The opportunity I had to explore my own back yard of Queensland State.
We turned onto the Obi Obi Road and right to the Delicia Rd accidentally, but sometimes small mistakes can bring a big surprise and there it was, The Lilyponds Community Park that has a huge flying-fox, and guess what we all went to fly. It felt great, regardless of the surprised faces of the local kids who were giggling next to us while waiting for their turn. Ha! Children! They cannot understand yet, just how amazing adults feel when they act like kids. Laughing and almost skipping back to the car, we were delighted and excited; as for the others – it was their problem…
Montville’s car park in the Mayfield Complex was our next surprise – it has a million dollar view over the whole of the Sunshine Coast. How about that for the starting point of exploring the streets above? “Wow!” – it was all I could manage to park the car. Right above us were more pleasant surprises. The boutique gallery “Illume Creation” has Tina Cooper’s hand blown glass collection that is simply sensational and The Edge Restaurant Bar and Café, next to the gallery, with its huge deck offers the best possible view of the Sunshine Coast right to the ocean. This is not an overstatement, it is absolutely true – the view from the deck is magnificent.
Why the building I found quite interesting is named “Connemara Cottage” (established in 1985) I have no idea, but what I do know after visiting their website is it is trading as The Irish & Scottish Shop. I just like its old European appearance and even bought a post card inside with the image of this white cosy cottage.
Not far from this is “The Bowerbird of Montville” shop, full of little or big treasures; from countless antique pieces to a big range of unique gifts. You will have real fun browsing inside for a long time, and if you are really looking for something special to buy, I bet you will find it there – for sure.
On the opposite site of “Connemara Cottage” we found some interesting mosaics embedded into the asphalt. I wasn’t able to find any information about this setting but the photos are for you to enjoy and wonder about, as I still do. Maybe you will be able to get some information about it and share it with everyone.
We didn’t plan to stop in Flaxton but when I noticed a cute pig on the left side of the road in front of the Flaxton Barn (Country Café) I jumped on the brakes. Luckily there was a place to park properly and as soon as we got out of the car we literally ran towards the pig. I can only guess that each of us wanted to be first to hug it. Why? I can only say it was a very cute pig. We hugged the cutie and we kissed it, entertaining each other as happy travellers do.
The last destination of Obi Boardwalk in Maleny was on someone’s advice, and we went straight to find it. We parked in front of the Maleny Library that was quite convenient, and went up Coral Street. We didn’t see any platypuses, lazy turtles or Azur Kingfishers, but we saw a couple of ducks slowly and peacefully gliding on the water of the Obi creek, – just lovely. It was time for the sun to go down and for us to go back home to the Gold Coast.
Sitting behind my office table and writing my personal reflections about our two days trip that filled me with tremendous memories; looking at more than 200 photographs I felt genuinely happy about the opportunity I had to explore my own back yard of Queensland State. It is still wast and full of secrets and surprises; and every new destination will be delightful experience of nature, heritage, arts, food and people. I just have to go out there more often and stay a little longer and so do you, my dear readers. Go, explore, live and uncover the hidden secrets that are all around you.
My warmest regards,