Kolora Park, on the outskirts of Palmwoods, is a lovely place to visit.
There is a freshwater lake, BBQ spots, picnic tables all provided as well as things for the kids to do.
Also there is a lovely little walk round the precinct.
The lake here, used to provide the water requirements for the military camps in the area, have a look at the drinking fountain and the plaque on it for more details.
You will find two coffee shops almost opposite each other in Margaret Street ,Palmwoods.
One is organic...this is "Milk and Honey", the other Cocoa Tree Cafe has a nice little patio and umbrellas.
Both are very pleasant and serve nice coffee and food but if you prefer organic you know where to go.
Milk and Honey closes 3.30pm
Coffee Tree closes 3.30pm
Being a small town you have to take your chances at weekends.
You can sometimes find shade if you turn right into Fewtell Street and park under the row of shops where "Milk and Honey" lives. There are steps up to street level.
Located on the edge of the park, is a paved walking trail that took me through rainforest past some small ponds, quite a nice relaxing walk. It is wheelchair friendly.
A nice way to walk off the lunchtime meal!
Located in Kolora Park is where you find the history of Palmwoods.
I thought this was a great idea. Scattered along the pathway were interpretive boards, with old photo's and information on all the history of Palmwoods. There was information on War time, People, Industry and Farming, maybe more. I read them all, and found them to be very interesting.
How Palmwoods has changed, and still will be changing as I noticed many new housing sub-divisions in the surrounding areas where I once viewed Pineapples growing!
Want somewhere for a nice picnic after visiting the big Pineapple markets?
Why not head towards Nambour and turn into the Palmwoods road, follow it a short way and just before heading under the Railway bridge is Kolora Park.
Now, if you haven't lunch with you, I can recomment the Bakery on the otherside of the Railway Bridge, but if you have meat, then you will find the BBQ shelter with free BBQs to use. Plenty of picnic tables, a playground, toilets and a Lagoon with Ducks make this a nice setting for a lunchtime meal.
There is even a gazebo set out a little into the Lagoon and surrounded by Palms, very nice!
Make sure you watch children though, don't want them wandering into the lagoon and drowning!
The Lagoon was used as a water supply point for up to 50,000 troops located in the Sunshine Coast and its hinterland during WW2.
Yes in Margaret street , Palmwoods you will find computers available for internet access. Not in my day! So give your friends a thrill. send one from Palmwoods and support local business! That will be a feather in your cap.
They are good at solving problems too...it is actually a computer business and not just an internet cafe. There are various pieces of "ware" for sale. Is it soft or hard? who knows. they will.
When walking to the Memorial Clock you look down you will notice plaques set into the footpath to remember people who were involved in the development of Palmwoods. This was a project of the Progress Association in 2000. It is interesting to read the names and recognise street and place names and to realise that these folk did exist and are rembered by their families.
The lagoon at Kolora Park once acted as part of the water supply for Australian troops stationed at in the Sunshine Coast hinterland during WWII.
Today it is a popular place for picnics and family gatherings. There are shelters, barbeques and amenities. It is the venue for the annual Carols by Candlelight.
The lagoon is home for many families of ducks - hence the local name 'Palmwoods Duck Ponds'
Well in the other Palmwoods tips you will read about the dancing and the Palmwoods Hall.
But I have to add my bit as I have been around the Sunshine Coast Dances and further out for longer than any of the other members...so email me if you are a young "buck" and you want to benefit from my knowledge and experience.
And wise23girl stayed with me...she did not go back across the highway!
There is a very nice swimming pool in Palmwoods these days. Parking is easy and the location is easy to find.
That is a big benefit as the Sunshine Coast across the highway is much busier than the hinterland.
There is a full size pool and a small safe pool for young children. As it can be quite warm in summer this is a great boon to the population especially as many are still on tank water so cannot have a pool in their own back yard.
Hey I just found out it is "An Aquatic Centre"...so where is "the pool"...LOL
Rick's was the mechanic/petrol station in Palmwoods. The mechanics' workshop has expanded and moved and the old shop is now a diner - very popular for brunch on Sundays especially with motorbike riders. There is also a well stocked general store (essentials only - not a supermarket).
It is famous for homemade burgers and was featured on the Queensland Tourism television program 'The Great Southeast'.
Come on in and meet the owner Rick who spreads his time between the mechanics' workshop and the diner.
Well we loved the atmosphere and the meals....the men especially were fascinated by the mirror in the toilets...see my cultural tip!
And if you like steak...well it is pretty good.
This is a family owned hotel and has been renovated not too many years ago.
And you are in luck...there is a courtesy bus
that operates within 10km radius of the hotel. Pick up areas include Buderim, Nambour, Mooloolah and Montville.
Even though parking is not a problem
The War Memorial Hall has long been the centre for social activity in Palmwoods. It is the venue for many activities including the monthly dance.
This is a traditional ballroom dance where a master of ceremonies announces the dances - Gentleman, please choose your partners for the waltz!
If you do happen to be staying in Palmwoods with friends or even the caravan park you are not far from many attractions.
There is a lovely park right in the centre of Palmwoods itself.
There are nice places to eat in town as well.
You are so close to the Big Pineapple which is an icon of the Sunshine Coast even though the complex has seen better days.
Then you can drive up to Montville by either of two routes...one is the very winding main road but there is also the Razorback road. Montville has magnificent views of the coast as well as little shops and a myriad of eating places.
Then it is not far to Nambour which is just hanging on...just...to that country town feel.
You can also drive to the coast and the beautiful beaches of the Sunshine Coast.
Well the Palmwoods Hall is not hard to find. Drive under the Railway Bridge and up into the town and there it is. Very central.
If you are coming to the Sunshine Coast and you want to "go back in time" give me a VT email and I will check out what is happening. The dances are not always "stranger friendly" as they tend to be sequence dances and you may not know the steps.
If you are in town call into the newspaper shop and enquire.
Sometimes there are dance lessons and if you check out my restaurant tips for Palmwoods I will tell you about a little place where you can eat just near by. In the day you can buy coffee at the jeweler in Main Street or in Margaret Street at "Sister" organic or at Cocoa Tree Cafe.