There is a cosy little tea and coffee emporium is in Cotton Tree . There is a couch ...we grabbed that...I love couches in coffee/tea shops.
NB. The Silva Spoon is moving just around the corner 2013....I have updated the address but will need some photos...
All sorts of tea are available and something for a "sweet tooth" as well. But I like 'not so sweet' and they made the most delicious open sandwich for me.....with fillings a little different...you have to try them...please do not ask me!
Besides ordinary white tea, black tea with milk, you can savour proper White tea and Green tea. You can also try Oolong Tea, Chai Tea, Assam Tea, and now with new owners , a family from South Africa, there is delicious coffee as well
The shelves are decorated with teapots and tea cups and other interesting items. I bought a beautiful tea caddy to use for the "white tea" I keep at home....and 'yes' you can buy some silver spoons.....
After you enjoy your "cuppa" there are a few other shops you might like to explore.
I should have more photos but my camera is in trouble, my mobile (cell) jammed on 'photos', and my friends phone photos are difficult to transfer to mine....Well I took my camera and it was a bit glary and I hesitated to photograph people......so some teapots in the new venue....
SISTER has closed her doors!...but wait...HARVEST INN has taken its place and is quite nice.
SO ALSO ENVY....JUST DOWN THE ROAD...not organic but nice. We now go to Envy again.
or watch this space in case someone "takes Sister over"...Yes there is another owner now...looks pretty good too...2013
Well Cotton Tree was our favourite place for breakfast any day really but especially on Sunday. And our" fave "place was Sister...(We seem to be going to Le Baroque on Buderim these days for Sunday breakfast)
Sister was an organic food delight and had a "sister" cafe in Palmwoods which was the original....now a bit of history...
All of the food was:
Food for the Soul
Free of Toxic Chemicals
Free of Hormones
Free of Antibiotics
Full of Nutrients
Full of Life"
Many of the salad vegetables were grown in a local organic garden
7 days 7.30-4pm
Besides eating you could meet friends, read the paper, enjoy the view, read the words of wisdom in your little table box, meet new people, and the kids could play.
"At Sister, we wish to share our passion for fresh, organic, wholesome"
Only a memory now....but you will find someone there in Sister's place.
There is a fun group on Sunshine Coast who meet to do all sorts of exciting things together.
You can join in by checking out the website and choosing something you would like to do and have a bit of company.
I know someone who goes and told me about it. He said everyone is friendly and different people go to different events. Most are singles or on their own. It is not a dating thing. Ages vary.
There is no joining fee and you do not sign up. Just log on to the website and go from there.
You will find contact details with each event.
There are all sorts of things to do...dinner at Leftys (see my restaurant tips), climb Mt Coolum, go to music festivals, join in with a beach barbecue, go dancing or to dance lessons, and more.
So if you are looking for company or something different to do...here is your chance.
NB There is also this great website What is Happening on Sunshine Coast....updated regularly
So the complex is a little run down IMO but there are some fun things to do even so.
Would you like a meal at the iconic Hogs Breath Cafe...all Aussie....or do you
fancy a visit to The Tavern with food and slot (poker) machines to while away some time and cash.
Maybe you would enjoy looking at some of the little boutiques such as Marine Dreams or Golden Dream surf shop.
And of course there is the amazing UnderWater World where you can walk amongst marine & freshwater animals as you explore 8 amazing & interactive zones over 4 levels.
Oh there is usually heaps of parking.
The Maroochydore Visitor Information Centre is located on the corner of Melrose Parade and Sixth Avenue in Maroochydore.
You will find friendly staff and lots of information...if you can find the centre. I went looking for it today...have passed it many times and never knew it was there. (2012).
It is great to have trees but the trees obscure the signs...so better signs needed.
It is not far from Cotton Tree and Maroochydore but if you are at Mooloolaba hop on a bus or drive.
You can arrange your trip to Australia Zoo there as well....
Of course if you are staying in holiday accommodation many will have information as well and can make bookings for you.
For something different how about a bit of opera at the Sunshine Castle Bli Bli organized by Underground Opera.
The castle itself is open daily.
You need to check re the dates of the opera.
Phone: +61 7 3389 0135
Mobile: 0429 536 472
Fax: +61 7 3389 0135
And PS ...have a look at this surprise at Cooran ...a hinterland town
The Icon has moved along the road a piece ...now he is near the corner of Aerodrome Road and Maud Street...just up from the Adult shop!!!
Luckys Pizza is an institution on the Sunshine Coast. Though he makes a great pizza this is not a tip about food. This is a tip about sitting at tables on the footpath and watching the traffic go along Aerodrome Road just past where Horton Parade changes its name and becomes Aerodrome Road...so confusing)
This is a busy road and you see all sorts of cars..some old some new and some with features that are probably banned.
You will see push bikes and motor bikes...have not seen a horse in a while and I think (only think mind you ) that aeroplanes once landed here. When David wakes up I will check (had a hard day and night at the casino) and if I am wrong will amend the info.
I am sure all the traffic is minding the speed limit? but when you are sitting on the side line it seems they travel very fast indeed.
You can do a spot of people watching too. Oh you can BYO and enjoy the passing parade with a glass of something in your hand.
And if this is not enough there are the bright lights of the Sunshine Plaza .Blow now you cannot see the lights...they are too far away.
Oh he does" take aways "but the fun is being there. No need to book!
And see one of my photos. Did this plane land on Aerodrome Road.?????
Buderim was once a little village where the Palmwoods tram ended its journey, where the early settlers made their home, where there were many farms , where the original Ginger factory was built and from where you could see what is now Maroochydore but with out the city lights. Of course from various vantage points you can look north, west, east, and south to this day.
The locals when asked where they live still say " ON Buderim " and some new comers think this is an affectation but it is not so. We live on a mountain. The school is named Buderim Mountain State School so it must be correct.Yes?
So drive your little car (the one I suggested you hire ) up from Mooloolaba or Maroochydore or find a bus and come visit us.
There are many little cafes open in the day where you can enjoy a snack or lunch. And you must look for Le Baroque. There are hairdressers...need a blow wave?...A number of dress shops all with different styles...so much better than the sameness of shopping centres. And men's ware and shoe shops and banks and teller machines and real estate agents if you decide to buy and make this your home. Oh I must not forget shoe repairs(opposite the tavern) and a dry cleaner all within walking distance of where you park. There is a post office too..I am a keen user of post offices while travelling to post home excess gear. Need a few groceries? All here.
Take your time to find the off road parking and make sure you find the one with no time limitations behind the NEW post office.
There are restaurants and places to dine (or just eat)in the evening .There is a Tavern as well.
Not to far away is the nice walk along the old tram track I mention in one of my"what to do " tips and there are other nature reserves as well eg "The Foote Sanctuary"
You are welcome.
What fun you will have in this boat...and you might even see beautiful yachts....
You will explore the beautiful Maroochy River or try your hand at a spot of fishing. I must mention that you can only go upstream...not down further towards the mouth of the river.
Boats come in different sizes...the one in the photo is a party boat.
and you do not need a licence to drive this boat.
The wonderful Maroochy River is one of the Sunshine Coast's premier recreation areas - the Aboriginal word 'Maroochy' means 'Place of Black Swans' which features highly in Aboriginal legend.
Just look at the beautiful photos...courtesy of a friend.
Hours: Sun 8am-6pm; Mon-Sat 7am-6pm
You can buy your fishing needs at the shop.
It is a bit tricky as there is no special section for Sunshine Coast. Do I do all individual listings or put some under Queensland? So if you have enjoyed what I have written in Maroochydore you might care to explore my Queensland page where there is more information about things to do.
But this is not really a tip so please do not rate it.
If you can pull yourself away from the beautiful beaches and river you might shop
The main large shopping areas are The Sunshine Plaza and the Big Top. The Big Top is due for a massive upgrade so it will be interesting to see what changes this will bring.
The Sunshine Plaza ,of course, is a "mecca" for almost everyone with its variety of shops, movie theatres, eating places,Chinese massage , and even rides on the river in those paddle boat things.
By the way you can have a really good massage and both shops are run by the same person. My sister-in-law will vouch for that.
But for that little bit of difference look for Ocean Street/Duporth Avenue near the Big Top. There are shops such as Ladybird Lingerie, Rawkins Menswear (one of those old fashioned stores the men from the country just love) and an Organic Cafe and Warren Blee Chemist...good advice here especially if you need an ankle support or something of this nature.
The Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens can be found near Maroochydore on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. It is situated in an area of 82 hectares and includes a lagoon, rocky gullies, palm filled valleys, bushland and rainforest. It is also home to a large variety frogs, reptiles and mammals. Many species of birds and butterflies can also be found here.
There are a number of themed gardens each of which has its sculptural treasures - and it is also home to the more formal Maroochy Bushland Sculpture Garden.
The gardens provide parking, picninc tables and amenities and are wheelchair friendly. An environment and information centre is being constructed at the moment.
The gardens are open from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm (April to October) and 7.00am to 6.00pm (November to March)
Travel uphill from the first parking area in the Botanical Gardens and you will find a remarkable area adorned with brilliant works of art . . . stone sculptures, wonderfully presented along a winding bush garden path.
The mixture of man made art and the work of nature brings a sense of harmony and communion with the natural world.
Perfect for picnics, relaxing and dreaming . . .
the park is a delight for people of every age.
The gardens are maintained by the Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens Inc.
One of my special friends loves to go to Ewen Maddock Dam for some quiet time or even a picnic. It is very beautiful and you might miss it completely if you do not know it is there.
There is also a recreation centre with accommodation and activities arranged by staff such as orienteering, bushwalking, canoeing and bushcraft.
I think the Maroochy river is lovely. Having stayed in the Caravan Park located beside the river, and been up very early in the morning to fish in the river, I can tell you it is beautiful, the water is just like glass. The parrots, pelicans, cockatoos, swans and herons along the river are out and about first thing in the morning.
Lots of people fish by the bridge in an area known as the "cod hole' you need a boat to do this. No problem, as Boats, surfboard, barbecue boat, jet ski, canoe or sailing boats all can be hired.
Walk across to Chamber's Island. Evidently, groups of local kangaroos regularly make their way to the island by swimming! I have been here on quite a few ocassions and never seen them, hopefully, you may be in luck!