Mooloolaba and the nearby beachside places will surely keep you occupied on The Sunshine Coast but then comes the day you would like a little drive and may I suggest do a bit of 'an old style pub crawl'...not that you can indulge in too many beers but take it slowly...do a couple today and head in another direction tomorrow.
Now one I recommend is at Landsborough not too far away at all...follow the link for information.
Then there is an old pub in in Maleny you will enjoy this drive.
Next pub crawl destination could be The Mapleton Pub on the corner with stunning views
Now what about Yandina?...a bit of history here
and there are more....a pub at Woombye where you can have a cold one .....or else choose Palmwoods for a great steak
At Taromeo Camp Ovens, Benarkin, Queensland you an eat in an old style hay shed..
For something different you could have an 'off the beaten track' day's outing from Sunshine Coast.
So what is this special experience all about? Well there have really interesting displays of Queensland memorabilia...tools...farm implements or else you can stroll in country gardens.
There is a sheet on the fascinating story of Taromeo... 'The timber towns of Benarkin and Blackbutt were jointly founded 45 years later on land ceded from Taromeo Station by the Scott family for that purpose. Blackbutt itself was named for the eucalyptus piluralis tree which is native to the area (specimens still grow along the southern entrance to the town)' which you will enjoy reading........
But to top it all off there is a real bush menu to tempt you
In 2012 you were offered....
Roast Meal & Dessert $20 pp
Drovers Stew & Dessert $16 pp
Of course there is morning tea as well with my old favourite 'damper'
So get out your map or GPS and head for Benarkin..off the D'Aguilar Highway. Head towards Blackbutt Range but turn off on the Old Esk Road and continue till you reach Taromeo Station. Just at the present you have to wait while cars come down before you can go up....not long to wait.
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL....Prefer groups but phone and you could be lucky....No web site as yet.
photo by jemma smith
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.
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.
The gardens, including the Arts and Ecology Centre, are set amongst 82 hectares of eucalypt and riparian forest, with creeks, lagoons and walking tracks
You can take a picnic with you but you must take your rubbish away...though there are toilets!
The gardens are open from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm (April to October) and 7.00am to 6.00pm (November to March)
And you can arrange your wedding there as well.
Just take the Sippy Downs, Buderim exit off the Bruce Highway. Take the Tanawha Tourist Drive turnoff (No.25) and simply follow the signs! The actual road is Palm Creek Road just near the Golf Course.But it is a little tricky.
Steve Irwin (the late, great, Crocodile Hunter) has an unexpected presence in Mooloolaba. There is a statue of Steve and his two children in the park area between the Esplanade and the beach in front of an Australia Zoo Shop located in the northern part of the commercial strip on the Esplanade.
You can purchase Australia Zoo merchandise at the shop and use the Travel Agent facility to arrange visits to the zoo and to other places in the region as well.
There is a secure childrens' play area at the back of the shop which could be handy if you have toddlers in tow.
approx Lat & Long- 24º40'41.80"S; 153º07'04.50"E
Australia Zoo on the beach front road - at 112 the Esplanade Mooloolaba.
photo 1: statue in the park
photo 2: Australia Zoo shop front - hard to miss
photo 3: Steve photo inside
Dunethin Rock is a huge granite boulder situated on the shore of the upper reaches of the Maroochy River. Easy to climb it offers views of the Sunshine Coast to the north and over the Maroochy River.
It is set in natural bushland and is also the setting for a Boy Scout Camp.
Most people come here for the fishing although there are picnic tables and short walking tracks.
You can get to Dunethin Rock either by boat along the Maroochy River or by car by driving to the township of Bli Bli and following Willis Road towards Yandina. There are sign posts.
Point Cartwright is a great spot to explore after a day at the beach, and is one of the best spots for sunset. Unfortunately when I was up there last, it was overcast in the evening and there wasn't much of a sunset. Despite this, it is a great spot to look out over Mooloolaba, and the rest of ths sunshine coast, and to watch the fishing boats go in and out in the morning or afternoon.
Point Cartwright is also famous amongst surfers - to quote one: "When carties gets over two foot it becomes a flawless mechanical wave machine that will leave you breathless after every ride." but its not a spot for beginners, or those who are afraid of sharks, so be warned!