There's a place towards the south eastern side of the main street in Maleny called Poet's Corner. Obviously someone was thinking of similar establishments, in more famous overseas places where writers would gather, when they built this restaurant.
It also happens to be set above an art gallery and has wrought iron surrounds on the verandah.
Views through a small patch of bunyah pines to the coast add to the allure while inside, there are paintings just below some stained glass which is, in turn, just below the ceiling.
There is one interesting characteristic about these portraits though, three are missing. When I inquired as to the reason I was informed there had been a contre temps between the owner and the artist (nothing new there) and so they were never completed and thus have become a talking point in themselves.
Caloundra is the Coolongatta of the Sunshine Coast. Located at the southern end and sort of downmarket from Noosa, it has that same sort of air as Coolongatta has compared to Surfers Paradise. With an area population of around 70,000 you can't escape the crowds here.
For families wishing to get the kiddies near a safe beach, Caloundra has a lot to offer as there are several spots with mild waves and one surf lifesaving club is actually on the estuary (just around the corner from where this pic was taken) that separates the town from Bribie Island.
The string of single story shops in the streets behind the beaches have that 50's and 60's look and some could use an upgrade but, in some way, that adds to the charm.
Matthew Flinders, famous early Australian explorer, entered the channel which lies between modern day Caloundra and Bribie Island in 1799, staying in the area for just over a fortnight. He named it Pumicestone River because there was pumice on the shore, and later it became known as Pumicestone Passage. Flinders ventured ashore and climbed Mount Beerburrum on 26 July, 1799.
The first European settlers in the Caloundra area didn't arrive until 1862 though when the big land grab was on.
There is heaps of accommodation of all sorts available.
Shown here is the excellent boardwalk around the beach front though, as is also apparent from this pic, half the people choose to walk around on the sand and rocks.