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Sublime Beauty by Johanna De Maine

Sublime Beauty by Johanna De Maine Checkout Sublime Beauty at Art on Cairncross, 3 Panorama Place, Cairncross Corner, Maleny  Open September 3rd to the 25th on Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm Johanna De Maine is a Sunshine Coast ceramicist with an international reputation for her finely created porcelain artworks. In a professional career spanning over four decades, she has been inspired by the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains environment which she uniquely depicts on skillfully thrown, carved and lustred pots.

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Obi Obi’s Unusual Cedar works both Practical and Artistic

The mesmerising talents of wood craftsman Jack Wilms can perhaps be seen most publicly at the The Chapel in Montville, with its hand-crafted rear cedar doors, 14 individually carved pews, a one-off carved alter and intricately embellished ceiling. But the inspiring works are also prevalent at his unique gallery, Obi Valley Woodworks, located just off the tourist route in the Obi Valley, between Mapleton and Kenilworth. A stroll through the gallery reveals a wide range of carved timber artworks, sculptures, doors and furniture, all utilising the richness of the red cedar trees that are Wilms’ timber of choice. “I specialise in functional furniture pieces, entrance doors and sculptures with Australian wildlife and nature scenes,” Mr Wilms said. While most of the furniture and carved timber doors are commissioned to specifically to suit the needs and wishes of his clients, his gallery offers one-off pieces that have emerged as each piece of timber is carved to reveal unique grain and personality. “I just decide what I want to make today then go up into to the shed and find a suitable piece of timber and get to work,” Mr Wilms said. He loves the natural grain of and rich colour of cedar, a softwood that is easily worked and polished, and he utilises only dead trees – whether still standing or salvaged from the forest floor – in contrast to cutting down healthy trees. His specialties are sculptures of Australian wildlife and natural scenes. While most of the furniture and carved […]

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Old style “Scottish Tablet” gives fudgyboombah global attention

The vast array of delicious home-made fudges and nougats on offer at Montville’s fudgyboombah has ensured it is a wondrous and magical place. But it’s the traditional Scottish Tablet – an old fashioned fudge made in-house using condensed milk and a tried-and-tested secret recipe – that is proving to be an absolute hero to young and old customers alike. Owner Greg Jones– also known as Mr fudgyboombah – said the unmistakable flavour of Scottish Tablet is having the wonderful affect of triggering memories and transporting customers back to simpler years gone by. “It’s so old fashioned and everybody remembers it; once they taste it, they say, ‘Yes, I know that taste’,” Mr Jones said. “Depending on what age you are, it stimulates different reactions from different people. “We get grannies who taste it and say, ‘My mother used to make that, I haven’t tasted that in 50 years’.” “It just transports people back in time.” The dedicated search for the perfect recipe has been well worth it, with demand for the fudgyboombah Scottish Tablet now coming locally, across the state and even internationally. “We didn’t have an old family recipe to fall back on so we had to find our own recipe,” Mr Jones said. “And it took four years to perfect it before we put it out for sale – now it’s our equal best-seller.” It’s one if the unique fudges available at fudgyboombah, which has more than 70 different flavours on sale every day – with recipes for […]

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Hinterland Hosts Beautiful Weddings

The beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland has become a haven for beautiful weddings, and it’s no surprise as the area is home to all manner of wedding venues, but also seems perpetually lush and peaceful – a reflection of the lives newlyweds dream of with their new life partners. The Hinterland encompasses the lush and green region centred on Maleny, Montville and Mapleton but stretches down into the coastal valley area of Woombye, Palmwoods and Mooloolah and west of the ranges through Conondale and Kenilworth. Weddings in the area have developed into a multi-million dollar industry that caters for all tastes, from small intimate gatherings to large lavish ceremonies where no desire is spared. Sunshine Coast residents Christine and James Fenn married in May after an eight-year courtship. They desired a hinterland wedding, with the beautiful green backdrops, but were mindful of keeping a rein on their costs. The Hinterland wedding establishment was able to meet their desires to ensure their special day was, in fact, special. “Weddings can get out of hand – ridiculous, cost wise – and we wanted to find a place where we wouldn’t get locked in to anything,” Christine explained. They close a beautiful simple location on Maleny’s picturesque Mountain View Road known as Half Moon Hideaway, which is small and quiet, but overlooks the stunning Glass House Mountains. The venue also includes a small eco-cabin which needs to be booked out for two nights as part of the deal, and horse and cows on the […]

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Mapleton Botanist Artist takes Scientific Look at her Creations

It could perhaps be argued that there should be no better person to create intricate and detailed images of Australia’s flora than an artist that also happened to be a qualified botanist – well, that’s what the hinterland region has in Dr Nita Lester of Mapleton. Dr Lester is a practicing Queensland Government botanist, and also consults on all things flora for several other organisations, including a botanic garden and a number of Brigalow and western Queensland offset projects. She has operated out “The Wilde Woode Studio” at her home in Mapleton since moving to the hinterland from Brisbane in 2012. “We moved from Brisbane to a 30-acre piece of land that backs onto the eastern edge of Mapleton Forest,” she said “It has a view to the east to the ocean and the brilliant blues of the ocean and the greens of the forest really inspire me.” While, as an artist, Dr Lester focuses on zoological and botanical subjects, mainly Australian natives in pen and ink, graphite and watercolour, she has many other create outlets. She is a graphic designer, owns a publishing company and publisher of scientific and fictional stories, creates botanical and wildlife drawings for interpretative signage and national park information boards, she hosts botanical art and botany workshops, and is a talented photographer of flora and fauna wildlife and human portraits. Dr Lester is the author of several research articles plus two editions of “Woodland to Weeds”, a text used by universities, mining exploration companies and […]

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Magical landscape home to coast’s “most photographed tree”

By Richard Bruinsma There is an ordinary tree that stands tall and solitary in an open green paddock on Maleny’s southern escarpment, but is most probably the Sunshine Coast’s most photographed tree. And there really is no reason why that honour is any real surprise. The tree itself, in an area colloquially known as “One Tree Hill”, seems to exude quiet majesty, indifference to the world’s goings-on, and a reassuring message to relax and enjoy the many simple beauties of the world. Then, there is the backdrop to the tree that helps underpin these important messages – the Glasshouse Mountains, with their ruggedness, natural beauty, danger, mystery and unwaveringendurance. Together, the tree and its unpredictable mountain backdrop are quite magical. For some 15 years, newlyweds have flocked to the paddock for their wedding photos to create not only beautiful photographic memories, but also to breathe in the positivity for an ideal beginning to their new married lives together. The property has been owned for 99 years (100 years in 2017) by the well-known local Woods family. Florence Woods told Come On Up newspaper that the community’s interest in the tree and its backdrop first started when the friend of her daughter asked to be allowed to be photographed at the site. Mrs Woods and her late husband Frank agreed. And, from there, it has grown to attract scores of couples each year – sometimes up to six couples on one day. On one occasion, she said, a visitor turned up […]

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Basement Bar Builds Nambour’s Niche

Guys, this is huge! Your Mates Brewing Co., one of our fave local craft beer crews, has opened a seriously awesome new beer cave in Nambour! Introducing The Basement. We all already love Your Mates Brewing Co. and now you get to give them a whole lotta love in their new digs, while sipping on their sessionable beer and shooting the breeze. And seriously—the new bar? Epic. Aptly named The Basement, it was once just that. A hotel storage basement held together by panelling and walls that hadn’t been touched in about 50 years. But like everything these guys do, it’s had heart and soul poured into it (along with a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears) and been transformed into a moody, industrial space which will inspire you to meet up with mates, sit back, and appreciate the goodness of craft beer and all it stands for. Matt Hepburn and Christian McGarry are the creators of Your Mates and the pioneers of this underground London-esque space. Their bromance began a mere three years ago when they became housemates; at a time when they were both working their way out of their previous careers as a project manager and teacher. What started as a pipe-dream convo one night over (someone else’s) beer, has organically grown into their reality today: A place where they get to serve their own lovingly-brewed beer, out of their own taps, while sharing their love, knowledge, and passion of what good beer really is. It hasn’t been an easy journey for these guys. With no prior experience in […]

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Australian Opals – Precious, Unique and as Individual as you are

The unique play of colour and extraordinary patterns makes the Australian Opal one of the world’s most beautiful and precious gemstones. Opals Down Under, located in Glenview, has one of the finest selections of Australian Opal you will see anywhere in the country. Down Under is open 9 am to 5 pm every day (excluding listed public holidays), at 11 Ballantyne Court, Glenview, or visit www.opalsdownunder.com.au Started in 1985 by the Stein family (who still own the business), Opals Down Under has become one of the ‘go to’ destinations on the Sunshine Coast for visitors, and a first choice for unique jewellery for locals to select from too. Now celebrating their 30th year, Opals Down Under reflect upon their achievements, from selling outstanding opal jewellery to the Brunei Royal Family, supplying beautiful opal earrings to Meryl Streep, cutting and polishing a rare Queensland Boulder Opal specimen to be used in a world monument in Japan celebrating Toyota’s 70th anniversary, as well as the multiple awards won. The Opals Down Under family takes pride in knowing they’ve helped to push the profile of Australia’s national gemstone. Regarded as one of the finest Opal Cutters in Australia, Manager and Opal Artisan, Scott Coggan has an inspiring and inventive perspective on Opal Jewellery and says, “Gone are the days that we simply cut an opal, with many clients these days opting to widen their imagination and choose incredibly individual, contemporary designs.” “We put a unique spin on opals with very original and contemporary […]

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Mapleton National Park Walk the Lesser-known Track

Mapleton National Park Walk the Lesser-known Track Mapleton National Park provides perhaps one of the most challenging of all the sections of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s Great Walk. However, it also seems to be the lesser known of other walks, perhaps due to its proximity behind the very popular Mapleton Falls National Park. Mapleton National Park should not be confused with Mapleton Falls National Park, although the two are quite near each other. The complete 58km Great Walk utilises both – Mapleton Falls National Park is included in section three of the walk, while Mapleton National Park is section four of the walk. Entry is via Delicia Road, Mapleton, or by following the signs along the walking track within Mapleton Falls National Park. The Mapleton National Park walk includes steeper gradients, a myriad of roots along the path which require vigilance from tripping, several sections where walkers must climb over large trees that lie across the track. It also delivers perhaps the widest variety of landscapes as any of the sections of the Great Walk – thick rainforest, palm forests, thinned treed bushland, grasslands, steep rocky inclines and damp waterfall areas. This walk does provide the most visual reminder of the area’s logging past, with countless tree stumps bearing the signs of the lumberjacks and their axe-work to fell these majestic and lucrative sources of building timber. The 7.3km return walk from the parking area to Gheerulla Falls takes approximately 3.5 hours. Make sure you take the usual water and […]

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