Secluded, luxury couples rainforest accommodation, overlooking moody Lake Baroon, are the perfect setting for a break away from life. Each cottage is named on a theme from the past.
Relax on your balcony, allowing the stresses of life to dissipate around you, whilst you marvel at the pure beauty of nature, in her best attire.
Your hosts, Shell and Tony, forward think every little detail to ensure your stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as absolutely possible. Shell is absolutely delightful, we had some lovely insightful conversations during the course of our short stay. We didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Tony on this occasion, perhaps next time.
There’s a lot to see around the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. So you have to decide, do you simply chill, relax and indulge, or spend some time exploring this beautifully diverse area. Around a fifteen minute walk away , is the impressive Flame Hill Vineyard, complete with cellar door and restaurant. But, I do warn you, there’s a couple of steep driveways in there, so if you have a sober driver, take advantage of that fact! Flame Hill Vineyard will be the next story, so keep an eye out for that.
A day of relaxing or exploring, deserves a super treat for the evening. So, if it’s cool enough, (and we were so lucky one evening that it was!), light the fire and enjoy the ambiance that only a flickering flame can give.
This magical area and property has so much to offer. Fresh local produce, privacy, space, luxury amenities, the list goes on.
There are times in life you need a break and to treat yourself and why would you not do that in this stunning area of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Seriously, just do it!
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The diversity of Southern Queensland , from sea, to mountains and beyond, never ceases to amaze. From Brisbane we are lucky to easily indulge in day trips or weekends away within just a couple of hours drive from our own doorsteps.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland, not only provides beauty and interesting areas to visit, but, the welcoming warmth of the locals is something you will never forget.
We had a short stay in Montville recently, an early Christmas break to beat the expected crowds, flocking to holiday at the end of this pandemic year. A fantastic way, to take a breath and relax before everything becomes full on.
Whilst in Montville, we did a short day trip via, Mapleton, Kenilworth and Maleny. This can easily be completed from Brisbane without staying, but, why would you not want to spend more time in this stunning area. More about where we stayed in the next article!
Mapleton is next to Montville, taking under ten minutes to get there. From here you turn left and drive around twenty minutes to reach Kenilworth. However, if you’re looking for a breakfast break first, make sure you stop at Cafe Mapleton. We had such a wonderful time talking to the very interesting owners!
This pretty little cafe, has such a beautifully laid back vibe. If you’re in a rush, don’t bother to stop, this is a place you come to relax and enjoy. Simple, wholesome meals, created with a smile and a whistle. We loved this cafe!
Kenilworth, is a popular township, some fantastic shops for wiling away time, including the Kenilworth Dairies. Not just cheese and milk products, they stock more than enough to make your own delicious platters, including relishes and crackers. A little cafe is on site too with a few scattered tables and shade umbrellas.
We wandered along the Main Street, lined with colourful, cute shopfronts, popping in here and there to check out the local wares. The Chocolate shop, oh my what a find! With an incredible array of chocolate, sporting an unending array of flavours, shapes and fabulous ideas, it’s very easy to lose track of time as you salivate over the endless purchase possibilities.
Browse the other shops too. A great way to spend a few hours, all the time remembering you are injecting some much needed tourist dollars into a small country areas economy.
The local park is conveniently located across the road from the shops and the Dairies. A lovely tree filled green space with children’s play areas and shady seating as well as toilet facilities on site.
Once you’re ready to leave this gorgeous area of Queensland, continue on the route to Maleny. Again the cuteness and quaint shops are totally enthralling. Lose yourself here for a few hours, there’s plenty to see. Depending on the day, there’s markets, quaint shops, an IGA which sports the most incredible delicatessen array we have ever seen in a supermarket, seriously go check it out!
Be sure to visit the bakery and the genuine butcher. Everywhere we went we were told brief or long stories. Peoples life’s are so interesting. I love that every person has a story. And until you talk to them you never get know even a little piece of their story.
Tear yourself away from this gorgeous area to head home, or visit the Maleny dairy, and other shops on your way back to your accommodation. But, even if you’re heading home, turn left to head to Montville just to the visit the totally amazing secondhand/record shop, just past Maleny Dairy.
We were stopped here for a long time, so much to see plus add that to a beautiful chatty owner who shared some of her interesting life story with us. What a most amazing experience!
We didn’t even scratch the surface in what to do on this day trip. I swear you could do this every weekend for a year and still not know this area inside out. Next week, I will share the incredibly special venue we stayed it. Trust me you will love it ! Remember to follow Dine Live Travel on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat for more photos!
Tin Can Bay is well known for the Wild Dolphin feeding each day of the year. Spread out over an elongated area towards Norman Point, Tin Can Bay provides residents and holiday makers alike with a laid back relaxed atmosphere.
Accommodation is plentiful and even if the Bay is full of visitors, it’s hard to notice, as there’s plenty of space for all. Dolphin Waters Motel is directly across the road from the channel running between Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach. Stroll across in the morning to watch the sunrise, or walk along the promenade pathway which heads in both directions.
As the tide rolls out you can easily wander across the sand, most of which is a harder surface than it looks. We watched one person wading into the sea for what seemed like forever, never going past waist height, while casting their fishing line.
Start your day with a stroll to the wild dolphin feeding at Barnacles Cafe, located at end of Norman Point. From around 7am, dolphins usually arrive to entertain the onlookers and receive some fish in return.
Volunteers give you a very informative run down on the dolphins and their habitat. Well worth listening to. Around 7:30, those who have paid their entry and fish feeding fee, a mere $10 in total per person, now have the pleasure of personally feeding a fish to one of the dolphins.
There’s some awesome dolphin personalities on hand, just depending on who decides to come in that day. Remember these guys are wild, not tame and even though they know free fish are on hand, some might have better things happening on any particular day and not visit Barnacles. Be sure to follow volunteers instructions, we don’t want to have this opportunity ruined at all.
Tin Can Bay has a taxi, but there are a couple of courtesy buses, for instance the Country Club and the Bowls Club. Ring through, make a booking and they will give you a time and stop by to pick you up. Plenty of opportunity to use a courtesy bus to go home too. Great way for everyone to relax.
There’s something for everyone here, a fantastic fresh seafood co-op. The incredibly popular Snack Shop, down on the Marina you have the Marina Bar & Grill plus a short walk to the Sleepy Lagoon Hotel, Temptations, Mudcrab, just to name a few! So many fabulous food & venue choices. Enjoy!
There’s a few stops on the road in and out of Tin Can Bay, but, we highly suggest stopping at Silky Oak Tearooms. We think this the best Aussie authentic pub ever! With Daryl & Helen at the helm it’s quite iconic. If you think yours is better, challenge accepted!
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Late in August, we enjoyed a whale watching cruise out of Mooloolaba. Whale One leaves from the Wharf complex at Mooloolaba and heads out to sea to look for whales.
As you can see from the background, we didn’t have to go far to come across our first whale encounter. This was closely followed our second whale who was ready to play and show off.
Breaching, clapping, tail slapping and just generally showing off, the second whale put on a quite a performance before they slid quietly under the surface to do whatever whales do.
Have you noticed how close to the beach we are? Not far is it. For those who worry about sea sickness, just take that calming tablet before you leave and there’s a pretty good chance you won’t even notice, particularly if you meet some entertaining whales!
Humpbacks are a species of baleen whale. These adults can weight 25-30 tons, with a length of 12-16 metres. Their distinctive knobbly head, long pectoral fins and body shape, along with their love of breaching, playing on the surface, make them very popular with whale watchers.
Capturing these majestic creatures on camera is not easy. You’re never sure where they will surface or what their next move will be. And it happens quickly, very fast. No time to set up here, so be ready for some quick shots.
It’s quite an experience to be an experience to be aboard a whale watching boat. Especially when the excited chatter turns to hush, as expectant faces hold cameras and phones on the hope of capturing the magic of the day.
These guys are wild creatures, doing their thing. You cannot guarantee they will be around or, if they are, that they will take the time to play for your amusement. Try not to be disappointed if you don’t see any on your trip, you will have a credit towards another trip, which hopefully will be one of the most heartwarming experiences of your life.
Create beautiful memories, by taking a trip. Highly recommend Whale One, the crew were great and the amenities on board include snacks and a bar. There was plenty of room for all to move around too. Just remember to share the space and change location onboard, so others can have a look from a different area. Enjoy the ride!
Around 1.5 hours of cruising around 3 of Mooloolaba canals, is included in your ticket price. Choose all sorts of upgrades for food and beverage packages, then sit back,relax and enjoy.
The couple of crew on board the vessel, will go out of their way to make sure the cruise experience is tailored to the individuals. Always helpful and willing to do what they can, so yiu can relax and enjoy. Plenty of interesting information on the history of Mooloolaba canals is given throughout the course of your cruise. You will be surprised when you learn the real history, I’m not giving it away, book a cruise to find out!
Our first cruise was the wonderful Sunday evening sunset cruise. Delightful changing hues of colour tinged the surroundings as we cruised gently down the canal.
Your own group is seated together, no matter if just a couple or a few of you. There’s plenty of room to move around the boat too, once you are underway. Sliding windows next to the bench seats, provide the opportunity for photos without even leaving your seat.
Around halfway through your cruise, a quick stop is made to collect your delicious seafood meal choices. Dine on mouthwatering food, washed down with a bevie or two from the onboard bar, and you have own moving restaurant.
Highly recommend cruising with this company. Aaron who was driving the boat, giving commentary and making you feel at ease, was on both the sunset cruise and the day cruise we went on. That second cruise was so we could enjoy another one of those fresh seafood platters and a laugh with the ever helpful crew. Well worth it.
Your view from the water is always different from the shore, certainly consider taking a cruise and hearing the fascinating history of this area. The wooden ferry you cruise on, M.V. Mudjimba, is the only genuine historic timber ferry in Mooloolaba.
Enjoy, we might even see you there as we will definitely cruise on this great little vessel again!
Brisbane is lucky to have easy access to both Gold and Sunshine Coasts. We recently spent a week in Mooloolaba, which was a totally awesome week away.
Accommodation and food choices here are many and varied with something to suit all tastes and budgets. As an Accor Plus member, our choice of apartment for this trip was Mantra Sirocco. Mantras are an absolute coup for Accor who were lacking in apartment style holiday accommodation, but not now.
Exit the Mantra lift on level 1, which puts you in the midst of a mini retail hub, including news agency, beauty and clothing/accessories. Through the door to the Esplanade and you have an array of restaurants cafe and retail shops at your disposal. The variety of menus on offer is incredibly diverse.
If you’re a seafood buff, be sure to order seafood whilst in Mooloolaba. With the wharf precinct at the end of the Esplanade, sitting alongside canals which house multitudes of fishing trawlers, you can be assured the seafood here is usually coming fresh from the boat. And it is delicious.
The Esplanade bars and restaurants we visited were many, from Bayrische Beach Bar and Cafe at the base of the Mantra Sirocco, through to the Surf Club, O’Malley’s Irish Bar, Elevate, Quarterdeck, Bella Venezia, and numerous cafes in between. Oh and ice cream parlours, Mooloolaba has it all! Remember all of these venues are within a short 5 or so minute walk from the Mantra Sirocco.
Whilst sitting in the wonderfully warm atmosphere of O’Malley’s Irish Bar, this eagle eye spotted a wonderfully enticing venue, Naked Day Spa & Cocktail lounge. Blinged to the max, with incredibly warm-hearted, engaging staff, this little day spa became a favourite. Both hubby and I decided to indulge, in some treatments, and yes, cocktails!
Mooloolaba, a fantastic hub on the Sunshine Coast, perched right on the beach front, surrounded by an amazingly diverse area of hinterland, costal towns and activities. Too much to tell you about here, but there will be separate blogs for our short cruises, from the Wharf.
We were lucky, wake up walk across the road and from right there the most mind blowing sunrises occurred, every morning.
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We are lucky to know some amazing people in our world. They really do exist and one of those is the lovely Sunny who owns and manages Aarth Cafe at Taigum Village. When Covid messed up plans for Hubbys 50th, I dropped past Aarth and asked Sunny if he would consider doing a private function, after hours.
And so it evolved. Sunny confirmed he could do this with his team, and the planning began.
Ideas popped back and forth but Sunny created an event menu for twenty people in a few days. Next, he added the red lounge for a backdrop, something which would be instagramable. Sunnys enthusiasm and ideas were contagious, we added props for a photo booth effect.
After choosing four entrees, each guest then pre ordered their main and dessert, the choices being emailed to Aarth at least a week prior to the event. This way all tastes could be catered for. No problem if people have allergies or certain tastes, ie, vegetarian. Sunny and his team adjusted menu items to suit the individuals. Something which can be done if the restaurant has plenty of notice.
This licenced venue can cater easily for small groups of about twenty. Our event was 20 people exactly which meant the cafe could be divided into two areas. Outside area was used for pre dinner drinks and continuous entrees. Inside area was set up with three tables seating a total of 20.
In agreement with Sunny, I had added a welcome drink to the package for each guest. Aarth has a range of beer and wines, including some Marlborough NZ Black Cottage varieties, however they don’t cater for individual spirits. A limited range of spirits are available as cocktails though, which went down well as welcome drinks.
Once your guests have mingled for a couple of hours, head on inside for your meals. There is a TV used for the cafes own advertising, which Sunny is more than happy to change to your digital photos for the duration of your private event.
Sunny and his team went to a lot of effort to set up the event and make sure things ran smoothly. With the ground work, pre done, it meant we could all relax whilst the event ran like clockwork. Remember to check the walls too, there is a local artist Sonya Rae, who displays her beautiful airbrushing at the cafe. All are for sale too!
We cannot highly recommend Sunny for a private event enough. Aarth Cafe will design a package to suit your small group. Drop by Aarth or contact via message on Facebook or Instagram. Sunny would be delighted to assist with hosting your small event.
Thank you to Sunny and his wonderful, team for hosting such a successful event! Much gratitude 🙏.
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One of our favourite places to go, especially if we are wanting a quick breakaway, close to home. When we visited recently they had only just reopened to the public, post first wave Covid-19.
The staff up here have had around three months of venue closure. They are enthusiastic to return, but still concerned as to if their patrons will do the right thing. Totally understandable. They have stringent rules in place for the staff to ensure they remain healthy.
We were among a number who visited in the first couple of weeks of opening. One thing a pandemic cannot ruin, is picture perfect views and that feeling of relaxation which washes over you.
Rooms have their own private balcony, or wile away some time on the huge deck area encasing the restaurant and bar. There’s plenty of room to spread out. And, in all honesty, even though we were told there were a lot staying, we didn’t ever feel crowded or overwhelmed during our couple of nights staying.
The menu has been adjusted this year to suit new regulations, with no buffet breakfast any longer. Lunch and dinner menus are simple, yet cater for majority of tastes. Rooms here are hotel style, without food facilities, however, you are here to relax and unwind, so it’s just the way it should be.
If you have a special occasion, why not treat yourself to a high tea. This high tea is the best value high tea we have come across over past years. Affordable, yet packed with tasty morsels, we were lucky to enjoy this on the first morning. Remember to book in advance! Two days notice is appreciated to ensure the high tea can be accommodated.
We love this venue, for a number of reasons and cannot recommend visiting here, highly enough. Worst case, just pop up from Brisbane for a meal over a couple of hours, it’s so close, yet an entire world away.
Teat yourself at Stephanies Spa, the ladies there will take very good care of you to ensure you are well pampered!
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We have been lucky in Queensland to have the opportunity to explore our state, whilst other states unfortunately stay locked down.
Whilst we have this opportunity, it is important to support businesses and areas who are struggling to return after hurting badly from shutdowns. And there are a lot in the outer regions who need support.
Our recent car club run out to the stunning Lake Moogerah area, in the picturesque Scenic Rim, was a fantastic opportunity to visit this corner of Queensland. Located above Fassifern Valley, around 60km from the city of Ipswich , the Moogerah Dam and Lake areas are a popular recreational area
The odd jet ski, or boat, occasionally shot around the Lake, with a number of campers and day trippers enjoying the extra land surface, given the low water levels on the lake.
Moogerah is derived from Moogirah, which is the Aboriginal word for ‘Home of the Thunderstorm’. The 38 metre high, 219 metre long dam, supplies areas beneath, including Boonah and Ipswich.
With plenty of parking, shaded areas and seating, social distancing is not a problem out here. A kiosk supplies a few basic essentials to save a trip further afield. We didn’t check out the camping areas, bu they do have a camp kitchen and choices of powered or non-powered sites.
Take a walk across the dam wall, which is the accessway to Moogerah Peaks National Park, home to Mount Edwards.
After enjoying the beautiful surroundings, we headed to a local iconic pub, the Royal Hotel, Kalbar.
Popular with locals, day trippers and tourists alike, the original hotel was established in1900.
Food was good quality pub fare, with plenty on the plate. Staff were kept busy serving customers
All in a all a fantastic way to close an enjoyable morning out.
On a more somber note, after witnessing a severe traffic accident when homeward bound, a reminder to please drive safely, no matter how close to home you are or, how far away those accidents still occur in a split second. Drive safely and stay aware of your surroundings.
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Most Brisbanites, particularly those familiar with the Northside, will remember Farmer Joes produce store, which sadly closed its doors in 2009, to make way for the new road associated with the Airport Link Tunnel. Farm House is a tribute to Farmer Joes, using farm fresh, quality foods for their busy venue.
Have a bubbly brunch if you like, there’s alcoholic drinks, as well as coffees on the menu.
Like the majority of venues at the moment, you need to book in advance and you may be time limited. Weekends are exceptionally busy, so plan well ahead to ensure you secure a spot.
Farm House gives you a couple of ordering options. There’s the traditional method of presenting at the counter, or, order and pay from your phone whilst seated, if you do not wish to mingle.
We trialled the phone ordering system, which in itself is a great concept, but, unfortunately the internet is a bit slow in the area. If you’re patient you will be fine, if not, suggest you order the traditional way to save any frustration.
Meals were delivered quickly, much quicker than we anticipated. All were fresh as promised, nicely presented and perfectly tasty.
The staff definitely deserve a mention, if not more. All were friendly, helpful and more than willing to do their best to accommodate. At no point did you feel like you were in their way. They welcomed all patrons with open arms.
This is a busy corner of the world, but most definitely still worth a visit. Next time, we might try a weekday to avoid the crowds of people. Be sure to give them a try, the rustic surroundings are appealing and relaxing. Couple this with the delightfully fresh food and service, you now have a winning combination!
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