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Kondalilla Falls

Lots to see, so Come On Up!

20/01/2018

Visitors to the Sunshine Coast hinterland are warned to not make the mistake of leaving the area before they’ve experienced everything The Hinterland and the surrounding communities have to offer. Be sure to Come On Up and explore. The list of attractions is not as straight forward as many may think – it’s very diverse in deed. 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 outlying communities like Kenilworth, 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 to be experienced to believe, as well as providing accommodation that allows visitors to experience working farms. The natural attractions include countless bushwalks, starting with the 58km Great Walk […]

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The Strangler Cairn, Conondale National Park

In the rugged Conondale Range, this park features luxuriant rainforests, tall eucalypt forests, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and spectacular scenery.  The diverse forests provide homes for a wonderful variety of wildlife including more than 120 species of birds and many mammals. The threatened but seldom-seen yellow-bellied glider lives in the open forest. Some rare and threatened species are found in the Conondale and Blackall ranges, including the cascade tree-frog and plumed frog-mouth. The 56 km Conondale Range Great Walk showcases the very best of Conondale National Park’s natural features. A sculpture by internationally renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy is within a half day walk on this track and compliments the stunning beauty of its environment.  The walking track to Artists cascades goes past the sculpture. The Strangler Cairn© is an impressive 3.7m high sculpture made from many hand-cut granite and metamorphic blocks and includes a rainforest strangler fig sapling that is growing from the top of it. The artist’s intention being that over time the fig’s roots will grow to eventually cover and ‘strangle’ the cairn. For more information – check out the National Parks website … Looking for other walking trails across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, we have a number of maps you can download.

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Crystal Waters

Crystal Waters Markets

THE FIRST things noticed about market day at the Crystal Waters community is just how many people attend the so-called remote location on market day; the second is the beautiful overarching canopy provided by the huge shade trees at the market site. The markets are held on the first Saturday of each month, providing the range of usual market fare, but with an organic and natural edge – clothing, health products, tasty food, organic fruit and vegetables, coffee outlets, and even organic ice cream. Musicians play at the open mic on the Community Deck, there’s a playground for kids if they get bored, and Les’ Sourdough Bakery, a permanent future in the community, sells traditional sourdough breads as well as coffee. Les’ bakery is actually open every Saturday morning and provides a central location for social interaction by the community’s residents and visitors. The Crystal Waters community has long been regarded by many as being isolated, but, in actual fact, it is just a 7 km drive up Aherns Road, which comes off Maleny-Kenilworth Road just a couple of kilometers on the Maleny side of Conondale. Crystal Waters is less than half an hour’s drive from Maleny. As is the case in the Conondale region, which is surrounded by mountains, mobile phone coverage is a big tricky, which can add to the false feeling of remoteness. Ally Bing, the Chairperson of the Crystal Waters Co-op, notes there are about 250 residents living in the community, which focusses on organic and sustainable living. There are two overarching rules at the community: no dogs and cats, and no restricted pesticides – as a spin off of these rules, the residents share their common areas with local native wildlife. The Co-op is responsible for the management of the community, as well as hosting the markets, managing the camping and cabins of its Eco Park Centre, hiring of garden plots and managing the hiring of […]

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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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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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