being kept from accommodation providers, even though they may be of vital importance, for example, in times of bad weather, dangerous road conditions or flooding, the discussion of special dietary needs, contacting overdue guests, and emergencies. Businesses owners also feel they should have the right to know details of people coming to stay in their rooms on their private premises. The local concerns with the changed Expedia system have been raised in writing with the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and local tourism marketing organisation Visit SunshineCoast. “We are looking into it and are consulting with other organisations,” Daniel Gschwind, the Chief Executive of the QTIC, told Come On Up newspaper. Regarding bookings made through Expedia, email contact between accommodation providers and their pending guests is instead allowed only via a system that has the booking agent as the “middle man”. Expedia explained that the tighter controls were made “to improve the security of your customers’ information”. Accommodation provider and Hinterland Tourism executive Alan Dryden said it just made sense – in terms of safety and security, service provision and service quality matters – for the accommodation provider to have direct contact details. “In a two minute phone conversation, I can learn their bread and milk preferences, I can know if they want me to book a massage for them, whether they have cultural meal requirements,” he said. “To […]

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Australian plants the inspiration of unique native liqueurs

Australian plants the inspiration of unique native liqueurs – Rainforest Liqueurs website By Richard Bruinsma Words like Gidneywallum, Kitcha-kontoo, Myrtifolia, Midyim and Wujigay might have many readers scratching their heads in confusion as they wonder exactly what they represent. The answer is that they are all native Australian plants– in the vein of their forest mates, the Lily Pily, Wattle, Wild-mint and Wild Raspberry – that have an edible element. But, like all good stories, there’s more. Unique hinterland business Rainforest Liqueurs has utilised these special native food sources to create unique native liqueurs. “I had been teaching myself about the Australian Native foods and cooking with them,” John King, who started the business in 2000 with his wife Mary, said. “I was looking for a way of value adding the native foods and decided that making Liqueurs would be an interesting direction for a business. “I originally come from the Appalachian Mountains in America. It has been traditional in the mountains to use the wild foods so it was an easy step for me to think of ways of using the wild foods in various ways.” Rainforest Liqueurs makes 16 different liqueurs, using wild fruits, leaves and flowers of native bush trees and plants. “Most people are amazed at the flavours that I am able to get from the native foods,” Mr King explained. “They appreciate the fact that we are wild crafting products from our native foods”. Rainforest Liqueurs, is located in the Hinterland, and is included on the […]

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Maleny IGA proud supporter of Local Produce

Maleny IGA proud supporter of Local Produce – Click here to find more on the Maleny IGA Website Maleny IGA is more than the local grocery store; it has become an icon and a destination in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Owners Rob and Sam Outridge have owned the store since 1995 and transformed the oldest commercial building in Maleny into a modern store with good old fashioned service – yes, they still take customers groceries to the car. And in keeping with the modern era they also offer of an online shopping service with home delivery. So what is it that makes Maleny IGA a destination for both tourists and locals? The answer is simple, it is diversity – the variety is both interesting and intriguing. There are the standard grocery lines before a world of discovery opens as you enter the organic and health food section boasting a range of products at your finger tips including numerous gluten free foods. Included across all lines are local and Australian made products and the local products are in very high demand. A ticketing system identifies the local, regional and Australian made items for customer making the conscious decision to support those food producers. Every section has something a little bit special. As part of recent renovations, a custom built Himalayan Salt Dry Aged Beef cabinet was installed, and the friendliest butcher in the world, Caine, is nearly always onhand to explain how the cabinet works. His passion is as tender as the meat. […]

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