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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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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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