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City folk unwind with fresh food, fresh air at the Glasshouse Mountains

City folk unwind with fresh food, fresh air at the Glasshouse Mountains By Richard Bruinsma Imagine a big spacious cottage set in peaceful farmland at the foot of the rugged and majestic Glasshouse Mountains. When it’s time for dinner, there’s an organic vegie patch waiting just beyond the veranda, with fresh chicken eggs, and freshly baked bread at the ready. This is the scene at Blackwattle Farm, a B&B and farm stay nestled on 20 acres amongst farmland near Beerwah but still just 10 minutes’ drive from Australia Zoo. The farm is a local example of self-sufficiency, with vegetables, meat, eggs, and milk (not for guests due to health regulations) sourced on the property. Any other required produce is sourced from local growers. They also make their own jam. The farm has one self contained rainforest cabins and a mountain view suite and is able to sleep up to six guests at a time, including children, with a farm tour and breakfast included. “It’s great to just see people come here and unwind, a lot come from Brisbane and they feel like they’re miles from anywhere,” Emma Carlos, who runs the farm with her partner Mark Simm, said. “It’s really quiet and private, we’re away from the roads so there’s no traffic noise, and we’re right at the foot of the Glasshouse Mountains.” The property overlooks Mt Beerwah (regarded as the mother of the mountains) and Mt Coonowrin (also known as crookneck, the oldest son). Mt Tobrogargen, the father, sits […]

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Adopt a Beehive promotes vital Pollination

Adopt a Beehive promotes vital Pollination – Click here to see more about Adopt a Beehive A hinterland business is pushing a unique concept of adopting beehives – an idea that helps improve yields on fruit and vegetable plants, as well as increasing bee numbers and encouraging the vital natural process of pollination. Adopt a Beehive also hosts information luncheons that include guided beehive inspections, an opening of a beehive and tastings of honey from five different beehive locations. Paula West, the Queen Bee of Adopt a Beehive, came up with the novel idea when one of her other businesses – a small cropping farm called Kookaburra Organics – kept fielding queries from amateur growers about low yields. “We would find people coming up to us seeking advice on their crops, and they would ask why they had so many flowers on the lemon tree, or Adopt a Beehive promotes vital pollination their zucchini vine, but hardly any fruit,” Ms West explained. “We would ask, ‘How many bees have you seen in your garden?’ and they would answer, ‘a few’ or ‘not many’ or even ‘I haven’t seen any bees in my garden’, which is tragic.” Ms West, also a qualified beekeeper, aware of the absolutely vital role played by bees in pollination, started wondering how she could help boost bee numbers in local gardens and encourage better pollination generally. “And we wondered, ‘how can we do this?’ and we came up with the idea of Adopt-a-beehive.” Adopt a Beehive places […]

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Come On Up, enjoy our Hinterland Hospitality – you will love it.

Come On Up, enjoy our Hinterland Hospitality – you will love it. After experiencing the culinary delights in the Hinterland you will need somewhere to stay and there are plenty of places to choose from. No matter what your budget or your preferred style of accommodation you will be spoiled for choice in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The available holiday rentals range from motels, caravan parks, traditional bed and breakfasts, boutique guest houses, cottages, cabins, tree houses or resorts with full spa facilities. Farm stays are also available for those wanting something a bit more active. You could be nestled in pristine rainforest or have spectacular views of the beautiful natural environment. You can choose to be pampered for your short stay or weekend get away. If you wish, you can hide from the world and not see another soul for the duration of your visit. Some places are situated so that you can walk out to the local shops and restaurants at Montville, Mapleton or Maleny, while others are further away from the hustle and bustle and the only day to day noise is that of the forest. The quality is high, the value exceptional and the service is friendly and welcoming. For a romantic weekend away, a midweek escape or a honeymoon, you can find a range of hinterland accommodation to suit your desires. You may seek a fully self contained cabin in a variety of environments; you might be looking for treehouses hidden in the rainforest, cabins […]

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Lots to see, so Come On Up

Lots to see, so Come On Up – Click here to see about the launch in 2015 of Come-on-Up Visitors to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland are warned to not make the mistake of leaving the area before they’ve experienced everything The Range 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, as readers will further discover as they flick through the pages of this edition of Come On Up newspaper. 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 out lying communities like 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 […]

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Great Walk worthy of the bucket list

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 15 km walk that conveniently includes the popular Kondalilla Falls day walk and picnic area. 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.The section of the track from Lake Baroon to Kondalilla Falls is around 10 km, and a convenient finishing point for those not wanting to complete the full walk. Or, ofcourse, a good start point for those wishing to head the opposite direction. 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 walk is broken up into those four sections. Each one is do-able in oneday […]

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Pomodoras becomes “Brisbanite” Destination

  A popular hinterland restaurant has proved to be popular not only with local residents, but has also become a dining destination for regular “Brisbanites” visiting the region. Pomodoras on Obi has been in operation since October 2010, and prides itself not only on its notoriety as a repeat dining destination, but also on its dedication to using local produce as well as employing local people. “The restaurant is popular with both the locals and tourists,” Functions Manager Jodi Bond, who owns the restaurant with partner and head chef Chris Bond, said. “We are finding more people from Brisbane are dining with us on a regular basis. We have great reviews on Trip Advisor and people are finding us through the entertainment book. “Our weekends tend to be busier than midweek with people visiting the coast and hinterland for the weekend from Brissy.” Mrs Bond describes the menu as “European based”, using locally grown herbs from kitchen gardens in the salads, using Maleny dairies milk, Maleny cheese, locally supplied Buffalo, and fruit and vegetables from the local Maleny produce shop. “Our lunch menu offers more cafe style foods, house made local buffalo burger and freshly prepared salads,” Mrs Bond said. “Where as the dinner menu offers more restaurant influenced dishes, like own very popular seafood risotto with scallops, prawns, calamari, mussels, rocket, parmesan and our own orange vincotto dressing.” “We are family friendly where children under 13 can eat free in the evenings from the children’s menu. “Everything is made […]

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History on show at Colonial Hinterland Buildings

By Richard Bruinsma The Sunshine Coast has experienced such rapid growth, in particular over the past 40 years, from tiny fishing and farming villages to the bustling holiday and residential region it is today, that few majestic and historic buildings still exist along the coast. But that is not the case in the Hinterland, which provided the economic foundations of the region, in lucrative farming and logging, well before the region became known asa holiday’s destination with beautiful beaches. Most of the region’s historic buildings are found in the hinterland, including Maleny’s Pattemore House, which dates back to 1907 when four brothers built the elegant home for their parents, who farmed the region. The house today includes a wide range of displays, including grainy black and white photos, early maps of the area, historic records and the tools commonly used for the early residents of the area. The house is made of pit-sawn white beech, sourced on the property, and today is an attraction complete with elegant gardens, sweeping views and even light refreshment sales. Just down the road, at Montville, is the beautiful Community Hall, with its colonial charm and spectacular views toward the coast. The Hall, although dating back to 1903, still remains very much in demand as a beautiful and relaxed venue for weekend weddings, as well as a midweek venue for a wide range of events. It is a picturesque venue that can seat around 100 comfortably. The hall was repainted in 2015 in classic whites […]

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Mt Ninderry offers challenging alternate to Mt Coolum

The congestion that is taking over the Mt Coolum climb on Saturday mornings may soon force bush walkers to look else where, including to the heart-starting Mt Ninderry. Mt Ninderry is almost directly inland from Mt Coolum, and offers a walk that is perhaps just a little more challenging than the well-worn path offered by Mt Coolum. The mountain also includes the pit falls of any lesser known attraction – signage is poor and some pathways are not well marked.It also promises exquisite views over the patch work of farmland at Valdora, and stretching toward Mt Coolum to the east, north toward Noosa, and south toward Maroochydore. However, that may soon change with major works, including a re-alignment of the walking tracks, to start soon. “The upgrade of the Mt Ninderry walking trail is designed to provide an improved experience for all walkers,” a council spokes person said. “The trail was established several decades ago and has suffered erosion overtime, making it unsafe. “The new trail will not only provide new alignment to reduce erosion, but it will improve safety and views of the coast as you climb. The new trail is shaded and utilises the sea breeze to provide an even better walking experience. “Work on stage one of this project commenced earlier this year, which includes benching, drainage and step constructions, it is due to be complete by the end of June. “Stage two has commenced with the trail expected to be formally opened late this year.” Parking […]

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Hinterland boasts world’s fastest Velocette

Hinterland boasts world’s fastest Velocette By Richard Bruinsma The world land speed record for single-cylinder vehicles has just been broken. And the amazing feat was achieved by Yandina motor racing enthusiast Stuart Hooper. He steered his 1959 Velocette, with its supercharged 638cc engine, to an astonishing 310 kilometres per hour (or 193mph for the purists) on the Lake Gairdner saltflats in South Australia last month. The previous record from the 25 years history of the event was 183.7 mph. Mr Hooper and his modified 1959 Velocettewere on display at the “Historical Motorcycle Club of Queensland – Sunshine Coast Area” swap meet at Maleny recently. The record breaking pass was observed by scores of onlookers at the annual Dry Lakes Racers Australia annual Speed week event. The bike is now also the fastest human-carrying single cylinder machine on the planet – whether motorcycle, car, plane, boat or anything else. And if you’re wondering why Mr Hooper chased that speed goal, he has a typical “it was there” type of answer. “You’ve got to do something in your old age,” he said wryly. “I’ve just always had an interest in anything to do with motor racing; land speed motorcycles are my passion.” As you can imagine, those speeds are not only near impossible to achieve, but they are also chillingly terrifying. “The previous run, at 188 miles per hour, we were using the entire width of the track, with big speed wobbles, and I was wishing to say, ‘I’m too old for […]

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