Queensland Zoo at the Big Pineapple

Queensland Zoo (at the Big Pineapple) – Woombye

Queensland Zoo (at the Big Pineapple) : 76 Nambour Connection Road, Woombye QLD 4559

The Wildlife HQ is open every day of the year except Christmas Day

Opening Hours:   Every Day Monday to Sunday – 9 am to 4 pm – Last Entry is from 3 pm

Click here to see what animals are at the Qld Zoo.

About Wildlife HQ on the Sunshine Coast

Wildlife HQ is a boutique zoo of native and exotic animals on the Sunshine Coast QLD. The story of Wildlife HQ is akin to the story of Noah’s Ark. Zoo owner, Julie Seabrook and her team of dedicated Keepers, undertook the mammoth task of moving 200 animals from Alma Park Zoo to their new home at Wildlife HQ. If you thought moving home was tough, try packing a herd of Indian Blackbuck, Red Pandas, troops of South American monkeys, a bearcat, and pack of dingos.

When Alma Park Zoo closed in March 2014 to make way for a housing development in the area. Julie negotiated with owners of the Zoo to assume the ownership of the animal collection. Julie established the new Wildlife HQ in Woombye to accommodate the 200 animals safely in their new permanent home at the Big Pineapple.

Whilst it was devastating to see Alma Park Zoo close after 45 years, keeping all the animals with their Keepers at the new Wildlife HQ was the best possible outcome.

For the animals with complex and multifaceted social relationships, maintaining their social bonds by staying together rather than being dispersed to other Zoo’s was the best solution for their continued health and well being. This solution also provided Keepers with the opportunity to continue to develop the bonds they had established with animals they have worked with for a number of years. The move to Queensland Zoo was a win-win for both unique animals and talented people.

Julie and the team at Wildlife HQ are now embarking on a new era. Julie is focused on providing lifetime care of animals of Wildlife HQ whilst educating families and children about animals, the environment and conservation.

For more information, click HERE to go to the official Queensland Zoo website.

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Berganns Lane Walk

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2.2 km return / Easy / 40-60 min return: Bergann’s Lane Walk  is a Sunshine Coast Regional Council managed walkway, approximately 9 km from Maleny.  It is a 30 metre wide road reserve, traversing rolling green farmland to either side.  At the Bergann’s Road end there is a section of uncleared remnant rainforest that is a reminder of the original forest cover of this area.

In 2005 Caloundra City Council opened the Bergann’s Lane Walk to the public after extensive weed control and re-vegetation works (including over 5,000 plantings) undertaken by Brush Turkey Enterprises.  The re-vegetation works are already providing valuable habitat linkage for native birds and fauna to move through the farmland.  Bird watchers will enjoy the work for it variety of habitats.  Enjoy this easy stroll along grassy walkways and through forest tracks.  “Note wheelchair accessible”.

Remember:  Wear sturdy, enclosed boots or shoes.  Surfaces can be slippery.  Carry drinking water.  Plan to complete your walk well before dark.  Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Stay on marked tracks.  Use a map or track guide.  Ensure an experienced adult accompanies children.  Obey all safety and warning signs.  Take a charged mobile phone.  Accidents have happened, even to experienced bushwalkers.  In case of emergency try calling 000 or 112 if you are experiencing bad recption.  Domestic animals are not permitted on the walks.

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Mapleton Falls Walks

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1.3 km / Class 2 track – Easy / 34 min return – Walks – Mapleton Falls

Mapleton Falls in Mapleton Falls National Park.  The falls tumble 120 metres down the escarpment from Pencil Creek.

This circuit track winds through rainforest and eucalypt forest.  Wayside signs provide information about features.  The Peregrine Lookout provides an excellent view of the Obi Obi Valley.  Listen for the Wompoo fruit-dove calling “wallock-a-woo” and “book-a-roo”.

Excellent views of Mapleton Falls and the Obi Obi Valley are highlights for visitors to this small but significant remnant of the forests that once covered the sunshine Coast hinterland.

Remember:  Wear sturdy, enclosed boots or shoes.  Surfaces can be slippery.  Carry drinking water.  Plan to complete your walk well before dark.  Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Stay on marked tracks.  Use a map or track guide.  Ensure an experienced adult accompanies children.  Obey all safety and warning signs.  Take a charged mobile phone.  Accidents have happened, even to experienced bushwalkers.  In case of emergency try calling 000 or 112 if you are experiencing bad reception.  Domestic animals are not permitted on the walks.

For more information, click here to go to the QLD Governments National Parks website.

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Fig Tree Walk

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1.1 km return / Class 2 track – Easy – Wheelchair Accessible – Walks – Fig Tree Walk

6.5 km south of Kenilworth on the Kenilworth –Maleny Road lies one of the jewels of the Hinterland walks.  This easy 1.1 km return wheelchair friendly walk explores the riverine rainforest near the junction of Little Yabba Creek and the Mary River.  This walk was completed in 1994 by the Youth Conservation Corps.

Walk quietly and you may hear a Wompoo pigeon, see skinks basking in the sunshine, and glimpse birds flitting about the forest’s understorey and foraging in the leaf litter.

Beware of the Giant Stinging Tree.  Lookout for the heart shaped leaves on the track and railings.  When touched they can cause pain that will last for weeks.  Dried leaves can still sting.  If stung use sticky tape or hair removal wax was to remove the fine stinging hairs.

You will enjoy some wonderful interpretive signs strategically placed around this delightful circuit where you will learn more about the rainforests of the Hinterland.

There are delightful picnic areas in the car park and across the road from the boardwalk entry.

REMEMBER:  Wear sturdy, enclosed boots or shoes.  Surfaces can be slippery.  Carry drinking water.  Plan to complete your walk well before dark.  Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Stay on marked tracks.  Use a map or track guide.  Ensure an experienced adult accompanies children.  Obey all safety and warning signs.  Take a charged mobile phone.  Accidents have happened, even to experienced bushwalkers.  In case of emergency try calling 000 or 112 if you are experiencing bad recption.  Domestic animals are not permitted on the walks.

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Obi Boardwalk

Obi Boardwalk850 metre return / Easy – wheelchair Accessible 20-30 minute return.

This delightful boardwalk illustrates the beginning of a long-term process of re-creating a subtropical rainforest.  The gentle Obi Obi boardwalk in Maleny is both  wheelchair accessible and pram friendly,  providing a calm and tranquil experience for all, and even the chance to see the elusive platypus early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Enter opposite Bicentenary Lane – a superb rehabilitation project from Barung Landcare.

The Community Co-operative Walk Project was initiated in 1996, when directors of the Maleny Queensland Dairy Co-operative donated the land below the store to Caloundra City Council for the community.

Barung Landcare took on the project – extending the existing re-vegetation planted during the 1989-1991 Maleny Folk Festivals at the Showgrounds to the Boardwalk site.

Remember:  Wear sturdy, enclosed boots or shoes.  Surfaces can be slippery.  Carry drinking water.  Plan to complete your walk well before dark.  Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Stay on marked tracks.  Use a map or track guide.  Ensure an experienced adult accompanies children.  Obey all safety and warning signs.  Take a charged mobile phone.  Accidents have happened, even to experienced bushwalkers.  In case of emergency try calling 000 or 112 if you are experiencing bad recption.  Domestic animals are not permitted on the walks.

For more information, click here to go to the Obi Boardwalk Facebook page.

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Gardeners Falls

Gardners_Falls walking map800 metre/ Easy / 15-20 minute return

Drive to the car park on the banks of the Obi Obi Creek –  a short level walk downstream to the falls.  Gardners Falls is a popular picnic spot with a large pool at the base of the falls. 

There is something truly magical about freshwater swimming. The cool water is refreshing, the surroundings are peaceful and somehow the whole experience is more special and secluded than your average dip in the ocean.

Freshwater swimming spots are like hidden treasures. Gardener’s Falls at Maleny is like a little jewel in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, just waiting to be discovered.

Remember:  Wear sturdy, enclosed boots or shoes.  Surfaces can be slippery.  Carry drinking water.  Plan to complete your walk well before dark.  Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Stay on marked tracks.  Use a map or track guide.  Ensure an experienced adult accompanies children.  Obey all safety and warning signs.  Take a charged mobile phone.  Accidents have happened, even to experienced bushwalkers.  In case of emergency try calling 000 or 112 if you are experiencing bad recption.

Domestic animals are not permitted on the walks.

For more information, click here to go to the Gardeners Falls Facebook page.

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Art Gallery Trail

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The Hinterland, with its majestic, mysterious Glasshouse Mountains and lush rain forest, is a unique backdrop to the creativity of its artistic community and we are blessed with many art galleries who have developed fine reputations through service and in-depth knowledge of the artists.   The wealth of exceptional artists gives rise to many great galleries providing for a range of tastes and budgets, but always quality.  Artworks include oil and water colour paintings, and extend into bronze, sandstone and marble sculptures; porcelain, wood, photography and hand-blown glass; silk and textiles; jewellery and much more.  There really is something to capture every imagination. Below are pages from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Art Gallery Trail Drive Map (2015 edition).

The Galleries shown are:  Maleny – Gary Myers Gallery, Ben Messina Landscapes, Peace of Green Gallery, and David Linton Gallery. Cairncross Corner – Art on Cairncross.  Montville – Secrets on the Lake Gallery, Illume Creations, Nature’s Image Photography, Montville Art Gallery, and the Main Street Gallery.  Kenilworth – Lasting Impressions Gallery.  Eumundi – Tina Cooper Gallery, Red Desert Gallery, Eumundi Art Space.  Sunshine Coast Hinterland Art Gallery Trail

For further information please phone: 07 5429 6404

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For more information, click here to go to the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail website.

Pioneer Village

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Priscilla Cottage was the original home of the Bryce Family, early settlers in the district.  The cottage was built in 1903 and the family lived there until the 1980’s when they donated the farm to the community for the Erwol Retirement Village.  The cottages and furnishings are all original items from the family home, making this one of the few authentic displays.

The second cottage is now an Art Gallery.  Out buildings include farm machinery, a working steam engine and a black smith shop.

Bryce Lane is off McCarthy Road as you near the Maleny township from Landsborough.

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Lawley House
This historic house was built by Sam Sallaway for Edward Lawley in the late 1890′s – early 1900 at the top of Teak Street, where Cloudwalk is today.  The land was purchased from the Thomas Dixon estate in 1890. Sometime after  Edward’s death in 1940 his second son Edgar (Walter’s Dad) sold the house and land on the southern side of North Maleny Road  to Charles H Porter.  The house was tented for many years and in 2008 was about to be demolished as part of the development.  The Society rescued the house and removed it to the Historical Village where it features as Art Gallery.

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For more information, click here to go to the Maleny Pioneer Village website.

Kondalilla National Park Walks

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Kondalilla National Park (327 ha) derives its name from an Aboriginal word meaning rushing waters.  Kondalilla Falls, where Skene Creek drops 90 metres into a valley of rainforest, is a spectacular sight.  Check out Walks – Kondalilla National Park.

Picnic Creek circuit 1.7 km.  Allow 45 min to 1 hour from the picnic area.  Class 3 track – Moderate

This easy walk crosses Picnic Creek (400 m), passes through tall eucalypt forest and patches of wet sclerophyll – a mix of eucalypt and rainforest species.  Enjoy views over the valley from a lookout point.

Kondalilla Falls circuit 4.7 km.  Allow 1.5 – 2 hours from the picnic area.  Class 4 track – Moderate to Hard.

This walk follows the Picnic Creek circuit down the escarpment and includes a lookout with views of Kondalilla Falls.  A reasonable level of fitness required – uphill section with over 150 steps.  It winds down through the rainforest to the base of the waterfall and continues back up the ridge where you can see emergent bunya pines with their distinctive symmetrical dome shapes.  The walk then brings you to the rock pool above the waterfall on Skene Creek.  Continue back up the escarpment to Picnic Creek circuit back to the picnic area.

Remember:  Wear sturdy, enclosed boots or shoes.  Surfaces can be slippery.  Carry drinking water.  Plan to complete your walk well before dark.  Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Stay on marked tracks.  Use a map or track guide.  Ensure an experienced adult accompanies children.  Obey all safety and warning signs.  Take a charged mobile phone.  Accidents have happened, even to experienced bushwalkers.  In case of emergency try calling 000 or 112 if you are experiencing bad reception.  Domestic animals are not permitted on the walks.

Kondalilla Walking Map

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Ride on Mary – Kayak and Bike Hire

Ride on Mary – Kayak & Bike Hire – Bush Cabin Adventure Stay:  Explore the Mary River and Mary Valley in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, itineraries and custom-made adventures to suit any level of fitness and budget.

We’re flexible… whether you have only a few hours to spare, or want an epic full day adventure, we will provide! Rather than tell you what you can hire and when, we ‘ll discuss what you’d like to do and give you the benefit of local knowledge and plenty of options to make sure your visit to the Mary Valley is just what you want! We want to make sure you maximise your visit. Why not talk to us about how your kayak and bike hire can fit in around textother Mary Valley highlights?

 Cycling – Excellent riding in the Mary Valley:  Whatever your riding preference – road, forest, downhill, single track, X country – you’ll find the Mary Valley has it all! Our bike hire includes mountain bikes, comprehensive maps of tracks and routes for all levels and styles, and safety gear.

Kayaking – Mary River, Yabba Creek & Lake Borumba:  Hire our sit on top kayaks (singles or doubles) or bring your own kayaks or canoes. We can organise drop off and pick up on over a 100kms of water ways. From flat water to grade 1-2 rapids, we’ll find you a stretch of river to suit. Safety gear supplied.  Benefit from extensive local knowledge of the river systems, and updates on river flows and heights.

Twilight Kayak – Platypus & wildlife spotting from $35 per person:  A gentle slow paddle through a beautiful part of the Yabba creek to some secret haunts of the elusive Platypus. While on the creek, experience animals settling in for the night and the nocturnal creatures waking up, and relax as you glide through calm tranquil waters.

Enjoy the meditative tranquility of twilight on a non-energetic short paddle down the picturesque Yabba Creek, get close to nature as the nocturnal animals awaken and search for their night time feed. Experience the incredible opportunity of getting up close in the water to the elusive and shy platypus.  Minimum of two people and maximum of four on this tour.

Back to basics Bush Cabin Adventure Stays from $50 per person/per night:  Set in 10 acres of native eucalypt forest, with abundant birds and wildlife, this rustic eco cabin is a great escape! There is only one cabin on the property and you will be the only group, assuring your privacy.

Inclusive of towels & linen. Explore on site bush walks, mountain bike tracks and secluded forest. Free frisbee golf. Accommodation from $50 per person per night (minimum 2 persons or $100 per night)

Kayak hire from $40 half day:  Drop off & pick up service from $30, even if you have your own kayak.Maps, helmets & lifejackets provided.  Free lift back to your vehicle.

Mountain Bike hire from $30 full day:  Maps & helmets provided

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For more information, click here to go to the Ride on Mary website.