September 2015 Newsletter – Spring Has Arrived

September 2015 Newsletter – Spring has arrived, and our wintering-over guests are back home.

The Buderim Garden Club will celebrate spring with its annual Buderim Garden Festival on the 17th and 18th October, with the theme “Blooms”. Based at the Buderim War Memorial Hall, the festival comprises the Spring Flower Show, open gardens and a Quality Plant Market.

Next to the hall is the Buderim Craft Cottage. The cottage houses the Atrium Gallery which will host Sculptured Garden – Artistic Conversations October 10th – 18th. Held annually since 1997, the exhibition is one of the largest on the Sunshine Coast and features the work of the Buderim Craft Cottage’s 40 plus ceramic artists and sculptors. Entry is free with all works available for purchase.

Mooloolaba will host the opening event in the new Swim Queensland series on 24th October. It will offer short and long courses (2 km and 1 km), a junior programme for kids aged 8 – 16 and a marathon distance swim.

Andrew has discovered FLAMING PIZZAS on River Esplanade. They not only make pizzas in their wood fired oven, they have breads and pastas.

For the totally passionate about coffee people there is a new coffee shop in town. Better still, it is right next door to Northwind. Coen is passionate about his coffee to the point that he roasts his own beans and blends his own coffees. He has cold-drip coffee for those who prefer a jolt of caffeine. Andrew has given it a tick of approval and several of our guests have enjoyed the brews from the Shothouse Brew Bar.

We managed to get time to explore part of the Sunshine Coast we’d not been to this month: Dunethin Rock and Dunethin Lake, just up the road from Bli Bli.

Several Locals were fishing in the river and were happy to tell about the area which was a popular destination in the mid-twentieth century. Dunethin Lake boasts a magnificent pontoon from which you can fish or take in the view. It is a popular place for kayaking and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council has provided comprehensive information on signs leading to the pontoon. While we were there we saw eight royal spoonbills making their way around the perimeter of the lake. This is a lovely day trip. Some of our guests did it and stopped to have a strawberry sundae at McMartins Strawberry farm on the way back.