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Celebrate the arts at Kenilworth ArtsFest

2018 is shaping up to be a big year for the annual Kenilworth ArtsFest. Kenilworth becomes a vibrant arts centre as it celebrates from  28 September to 1 October, its twenty-second year of showcasing the arts on the Sunshine Coast.  This year there is a change of format to ensure the widest range of art works with prize money of just over $10,000.00.  Not bad for a little town of 300!  A specialty prize this year is the Kenilworth Art Award worth $5,000.00.  The ever-entertaining Poets’ Breakfast is on Saturday 29 September. The winner of the poetry competition this year will read the wining poem at the Poets’ Breakfast.  A photographic exhibition by talented photographer, Birgit Kehr will be featured at the ArtsFest with focus on dairying days in the Mary Valley.  An Artisans’ shop will sell artworks and this will be an ideal place to check out presents for Christmas. As well, all artworks at the exhibition are also for sale.  Everyone is welcome to attend Presentation Night on 28 September, always a sparkling affair.  Meet artists and Judges and tickets are only $10.00, available at the door.  All in all, the 2018 Kenilworth ArtsFest promises to be another great arts event for the Sunshine Coast.   For more information please go to or phone 07 5446 0427  Article published in August/September Edition of Come on Up 


Great Walk Flaxton to Mapleton Falls

The Great Walk between Kondalilla Falls at Flaxton and the Mapleton Falls National Park could be described as the most challenging and also the most beautiful of all four sections of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s Great Walk.  This section of the Great Walk extends around 10.6 kilometres in total, which includes around 3.5km along mainly bitumen and concrete roadways and footpaths at the Kondalilla Falls carpark, along  Montville-Mapleton Road at Flaxton and 1.7km walking along Flaxton Mill Road until the track goes bush.  It’s also possible to park at the bottom of Flaxton Mill Road so as to skip the first “urban” section of the walk.  The 4.3km section of the walk from Flaxton Mill Road, down into Baxter Creek Valley and then back up toward Obi Obi Road at Mapleton, is perhaps the toughest physically of all sections of the Great Walk.  It includes a gradual-but-relentless zig-zagging descent as the track makes its way down toward Baxter Creek, before walkers cross a suspension bridge across the creek and then begin the journey back out of the valley and towards Mapleton.  It’s not hard to argue with the signage that suggests experienced walkers only should venture along the walk. While the tracks are very good, in some parts they are narrow, they include quite a number of steps, and can be slippery when wet. It’s a great workout for the lungs and thighs.  Walkers of moderate fitness should allocate around 2.5 hours to complete this 4.3km section, one way.    The walk is perhaps less popular that other more-publicised sections of the Great Walk like the section from Baroon Pocket Dam to Kondalilla Falls, as well as the shortest section that encompasses Mapleton […]


Experience the wonder of Sculpture on the edge

Every year Arts Connect Inc. in association with SPICERS Tamarind Retreat, provides the opportunity for both local and national sculptors to showcase their work in the charming grounds of Tamarind Retreat in the ‘Sculpture on the Edge’ Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition. Sculptors select locations in the lush green landscape to best display their works and visitors have a chance to explore the grounds and vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ awards, take morning or afternoon tea at the restaurant or be involved in ‘Meet the Artist’ events.  This is the 9th year ‘Sculpture on the Edge’ (SOTE) has offered considerable prize money to both major and minor winners of this sculpture exhibition. It features a wide range of sculptures, including works in wood, metal, ceramic, stone, bamboo, natural materials, found objects, recycled waste and ephemeral works, with $10,000 on offer to successful artists.  “This year continues the tradition of encouraging work to make use of the natural environment, and is shaping up to be one of the best ever exhibitions,” SOTE 2018 Co-ordinator Richard Muldoon explains. “In this stunning landscape which brings many thousands of visitors to our region every year, an outstanding sculpture trail is an added attraction to both locals and visitors.”  General Manager, Ryan Dillon says, “Spicers Tamarind Retreat, has had the privilege of hosting Sculpture on the Edge since 2010, and is delighted to once again be home to the event. Since its inception we have watched the event grow not only in size but also the quality of the artwork. It really is a fascinating showcasing of work from some of the country’s finest sculptors. We invite […]


A Wonderful Woombye Weekend Walk

Visitors to the hinterland are invited to take a short train trip and walk through the townships of Palmwoods and Woombye, which are located just down the range about 10km drive from Montville.  Walkers are invited to begin the one-hour adventure at the Woombye Railway Station on Barts St, which includes great car parking.   For $5, purchase a single station train trip to Palmwoods, before exiting the station and a short walk to Chevallum Rd and the rainforest walk in Kolora Park (also known colloquially as the Ducks Ponds).  Kolara Park is home to various bird life, a nice rotunda, playground for children and some history boards to read. There’s also a water fountain and toilet blocks.  From here, watch out for traffic to cross over Woombye-Montville Rd to Koorawatha Lane. This is where a well-paved 5km path begins – walkers on this route burn some 500 calories and can get their step count up to about 10,000.  There’s plenty of bird life in the tree canopies, so keen photographers should have their camera handy to capture the colourful array of parrots feasting on the native trees, some more than 100 years old. Check for information plaques mounted on rocks at the foot of some of the huge trees.  Walkers then come to crossings over Holly Green Crescent and Tarong St, as the pathway continues heading up a slight incline. The pathway is ideal for those looking for a brisk walk for fitness, but also for those keen for a quiet leisurely relaxing stroll.   Just on the right is Cittamani Hospice, which provides compassionate palliative care.   Further along the leafy pathway, after crossing Colsak Close, is Brady’s Fruit Stall on the right. It’s a popular spot for buying fruit and vegetables, or a quick drink or a fresh snack.  The next street along the walk is Abbotts Rd, followed by Sir Francis Nicklin Park, a historic park named in honour of a former Queensland Premier. It’s also handy […]


Maleny sculptor to hold first solo exhibition in Nambour

The simple foundational connection that clay has with the Earth is among the captivating and inspiring motivations behind the artistic passion of Maleny sculptor Cathy Lawley from Fried Mudd.  The practice of hand-crafting artworks from what is a natural resource, and then awaiting to see how it emerges from the kiln, evokes a curiosity that remains in her as strong today as when she first started the craft more than 30 years ago.  “I think it’s the anticipation; you never get bored when you open the kiln, there’s always something to get excited about, the passion is always there,” Ms Lawley said.  The artist is evoking that passion as she prepares works for her first solo exhibition, “Making Marks in Mud”, to be held at the Old Ambulance Station at Nambour in August.  The exhibition will include around 60 artworks. Among the items will be her favourite subject, chickens – with her own much-loved pet chooks providing daily inspiration – as well as native Australian animals, and her many impressive sculptures of the feminine form, evoking feelings of innocence, solitude, thoughtfulness and independence.  The exhibition will also feature discussions on Raku firing (which sees a freshly baked piece being transferred from the kiln to a bin of sawdust and straw, where it is smoked for 10 minutes, before being removed to create unusual effects), a multi-media presentation, as well as demonstrations of her techniques, including the unique “print making on clay”, which she learned during a 12-day stay last year […]


Getaway from it all at Bellthorpe Stays

Nestled in the rolling green hills at the confluence of the Blackall Range and the Conondale Range is Bellthorpe Stays. Being just over an hour from Brisbane, Bellthorpe Stays is quite accessible yet tucked away from the riff raff of busy day to day life. There is absolutely no traffic at Belthorpe Stays.   Immerse yourself in the peace and quiet, with birds and wildlife nearby, you won’t want to pack your bags for the trip home – yes, linger for a little bit longer. You can easily lose yourself in the tranquillity of the surroundings. Bellthorpe Stays is on 400 acre property with tall eucalyptus woodland and rainforest with buttress trees, strangler figs, fern trees and tangled vines. The property shares a two kilometre boundary with the Bellthorpe National Park with its immense vista of protected habitat.   Offering both a simple farm stay as well as a nature based accommodation experience with four private and well equipped cabins.  These are ideal for singles, couples, friends or family.  Cabins are one or two bedrooms with each one fully self-contained with linen and all that you need for a comfortable stay, all you need to bring is your food and personal belongings.  During the winter months, you can get cosy by the log fire – yes, the wood, kindling and fire starters are supplied and well stocked.  Winter months typically are cool at night, frosty mornings and beaming warm sunshine during the day.   All the cabins are setup to take advantage of the local scenery; birds will visit you regularly and many of […]

Kondalilla Falls

Discover natures heavenly oasis at Kondalilla Eco Resort

Kondalilla Eco Resort is a tranquil accommodation resort that offers a relaxing environment for the mind, body and soul. Kondalilla is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’ and gives honour to the stunning Kondalilla Falls nestled within the adjacent Kondalilla National Park. These are the traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi tribe and has special spiritual significance for the Aboriginal people, many whom would travel great distances to gather when the bunya nuts were in season. These beautiful Bunya Pines are still nestled throughout the Resort. This eco-friendly resort is dedicated to the preservation of its natural environment. The resort has introduced many initiatives to reduce environmental impact and keep in harmony with its surroundings. The Resort has reduced its energy consumption by introducing led lighting and gas hot systems. It manages rainwater runoff and has introduced a revegetation program to regenerate the natural bushland with local species and removal of noxious weeds. Local businesses are also supported and products and food items are sourced locally, sustainably and ethically which is in line with the Resort’s ethos.  Beautifully situated on 20 acres of bushland, Kondalilla Eco Resort offers secluded and cosy rustic Treehouses and Villas each equip with a stunning log fire and spa bath perfect for that romantic getaway. The Resort also offers Family Rooms, Lodges and Log Cabins for families who wish to come and explore the beauty of the surrounding area. Kondalilla Falls and it’s refreshing rock pools are only a short walk away, but the Resort is just a five minute drive to the quaint township of Montville which offers a variety […]

Secrets on the Lake

The best kept Secret

Secrets on the Lake world class treehouse retreat is designed to offer you the perfect opportunity for romance, relaxation, and the very best in intimate accommodation. Secrets Café on the Deck and ten unique hand carved treehouses all nestle high in the lush rainforest canopy on the shores of magnificent Lake Baroon, each with stunning views overlooking the lake, magical elevated walkways, exquisite carvings and artistic details. Secrets also caters for wedding receptions and has exquisite wedding venues in stunning garden rock pool settings, rustic and rainforest settings, or waterfront, jetty and lake house settings.  From the moment you arrive at Secrets on the Lake, you discover a loving attention to detail everywhere you look – beautiful carved furniture, delicate forged ironwork, handmade pottery, leadlight windows and many other finishing touches handcrafted by local artists. Secrets on the Lake perfectly complements the unspoilt environment and ancient rainforest. This intimate connection with nature is enhanced by the incredible food prepared inhouse by top chef Mat Law and his talented team in the award-winning Secrets Café on the Deck.   Experience truly beautiful accommodation, the Secrets Art Gallery, breathtaking Café, and stunning garden and lake house wedding venues.  Secrets on the Lake has been featured on national television as the perfect romantic escape for couples. Secrets on the Lake have designed competitive packages for all occasions or you can tailor your stay with luxury extras to suit your special needs.  Situated on the shores of Lake Baroon and adjoining Obi Obi Gorge and The Great Walk. You can relax and retreat, canoe, bushwalk, visit other local iconic […]