Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World

 Perched on the side of the hill, with the Glasshouse Mountains providing a superb backdrop, are the Maleny Botanic Gardens.    

Pack yourselves a picnic and head off here for visit.  The drive to Maleny from Brisbane, will have you meandering through beautiful country areas, after you leave the Bruce Highway.     A worthwhile drive with the beautiful gardens making for a nice place to stop and enjoy your picnic.  Colours pop from the extensive planting mixes around the grounds.   Wide pathways meander throughout.  Plenty of room to wander here.  

At today’s visit, adults were $16 entry, free for under 16 years.  For $26 you can purchase a ticket to visit the bird aviary as well.  Today though, we visited the gardens and stopped for lunch.  Some of our group visited the aviary, but we will leave this fir a seperate visit and review.  Trees frame the jagged mountains nearby.  Each direction provides a different outlook.

 The grounds are steep in places, however there is plenty of room to drive down to the lower garden area, if you have trouble walking.  Every little corner of the gatden, provides a different setting.

 Water settings reflect their surroundings.    

Use the time you have on a free day to treat yourself to a touch of nature in this breathtakingly beautiful area of South East Queensland.  You certain,y won’t regret it ! 

Muscle on The Mountain

Fundraising to raise awareness for men’s health by creating a car show event, is certainly an excellent way to reel in a good crowd.

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Whether you are a car enthusiast or are simply interested in looking at some classic cars, this event is a chance to mix, mingle and chat with the vehicle owners.

A gold coin for each person was the total of the entry fee. Men's prostate cancer was the beneficiary of the proceeds for 2014.

The rumble of the big motor's, sparkling mirrored chrome everywhere you look, some amazing paintwork, car interiors which look too good to sit in and the photo opportunities with the car of your dreams. Not a bad way to fill in a Sunday, all for a good cause.

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Event was well organised and all the volunteers assisting through the day did a fantastic job. Well done to everyone involved and also for not setting high entry fees. There really isn’t any doubt the small donation entry fee helped contribute to the large numbers of vehicles and spectators.

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The Maleny Showgrounds are set in a basin close to the quaint township area of Maleny. Vistas during the drive out are amazing to say the least. Every now and then the Glasshouse Mountains pop into view between trees. In the distance, on the other side of the road, you can see through to the ocean. If nothing else, it’s certainly worth taking a drive out this way, you never know what you may stumble across.