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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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Cocorico Chocolate – a Tasty Gem off the Tourist Path

Cocorico Chocolate – a Tasty Gem off the Tourist Path Not far off the beaten track (344 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton QLD) is a sweet treat for those with a tastebud for quality, and you will find the unique little boutique chocolatier, Cocorico Chocolate. The business is run by Sebastien Clerc, who, at just 21, already has five years’ experience in creating unique French chocolates and, more recently, traditional hot chocolate drinks. His chocolates are manufactured from imported French chocolate infused with a variety of special flavourings. His hot chocolate drinks are made from the chocolate, but mixed with cream and milk and a variety of flavours including strawberry, raspberry, hazelnut, cardamom and for those with a fixation on spices, there’s the ancient Mayan flavour that includes chilli, cayenne pepper and cinnamon. Sebastien’s business started as many others do – he loved eating chocolate, but was dissatisfied with chemicals found in most other chocolate on the market. “The love of chocolate,” is the simple reason he gives for the underlying motivation for launching Cocorico Chocolate. “I love eating chocolate, but I got sick of all the artificial supermarket stuff, so I started making my own,” Sebastien said. “And people said I should start a business… so I did.” That was when he was 16, so he started googling and watching YouTube videos to research and teach himself the process. His research is “ongoing”, although he has well and truly learned skills to earn the title of Australia’s youngest chocolatier. In the ensuing […]

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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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