Ben Messina Landscape Photography

Ben Messina Landscape Photography is all about the art and adventure of from Australia and New Zealand. All of the images are captured using the traditional approach of doing most of the work in camera. Ben’s unique collection of landscape photography spans every state in Australia and New Zealand.

Welcome to the site of renowned award winning Australian Landscape Photographer – Ben Messina.

Ben’s work is all about the art and adventure of landscape photography.  Ben’s unique collection of landscapes spans every state in Australia and New Zealand.

Ben’s work has been collected by Royalty and Governments across the globe, and is currently held in collections from over 30 countries.

Photographic artworks on this site are available as fine art 100% cotton paper or canvas prints, produced in-house and personally signed by the artist.  All of Ben Messina’s artwork appreciates in vvalue over time as the editions sell out.

Gallery location:  Shop 3 / 41 Maple Street, Maleny Qld 4552.  Telephone 07 5494 3854

Ben Messina is an Australian Landscape and Nature photographer based the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Australia. His ability to capture inspiring imagery originates from the beauty that surrounded him whilst growing up in Cairns, Far North Queensland.

Wanting to share the picturesque landscape, Ben began his photographic journey. From the age of ten, he captured his first images on a Pentax K1000, using Black and White film. Being the son of an established, professional photographer, he was fortunate enough to have his fathers experience and a fully functioning Black and White darkroom at his fingertips. Ben turned professional at the age of eighteen, capturing everything from cutting edge commercial photography through to portraiture.

However, his true passion has always been for landscape, beauty waiting to be captured.  Concentrating on gathering a collection over many years, his talent has flared with time.

Ben took the courageous step of opening his first gallery in Cairns, in 2004. It was so successful that he now has work displayed in private and corporate collections all over the world. With the phenomenal response to his first gallery, Ben expanded to Brisbane, where he opened a gallery, named Gallery M in the heritage-listed Brisbane Arcade in 2009. In 2012 Ben opened his 4th and largest signature gallery Ben Messina Landscapes at 3/41 Maple Street, Maleny. Visiting Ben’s Maleny Gallery you will find a large selection of Ben’s most popular Australian landscape photography images, both large framed panoramas and large canvas prints.

Ben’s images are available in editions of 100, 200 and 450 and are printed on the finest archival photographic materials available. All images appreciate in value as the editions sell out.

Ben’s collection of panoramic images have heart, emotion and amazing depth. And his journey continues. . .

 

 

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Ultimate Wine Weekend

Ultimate Wine Weekend with Mystic Mountain Tours

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017 – Cost $100 – $425

THE BEST BREAKS FOR WINE AFICIONADOS …and those who just enjoy things that taste good!  Make the most of Australia’s wine regions with Mystic Mountain Tours.

A fantastic experience for all those who enjoy and are interested in wine! Taste the best of Australian and New Zealand wine – as rated by professional judges at the Australian Small Winemakers’ Show – and explore among the 1600 bottles due to be uncorked at this special event… Discover the future of wine in Queensland, with tastings of the key varieties included, at the Queensland College of Wine… and visit one of the most unique wineries in the world (a favourite of wine maestro James Halliday), where a fascinating community effort produces world-class wines, along with other excellent local fare… There’s all this and more to enjoy on our unique two day tour!

On the way, take in the beautiful architecture and nature of the regions we pass through; from the delightful “City of Roses”, where we enjoy a relaxed morning tea in the park, to the pristine bushland surrounding the Granite Belt Brewery, where we see how handcrafted beers are made – and taste these too!

And, of course, with wine, there must be food… Delight your taste-buds with gourmet lunches, high-class finger food, superb handmade cheeses (don’t forget to bring an esky to take these home!), and more artisan and local fare. You can also take your pick of Stanthorpe’s many restaurants, should there be something there you wish to try. It’s certain to be an utterly delicious weekend!

As with every Mystic Mountain short break, we make things easy for you by picking you up from and returning you right to your front door; no onward transfers required. It’s our pleasure.

Want to know more?

Checkout the Mystic Mountains website  OR Click here to Enquire Now

Caloundra Music Festival 2017

Presented by Sunshine Coast Council, the eleventh annual Caloundra Music Festival will be held over the weekend of 29 September – 2 October 2017.

For more information click here

The beautiful Kings Beach and surrounds will be treated to the sounds of a diverse line-up of entertainment featuring the best of the Australian music industry as well as famous international artists.

Festival Mission

‘The Caloundra Music Festival aims to bring a broad audience of locals and visitors together in celebration, to enjoy world-class music, food, arts and local culture, and to showcase the natural beauty, creative talents and unique character of the Sunshine Coast’ 

In achieving its vision CMF will seek to be a ‘sustainable’ event delivering the following triple bottom line outcomes:

  • Stimulate the local economy
  • Showcase Caloundra, and the Sunshine Coast, as a vibrant and diverse tourist destination
  • Celebrate the region’s unique heritage, character, culture and local creative talents
  • Encourage community participation and build capacity
  • Embrace our unique environment and promote Council’s vision of sustainability

This not for profit family-friendly community event celebrates the environment, cultural achievements and community pride of the Caloundra area.

Bendles, Cottages & Villa’s

WELCOME TO BENDLES COTTAGES – A tranquil place to stay, country style accommodation for couples in Maleny.

Bendles Cottages, Maleny is perfect for your romantic weekend getaway.  For your escape, anniversary or birthday celebration, wedding night, unforgettable honeymoon or leisurely short break holiday choose Bendles Cottages. It is ideal for couples at Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland. Your stay can include a sumptuous breakfast, double spas, tennis for 2, soothing massages, country picnic hamper or bird watching. Maybe you can simply relax with a good book or curl up in front of our cosy log fires with the one you love. Bendles has 5 uniquely appointed cosy Bed & Breakfast cottages with rural views from each verandah. Each cottage is self-contained, built for comfort and privacy to ensure your stay is most memorable. A large queen bed, double spas, wood fireplaces add to your relaxation. Perhaps a game of tennis for the more energetic after a leisurely breakfast on your own cottage verandah.

Package Details

Welcome to an exclusive, inclusive & personal workshop on the Edna Walling style of gardening. Learn about the plants she used, her style of planting and the magnificent stone work…. all in one place and spread over three relaxing days in the beautiful setting of Bendles Cottages.  Time also, to enjoy the local sights, taste the local cuisine or simply relax in your private cottage and enjoy the gardens and the bird life.  Leave Bendles feeling inspired, rejuvenated and ready to create your masterpiece in your garden.

Inclusions

  • 3 Night’s accommodation in an Edna Walling style cottage (with Queen bed configuration) & garden setting
  • Continental breakfast
  • 3 (90min) Workshops over three days
  • Meet & greet: drinks & cheese platter
  • BBQ dinner (BYO drinks)
  • Late check out Thursday (1 pm)

Spiritual Harmony and Healing Expo

Come & Celebrate the Spring Equinox with us.  This expo  is being held this year at the Maleny Showgrounds Pavilion on 9:30 am to 4:30 pm September 23rd & 24th 2017. 

Come along on this Spring Equinox weekend for a fun, interesting exploration of the Spiritual.  Checkout their Faceboook page 

Adults & Teens $5 per day entry – children under 12 – Free.

Happiness – Awareness – Healthy Living – Massage

New Age – Psychic Readings – Sustainability Lifestyles

Spirit Readings – Crystals – Change makers – Inspiration

Natural Foods – Healing – Healing Products – Jewellery

Herbs – Uplifting Music – and more…

 

 

Buninkan Ninjutsu – Marshal Arts NinjaS

Discover Self Awareness through Combat & Philosophy, Study, Learn, Grow Achieve amazing balance and confidence by working with soft sword and wooden sticks such as Bokens, Bo, Hand-bo techniques. Boost your internal energy levels with this study.   Men, Women & Children experience this fun shared learning social environment for their understanding of the magic & science of this ancient legendary Samurai & Ninja, living art. Allow yourself to find your mental peace of mind, body & Spirit… Experience the Energy of … “Power without Power” AS A PEACEFUL WARRIOR … Art of Bujinkan Ninjutsu.

Live-Learn-Evolve – Classes for all ages 12 years and above – with whole body movement in training.

Experience the subtle destruction of the attackers balance and rhythm is the primary focus of the Bujinkan Warrior – so fine your inner balance.  Boost your internal energy levels with this study.  Ninjutsu calisthenics awaken awareness to a ‘Whole Body Feeling’ for a Zen Mind.

Combat and Philosophy avoid Bullying Energies!  Channel Budo Bujinkan Taijutsu with great survival skills – learning how to live and meditate like the amazing Samurai with Spirit, Light and Harmony!

HEARTBEATS WALKING GROUPS

HEARTBEATS WALKING GROUPS

On the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.  Various meeting points. Walk approx 5 km or
1 hour (depending on your speed).  Starting time 6:30 am start (Sep to May); 7 am start (Jun, Jul & Aug).

All walk to their own fitness level – always someone to walk with. There are also 3 or 4 social lunches a year.  Contact Mal Somerville  07 5499 9290.

Why the Heart Foundation recommends walking

There are many ways to be physically active, but walking is the number one activity Australian adults do on a regular basis. Walking is so popular because it is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. It can be done just about anywhere and is free. Walking also has a very low risk of injury as it is low impact (not jarring on the joints) and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.

Heart Foundation Walking is structured around organised groups as this complements the social aspect of walking. When people walk in groups, they can talk while they walk and it’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and neighbourhood.

We understand that not everyone lives near a Heart Foundation Walking group or can not make it to every scheduled walk. To encourage everyone to walk, Heart Foundation Walking includes a Virtual Walking group where participants can track their progress online.