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Travel guide Sunshine Coast & Hinterlands

Bellthorpe Cottage - a country hideaway...
By David Clark

Bellthorpe Cottage is located on 120 peaceful acres just over an hour from Brisbane, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The one bedroom timber cottage is a great place to get away from it all and take in the relaxing atmosphere. The self-contained cottage has wide verandahs, a well-equipped kitchen, queen-size bed, wood heater and all you need to get away. At your doorstep is the wild life and amazing variety of birds. You can discover the rainforest, take in the sounds of nature, rest at the waterfalls, nestle in front of the fire, catch the cool mountain breezes, take a walk around and explore, chat to the farm animals, tour the district or just sit back and relax... but whatever you do, you'll enjoy the surroundings. The property is nestled in amongst rolling green hills with cattle gr... Read more

Bellthorpe Cottage
By David Clark

Bellthorpe Cottage is located on 120 peaceful acres just over an hour from Brisbane, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The property sits in its own valley, with its own spring-fed creek, its own rainforest and there are virtually no neighbours. There are the walking tracks that go through the paddocks, through the rainforest to the waterfalls. You can hear the quiet country hush - especially on star-filled nights. The one bedroom timber cottage is a great place to get away from it all and take in the relaxing atmosphere. The self-contained cottage has wide verandahs, a well-equipped kitchen, queen-size bed, wood heater and is eco-based to minimise the impact on the environment. Check out the wild life and amazing variety of birds, discover the rainforest, take in the sounds of nature, re... Read more

Editor's Choice - The African Cottage and The Rondawel
By Lisa Monk

Often when we think of holidays, we think of sparkling sands and pristine waters. However by thinking only of beach holidays, we are missing many of the glorious treasures that nestle in the hinterland behind the beaches. They offer a different type of holiday, but one still within close proximity to beaches, if that is what you are looking for. The hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast hides many treasures, such as The African Cottage and The Rondawel. These African-inspired cottages are the brainchild of Matilda, who came to Australia from South Africa over 20 years ago. She spent many years running a restaurant that served traditional South African food as well as developing a range of sauces, chutneys, marinades and spices. These Gourmet Afrika products are still available, however M... Read more

Editor's Choice - Noosa Leisuretime Houseboats
By Lisa Monk

Noosa conjures up pictures of beautiful beaches, the river, great shopping and restaurants and gorgeous hinterland villages.  In fact there is so much to do, how do you fit it all in?  One answer could be to plan your next Noosa holiday on a houseboat!  It is the ultimate in waterfront accommodation and will give you the flexibility to cruise the river, tie up and enjoy the many delights of Noosa and spend time truly relaxing and communing with nature. Noosa Leisuretime Houseboats have two vessels to choose from, the Sea Venture or the Cruisecat.  Both have upper deck steering stations (the Sea Venture has upper and lower helms), and offer resort-style accommodation and facilities.  For those who don’t have mariner’s blood running in their veins, don&r... Read more

Town of 1770, Fraser Coast, Queensland
By Penny Parsons

The closest point north of Brisbane to the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, the Town of 1770 is a haven for exploring the magnificent Queensland coastline and surfing its most northern surf beaches. 1770 is also an ideal place to escape the winter chills of more southern points in Australia. The Town of 1770 was named after the year that James Cook landed on nearby shores. As a result, it is claimed as being the 'Birthplace' of Queensland. Things to Do and See Surfing Agnes Water, 6 km to the south of 1770 is home to the northern-most surf beach in Queensland. Both surfboards and bodyboards are available for hire and there's even a surf school to accommodate beginners. Fishing Both estuary and reef fishing are possible in the area, either in Round Hill Creek or on the ... Read more

Travelling to Australia
By Kylie Jane Degeling

For many, it is a dream to travel to the Land Down Under.  The Great Barrier Reef is a natural phenomenon many long to see for themselves, as is the giant Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) sitting smack in the middle of the country. Seeing kangaroos in the wild, the chance to cuddle a koala, and just experience the laid-back attitude for which Australians are famous, may seem like an impossible dream. Happily, it takes only a day to travel to this great island continent, and with flights more reasonably priced than ever, and plenty of deals available throughout the year, you could soon be chatting with the locals while marveling at the mixed-up features of a platypus. Getting there Plenty of airlines travel to Australia, including their main carrier, Qantas. How much you pay to t... Read more

Editor's Choice - Curramore Country Cabins – a touch of Maleny magic!
By Lisa Monk

Sometimes we forget that holidays can go beyond the coast; but taking time out in the magical hinterland of Maleny has many rewards – including Curramore Country Cabins.  Situated in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and surrounded by breathtaking valleys are these gorgeous cabins, which offer an escape most adults are crying out for!   Only a few minutes drive from Maleny and in the heart of spectacular countryside, these 41/2 star cabins are nestled on the top of the Blackall Range, with commanding views of the valleys and ranges.  Imagine relaxing on your own private balcony with a glass of champagne, listening to the bird calls – these cabins offer solitude and serenity. The accommodation also includes purpose-built accessible cabins, ensuring that those in wh... Read more

Sunshine Coast
By Kylie Jane Degeling

If you visit the Sunshine Coast, you may never want to leave. The stretch of towns from Caloundra to Rainbow Beach boast exceptional weather, sunrises you'll actually want to wake up to watch, beaches perfect for surfing as well as beaches ideal for people who hate surfing, vineyards, scenic vistas of Glasshouse Mountains and even dolphins. The list of reasons to visit has barely started. The truth is, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect holiday destination for honeymooners, families, retirees, singles, mates, couples, professionals, blue-collar workers, domestic gods and goddesses, dogs, SCUBA divers, yobbos, fishermen, bush-walkers, wine connoisseurs, greenies, and even accountants. It should be illegal to go there and not have a good time.   Family fun If your family needs more... Read more

Review - Sunshine Coast Holiday Resort
By Lisa Monk

Sunshine Coast Holiday Resort – great location, great choice! Alexandra Headland/Mooloolaba lies on the coast one hour’s drive from Brisbane International Airport and just 15 minutes from the Sunshine Coast Airport.  It has always been known for its laid-back lifestyle and fabulous beaches, and over the years has grown into a cosmopolitan and friendly area, with great shops, cafes and restaurants. Sunshine Coast Holiday Resort consists of three properties: Alexandra on the Pacific, Mariner on the Pacific and Ocean Vista on Alex.  The three boutique properties are integrated as one with reception at Alexandra on the Pacific.  All have secure undercover parking and heated pools and spas.  Having 3 properties operated as one means that the guest is spoiled fo... Read more

Editor's Choice - Isla Park Retreat
By Penny Parsons

  Set on 12 acres of lush pastureland and remnant rainforest, Isla Park Retreat is a grand Queenslander built specifically as a "boutique" resort for couples and singles. It combines contemporary and traditional architecture. From every window and door there are views, of Blackhall Range, the Pacific Ocean and Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Stay for one night or more, or only a day! Packages are flexible according to your needs. Accommodation consists of large open apartments with spa bath, kitchenette and walk-in robe.  Full breakfast is included in the tariff and evening meals are available for an additional charge. The services of a masseur are available along with your choice of pillow and robe. In-house DVD libr... Read more

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