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Celebrate Christmas at Fl axton Gardens

From 3rd to 24th December, Flaxton Gardens is hosting daily Christmas parties. If you are celebrating with family, friends or work colleagues we have a menu, budget and venue to suit you.


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rbet Ice-cream & So Monty’s of Montville offers visitors & locals a wide variety of edible locally produced products. 98% of stock is locally made with the remainder Australian made. From jams, chutneys, sauces, oils, dressings & dukkah, Monty’s also sells locally made gourmet gelato / ice-cream /sorbet atop a home-made gluten & dairy Free waffle cone which has been prepared on site. Monty’s gluten & dairy free waffle cones can be purchased separately if desired. A range of hot chilli products are now available including sauces, meat rubs, corn chips, peanuts & beef jerky. Monty’s also has a huge variety of 43 milkshake flavours to tantalise your tastebuds & refreshments sourced from around Australia.



LIFE can take us to places we never imagined. Last month the Hinterland Tourism AGM saw our President Angus Richard retire after giving more than 20 years service to the region as did Secretary Kate Scrace leaving two of the biggest positions open. Thank you to both Angus and Kate for all their hard work it is greatly appreciated.

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people you will ever meet but they also highly regarded in artistic circles across the world. How lucky we are to have them call the Hinterland home. We feature three outstanding galleries and with so many artisans living locally the quality of the artwork is inspiring. You will find many excellent galleries across the region visit www.sunshinecoast for more information.

No one was more surprised President, Hinterland Tourism Sunshine Coast. than me when I agreed to take on the Presidency; with When it comes to food the so many new and seriously Hinterland is home to the talented committee members elected it finest fare and nothing beats fresh food made my decision quite easy and I am direct from the farm gate taken directly to excited by the challenge. Ali Hoffmann shops and market stalls across our region. was elected as Secretary and Toni Collett There is nothing more nourishing than as Treasurer. So this is my first column meandering through lively markets on a for this publication and following in the weekend, it’s one of my favourite thing to footsteps of former Presidents Christine do. The Hinterland is home to numerous Kardash and Angus Richard is no easy award winning restaurants and their feat, but I will give it my best shot. menus boast local produce in signature dishes that will have you wanting more and If there is one destination in this nation more and more. It is all served and made where you will find an abundance of with such love and devotion by the people the ‘finer’ things in life it is here in the who live and breathe a region built on Hinterland. Maleny is home to one of the fertile soil and perfect weather. So come finest art galleries in Australia, Art On on up and live the dream that we live every Cairncross, the owners Tony Gill and Jane Caraffi are not only the most delightful day, it is the art of living well.

LIVING WELL sounds simple the end product at any of the fine restaurants in the area in principle, but where do showcasing our local produce you start? Googling “How – you won’t be disappointed. do you live well” brings up thousands of pages of advice, To exercise your body, start but there do seem to be some with a short stroll through consistent ideas. Eat well. Mary Cairncross scenic Exercise your body. Breathe reserve, or maybe a full day fresh air. Expand your mind. exploring the Sunshine Coast I’m sure there are hundreds of Hinterland Great Walk. There other great things you should are so many ways to get be doing, but I’m happy to fit and enjoy the beauty of concentrate on a few simple nature all at once. This also Mark Skinner ones to start. Fortunately, the ticks the “Breathe Fresh Air” Deputy Chair Sunshine Coast Hinterland is box. You can’t beat crisp Visit Sunshine Coast the ideal place to practice the rainforest air, especially after the rain. basics. Let’s take them one at a time. Expand your mind. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Art Trail is a great way to Eat Well. You are spoiled for choice discover the cultural beauty of the area. with this one! Pineapples, strawberries, From oil and watercolour paintings, avocadoes, grapes and ginger are just sculptures, woodwork and photography to some of the crops grown commercially hand-blown glass and fine textiles, you will in the region, and you don’t have to go far be sure to find something awe inspiring to find local fruit and vegetable stalls at and enriching. markets or even on the side of the road. The area has long been renowned for the Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts, quality of its dairy, and you can’t go past famously said, “I think I’ve discovered the Maleny Dairies for some of the best milk secret of life - you just hang around until in the country. And then there are the you get used to it.” And what better place cheeses… with outstanding examples to than the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to be found at Maleny Cheese or Kenilworth really start living and discovering. I hope to see you here soon. Dairies. Of course, you can go straight to


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Welcome to the Art of Living Well By Richard Bruinsma THERE’S something comforting and magical, but also thought-provoking, about the term “living well”. It conjures imagery of enjoyment, laughter, being well entertained and occupied, freedom, and the overall feelings of relaxation and happiness. The dictionary lists a number of definitions, synonyms and also alternate phrases that help reveal exactly what “living well” supposedly means – but most of them, in the context of the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, haven’t quite got it right. The Art of Living Well, and the Hinterland, with its wide range of many offerings, could perhaps help tweak and improve the many official definitions. How about early morning yoga on a peaceful deck overlooking Lake Baroon? Enjoying a simple slow and stress-free coffee? Relaxing walks through untouched green rainforests? Dinner made with delicious fresh local produce in a luxury hinterland resort? Or even nights in a quiet cabin complete with private spa and valley views? These are some of the many “dot-points” that help thousands of visitors

and locals practice what is the “the Art of Living Well” in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland each year. The dictionary suggests that “living well” means to live in luxury or to lead a virtuous life. The Hinterland provides an opportunity to combine the two, but with an element of relaxation, and certainly without any outrageous price tag. Visitors can simply enjoy a tasty gelato or milk shake? Share a laugh with vendors as you wander through a community market? Shop among the unique and eclectic village outlets of Montville, Maleny and Mapleton? Relax for a tasty brunch with views down the escarpment towards the coast? Or browse at your leisure through art galleries and collectible stores? It’s all in the Hinterland, and all contribute to the Art of Living Well. There is something attractive about someone who just knows how to “do life well” – they don’t stress, they feel comfortable and relaxed in their surroundings, they enjoy good food and wine, they laugh when they think something is funny, and they know how to recognise the simple but good things of life. But most of all, they know the value of a trip to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland – it really has given a new and better meaning to “The Art of Living Well”.

All About Sunshine Coast Hinterland; Come On Up SUNSHINE Coast Hinterland; Come On Up is a free independent magazine published bi-monthly and distributed to North Brisbane suburbs as well as the Sunshine Coast Airport, Visitor Information Centres, major tourist attractions, accommodation houses and other highly frequented locations.

We believe the best person to ask about an area is a local.

A pull out map, driving and walking map helps visitors to see and experience the best in the Hinterland. All content is found online at www. or visit the facebook page for even more information.

Sunshine Coast Hinterland; Come On Up is produced by locals in partnership with the peak tourism organisation Hinterland Tourism and is jam packed with facts, useful information, local strories and stunning images of the region.

So Come On Up we look forward to meeting you soon.

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Montville Country Cabins Located in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Montville Country Cabins delivers spectacular views, privacy and luxurious facilities ideal for your next event. We are dedicated to making your event truly special and are pleased to combine our experience and knowledge of local suppliers with our friendly service and professional manner.

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The fun of Dr Suess on display at Montville

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Philip Morrison and Mary Trifunovich with some of their Dr Suess artworks, which are on display at their Camphor Cottage café at Montville. Photos: Richard Bruinsma By Richard Bruinsma

THE sport of mountain biking is growing rapidly on the Sunshine Coast and is fast becoming a tourist attraction to both rival and complement the traditional beach and surfing attractions. Fans of the gruelling and adventurous extreme sport have the choice of a wide range of tracks on the Sunshine Coast – in locations and landscapes as varied as the Glasshouse Mountains, Mapleton and Nambour, as well as Caloundra and the Noosa Hinterland. “Mountain biking on the Sunshine Coast is booming with our membership increasing 300% in two years,” Michael Johns, secretary of the Bush Rangers Mountain Bike Club Sunshine Coast, said. “We are now the biggest we have ever been since the club started in 1995.

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“Mountain biking is fun and challenging and easily-progressive, so new riders can start on shorter rides on the easier trails and as they get more confident and fitter they can do longer rides, bigger climbs and attempt the more advanced trails. “We get people with injuries coming into mountain biking as it’s low impact and not softer on their knees, and we get a lot of road riders who do not want to deal with cars on the road anymore.” The Bush Rangers Mountain Bike Club members have been active in recent years in maintaining and upgrading some of the tracks. It’s been fortunate to have financial support for the work from both Sunshine Coast local and Queensland Governments. The work has further contributed to building better facilities for locals as well as tourists keen to try out the local tracks. “The four main ‘single track’ trail networks on the Sunshine coast are Wooroi in Tewantin, Sugarbag in Caloundra, Ferny Forest near Landsborough and Parklands near Nambour,” Mr Johns said. “There are also plenty of fire roads and multi-use paths around the area such as the Glasshouse Mountains, Mapleton and Ringtail Forest, as well as advanced downhill trails at Mapleton and Beerburrum.” Suitable trails in the hinterland - particularly around Mapleton, Montville and Maleny – are available, but a little in short supply. |

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“Mapleton used to be a mountain biking mecca in the 90s, with national level races being held in the Mapleton Forest, but now there is only fireroads, the downhill track and a fun single-track trail called

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Some of the classis Dr Suess artworks, including The Grinch, his Oriental Cat, and the Cat in the Hat.

Some of the lesser-known secret art of Dr Suess, displayed in the Camphor Cottage café at Montville.

‘Turpentine’ or ‘The Magic Mile’ near the Mapleton National Park day use area,” Mr Johns said. “Maleny has a distinct lack of trails, unfortunately, and our Maleny based members always groan about this. “Good trails require elevation - hills - and Maleny has heaps so it is a good spot to have a network of trails.” The promotion of mountain biking as a tourist attraction is something that is growing world-wide, but is an as-yet untapped opportunity on the Sunshine Coast. “There are case studies popping up all over the world of areas taking advantage of mountain bike tourism – for example, Derby in Tasmania, Rotorua and Queenstown in New Zealand and Utah in the USA,” Mr Johns explained. “The Sunshine Coast is traditionally a beach and surf tourist town but mountain bike tourism would mesh brilliantly and easily with the already existing infrastructure and give the area an edge - i.e. a tourist can ride their mountain bikes and then go play on the beach. “It should mean they stay longer to fit it all in and they can come all through the year as our temperatures are suitable for riding all year.” How can local businesses help? Officials from the Bush Rangers Mountain Bike Club Sunshine Coast believe government and local businesses can play a role to help develop mountain biking as an additional Sunshine Coast tourism attraction. “Investment by government at all levels for more trails as they have done elsewhere in Australia and the world,” the club’s secretary Michael Johns said. “Businesses can push government and adapt to accommodate the mountain bike tourist (bike wash and lockup areas at hotels, tours and trailers to shuttle riders around the coast, more weekend options with food, coffee, big MTB race events.).

Dave, Julie and Lilly Weeden inspect some of the Dr Suess artwork on display in Montville.

“We don’t need to reinvent the wheel as we can just look at all the other work that has been done.” Visitors (and locals) interested in learning more about local mountain biking (or even organising going for a ride while they’re visiting the region) can contact Michael Johns, secretary of the Bush Rangers Mountain Bike Club Sunshine Coast, at 0409 595 773 or by email at info@ The club’s website is

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Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail Three Hinterland Art Galleries are featured in this edition and all of them are part of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail. With a strong reputation for fine art our region is home to many world class artists and our galleries offer diverse and quality works. We invite you to discover the ‘Art of Living Well’ in all of our galleries. So come on up today.

Secrets on the Lake Art Gallery

Cedar Creations Throughout the gallery at Obi Valley Woodworks you will see many fine-finished art pieces created by Jack Wilms. His passion is creating timber sculptures of Australian wildlife and native scenes using Red Cedar timber. Jack chooses this time because of its natural and unique grain as well as the rich red colour. Jack specialises in carved Red Cedar doors and useful furniture pieces, most are made to order to suit the taste of his clients. When you visit Jack’s gallery make sure you call to check they are open. Cedar Creations Open: 10am-4pm (Please call prior to visiting) most weekends. 430 Hunsley Road, Coolabine, Qld 4574. Ph 5472 3996

We have hand-picked our local artists to bring you a wide variety of genres, styles and subjects, all complimenting our unique art space which is an amazing work of art in itself. George Johnston and his son Rob have designed the gallery in a way to showcase both the artwork inside and the landscape outside with huge windows framing the view of the rainforest and glimpses of Lake Baroon. You must view our gallery in person to truly appreciate its beauty.


Secrets Gallery Open: 8.30am-4pm Tuesday to Sunday 207 Narrows Rd, Montville, Qld. Ph 5478 5888 Visit

Art on Cairncross

Art on Cairncross has combined the two galleries of  its owners Jane Caraffi of Caraffi’s established in 1998 and Tony Gill of Tony Gill Galleries of Montville which was established in 1995. The gallery continues to be visited by art lovers from all over Australia and the world because of the calibre of fine art displayed including ceramics, glass and sculpture. Jane and Tony are celebrating this year their 24th year in art galleries in the Sunshine coast hinterland. Art on Cairncross Open: 10am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday 3 Panorama Place, Cairncross Corner Maleny Qld. Ph 5429 6404 Visit

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Love of Red Cedar creates beautiful unique carvings

The many beautiful timber carvings at the Obi Valley Woodworks gallery.

Jack Wilms with one of his creations at his gallery, not far from Mapleton in the Obi Valley.

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FINDING the harmony between a design in the mind of wood carver Jack Wilms and the right piece of unique timber, and a love of Australian Red Cedar, combine to create the intriguing works on display at the Obi Valley Woodworks gallery. The gallery, in the Obi Valley, just below Mapleton, is home to a stunning array of one-off wood sculptures, furniture pieces, jewellery boxes and even displays of those emerging works midway through creation. “A combination of creativity, hard work and a deep respect for the timber he loves most results in the beautiful sculptured one off pieces that he creates, ” Jack’s partner Monica McLaren explains. Jack has been working with the deep red timber as a self-taught carver, full time for the past 27 years. “Once I have the image completed in my mind, I find the right piece of timber and then complete the artwork,” he says. “It’s easy once I have it completed in my head. “I don’t work off drawings or plans, I just start working on the piece and the end result speaks for itself.” Jack’s gallery, Obi Valley Woodworks, is well worth a visit. To get there, follow Obi Road from central Mapleton for about 17km, then follow the signs at Coolabine Road exit. The gallery is open most weekends between 10am and 4pm. “Visitors to our gallery, upon seeing the artwork for the first time, are usually amazed by what Jack can do with the timber,” Monica says. Jack’s skills are also visible in Montville, with the master carver responsible for creating the intricate doors of the Montville Chapel, as well as 14 individually-carved pews, a one-off carved whale’s tail alter and intricately carved branches that adorn the ceiling – a project that took some 12 months. He is also responsible for most of the carving work at Secrets on the Lake over the past two decades and completed the resort’s front doors more than 20 years ago. “I choose to work only with Australian Red Cedar because of its naturally occurring unique grain and the rich red colour of the timber,” Jack explains. The beautiful timber sculptures evolve as Jack chooses the perfect piece of timber and starts to create. Whatever his latest creation might be, he is able to bring out the natural rich colour and grain of the timber and work it into the story of each piece. “His passion is creating wildlife and native scenes in sculptures as well as one off furniture pieces and carved Red Cedar doors,” Monica says. “His artwork is not mass produced and he enjoys creating each piece to perfection, the furniture pieces and carved doors are mostly commissioned by the client to suit their personal taste.” “It is nothing new to see an Obi Valley Woodworks enthusiast have their entire home decorated with Jack’s artwork from the carved front doors through to a show piece dining table, coffee tables, hall stands, mirrors and elegant sculptures throughout.” Phone enquiries about Jack’s artwork and the Obi Valley Woodworks gallery can be directed to 07 5472 3996. The website is and the Facebook page is:

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A Range of Art THE Blackall Range has always been synonymous with art. There are many galleries showcasing a truly remarkable array of artworks from oil paintings to wood; jewellery to glass and as if to prove the point over the next couple of months one gallery has an especially delightful variety of fine works. “Art on Cairncross” is situated near Maleny and has a long renowned history in business. During October there is a feature of Tom McAulay paintings and drawings of stockmen, mustering and outback scenery paired with another ‘boy from the bush’ Chris Gavins. Chris has a lifelong passion for bird watching and lovingly creates bronze sculptures of flight and lightness, along with other native animals, belying the medium. Many of these are artfully enhanced by the inclusion of boulder opal too. In November the aptly named exhibition is “Whimsy”! This shows that fun and exceptional artistic talent can be happy partners. Rebecca Berrett has an enviable ability to draw and chooses not only exacting flora and fauna studies as her subjects, but lets her imagination free to conjure up magical scenes such as an owl and a mouse sharing a bedtime story, but all perfectly executed. These wondrous fantasies are accompanied by exquisite fine ceramic works by Ann O’Connor. Like all of these artists with lengthy careers, Ann has skills to marvel over, but equally a sense of fun and humour to lift any spirit. Her series based on travel and migration have old fashioned suitcases piled up in boats and even a dome from St Basil’s in Red Square sailing along, but all gloriously detailed and engaging. Ann also hand-carves fine vessels of understated beauty. These joys are only part of the range of art to be found and as the present-giving season approaches, they can provide much inspiration for lasting gifts of quality. For more information please see

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November 3 - 25 Also representing a selection of fine artists from the Sunshine Coast region and throughout Australia. Artworks include paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, leather masks and unique gifts.

3 Panorama Place, Maleny, Qld. 07-5429 6404

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The magic of Christmas at Montville’s Fudgyboombah Orders for the amazing Christmas puddings are being taken now so visit www. au or visit the store in central Montville at 168 Main Street, Montville. Phone contact is 5478 5455.

WHO would have thought you can make a fudge that tastes exactly like Christmas pudding? Well that old son-of-a-gun Mr Fudgyboombah, AKA Mr Greg Jones, and his talented wife Gail have done exactly that.

Gail Jones stirring magic into every fudge recipe at Fudgyboombah, the sweetest location in Montville.

In 2010 they made their first batch of Christmas Pudding fudge cakes, a 350 gram fudge cake that looks like a pudding, it even has the thin layer of custard on top. After they had made the first batch in 2010, there was more demand than they imagined and every year since then the orders come in earlier, in fact they already have orders in for this year! They say the proof is in the pudding so they gave one to friends, the husband is not a fudge fan, so when his wife saw him enjoying a huge piece she told him it was fudge and he said no this is Christmas pudding, it tastes exactly like that anyway. The vast array of delicious home-made fudges and nougats on offer at Montville’s Fudgyboombah makes it is a wondrous and magical place to visit in the Hinterland. Greg and Gail have worked tirelessly to create unique fudges, their ‘Scottish Tablet’ has attracted customers from all over the world.

“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 of the unique fudges available at Fudgyboombah, which has more than 70 different flavours on sale every day - with recipes for 140 flavours there’s always something different to try.

Greg Jones – also known as Mr Fudgyboombah – samples some of the Montville sweet store’s very popular home-made Scottish Tablet, an old fashioned fudge that is attracting interest locally and world-wide.

Orders for the amazing Christmas puddings are being taken now so visit or visit the store in central Montville at 168 Main Street, Montville. Phone contact is 5478 5455.

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Discover untamed beauty in the Hinterland

The Magnificent Glass House Mountains.

IF YOU enjoy breathtaking maintain scenery, clean air and hiking in unspoilt wilderness, your next trip to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland would not be complete without a visit to the Glasshouse Mountains. The Glass House Mountains is a group of eleven hills that rise majestically from the coastal plain on the Sunshine Coast . The highest mountain is Mount Beerwah which is 556 meters above sea level but the most notable peak is Mount Tibrogargan which faces in an easterly direction looking out to sea. Located about 70km north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway, take the Glass House Mountains Tourist Drive exit and follow the signs to the Glass House Mountains. The area was named by Captain James Cook in 1770 whilst sailing north up Australia’s east coast and it’s believed that Cook gave the area the name of Glass House, because the mountains reminded him of glassmaking furnaces in England. The Glass House Mountains area was a special meeting place where local Aboriginal people gathered for ceremonies and trading. This place is considered spiritually significant with many ceremonial sites still present and protected today. The area around the mountains produces many tropical fruits such as avocados, pineapples and papaws as well as strawberries, vegetables and nuts but eco tourism is the area’s largest industry. Whilst planning your journey, you can get all the information you need from the Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre. This accredited Visitor Information Centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries. The centre is staffed by local volunteers who have a wealth of information on things to do when visiting the Glass House Mountains including

sightseeing, camping, walks and abseiling. The centre is also an interpretive centre with interactive displays on the history of the area. The Centre offers free Wi-Fi for visitors and is open from 9.00am until 4.00pm daily. The Centre is located in Settlers Rotary Park on the Corner of Bruce Parade and Steve Irwin Way Glass House Mountains.

The Glass House Mountains Visitor Information centre is located in Settlers Rotary Park on the Corner of Bruce Parade and Steve Irwin Way Glass House Mountains.

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Dining on the Deck at Secrets on the Lake

INTRODUCING the hinterland’s ultimate daytime dining experience at iconic Secrets on the Lake… Dining on the Deck. We have recently changed our name to more reflect the truly unique and special dining experience we offer you, your loved ones and friends. Dining on the Deck is tucked away in the lush rainforest right on the foreshores of magnificent Lake Baroon in Montville on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, providing our patrons panoramic views of the water, mountains and rainforest. This intimate connection with nature is enhanced by the incredible food prepared inhouse by our top chef Mat Law and his talented team. Chef delights in celebrating the wonderful range of local produce at our doorstep. Our Christmas Package menu kicks off on 23rd November and is the perfect way to get your family, friends or colleagues together to celebrate the year and each other. Our restaurant has been crafted with all the exquisite carvings and attention to detail that Secrets on the Lake is famous for. There is also a stunning wishing pond that merges with the breathtaking hand-carved Tree of Dreams in the adjacent Secrets Art Gallery. Restaurant Manager Di Dennis and her outstanding waitstaff team offer you a genuine, professional and friendly service, and we are the local specialists in catering for large or bus group bookings up to 80 people. Please ask us about our mouth-watering competitive group package menus. Our talented kitchen team produce a delicious range of morning and afternoon tea melt-in-your-mouth sweets and savouries, including a large array of gluten free options. Why not get a group together and book in for one of our famous high teas or to sample the delights on our Christmas menu… just magic! Dining on the Deck has a fully licensed bar and is open 6 days a week serving breakfast from 8:30 am, delicious lunches from 11am, and until 4pm for an indulgent champers, coffee, cheese platter or cake. Closed Mondays and some public holidays. Bookings are strongly advised, particularly on weekends. For more information, to purchase a Gift Voucher for Dining on the Deck or our world class treehouse accommodation, or to book a getaway or meal with us please call 07 5478 5888 or email or visit www.secretsonthelake.

Secrets on the Lake

A world of romance and magic on your doorstep...

The Sunny Coast’s best kept Secret.... Luxury treehouse accommodation retreat by Lake Baroon at Montville in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. A peaceful haven 40 minutes from Maroochydore Airport & just over an hour from Brisbane. A place that is uniquely different from anywhere else. Situated on the shores of Lake Baroon and adjoining Obi Obi Gorge and The Great Walk. Many package options featuring our awardwinning food. Retreat, canoe, bushwalk, visit iconic destinations or shop in Montville.

World class treehouse retreat for romantic getaways, special occasions, honeymoons, anniversaries & more... n Dining on the Deck daytime rainforest restaurant with great food, great service, and breathtaking views of the lake. n Wedding venues in our stunning gardens, rustic and rainforest settings, or waterfront, jetty and lake house settings. n Evening wedding receptions in our restaurant and art gallery. n

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Celebrating Ten Years of Flaxton Gardens Flaxton Gardens’ style has been described as ‘tranquil elegance’ and appeals to most brides, whether they’re embracing an elegant, rustic or vintage style.

Flaxton Gardens’ Famous High Tea is elegantly served on the Terrace or in the beautiful gardens of Flaxton Gardens’ Vineyard Restaurant.

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SEPTEMBER 2019 marks the ten-year anniversary of Flaxton Gardens opening as a Sunshine Coast Hinterland Wedding Venue under the ownership and management of Alan Thompson. In the lead up to this anniversary event, Flaxton Gardens has been reminiscing upon some of the milestones over the years which have led to the popular restaurant and destination wedding venue it is today. The property had been owned previously by the Anketall family for close to forty plus years, whose combined talents of a potter and a cabinet maker created a complex with a relaxed and pleasing atmosphere. The property was a derelict dairy and they saw it as an ideal location to live and to practice their professions.

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Flaxton Gardens is iconic in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. With coastal views from Noosa to Moreton Island this luxury award winning dining and event venue is the perfect place to celebrate life.

In 1980 the Flaxton Gardens Pottery opened, along with a kiosk and craft shop. In 1984 the construction of the larger building, known as the Winery, was completed and this is where Flaxton Crafts operated. The wine tasting and sales area opened in 1997. Although the initial aim was to be a working winery, with requests from the general public, they saw the true potential of the property was in the hospitality industry. Alan Thompson’s vision has always been to build upon the foundations of this Sunshine Coast Hinterland iconic property and see it reach its full potential as a destination hospitality venue. The venue’s motto is ‘Celebrating life’ – at whichever stage. Over the years, the iconic Flaxton Gardens venue has really put the picturesque Hinterland area of Flaxton on the map. Nestled between the popular Hinterland townships of Montville and Mapleton, Flaxton Gardens is known for their fabulous Flaxton’s Famous High Tea, The Vineyard Restaurant and of course as an absolutely gorgeous wedding venue. Perfectly positioned with coastal views stretching from Noosa to Moreton Island, Flaxton Gardens is the ideal location for celebrations of all occasions. Flaxton Gardens love to celebrate life with you. The venue is perfect for special event bookings i.e. anniversaries, engagement parties, birthday celebrations, bridal showers, school formals, award nights, baby showers, hen’s parties, family reunions and celebration of live services. With an average of 120 weddings per year, and many more events and celebrations, the venue has contributed to the local economy in many ways, employing approximately 35 staff members at any one time and supporting numerous Sunshine Coast accommodation venues and


wedding suppliers from all over Queensland and beyond! In the ten years that the property has been owned by Executive Chef and Proprietor, Alan Thompson, Flaxton Gardens has achieved some fascinating statistics. Flaxton Gardens Fun Facts Flaxton Gardens... Serves approximately 16,000 wedding guests per year Has celebrated over 1200 weddings since 2009 Pops over 16,000 Sparkling Wine corks at weddings each year Has smashed over 50,000 avocadoes since 2009 Serves approximately 180 High Teas each weekend Bakes 300 scones each weekend As part of Flaxton Gardens’ Ten Year Anniversary celebrations, the team will be giving away $10,000 towards a 2019/2020 Flaxton Gardens wedding. To enter, you simply need to book your 2019/2020 Standard Weekday/Weekend Wedding at Flaxton Gardens to go in the draw for this amazing prize. The Flaxton Gardens 10-Year Anniversary Prize will comprise of combined wedding goods & services to the value of $10,000 towards your wedding at Flaxton Gardens. This fabulous prize will be such a boost to any bride and groom’s wedding budget. Find out more about how to win $10,000 towards your wedding at Flaxton Gardens at www., or call 5445 7450 to book your free wedding consultation.

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In 2019, Flaxton Gardens are celebrating 10 years of Sunshine Coast Hinterland weddings, and as a part of our celebrations, we will be giving away $10,000 towards a 2019/2020 Flaxton Gardens wedding.


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Nambour Street Art Festival unites coast communities

An “urban style” mural, midway through completion as part of the Nambour Street Art Festival, hidden away in Bury Lane. The festival ramps up through mid-October. By Richard Bruinsma THE Nambour Street Art Festival, which starts officially on October 6, has already had an unexpected impact by generating willing support for the town from outside communities.

The festival is the brainchild of Lorraine Taylor, a traditional sign writer who owns the Sprinkles ice cream shop, who wanted to help spruce up and generate optimism in Nambour. The event will see numerous blank walls in the town – at this stage, 16 walls - being transformed with interesting, classy, colourful murals, painting mostly by local Sunshine Coast artists. “We’re hoping that Nambourians can walk around with a bit of pride, they can say, ‘This is our town, we knew it was great before, but now we’re showing everybody how really great it is’,” Mrs Taylor said. Lorraine Taylor and Cherry Powell, two of the organisers of the Nambour The event has also attracted interest Street Art Festival, chat with artist from Sunshine Coast communities David Hardy, who is doing preliminary outside Nambour, with the Caloundra with on a ceiling mural at C-Square. Business Alliance planning to bring busloads of people to view the artwork, schools are proposing excursions to look at them, paint suppliers from Maroochydore are donating paint, scaffolding is bring donated, many artists are cutting their usual fees dramatically to help out, disabled artists will be contributing to some of the murals, and more. Graphic artist Erin Bacchi has designed various promotional items. Express Print and Mail, the festival’s print sponsor, has printed sponsorship booklets and flyers, with trail maps, promotional flyers and event posters to come. ID Print helped out with printing some Call For Artists posters for the event. “I’ve had people ask me, ‘Are you using only Nambour people’, and I said, ‘No’, because Nambour people are struggling and this is about helping Nambour and supporting it and saying, ‘There’s a community that loves you and knows what you’re going through’,” Mrs Taylor said. “And it’s like our neighbours are coming in and embracing the town.” The Nambour Street art Festival will be held officially from October 15-21, but preliminary preparation is already underway and some painting will begin on October 6. Mrs Taylor hopes it will be the latest event to help reinvigorate the town, which has suffered economic and identity difficulties over the past decade. Businesses have been invited to get involved by donating a wall for a mural, but also providing financial sponsorship to cover the paint and artwork. “We’re standing up – says I, me and (co-organiser) Cherry (Powell) and (graphic designer) Erin (Bacchi) – are standing up and saying, ‘We can do this, we can achieve this, and if you’re on board us, fantastic, we’ll support you by promoting you and letting everyone know that you’ve helped.” The festival will finish on October 21 with a street party, in which Queen Street and part of Lowe Street will be closed to traffic and will host an artisan’s festival, opera music, reggae music, tree carving for the indigenous and for native bees, circus performances, dancers, Nambour

The design work for the C-Square ceiling mural – autumn leaves. Photo: Richard Bruinsma

State College will host an artist’s tent for art sales, and theatre groups will perform on street corners. As a spinoff to the event, Nambour State College is adding street art to its curriculum and will be painting one of the murals in collaboration with one of the artists. Nambour Street Art Festival organisers are seeking more sponsors and businesses to provide support and get involved. For details, phone Ms Taylor on 0417613099. Mrs Taylor hopes the festival will prove itself as a worthwhile event so will be bigger next year.

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Buderim walk honours long-gone tram

Some of the beautiful tree canopy that covers the Buderim Tramway Walk.

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Historic information boards placed strategically along the route highlight significant locations of the once-vital railway line. While the track runs virtually parallel to Mons Road, and at times you can hear cars in the distance, it presents a secluded walk in native bush surroundings but still quite close to the Buderim town centre. The tram – more accurately, a train – served to transport farm produce, fruit and timber from Buderim to the railway station at Palmwoods from 1915 to 1935, so it could be transported on to Brisbane. It traversed over bridges, through cuttings and over embankments, a construction project that required a varied range of engineering solutions and hard labour. Local residents of the time also used the tram to commute between the two towns. When Mons Road was eventually sealed, effectively upgrading it from a rutted ox track to an efficient and drivable road, the train was no longer as attractive a transport option, so the tracks were ripped up. Interestingly, the loan taken out to pay for the tram project wasn’t paid off until decades later in 1971. The biggest cutting along the walk showing a magnificent rock face and the flora that has grown up around it. By Richard Bruinsma

One can’t help but wonder how the growth and development of the two towns would have differed over the decades if the train line would have remained.

THE historic tramway that once operated between Palmwoods and Buderim has been gone for about 80 years, but it is being remembered through the Heritage Buderim Tramway Walk.

For rail enthusiasts, the tramway was significant in that it used a 2’6” (0.762m) gauge, which differed to the 2’0″ (0.61m) gauge used by the sugar cane trains around Nambour and Bli Bli and the 3’6″ (1.0668m) of the standard Queensland Rail lines.

The walk is a picturesque 1.9km - or 3.8km return – through attractive varied bushland, adjacent to steep inclines and on cuttings through rocky outcrops.

The train route has been preserved as a heritage tourist attraction and upgraded – including with a picnic hut and information boards – thanks to the Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway group, which was formed in 2003.

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Easy access from the carpark for those with mobility problems.

It is at least one metre wide, ideal for a casual comfortable walk, while some runners also regard it as a perfect training track, and also a good length and of appropriate difficulty for maintaining general fitness levels.

The tramway walk is an important and interesting attraction in that it recognises the historic impact of the tramway on Buderim, Palmwoods and Sunshine Coast history and development, but it allows us to enjoy a relaxing natural bushwalk that is easily accessible to the general public. It is well worth a visit.

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Information boards, complete with text and historic photos, help to pinpoint significant locations, including where there were once local train stops like the Mons Station.


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As for any reminders of the tramway, there are sections of the path where remnants of the sleepers are exposed, or dampness retained in the dirt reveals where sleepers are hiding just beneath the surface.

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Sections of the track have significant steep drops to the side, enabling the imagination to understand how hairy the ride may have been at times when the tram was at the peak of its use.


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The walking track is naturally attractive in that giant trees have grown straight and tall around the pathway, moss and ferns that have taken over the rugged rocky walls of the cuttings and tree roots have wrapped themselves tightly around rocks.


Unfortunately, the complete 11.5km tram route will never be utilised for public access, as some parts have been swallowed up within housing developments. In fact, the restored track actually ends when it comes to a housing estate.

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The walking track, which starts at Telco Road, near the intersection with Mons Road, is mostly flat, although there are sections that are characterised by slight inclines.

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The Art of Living Well

Hunchy Hideaway has five self contained cottages in a delightful rainforest setting. Each cottage is located to ensure privacy, with elevated private walkways up off the forest floor, bringing nature to your door and spiriting you toward your own secluded hideaway. Light the fire, slip into the double spa, surround yourself with candles and forget the world. By Angus Richard

GOOGLE “the art of living well” and you will end up with all manner of unhelpful philosophical quotes from the like of Aristotle and Epicurus. The statues of these antiquarians tell a tale of a life without prunes or basic roughage. For example “The greatest good is to seek modest pleasures in order to obtain a state of tranquillity” which is fine if you are into “modest” and “tranquillity”. For those of us seeking a bit of immodesty and self-indulgence the

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answer does not lie with the philosophers of old. Today’s world is all about pressure. Let’s assume you have a partner and possibly a ‘noise with dirt’ (a boy) and a ‘sulk with an IPhone’ (girl). You have both done the heavy lifting to build a home and raise the family. Painfully you have come to realise you are not an LBGT, green, indigenous, muslin, minority refugee with a stuffed boat now working for the ABC and thus have little standing in Australia today. For you discretionary time is at a premium. The weekends are an unpaid Uber blur of children’s sporting activities where you are probably paying

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sunshine coast hinterland for them to aspire to the standards of behaviour of a Nick Kyrgios. If you plan to survive into dotage you need to schedule some down time. I can hear you saying that the family/job/pets would not survive without you. The reality is of course that the sun will continue to set, the moon will rise and Trump’s comb over will still be the biggest cover-up in the Whitehouse since Watergate. So if you really want to embark on the discovery of “the art of living well” turn your mind to a calculated escape and discover that there is some sanity left in the world. You will need to find somewhere to stay and this needs to be within a couple of hours drive. Thus the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is simply a no brainer. Forget the idea of an air b & b or similar as so often it can be be suburbia in a paddock. Someone’s 1960 investment property with plastic Gladioli and International Roast with all the excitement of tired

magazines rejected from a dentists waiting room. There may be no one to greet you and you will still have to cook and clean which makes the whole exercise pointless. If you want to live well choose from the best. Grab a quality cottage with hot croissants at 8am. The bed linen will not be off cuts from a discarded sail from the Endeavour and smell like a crucial from the Fleming Institutes mould laboratory. The bathroom soaps will not be Solvol nor the toilet paper ‘500 wet or dry’. There will be plenty wood for the fire and it will be set, ready to go. There will be fresh flowers and a sublime breakfast for your indulgence and proper coffee not those packets that look like cheap condoms. Oh, and turn off the IPhone. Stephen Spielberg said that “It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have thoughts or a daydream…” Make it a tool, not a taskmaster. You will meet the people who own your cottage and who take enormous pride in creating legends. Their objective being to have you come back, to make their place your place. There are brilliant restaurants to discover. Forget the diet as no one has satisfactorily explained to me why those who work in health food shops always look so unhealthy. Seek out the fine wines from our award winning vineyards. There will be restaurant transport so you can dine and wine and get back safe but be smart enough to avoid a hangover (the wrath of grapes) when you sleep in late the next morning. There are walks and parks, views and waterfalls guaranteed to reenergise and re-invigorate. Wonderful local produce to take home and extraordinary galleries to amaze you. Fall in love with a special piece of original artwork. Take it home to bring light and joy to remind you to return. “The Art of Living Well” starts with a mindset that it is “OK” to reward yourself for the sheer guts and toil it takes to hold down a job and bring up a family. If you get that then it’s time to enjoy some quality time together. To quote Grace Hanson, “Don’t be afraid your life will end – be afraid that it will never begin!”

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