Gourmet Traveller Magazine described the Spirit House as 'a tropical film set that takes your breath away. Like the setting, the food is breathtaking.'
Clustered around a tranquil pond, the restaurant setting is magical, a temple style main building with covered courtyard tables set in lush tropical gardens dotted with Thai sculptures. A larger Balinese style courtyard provides the perfect venue for wedding ceremonies.
At night the garden setting turns into a magical wonderland as flares and lights reflect in the water. The music is the music of nature, ducks, frogs, birds against the background tinkling of temple bells.
Spirit House chefs cook the most wonderful, sensitive and fragrant Thai inspired food. So popular is their food, that the chefs conduct daily classes every week in the purpose built, 'hands-on' cooking school.
These classes demystify Asian ingredients and cooking methods and are a great day out with a group of friends. Limited to 18 per class, cook four to six recipes each class, then wine and dine on your efforts over a leisurely lunch in a garden dining pavilion.
A visit to the Spirit House is a treat for all your senses, sight, sound, scent and of course, taste....
Gympie's Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre was first opened by the Queensland Museum and Department of forestry in March 1984 and gives visitors a fascinating insight into the Timber Industry through the years.
The Centre has a host of attractions including a steam driven sawmill, springboard display, pioneering forestry hand tools display and a fully restored 1925 'republic' Winch Truck. The Woodworkers workshop is on site including and timber souvenirs are for sale.
Demonstrations and guided tours available for groups including school parties by arrangement....
Spectacular views can be seen from several lookouts along the track. You will also see coastal rock formations such as the Boiling Pot and Hells Gates. Beaches include Tea Tree Bay, a pandanus-lined sandy beach, the more rocky Granite Bay, historic Winch Cove and the sweeping Alexandria Bay.
Koalas frequent the gum trees along this walk and honeyeaters are often seen in the flowering shrubs next to the track. Out to sea, frolicking dolphins and migrating humpback whales are sometimes seen by the keen observer....
The Caloundra Road Visitor Information Centre is located on Caloundra Road in Caloundra.
This accredited Visitor Information Centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries. Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable local volunteers, the Caloundra Road Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do and where to eat on teh Sunshine Coast and surrounding regions. It also holds brochures for each region in Queensland. The centre offers free Wi-Fi for visitors.
Situated behind the Visitor Information Centre in the car park is Sunshine Coast Council's RV Dump Point. One of only two on the Sunshine Coast. ...
A first for the Sunshine Coast!
LARC About Amphibious Environmental Tours explore the majestic Pumicestone Passage and north western side of Bribie Island onboard an ex Vietnam war era LARC V amphibian learning about the local history, flora and fauna along the way.
They currently offer three tour options from Caloundra. It's safe, fun and all together a different experience.
Tours depart on demand from the Short Street boat ramp just behind the BIG 4 holiday park at the bottom of the main street in Caloundra; this departure point is just a short walk along the coastal walkway from Caloundra's Central Business District and restaurants of Bulcock beach. Buses can park on site.
Pre book to ensure your trip.
Love to see you onboard!...
The Mary River Festival, held each year in Kandanga in early November has acquired a reputation of being one of the friendliest, most laid back festivals you'd find, with a great mix of top music, art, kid's activities and much much more.
This festival runs on a not for profit basis with an incredibly lean budget, through the generous involvement of local community groups, as well as a number of individuals, and enjoys wonderful support from musicians and participants.
As well as the sense of community though, what really powers this festival is the exuberance unleashed in 2009, after Peter Garrett gave the federal thumbs-down on the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal. It was that enormous relief and the grabbing in both hands of the ongoing environmental stewardship of the Mary River that runs through every part of this festival.
The Wolvi and District Recreation Hall was built in 1923 and is of significant historical and social significance to the local community. Wolvi started out as a timber milling township and today has a proactive school. Next to the Hall is the Stanton - Eaton Playground where the kids will be amused for some time. There is also an amenities block and grassed picnic areas so this is a great spot for a rest stop. ...
Caloundra Cruise is an iconic Sunshine Coast attractions suitable for all ages. Sunday and Tuesday to Friday, on the 90 minute Smoothwater Classic Cruise, discover the spectacular beauty of this marine environment with abundant bird life and locals at play. Hear the waterway's rich nautical history; see the wildlife and experience superb views from Caloundra Heads to Moreton Island, Bribie Island National Park and the "Blue Hole", all from a specially designed riverboat. The calm waters of this marine park ensures a pleasant trip.
You can include a break for lunch at the Pelican Waters Tavern and take advantage of the specially priced "cruise boat menu".
Each Thursday, the "Eco Explorer" cruises deeper into the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park for some great bird watching opportunities. An experienced guide will cover the fascinating history, geography and ecology of this pristine region. Enjoy a deluxe morning tea at anchor while you observe the native flora and fauna and hear dreamtime legends. You'll return in time for lunch ashore.
Or take in a stunning sunset over the Glasshouse Mountains while relaxing on their BYO Friday or Saturday Sunset Cruise.
Check the website for the new Saturday Quarterdeck Cruise....
Conondale, like many rural towns in South East Queensland, is pretty. The town might be a great spot for a chance to catch your breath during what is a very scenic drive but there is something about Conondale that is as subtle as it is magic. When travelling from Maleny, Conondale is the first opportunity to take a close-up and easy look at the river that gives its name to the valley through which it passes - the Mary River.
Just near where the Maleny-Kenilworth Road crosses the Mary River, Fritz Park offers the chance for a picnic and time to contemplate exactly why this little village is so special.
Conondale is distinctive because of its proximity to the rugged beauty of the range to its west called the Conondale Range. Within the Range a national park called Conondale National Park is an unspoilt and undeveloped park of harsh beauty. Conondale National Park protects important remnants of grassy open Eucalypt forest, tall wet sclerophyll forest and subtropical rainforest that once covered large areas of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
The park is the central undisturbed core of an extensive area of forest reserves in the Conondale Range and an important refuge for many rare and threatened animals, including the Mary River Turtle, which, until recently, had not been discovered.
It is important to remember that this park is suited to very experienced walkers only. The turn off to the national park is about 15 kilometres north of Conondale at Sunday Creek Road. The turn is marked by a pretty park called Keith and Ivy Boon Memorial Park....
You're invited to the next Paleo Camping Retreat!
Join them, along with Aussie Paleo Chef, for an amazing weekend away in nature!
Enjoy two nights and three days camping in a bush setting in the Sunshine Coast hinterland... away from technology, electronics, and traffic, free from the stress of leading a busy life, spending time in nature, reconnecting with nature and yourself, meeting new people also on a journey to better health through the Paleo Lifestyle, unique experiences, learning new skills, and having stacks of fun!
It's not 'glamping' but it's by no means 'roughing it' either - so whether you're a seasoned camper or have never been camping before, this camping retreat will suit you!
The venue is a private location in Kenilworth, Sunshine Coast, Queensland (only 40 minutes from the airport). Location will be given on booking.
Find out more and register at through the website.
Registrations close 24 October 2016....
The Noosa International 7's Festival is a two day, outdoor sporting festival involving a Queensland Rugby Union sanctioned and Federation of Oceania Rugby Union (FORU) and Australian Rugby Union supported, elite seven-a-side rugby union tournament involving up to forty (40) teams comprising four divisions (Stan Bissett Cup [men]; Vince Beakey Cup [women]; and schools competition [boys and girls]) for both men and women, with supporting entertainment, and food and beverage facilities hosted at the Noosa District Rugby Union Club Inc's home ground at Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach on the second weekend in October.
Arguably one of the premier Sevens-rugby tournaments in the Southern Hemisphere, the Noosa International Sevens Festival is perfectly positioned to become an important part of an Australian Sevens rugby circuit, and a must-see Sunny-Coast outdoor rugby-entertainment event.
Noosaville is a lively centre for holiday accommodation, aquatic activities, bars and restaurants and is located around the sparkling waters of the Noosa River. A popular retreat for locals and repeat visitors, Noosaville is an ideal spot for families with safe swimming and a laid back, friendly atmosphere. It is also the entrance to the picturesque canal estate of Noosa Waters.
Sample the diverse cuisine served at cafes and eateries along the riverfront. Gympie Terrace and Thomas Street are popular eat streets, with restaurants serving up tastes from around the world as well as contemporary Australian fare. Choose from relaxed, budget eateries and award winning restaurants or enjoy a seafood platter with stunning water views.
Shopping is also well catered for in Noosaville with an excellent range of boutiques retailing everything from shoes and beachwear to surfboards and clothes for any occasion.
A large range of water craft can be hired from locations along the Noosa River. The Noosa Ferry stops at numerous places in the Noosaville area on its journey between Hastings Street and Noosa Marina....
Sunshine Coast Afloat offers a wide variety of marine activities ranging from Deep Sea Fishing and Crabbing Charters, Whale Watching, Cruises, Guided Kayak Estuary Fishing Tours. Itineraries can be arranged to suit your needs and combining products.
Sunshine Coast Afloat offers the choice of Deep Sea Fishing and Spanner Crabbing Trips ranging from five to 18 hours.
Or if you like Whale Watching, you can choose from the fast fun adventure in the jet boat or enjoy an intimate cruise with some nibbles, have a rail side view and don't fight the crowds.
If you like a bit of action and fun you have to try their Ocean Jet Boat. Only two operating in Australia. This boat is designed especially for riding the waves without getting wet. Enjoy the spins and turns, ride the waves and speed along the coastline.
They also offer variety of cruises being Party Boat Hire, Corporate and Group events, Hens and Bucks Parties....
Catapulted on to the elite tourism trail with the opening of the nearby golf resort, Coolum Beach has become a hideaway for the rich and famous. But a surge in high rise apartment development and resort accommodation has also broadened its appeal both as a residential address and as a Sunshine Coast holiday destination.
Coolum has a fine surf and swimming beach. The township is located halfway between Maroochydore and Noosa, while the surrounding bays and rocky outcrops are favourite fishing haunts. There are plenty of cafes and fine dining options on the main thoroughfare. And, if it's exercise you need, set aside a couple of hours for the hike to the top of Mt Coolum. Stunning views from the peak reward those who make the effort.
If those views over the ocean turn your fancy to thoughts of dangling a line, charter operators offer deep-sea fishing. Coolum Beach is located just 15 minutes south of Noosa....
Dine on the freshest seafood straight off the trawler or hop on a fishing charter to catch your own. Mooloolaba is home to the largest trawling fleet in the region and a favourite anchorage for ocean cruisers and leisure boats. Whether it's a simple serve of fish and chips at the beach, or king prawn cocktails at a five-star restaurant - Mooloolaba can dish up seafood to suit all budgets and palates.
There are several patrolled beaches in this part of the coast. Alexandra Headland is a great place to find a perfectly peeling wave if you're keen to go for a surf while you're in town. When it comes to dining, Mooloolaba is home to a range of cosmopolitan cafes and family restaurants - as well as a shopping precinct by the water where you can buy everything from beach towels to designer label clothes.
Mooloolaba is about 100 kilometres north of Brisbane....
A boutique music festival that celebrates up and coming local musicians, artists and art workers. They follow a different model to most other festivals whereby they closely curate the entire program and add in different acts that they know most people are unaware of but will thoroughly enjoy, creating an element of surprise.
They bring this all together in the beautiful natural surrounds of Borumba Deer Park in Queensland, where the stages back onto the lush Yabba Creek where punters often take a swim break before having another dance....
Verve on Cotton Tree offers eight levels of beachside apartments, with spectacular ocean and hinterland views from most apartment levels. Offering open plan living with outstanding design and functionality.
There are one bedroom units, and four different two bedroom unit types available. Verve has a beautiful outdoor living area with a pool, hot spa and a barbecue area for all to use.
Beach access is 100 metres away, with plenty of shops restaurants and cafes within walking distance.
Great for family holidays with media rooms in one of the two bedroom apartments. One bedroom apartments are great for a couples retreat or people travelling for business. All units are fully self-contained, with full kitchen and full laundry washing facilities. Free fast wi-fi and secure free parking is included....
Premier Golf Adventures are the complete golf package specialists, based in Queensland, Australia. Jamie Priestley and Michael Car can organise your complete golfing package on the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Brisbane or Thailand. Packages include accommodation, personalised airport and golf transfers in air conditioned buses, golf course bookings, motorised carts, reserved tee times and storage of golf clubs during your holiday. Premier Golf can accommodate groups of all sizes and guarantee their excellent service will ensure that you have a great golfing holiday.
Premier Golf also cater for self drive packages for groups and individuals, at discounted rates at each golf course on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or Brisbane. The discounted rates are available on a daily basis for all self drive golfers, which is much cheaper than booking directly with each golf course.
Check their web site for great golf packages in Thailand....
Maleny Cheese is a destination food attraction, positioned in a unique Australian dairy region, showcasing and selling products made on site. This educational food tourism experience, allows guests to try before they buy, the delicious range of products.
On weekdays, visitors have the opportunity to see first hand how products are made, through the viewing windows of the cafe, which overlooks the factory floor. Guests are also able to enjoy a coffee or light lunch during their visit, before continuing their day exploring what the local area has to offer.
Located in the hinterland plateau of the 'naturally refreshing' Sunshine Coast, the lush green landscape entices visitors to slow down, savour, and spend awhile. Maleny Cheese is positioned on the famed scenic route to Montville and Mapleton townships, and is home to the unique 'Cheese Wedge' sign and iconic giant 'Milk Can'.
Maleny Cheese is passionate about supporting and sourcing local produce and goods. Sustaining the areas historical dairying heritage, further strengthens the food tourism experience visitors receive.
Maleny Cheese is a Queensland dairy processor and tourism operator of excellence, who invite you to come and taste the flavours of Europe.
Pick Me Up Airport Transfers provide inexpensive, exclusive, door to door, transfers between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. Sit back, relax and let them do the driving. Travel in comfort in their air-conditioned vehicle which is fitted out with your comfort in mind. Carrying up seven passengers, they cater for families, groups or business travellers. Complimentary bottled water. There are baby and child seats also available at no extra charge. They are also available for private group transfers....
Currimundi is located on the northern boundary of the Caloundra area of the Sunshine Coast. It was named by Sir Leslie Wilson, using the local aboriginal name for the area, Garrimundi or Girrimundi, meaning 'Place of flying foxes'.
Winner of "Queensland's Cleanest Beach" award in 2004, Currimundi is certainly a gem in the crown of glorious beach areas in the Sunshine Coast region. Doubly blessed with a natural lake connected to a long and unspoilt stretch of beautiful surf beach, it is the place to relax for a few hours or stay a little longer.
Kids and adults alike love the lake's large expanse of water for swimming and frolicking on the sandy shores. The lake and beachfront have extensive parks and walkways for the public to enjoy before or after a swim in the surf or the calm waters of the lake. The lake is perfect for canoeing, kayaking and just paddling about. Try fishing from the shore or in a small motorised boat.
On the northern shore of Lake Currimundi is an area protected from development that showcases the natural beauty of the area. The Currimundi Lake Conservation Park is an unspoilt area of coastline and wallum heath. Check out the native wildflowers in early Spring. Enjoy picnicking, birdwatching and studying nature, taking long bushwalks and admiring the views from the lookout. People in wheelchairs can use the first 130 metres of the walking track to the lake lookout....
The original Landsborough Shire Council Chambers were designed in 1924 by renowned architect Walter Carey Voller and built from local timbers by A.E. Round in 1988 using funding from the Bicentenary. The old building was revamped and a new building of mud brick construction was added. The complex was re-opened on Australia Day 1988, by J.L. Beausang last chairman of Landsborough Shire and first mayor of Caloundra City as the Landsborough Museum.
At its meeting on 25 June 1999, the Heritage Council resolved to enter the 'former Landsborough Shire Council Chambers' in the Queensland Heritage Register. Its mission is to collect, research, conserve, interpret and exhibit the artefacts, memorabilia, documents, photographs and stories of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples whose heritage can be linked to that region, known in the year 2000, as Caloundra City....
The Glasshouse Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre is located in Settlers Rotary Park on the corner of Bruce Parade and Steve Irwin Way in the Glasshouse Mountains.
This accredited Visitor Information Centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries. The centre is also a interpretive centre with interactive displays on the history of the area.
A small selection of local products and souvenirs are available for sale and are unique for gift ideas. Local honey and jams are very popular. New products include Hinterland Feijoas and local gift cards and children's books and handmade jewellery. EFTPOS only.
Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable local volunteer Ambassadors, the Glasshouse Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do and where to eat. Discuss your travel plans or get a tip on the famous walks in the Glasshouse Mountains with our friendly Ambassadors.
The Centre offers free Wi-fi for visitors and is open from 9.00am until 4.00pm daily.
The Centre is located in a park that has public toilets, playground, barbecue and picnic tables and off street car park. ...
Kids Culture is a unique comprehensive Health and Wellbeing event that promotes conscious parenting as well as health and wellbeing for children of all ages. The weekend offers a safe and nurturing safe space for families and children of all ages. Kids Culture is run in conjunction with the annual Conscious Life Festival.
Kids Culture offers a fun and magical place for the children to be creative, explore and learn from the various spaces it has on offer.
A wide range of educational and informative seminars for parents on all children's related services and topics including nutrition, child development,holistic therapies etc. A Wide range of exhibitors selling and promoting products and services that enhance children's health and wellbeing.
Various workshops and activities include; yoga, dance, fitness, conscious classes, storytelling, music, singing, various art and creative workshops plus much more. A quiet sacred space for meditations, kids yoga, therapies and treatments...
The Maroochydore (Cotton Tree) Visitor Information Centre is located on the corner of Melrose Parade and Sixth Avenue in Maroochydore under the Cotton Trees.
This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries. Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable local volunteers, the Maroochydore Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do and where to eat. The Centre now has free Wi-fi....
Maroochydore Cricket Club hosts the Brisbane Heat and the Hobart Hurricanes in two Big Bash League Practice Matches in the first ever KFC Sunshine Coast Smash.
Game One is Brisbane Heat versus Hobart Hurricanes on Friday, 16 December.
Game Two is Brisbane Heat versus Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday, 17 December.
Gates Open at 11:30am with both games starting at 1pm.
This free event will see world class T20 action come to the Sunshine Coast in a first for the region.
Both the Heat and Hurricanes are likely to have their full squad complement of players to draw on as they finalise their KFC T20 Big Bash League preparations, meaning international superstars like Brendon McCullum (Heat) and Kumar Sangakkara (Hurricanes) will be on show along with the likes of big-hitting Brisbane Heat stars Chris Lynn and Ben Cutting, plus Hurricanes' dynamos Tim Paine and George Bailey.
Fans will also have the opportunity to meet members of the Heat and Hurricanes teams on both days, with family activities such as modified games of cricket, face painting, music and the Heat mascots all on show to compliment the great occasion of electric T20 action!...
From the hinterland to the sea, north to south, the Sunshine Coast region will embrace and showcase cultural creatives in all areas of the arts, performance and literature. Thought-provoking talks, engaging sculpture, block party, art competitions, workshops, design technology, culinary delights, visual art and music will all be on the menu served up over ten days from 1 to 10 September 2017.
From urban block parties to sunrise ceremonies on the beach. Come and experience the creative soul of the Sunshine Coast.
Art, Film, Performance, Music, Comedy, Poetry, Literature, Innovation....
Gympie Southside Markets are held every second and fourth Sunday between 7am to 12 noon at the Gympie South State School on Exhibition Road.
They are one of the largest markets in the region and offer a wide selection of produce, poultry, crafts, jams and preserves. Entertainment is also available for the kids....
If you're looking for some warm country hospitality you'll find it in Gympie - the heritage and cultural centre of the Cooloola region.
With a rich mining history, the town was founded in 1867 after prospector James Nash discovered gold at the site now occupied by the town hall. Back then Queensland was facing bankruptcy due to the drought and a fall in wool prices. Nash's discovery and the gold rush that followed resulted in Gympie gaining a reputation as the 'Town that Saved Queensland'.
These days Gympie is a popular place for travellers to stop for a cup of tea. There are a range of heritage walks in the area and it's also a handy overnight stop for those heading to Fraser Island.
Gympie is 160 kilometres, or about two and a half hours' drive north of Brisbane.
In Mary Valley country behind the Sunshine Coast, Imbil is a 48 kilometre drive south-west from Gympie. A steep haul to the Imbil Lookout presents incomparable, near 360-degree views to Kenilworth, the mountains, and the Sunshine Coast. A 26 kilometre round-trip through forest and cultivated creek flats takes in Lake Borumba, which is perfectly tailored to swimming, boating, water-skiing and fishing. A nearby hatchery, which was opened in the early 1980s, breeds golden perch and silver perch, which are released into the local waterways as fingerlings....