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Posted: 19 May 2016
A big thanks to Senator Glenn Lazarus who spent the day up at Maleny Dairies talking at a gathering of our hard working South East Queensland dairy farmers. We are very proud to have Glenn support our products and our local farmers in South East Queensland.
Posted: 09 May 2016
We will be hosting an exhibition at the Beerburrum School of Arts on 6 November 2016 to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the Beerburrum Soldier Settlement. This exhibition will showcase the stories of some of the soldier settlers and their families that lived around Beerburrum between 1916 to 1939. In addition to the exhibition we will be unveiling a commemorative stone, be taking a group photo of as many people as we can locate who lived in the area between 1916 and 1939. We hope to plant a time capsule with photos of life on the settlement to be opened in 2066. There will be a concert, childrens games, a pic-nic and even the re-run of the Beerburrum Plate – a horse race originally held in 1922 in Beerburrum! We would encourage anybody that has any sort of connection to the Beerburrum Soldier Settlement to contact us. If anybody has any photos, memorabilia or stories that they would like to share with us and the community or would be prepared to be formally interviewed to record their memories of the Settlement please contact us. Our aim is to celebrate this Centenary by making this weekend a fun family event.
About Sunshine Coast Hinterland
There is no better place to relax and unwind than in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Located just over an hour north of Brisbane and only 30 minutes from the Sunshine Coast; here you will find peaceful countryside, fascinating towns, rolling hills, fresh air and green pastures with happy cows and rainforest pockets. The hinterland region comprises of the Glass House Mountains, Blackall Range, Noosa Hinterland and Mary Valley.
The Glasshouse Country takes in the townships and communities of Beerburrum, Glass House Mountains, Beerwah, Peachester, Landsborough, Mooloolah, Glenview and Palmview. Both sealed and unsealed roads pass through the Glass House Mountains National Park, with spectacular lookouts over the surrounding plains along the way. The Glass House Mountains are the remnants of 20 million year old volcanoes, where the sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only hardened plugs or rock spires. 16 ancient cores rise up dramatically from the surrounding landscape, their aura of mystique make them one of Australia’s most fascinating landmarks. There are plenty of accommodation options in the Glass House Mountains area, providing the perfect base to explore the great outdoors and these ancient wonders. Nearby is Australia Zoo, located in the small country town of Beerwah. Home to the late, great Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.
The Blackall Range is located in the central section of the Sunshine Coast hinterland area. It incorporates one of the most spectacular scenic drives passing through the main settlements of Maleny, Mapleton, Montville and Flaxton. The villages of Montville and Maleny are well known for their arts & crafts, organic cafes, eclectic fashion boutiques, healing therapies and homemade produce. You will find plenty of beautiful bed 'n' breakfasts, cottages and holiday homes to stay in with amazing views of the country side and coast.
Montville was first settled in 1887 and has retained a true village charm, blend of Tudor-style cottages, Swiss chalets, ‘Queenslander’ houses and an old mill water-wheel. There are many tea rooms and cafes to choose from where you can enjoy panoramic views over the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy a wander down the tree-lined streets and visit the many art and craft galleries, pottery studios and antique shops.
Like the other quaint townships along the range, Maleny has retained its colonial atmosphere. The area is a centre for dairy farming and fruit growing, as well as a popular haven for artists and craftspeople. Life in Maleny revolves around vibrant Maple Street, with its organic cafes, eclectic fashion boutiques, brilliant bookstores, antiques and historic hotel. The gentle Obi Obi Creek winds around the village, where you can spot the occasional platypus if you’re lucky. Scenic rainforest walks, lakes and waterfalls can be explored in the immediate vicinity. Maleny also enjoys majestic views over the Sunshine Coast and Glass House Mountains.
Located on the northern end of the Blackall Range, Mapleton is also an arts and crafts centre and is well known for its 180 degree panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast. It is located 10 minutes drive from Nambour, 25 minutes from Maleny and 30 minutes from Maroochydore. Just a short drive away is the Mapleton Forest Reserve and Mapleton Falls National Park. Here you can walk amongst lush piccabeen palm groves, grandiose bunya pines and tall blackbutt forests. This is a true paradise for hikers, mountain bikers and birdwatchers. All the charming Blackall Range townships can easily be reached on a day trip from the Sunshine Coast.
Just a 20-30-minute drive from Noosa Heads is the lush Noosa hinterland which extends from Doonan, just 10 minutes from Noosaville, through to Eumundi, Cooroy, Pomona, Kin Kin and Cooran. Here you will find green, rolling valleys dotted with cafes, galleries, farm gates, day spas, historic pubs and boutique vineyards. The ever-changing landscape with stunning mountain-top vistas makes for an ideal hinterland escape. Historic hotels, cosy B&Bs, country cottages and health retreats are just some accommodation options for that ultimate break.
The small, historic town of Eumundi in the Noosa hinterland is renowned for the Eumundi markets that take place twice-weekly come rain, hail or shine. The markets are the lifeblood of the town, offering a colourful collection of designer and retro clothing, organic produce, arts and crafts, plants, live music and roving entertainers. The market’s policy of make it, bake it, design it, sew it or grow it, ensures quality products and the very best of locally produced goods. Eumundi’s main street- Memorial Avenue is lined with historic buildings that house a variety of unique shops and galleries, quirky boutiques, second-hand bookstores, cafes, pubs and local produce. Spend the day and explore the markets, wander along the main street and seek out some unique shopping, while away the hours in a bookshop and enjoy some quiet time to contemplate in a groovy cafe.
Kin Kin is a quaint little town in the Noosa hinterland, situated about midway between Gympie and Noosa. It's an area well known for its art scene and great food and the drive there will give you a feel for the wonderful scenery surrounding the area. Kin Kin began its days as a timber town and was famous because of its much sought after cedars and eucalypts. In later years it became a perfect area for dairy farming. Today Kin Kin boosts, world renowed health retreats, accommodation, small businesses, artists, bush foods and a great community. Kin Kin tea (a herbal drop) and Kin Kin all natural cleaning products are also produced in the region. Kin Kin is part of the Noosa Network Trail where hikers, mountain bike riders and horse riders are able to access these tracks. The 14 kilometre Kin Kin Countryside Loop Trail takes approximately two hours on horseback or four hours on foot. This trail provides an opportunity to take a relaxing rural walk through the countryside. Pass through mango farms, rolling hills and herds of goats, cattle and dairy cows, and enjoy lunch with an ale at the historic Kin Kin Country Life Hotel.
Hidden behind the beaches of the Sunshine Coast; the Mary Valley is a secret world, and one of the last few remaining untouched playgrounds of South-East Queensland. Located on the northern border of the Sunshine Coast, the Mary Valley includes the townships of Crystal Waters, Conondale, Kenilworth, Kandanga, Imbil, Dagun and Amamoor through to Lagoon Pocket and Dingo Creek. Each of these townships have their own flavour and most were originally timber towns. Amamoor explodes with activity during the annual Gympie Music Muster which attracts people from all over Australia in August. Amamoor sits on the edge of the Amamoor State Forest which offers platypus viewing, waterfalls and great waterholes.
The second largest town in the heart of the Mary Valley is Kenilworth, known for saving its cheese factory from closure and turning it into a community business. Over the past 15 years the company has created a wide variety of cheddar cheeses, which have won numerous awards throughout Australia at agriculture and industry shows.The town still has an original 1920s ambience, with its tree-lined main street that accommodates the area's main businesses. The stunning natural environment of the Mary Valley provides a nature wonderland for those passionate about outdoor pursuits and recreation, with an array of National Parks, State forests, reserves, creeks, rivers and waterways.