Well so often I had seen the signs but could not quite picture where these beautiful botanical gardens were actually hiding. But now I know...and they are worth getting lost to find.
Just take the Sippy Downs, Buderim exit off the Bruce Highway. Take the Tanawha Tourist Drive turnoff (25) and simply follow the signs! The actual road is Palm Creek Road just near the Golf Course.But it is a little tricky.
There are palm trees, bush walks, ferns , bird life, and a lagoon and a bit more of a find are the sculptures ...do a bit of work walking up hill for this nook....but you can park nearby.
You can take a picnic with you but you must take your rubbish away...though there are toilets!
Sometimes there are displays....see the photo of my granddaughter with some of her art.
The gardens are open from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm (April to October) and 7.00am to 6.00pm (November to March)
2013....Some activities on during our visit...looked like an art class.
And you can arrange your wedding there as well.
If you are a Gardener of Flower lover, then you might want to include this Nursery in your day tour to the sunshine coast.
The "McGuires"have been growing and breeding Hippeastrums for over 25 years
If you wish to visit, their farm is open to the public between mid September and mid November annually.
At this time, flowers will be in full bloom and are a spectacular display.
During this period they are open 7 days a week from 8am - 5pm.
If you wish to visit other times, you have to phone between 6pm and 8pm.
The display is the best I have seen. They have in excess of 500 different colourings on display. A wonderful display of Hippeastrums.
Have a look at the website for more beautiful flower photos.
MAGUIRES HIPPEASTRUM FARM
409 Keil Mtn Rd Woombye
Just a short drive from Buderim.
Well if you decide to have a coffee or a meal in my favourite Buderim place "Le Baroque" you will have found where the old oven is hiding. Right under the sign "Gloucester Centre"
The plaque tells the story:
William James Stanley built the first bakery ovens c1919 on this. The bricks came from Brisbane and the sand from Forest Glen. Salway employed Jack Cahill as baker. Over 1800 loaves a week were delivered to Buderim and Mooloolaba using a two- horse bread wagon. The bakery ceased operation c 1948.
The sculpture was designed by Montville artist Kevin Oxley and constructed by local tradespeople using the original bricks and metal oven doors. It is dedicated to the early pioneers.
The plaque was donated by Buderim 2000 committee in grateful appreciation of Buderim's history.
PS. Just imagine yourself sitting in Michael's tea room nearby... just for a moment you might think you are in France.
If you are heading to the main shopping area of Buderim, say from the Mooloolaba end, and have your eyes on the traffic lights and cars and garages you might not notice a small group of shops about 5 minutes drive before you reach your destination.
Now opposite these shops is Wirreanda Park (what an interesting name).'Wirreanda' is a traditional Aboriginal name for 'place where the wallabies meet under tall trees' and there you will find giant fig trees planted there in 1903. (Now in Australia this is history..we are a young country though Aboriginal lore goes back much further in time).
These trees once marked the entry to a homestead occupied by the Lindsay Family before it was sold at a later date and subsequently subdivided.
So stop a while, go to the loo, buy something from the deli across the road and picnic for a while.
There is a children's playground and a barbecue for your pleasure as well,