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...more
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...2013Well Cotton Tree was our favourite place for breakfast...more
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...more
I am currently writing from my hotel room here at the Hyatt. Advertised as the number one spa in the...more
Our friends who live "up the road a bit" stayed here for 3 nights just this week (Aug 2009) and...more
Cotton Tree Sunshine Coast Queensland. These apartments are great because you have a view....there...more
This is not a review ...just a link to a very quaint , charming restaurant you should not miss.Please take a trip up to Montville in the Hinterland and visit this most wonderful restaurant called Gypsy's Plate. If you follow the link you will read all about dining there.Open Wednesday to Saturday for dinner (at night) and Wednesday till Sunday for...more
This little place is handy as there are tables out the front on the footpath....and this is where the Sunday Markets are held but also in the little arcade there is the hidden section...with some comfy chairs and a little more privacy. Well the food is locally sourced as much as possible...eggs are free range so it is 'towards organic' even if not...more
Quite a busy restaurant with a great feel. Helpful staff and fantastic service. An excellent tapas menu and a good variety of Spanish beers and wines. I tried the char grilled grass fed beef fillet, creamed polenta, crisp fried beans, sautéed spinach & veal jus - excellent beef, perfectly cooked.more
Well around the Coast the young people say there is nothing for them(2009). A picture in the local rag said "all dressed up and nowhere to go" There are nightclubs around Mooloolaba which are well patrolled by security and O'Malley's Irish pub. Not my cup of tea once the disco starts.Caloundra RSL attracts quite a few and as the night gets later...more
On Friday or Saturday night when it is a good LOUD band...you know the disco type .... "a makes you jump and clap hands band".... then the young people flock there. After a Race Day you are lucky to find a spot . They don't arrive early but after 10pm here come the girls in short skirts and high heels and the boys not far behind.Of course...more
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Once you are on the Sunshine Coast (Caloundra to Noosa) or in the Hinterland ,if possible ,hire a car. To me transportation is not easy. Yes most resorts have courtesy vehicles with set routes and some have little "tuk tuk" things to traverse their own grounds. Otherwise it is a bus or a tour, and yes bicycle hire .Our buses go to most places but...more
There is a shuttle bus from Maroochydore Airport provided for guest staying at the Twin Waters Resort. The distance is only about 7km's.At the resort, there are also guest buggies to take you and your luggage from reception to your rooms.Don't worry if the driver seems to be speeding along the corridors and around tight corners... he does this all...more
Here are some of the Markets: Noosa Farmers Market (7am to noon Sundays) Noosa Harbour Marine Village (8am to 2pm Sundays) Peregian Beach Markets (1st ,3rd.5th Sundays) Eumundi Markets (7.30 to 1.30pm Wed and Sunday) Eumundi Pavilion Markets (6.30 to 1.30 Sat. 8am to 1.20pm Wed) Yandina Plant and Produce (&am to noon Saturdays) Maroochy Sunday...more
JA BOUTIQUE AT MOOLOOLABA HAS CLOSEDThe Buderim boutique is still open......Julie Ann has two shops on the coast. One in Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba just down from the beach front and the other in the main street of Buderim, Sunshine Coast.The clothes you will see here are wonderful for going to the Races, Weddings and for Dancing. You should see how...more
You will find some classy yet comfortable shoes...leather jackets...handbags and scarves in this truely delightful shop.Every time I visit Cotton Tree I pop along to see what is on display. Bargains from time to time but always quality.Open every day...photo shows the times..... Average price...this is not a cut price storemore
Through the eyes of my Irish (soon to be Australian) friend I offer the following;
We go to bed early ...well many restaurants serve meals 6pm to 8pm so that supports this theory.
The streets are quiet very early in the night (This is not King's Cross Sydney)
We do not dress for the weather." In Ireland we like to be comfortable" says Bill. Well I am often rugged up but the young things are in beach gear. But even I run out into the rain without a raincoat or brolly. And at dances how do some of us survive in flimsy gowns when there is no central heating.
At the local dances supper is a "must".
We are very strict with dogs. Certainly not easy going like Canada where dogs can be checked into some hotels or Athens where they sleep in the streets. My dog wandered off the farm and before you could say "Jack Robinson" someone called the pound. And my dog is friendly and had a dog tag to boot! Signs to say "No dogs allowed" are everywhere and there are letters of complaint to the editor of the local rag all the time.
Yes there are exceptions of course.
You can get lost at sea , in cities, in the bush ,in the outback. Night comes quickly...we have little twilight.See my Queensland Travel Page for warnings about getting lost in the bush in Queensland. Just scroll down from this link.You might do well to look at our Australian information in the pages of The_Downunder_Mobmore
Australia is home of arguably the most deadly animal in the world, the Box Jellyfish. Its venom is the most toxic in the animal kingdom. As a result of this one hears and reads much about these jellyfish and its cousin the deadly irukandji jellyfish. Did you know that on surfing beaches in Sub Tropical & Temperate Areas a less deadly jellyfish...more
We have found a few mistakes on our bill in restaurants over the years and always check carefully.
Just as well, this time we were given an account for 6 people and the total was $10,000.
There were two sheets of very faint print out and the first sheet looked fine as far as our orders went.
But on the 2nd sheet ...well. More than we paid in Jules Verne thats for sure.
And no apology...no free coffee ...just "It must have been the way we entered the ice cream dishes that were off menu.
Oh well $400 or so looked a better bet.
Unique Suggestions: Always look at your bill carefully. Query anything that does not seem correct. If you are the host don't let others in the group take over...It is your telephone number the restaurant have.
Fun Alternatives: If it happens again choose somewhere else to dine.
Luggage and bags:
A bright colourful beach bag ,waterproofed on the inside, to make a "splash" on the beach. Then one for shopping as we are trying to discourage plastic .
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be careful on the rocks or near oyster beds ..can be slippery and oysters can be sharp. Once in a while there will be a "nasty" in the rock pools...a blue ringed octopus for example. Remember too the sun can burn the tops of your feet.
Sometimes we get heavy rain and storms , especially in summer...so a raincoat. And it can be cool especially in air con. Mostly the beach goers dress in light , cool gear but be warned our sun will burn. So protect yourself. Don't forget a hat! Sun glasses and hats will also help protect you in the Spring from the birds who dive bomb to protect their nests.And you will need your swimsuit of course.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basic first aid is a must but then I am a nurse. Something to treat bites and stings. Sandflies can be a problem for overseas visitors and they make you itch. There are doctors and chemists readily available but if you are from another country follow the usual safeguards if you are on prescription drugs.Be aware there are ticks in rain forest areas which can kill small children and animals.
Do not drink/drug and drive.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Surf only on patrolled beaches and swim between the flags....check the safe flag colours.
Rips can be very dangerous..ask especially if you are not an experienced swimmer.
Mind the jellyfish. There are deadly ones only they are usually further north.
Road rules apply when driving on the beach in a 4WD of course.
Miscellaneous: Keep your valuables safe. Sand is a problem it gets in everything and thieves are around on the beautiful beaches...worse luck.
Do not stay out in the sun too long.
And never dive into water till you make sure the water is deep enough.
It is off the beaten track because you may never find this place without me. Hidden away in an arcade at Cotton Tree not far from Maroochydore CBD is The Cotton Tree BarberJust look at the Barbers Pole and the decor. Smashing.Well I do not know about his hair cutting skills...but they line up for him.King Street, Cotton TreeHe is open Sunday...more
First of all Cotton Tree is a delightful little spot...coffee shops...a tea shop and then an array of clothes stores to tempt you.But on Sunday morning come along to the Markets. The main street is closed off and everyone is sitting around enjoying breakfast or else strolling around the market stalls.more
Well if you enjoy going on the op shop trail there are quite a few about. You will see a couple as you drive along Aerodrome Road .But there are a couple hidden away.The Maroochy RSL is in 1st Revenue...use your GPS and right close by is Bloomhills...quite a good one to visit. Fancy a bit of a drive...head to WoombyeAnother more secret place for op...more
Today I discovered part of The Maroochy River trail. I was out taking photos of Dunethin Rock where many years ago I rode horses and I found the trail.
Maroochy River Trail
Maroochy River kayaking
"The Maroochy River Trail is part of the Strategy for Regional Recreational Trails in South East Queensland and was funded, in part, through a $500 000 grant from the Queensland Government. Council delivered the trail in partnership with the Queensland Department of Local Government and Planning (formerly the Department of Infrastructure and Planning).
The Maroochy River Trail provides visitors to the Sunshine Coast with another quality outdoor experience, that supports eco-tourism within the regional economy. The trail provides visitors with a journey of discovery through the beautiful river landscape that historically provided residents with a route between the hinterland and the coast."
You can go to church but churches can be like ATMs difficult to find when you need one.
So I have compiled a list on my Buderim page of all the Churches I could find in the Buderim area. So if you are in Maroochydore, Mooloolaba or Cotton Tree you will find Buderim is not far away or my tip will give you a "lead" with telephone numbers.