Tourism Caloundra welcomes Activities
Bellingham Maze, originally planted in 1991 and opened to the public in 1993 is one of the most familiar attractions on the Sunshine Coast. This Queensland tourism icon which is set in a lush tropical rainforest environment on Tanawha Tourist Drive #25, Tanawha has a huge 80m x 80m living hedge maze which was recently re-opened to the public after an extensive regeneration program.
In 2013 all of the original 20 year old cypress pine trees in the hedge maze were replaced with over 1000 of Sunshine Coast’s favourite plant, the lilly pilly. The hedge maze was closed for nearly 2 years and in March 2015 is was re-opened to the public and looks amazing!
Whilst the hedge maze is the main attraction at Bellingham Maze, it is certainly not the only attraction. Bellingham Maze also has a wooden maze, a tyre maze, a rope maze and some other aMAZEing activities for you to enjoy. Did you know Bellingham Maze also has an 18 hole mini golf course, which is a par 2 course suitable to all ages? They also have a café where you can enjoy a coffee, a cold drink or something to eat, without having to pay any maze entry fee. The puzzle shop at Bellingham Maze stocks a unique range of brain teasing metal and wooden puzzles – all with instructions enclosed. A selection of puzzles are also on the tables at the café for customers to try. The shop has an affordable range of toys and puzzles to purchase, suitable for all budgets and caters for kids with their own pocket money.
A visit to Bellingham Maze is certainly a great way to stretch your mind, stretch your legs and have some outdoor brain-teasing fun. Bellingham Maze is suitable for all ages, attracting families, couples, groups, parties, school excursions and many more. Don’t miss out on the fun!
The 85km cruise begins in the beautiful Noosa River and continues beyond the Lake Cooroibah and Cootharaba to the unspoilt Everglades. We visit Kinaba, the gateway to Cooloola National Park. Built in the water, boardwalks surround this unique information centre. There is time to explore the wetlands and view the displays before we enter the everglades. The River of Mirrors, with tranquil, unspoilt dark water. Cruise slowly through the unsurpassed reflections. Photograph and enjoy the beauty of this wondrous area. At Harry\'s Hut we\'ll enjoy a delicious home-made barbecue lunch cooked by your skipper while you explore, swim or just relax with a complimentary glass of wine. We have a beautiful covered picnic area right by this relic of the timbercutting days. After lunch we retrace our steps to have you home around 3pm. Departure times take advantage of the nicest part of the day. Specially designed boats provide fast, comfortable, all-weather cruising to spend more time in the everglades than getting there. Windows all round for best viewing (can be open or closed). Comfortable padded seats. Barbecue lunch - your choice of steak or fish, includes sausages and home-made salads with fruit and complimentary wine. Real tableware and cutlery used (not disposable). Refreshments throughout cruise including morning and afternoon tea. Amenities at all stops (Kinaba, Harry\'s Hut). A very experienced and proud team ensures safety, quality and informative entertainment.
Prepare yourself for a heightened sensory experience! The sound of a few hundred horsepower behind you, the feeling of weightlessness as you get airborne off your first few waves, the taste and the feel of the wind and the salt spray in your face all adds up to one thing...mega fun! Screaming and lots of laughter is mandatory, so don\'t even try to hold back. We also have a magical coastline to explore - waves crashing on rocky cliffs, pristine little coves and beaches of Noosa National Park, secret caves and the spectacular Hell\'s Gates. Regular dolphin spotting and whales in winter make this a 100% pure adrenalin ride.
Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is nestled on over 100 acres of natural Australian bushland, and is home to 1,200 native and exotic animals.
Check out giraffe, rhinos, cheetah and zebras on the African Savannah, plus Sumatran Tigers, Bengal Tigers and red pandas in South-East Asia. And be sure to visit the newly opened Bindi’s Island, where guests can get up close with ring-tailed lemurs, giant Aldabran Tortoises and colourful macaws!
Grab a good seat for the midday Wildlife Warriors show, where you can catch all the slithering, swooping, jaw-snapping action of our snakes, birds and crocs LIVE in the Crocoseum.
You can also learn heaps about our amazing animals by booking in for one of our animal encounters or checking out the other daily shows on offer. And don’t forget to say hello to all the roving wildlife around the zoo too!
Visit us at Australia Zoo to experience Australia’s ultimate wildlife adventure and conservation destination.
Adam Austin & his crew are operating on the Fabulous Sunshine Coast at Mooloolaba, we welcome all new and previous customers to join us aboard "Sea View" for your next fishing or cruising adventure.
There are several Sunshine Coast trip options to suit everyone from the novice to the experienced angler. You can choose from a half day trip to fish the productive close reefs of the Sunshine Coast or take a 3/4 day or full day to the Barwon Banks or Wide Caloundra. For the ultimate Sunshine Coast fishing adventure join Odyssey Charters on a Maxi Day trip to fish the northern fishing grounds at The Hards.
Kayak Noosa makes it easy for you to experience the wonders of kayak paddling by offering people of all capabilities a selection of guided tours, sea kayak instruction, fitness and group kayaking programs including freedom kayak hire and retail sales.
Join one of our guided kayak adventures and experience the thrill of river and ocean paddling and kayak sailing in the amazingly beautiful Noosa region. Our tours range from a relaxing two hour Sunset Session, a half day Ocean and River Adventure through to our Dolphin Adventure where you can experience kayak surfing, snorkel the pristine waters off Noosa National Park and sail your kayak across Laguna Bay.
Join us on a Sea Kayaking Adventure Tour around the magnificent volcanic Noosa National Park and or Riverways! No Experience Required, as you paddle in our brand new safe 1 or 2 person super fast Cabo Ocean Kayaks. See everything Noosa has to offer from a very beautiful and peaceful ocean perspective.
Discover the beautiful Noosa river everglades with former Australian kayaking champion Vivienne Golding. Even if you have never paddled before your instructors will guide you through a customised tour to suit your abilities. For the experienced kayaker your trip will be designed to your ability.
A Kanu Kapers Australia Guided Kayaking experience in the Noosa Everglades, is an active inspiring day out amongst some of the most spectacular scenery you will find anywhere in the world. Our sea kayaks are easy to paddle and we cater for all levels of fitness and age. Trips include professional guide, all equipment, delicious brunch and an unforgettable experience.
Eumundi markets is open rain, hail or shine every Wednesday and Saturday.
A visit to the Original Eumundi Markets is shopping heaven if you’re looking for something different, something handmade, something special…
You’ll find original artworks, sculptures, furniture, handmade toys, homewares, and skincare, as well as cutting edge fashion and jewellery by local designers, all guided by our ethos of “we make it, bake it, grow it, sew it”.
If you’re a foodie, you’ll especially love our market …laksa, calamari, thai, paella, quality coffee, chocolate, great cakes, old fashioned lemonade, and more. We have a wealth of fresh produce – including fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly baked breads, locally made cheeses and yoghurts.
And, when you need a break from the shopping, sit back and be entertained by a stellar line-up of performers guaranteed to get you in the groove. There’s plenty of local talent to keep you entertained, with world-music sounds, country tunes or tribal rhythms.
You can also have your palm read or indulge in a vast array of services offered by our many health and wellbeing practitioners.
Are you looking for thrills and spills? Then you’ve found it all at Aussie World – slap bang in the middle of the Sunshine Coast on the Bruce Highway.
There are rides that will get you soaked! There are rides that will make you green and dizzy! There are simulators and slides, bumps and coasters! And of course there is the Aussie charm of the Ettamogah Pub.
With so many thrilling rides and games we're a FANTASTIC day out for the entire family!
Laser Tag is a high-tech sport where players wearing computerised vests or packs and handheld "phasers" attempt to achieve a winning score by zapping opponent players, base stations, and other targets within a playing arena or maze.
After players put on their packs, the players move into the arena and the missions is started by the central computer. The packs will activate allowing the player to fire their phaser at opponent packs and arena devices such as base stations. Each pack has sensors on the front, back, shoulders and phaser. Zapping these areas will award points while deactivating the tagged opponent for a short time. At the end of the mission, the packs shutdown automatically and the players return to the kit-up room. Score information is displayed on the scoreboard in the foyer. You can even get a print-out your own individual scorecard!
Each mission consists of 8 minutes of actual arena time. We allow a 4 minute change-over and kit-up time. For your first mission, there will also be a 5 minute briefing where Laserzone staff will explain the operation of the packs and arena devices as well as outlining the safety rules.
When you play more than one mission, you will have a 12 minute rest between your missions.
Just one hour north of Brisbane, Mooloolaba is the ultimate destination on the Sunshine Coast.
Centrally located on the Sunshine Coast the Adventure Centre at The Wharf Mooloolaba is the base and departure hub for all water sport activities and adventure. Take a stroll through this boardwalk village next to Under Water World and choose from Jet skiing, whale watching, kayak tours, lunch cruises, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, hire a bike or just hire a boat to fish or explore the canals.
Named by Cook during his epic voyage along Australia's east coast, the Glass Houses are rhyolitic volcanic plugs left by volcanic activity millions of years ago. This area has special significance for the Gubbi Gubbi Aboriginal people. Remnants of the open eucalypt woodland and mountain heath vegetation, which once covered the coastal plains, provide a home for an interesting variety of wildlife including 26 rare and threatened plants. The first 300 metres of this walk is along a well graded track to three lookouts overlooking Mts Tunbubulla (The Twins), Tibberoowuccum, Coonowrin and Beerwah. Past the third lookout, your climb to the summit is along steep rock face.
Casa Di Natura' - House of Nature, is a boutique luxury Day Spa Centre, located in the beautiful, tranquil surroundings of the Blackall Range on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland at Flaxton (next door to Montville) on eight acres of rainforest and bushland offering a completely private, relaxing and indulgent experience. It is a haven of peace and healing for women, and the other family members they bring. Be indulged with a selection of massages, body treatments, facials and healing therapies from their highly qualified Practitioners. From the moment you arrive, you will feel special and cared for. Connection is their passion. If they can help you feel bliss ... passion ... life ... and completely divine, then they have done their magic. The tranquil sounds and native beauty of the lush surrounds will mesmerise you into a state of deep relaxation empowering you to reconnect, find balance and release stress. Whether you want a personal experience or come as a group of friends, Casa Di Natura is a loving, energising and natural retreat where all your worries can be left behind and be truly pampered. Your unique spa experience is aimed at enhancing and promoting health, wellbeing and holistic wellness.
Come along and enjoy the Caloundra Country Markets every Sunday from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Caloundra Country Markets are managed by Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club and are held at Central Park, Caloundra. Main entrance in Arthur Street between swimming pool and Rugby Union fields, top entrance via Bower Street.
Conondale National Park forms the heart of an extensive area of unspoilt mountain scenery in the Conondale Range. With magnificent forests, deep gorges and spectacular views, this park and the adjacent State forest offer scenic drives, picnic areas and a choice of four grassy camp sites near rainforests and mountain streams. Walks range from a short stroll beside crystal clear streams, to challenging hikes including to Mount Allan fire tower or along the four-day 56 kilometre Conondale Range Great Walk. It is a picturesque and ecologically important area, protecting the habitats of many rare and threatened animals, including several species of frogs and the seldom-seen yellow-bellied glider. Access is via gravel roads suitable for conventional vehicles with care. In wet weather, roads may be closed. The scenic drive starting on Booloumba Creek Road has several creek crossings that are only accessible by high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles. Allow at least 90 minutes for the scenic drive and extra time for picnics and bushwalks. Birdwatchers will enjoy Little Yabba Creek, while mountain bike and horse riders can explore the park and forest along vehicle tracks.
The Sunshine Coast's most uniquely authentic Asian day spa. Feel the tranquillity of Ikatan - before you have even had a treatment! Ikatan is set on acreage of tropical gardens with private Single or Double treatment rooms. Ikatan devises the ultimate day spa experience, combining the best of Balinese authentic therapies with an environment that stimulates the senses and celebrates nature. Not just a day spa, it is a sensory experience! Ikatan resembles a Balinese village where life is at a slower pace and your therapist has ample time to prepare and care for you. Treatments include: pampering packages, hot rock massage, Chi and Balinese Massage, Environ and Elemis facials, body treatments, pedicures, head massage, waxing and tinting services. Also popular destination to just escape or for a romantic getaway and to celebrate with a group of friends. Away from spa area but connected by a rainforest walk is a private Balinese garden with a covered pavilions for clients to enjoy High Tea, morning/afternoon tea or light lunch or select a Taster plate on the day. Browse our wine list of boutique wines from New Zealand and Australia to enjoy in the gardens before or after your spa treatments.
The Caloundra Regional Gallery's mission is to showcase the local visual arts through Gallery curated shows, touring exhibitions, and provide learning opportunities for the economic, cultural and social enhancement of their community. The Gallery is a permanent regional art gallery in which the facility and programs centre on excellence in visual arts practice with a strong educational focus. The Gallery is located in the converted 1970s former library building, Felicity House, Caloundra. The building is part of a civic and cultural precinct located in central Caloundra near the Caloundra Civic Cultural Centre, the Council Administration Building and the Caloundra City Library.
Delicia Road Conservation Park on the scenic Blackall Range is a small park protecting remnant forest communities. It is a refuge for wildlife and a special place where visitors can enjoy a peaceful native forest. The land was generously donated by Linda Garrett. Locals refer to it as Linda Garrett Park. Walk the easy 2.2 kilometre Linda Garrett circuit through rainforest, a palm grove and tall, wet eucalypt forest. Enjoy a section of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Along Gheerulla Creek, look for a great barred frog. Birdwatchers may be fortunate to hear the melodic, drumming call of the endangered marbled frogmouth.
Brooyar State Forest features sandstone cliffs, hoop pine plantations and a mix of tall open eucalypt forest with spotted gums. Pockets of riparian rainforest fringe Glastonbury Creek. Take a scenic drive, stopping to enjoy views from Point Pure lookout (300 metre return walk) or a short stroll along an old logging road through rainforest. You can picnic at Glastonbury Creek, or set up your tent or caravan on the grassy camping area nearby. Relax and absorb the tranquillity. In summer, feast your eyes on the forest's colours: rich red and yellow flowers of black bean trees, and vivid orange flower spikes of silky oaks. You can camp with your dog overnight, but must keep it on a leash.
Craggy volcanic peaks, rhyolite plugs, rise abruptly above the scenic landscape, a rolling green patchwork of pine plantations, bushland and cultivated fields. The Glass House Mountains were named by Lieutenant James Cook as he voyaged up the Queensland coast in 1770. They are spiritually significant to the local Aboriginal people and are listed on the Queensland and National Heritage Registers as a landscape of national significance. In this park, remnants of the open eucalypt woodland and heath vegetation, which once covered the coastal plains, provide a home for an interesting variety of animals and plants. Visit the interpretive centre in the Glass House Mountains township. Drive to the nearby Glass House Mountains lookout in Beerburrum State Forest for views of the multiple peaks. Enjoy a picnic at the base of Mount Beerwah or Mount Tibrogargan. Take the easy Western Boundary walk at Mount Beewah or try a slightly more challenging walk such as the Tibrorgargan circuit or Mount Beeburrum track for great views. If you are a fit, experienced walker with rock climbing skills, tackle the Mount Ngungun summit track. The summit routes on Mounts Ngungun and Tibrogargan are also suitable for roped sports for experienced and well-equipped climbers.
Boardstore park also known as The Woods, is the only indoor skatepark on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Also only one of two skateparks in Australia that is air-conditioned. Fully supervised with sessions every day, from open to Coaching lessons 4-5 times a week. They also offer Member only sessions six days a week. Check it out on the web site.
Big Kart Track is the largest commercial go kart track In Australia. They have 50 karts going on their 1.2 kilometre long international standard race track at 60 kilometres per hour. They are open seven days a week. A perfect venue for your company, social club or association to have an action-packed experience whilst doing some teambuilding in full fun!!! Since 1983 they have been in the business to please and give the best fun in full safety!
The Caloundra Coastal Walk stretches 25 kilometres along some of the most scenic shorelines you could ever wish to see. The path is a continuous coastal link from Golden Beach in the south, where it hugs the Pumicestone Passage, before passing Bulcock Beach and Kings Beach on its way around Caloundra Headland heading north following the long, sandy beaches of Kawana to Mooloolaba. Along the way visit some historical sites including Military Jetty used for military operations in World War II, and the heritage listed Kings Beach Bathing Pavillion constructed in 1937. The headland section follows a trail of plaques honouring the lives of those lost in war. Keep an eye out for the wreck of the SS Dicky that ran aground on Dicky Beach in 1893 during a cyclone.
The scenic waterways of the upper Noosa River and its tributaries are one of the Great Sandy National Park's, Cooloola section most outstanding features. Tannins washed from decaying plant matter stain the waters a very dark colour, almost black in deeper sections, offering spectacular reflections of the twisted paperbarks and bloodwoods that line the waterways' banks. The Kinaba track takes you through regrowth forests, paperbark swamps and cabbage palm wetland. The vegetation changes from open forest to areas dominated by melaleucas and swamp banksias. As you enter a section of casuarinas with ground cover of mangrove ferns, look to the left for a surveyor's blaze on a dead tree. The Government arrow and the numbers "239" are still clearly visible. Upon reaching the Kinaba Information Centre, visit the displays or take the self-guided boardwalk through the mangroves.
Mount Coolum National Park, especially the green-cloaked dome of Mount Coolum, dominates the skyline of the Sunshine Coast lowlands. After rain, waterfalls cascade down steep craggy cliffs to open eucalypt forest skirting the lower slopes. Towards the summit, rare montane heath grows. The park also protects coastal wallum, paperbark wetlands and rainforest remnants. Climb the steep, rough 800 metre trail up the mountain's eastern side from the carpark to the summit. Carry water and snack food. Be rewarded with 360 degree views - most spectacular at sunrise. Look for peregrine falcons nesting along cliff faces. In winter and spring, photograph wildflowers. See how many different types of banksia you can find!
Ethically and sustainably produced from their own vineyards and farms, the wine and the food at Flame Hill Vineyard is prepared and served with conscience, guaranteeing patrons an experience of paramount quality at this world class venue featuring breathtaking ocean views and mountain vistas. By definition firstly a winery, featuring a quality range of estate grown wines, offering sales and tastings from the cellar door within a contemporary Queenslander. The Deck Restaurant featuring a la carte fare from off farm seasonal produce matched to the estate grown wines is the essence of relax - unwind - breath Whilst the restaurant is relaxed and casual the guests can also opt for Charcuterie or Regional Cheeses on the Terrace which flows onto the lawns leading to the Shiraz Vines. At Flame Hill, they like to know where their wine and food comes from!
Laserzone is the Sunshine Coast's most exciting laser tag and family entertainment venue. Experience the excitement of being inside a real life video game simulation with your friends and family, utilising the latest technology in laser tag equipment to seek out and deactivate the various targets in the awesomely themed playing environment. The brilliant multi-level maze has been created by a team of Australia's best arena designers and will have you slip into a surreal world with fog, music, lighting and sounds. Laserzone also features a large ticket redemption arcade with great prizes and Australia's first Laser Web, where you can enter the world of Mission Impossible, weaving and dodging through a room of laser beams. Laserzone is perfect for families, groups, and parties for all ages from six years and up.
The Magic Mountain dive site is located on the Outer Gneerings Reef on the Sunshine Coast. Magic Mountain is a large group of rocky outcrops from a sandy ocean floor with numerous gullies, ravines, bommies, swim-throughs and pinnacles which house soft and hard coral colonies. Resident fish include morwong, wrasse leatherjackets, baitfish, bullseyes, catfish, butterfly and angels. Numerous urchins, sea whips, nudibranchs, hydroids, anemones, feather and brittle stars, crabs, crayfish, sponges, tropical fish, wobbygongs and the occasional estuarine cod.
Dive the Brisbane and experience this historical treasure and budding environmental wonder. The ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park is an artificial reef and dive site off the Sunshine Coast, and is set to become one of Australia's premier dive attractions. This is the only former Navy dive wreck in Australia offering divers the unique opportunity to explore both the forward engine room and the boiler room. A former missile destroyer, the HMAS Brisbane, was scuttled 2.8 nautical miles east of Mudjimba Island on 31 July 2005 to begin its new life as the 'anchor' attraction for dive tourism in Southern Queensland. Divers can explore the 133 metre former warship and view different areas of the ship. Access holes allow passage into the ship's interior, where divers can swim through living and sleeping quarters used by the crew during the ship's service from 1967 to 2001.
As you enter Maleny you will find the MALENY SUNDAY MARKET on the left opposite the pub, in and outside the RSL Hall. We are there EVERY SUNDAY 8-2pm. Our market has 30+ stalls. As well as art, craft and collectables you can also find clothing old and new, jewellery, books, massage, reiki, tarot and food, and a cafe with fair trade coffee, a very social meeting place for friends old and new. We welcome buskers on the lawn. We welcome enquiries from prospective stallholders, whether one off or regular - call Merrin on 0448423919.
Noosa National Park, a chunk of wild coastline jutting into the ocean, is understandably one of Australia's most visited parks. Wallum heaths, woodlands and pockets of rainforest with hoop and kauri pine are important refuges for wildlife, including koalas and rare glossy black-cockatoos. Explore the picturesque Noosa Headland along a selection of five tracks, ranging from one kilometre to eight kilometres and catering to all fitness levels. Walk past rocky shorelines and spiky pandanus, through woodlands and rainforests with piccabeen palms, to wide beaches or lofty lookouts. In the Peregian section, stroll to the ocean beach. In the Emu Mountain section, on your way to the summit, discover wildflowers. In the East Weyba section, along unmarked vehicle trails, watch for birds - but keep to the trails at all times.
Maleny Dairies is a family owned business situated in the picturesque hills of Maleny. The process of milking their Guernsey girls and bottling their creamy goodness for your breakfast table is a fascinating one. On their tours you get to see where it all happens on a real working dairy farm, a visit to the dairy, the farm & to the factory with a short 10 minute movie with taste testing afterwards. You will learn a lot about the process of milk from the cow to the bottle and all the different products that they are so famous for.
FARM & FACTORY TOURS:
MONDAY - SATURDAY at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
Closed Sundays & public holidays.
They also have a kiosk on the farm where you are able to purchase coffees & light refreshments.
Take time out and enjoy some fresh country air, bring your own picnic, or book one of their electric BBQ’s and enjoy a sausage sizzle.
They have plenty of room for the children to run around so why not celebrate your child's birthday at the farm? Why not book a tour and enjoy lunch afterwards, (or the other way round!) You are very welcome to use our facilities and once you've eaten all those snags you can fill up your esky from our Dairies factory outlet kiosk with our dairy deliciousness.....now that's a real experience !
At Maleny Dairies they pride themselves on having the friendliest staff that truly makes your experience with them a very happy one. So give them a call today to reserve your spot. Tour groups welcome.
You do not have to purchase a tour to enjoy their property. They have a kiosk serving coffees and light refreshments and you are free to enjoy the view whilst enjoying a coffee or your picnic lunch. Bring an esky for your purchases of their delicious dairy products.
Kenilworth Forest Reserve in the Conondale Range offers wonderful views, deep gorges, mountain streams and waterfalls. It protects rare and threatened plants and animals living in the rugged mountains. Enjoy camping in one of four forest camping areas. Go on some of the many walks, ranging from a short stroll to a challenging hike up to Mount Allan fire tower. See plantations and varied forest types on the forest drive. Allow at least 90 minutes for the drive and extra time for picnics and bushwalks. From Booloumba Falls carpark, take a 3km return walk past cascades to The Breadknife rock formation. Birdwatchers will enjoy Little Yabba Creek, while mountain bike and horse riders can explore four wheel drive tracks.
Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba's Seafood Lunch Signature Cruise picks you up from the Wharf Mooloolaba, takes you out to the river mouth first to enjoy sensational, scenic views right down to Noosa the headland. Stop next at the local Mooloolaba fish markets to pick up your lunch and then continue on a nice leisurely cruise down through the bottom section of the Mooloolah River, Harbour and Canals. Your lunch ticket gives you a choice of one of four inclusive meals: Fresh Mooloolaba prawns Calamari and chips Fresh Fish of the day Bacon Egg and Cheese Burger Optional extras available onboard include oysters, crayfish, scallops and much more. Beverages are available from the onboard bar throughout the cruise. The 90 minute cruise also includes a light 25 minute commentary before lunch is served. The 35 foot European style vessel is easy to access for young and old, is fully enclosed with prime waterfront viewing from almost everywhere in the vessel. The interior has been recently refurbished has comfortable booth seating, bar facilities and brand new amenities.
Amamoor State Forest produces some of the finest hoop pine in Queensland. More than 120 bird species have been sighted in its riverine rainforests and plantations of hoop and bunya pines. Enjoy a drive through the forested valley to walk through the forest along trickling creeks and streams. From Amama day-use area, take the Platypus walk (300 metres return) to a viewing platform for a chance to see a platypus. The rainforest walk at Cedar Grove features huge red cedar and fig trees. Cedar Grove and Amamoor Creek camping areas have large flat sites. In August, the annual National Country Music Muster takes place here.
Jew Shoal is a large reef complex of ridges, canyons, bommies, and a solitary 11 metre pinnacle. The Caves has rugged rocky outcrops and swimthroughs; the gutters are covered in colourful hard and soft corals, and reef fish including angelfish, butterflyfish, surgeonfish, globefish, rabbitfish, soapfish, morwong, sweetlip and bream. The coral gardens has an array of invertebrates - sea stars, feather stars, shrimps, hermit crabs, urchins, brittle stars, cowries and over 100 varieties of nudibranchs.
Brewbake - Freshly brewed beer and baked meat pies. Australia's newest Microbrewery located at the iconic Queensland attraction on the Sunshine Coast, The Big Pineapple. See the brewing process right at the bar, try a tasting paddle, take home a unique one litre stubby. Beer and Pies, what else do you need?
Maleny Botanic Gardens - the 'Jewel' of Maleny. "The most exquisite gardens I've seen in my 41 years in the garden business. It will be the next wonder of the world!" Graham Ellis, The Garden Guru Set on eight acres, the magnificent and manicured gardens, positioned high on the escarpment, are a panorama of waterfalls, ponds and colourful plantings. Uniquely landscaped layers, idyllic rainforest surroundings and the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains backdrop create a truly unique garden. Enjoy fabulous Devonshire Tea in one of the gazebos, bring a picnic and soak up the peace and serenity. Their gazebos are ideal to hold your special celebration with friends or family. Make your dream wedding a reality "You could not have a more beautiful venue for your wedding" is a comment they regularly receive. Explore the many tranquil and romantic settings for your ceremony, reception and photography and choose one or a combination of components to suit your special day. The photo opportunities are endless. Let the sights and the sound of running water enchant you and your guests and provide you with an experience that you will cherish for life.
Beerburrum, off Steve Irwin Way, was the first and largest of about 24 soldier settlements established in Queensland to help returned soldiers re-enter civilian life as farmers. The Governor's wife Lady Goold-Adams drew the first land ballot on 6 November 1916. More than 21,000 hectares of farming land was made available for pineapple growing, other horticulture, bee-keeping and poultry. Over the course of the scheme, which ran until 1929, about 400 soldiers and their families tried their luck farming at Beerburrum. Poor soil and low prices made it financially tough for the former diggers. By 1929, only 69 soldier settlers remained. In May 1920, General Sir William Birdwood, described by some historians as 'the soul of ANZAC', planted a camphor laurel tree in what he named ANZAC Avenue. School children planted more trees to create an avenue, in time for a visit to the settlement by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) in August that year. Unlike other memorial avenues in which a tree symbolised a specific fallen soldier (often bearing a name plate), Beerburrum's trees were in memory of 'lost mates'. Today, only 13 trees from the WWI memorial survive.