SCAM Alert – looks like Telstra

SCAM Alert – looks like Telstra :  Today I received an email purporting to come from Telstra.  The email address even looks real – but be very aware – this is a SCAM.  Telstra gives the following advice on this ie We are aware that these emails are being circulated.  If you receive one, it would be greatly appreciated if could you please take the time to report it here:  (click on this link:   Report Misuse of Service 

Abbey Museum


Abbey Museum at 1-63 The Abbey Place (off Toorbul Point Road), Caboolture.  Telephone:  07 5495 1652

The Abbey Museum near the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane educates the young and old as they journey through the centuries from prehistoric hunters, the age of bronze and gold, Rome’s iron legions, fierce Saxon and Viking invaders, plague-ridden towns, knights and manors, the clash between church and state, Europe’s golden age of Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution and distant empires. And that is just Western history. See why scholars and students chase history at the Abbey.

A world of treasures in a veritable national treasure – the Abbey Church and Museum

Do you prefer to browse collections at your leisure, or roll up your sleeves and explore ancient worlds for yourself? The Abbey Museum near Brisbane caters to the curious, the contemplative and the ‘can’t sit still’! Perfect for travellers, local historians and school groups looking for a more involving way to explore history. Some of our premium experiences are:

  • See the Queensland sunshine dapple through our beautiful 13th Century stained glass in the nearby Abbey Church. Our medieval glass collection is world renowned
  • Get active on our Environmental Heritage Trails through the beautiful Pumicestone Passage and dramatic Glass House Mountains, rich in Aboriginal legend and historical heritage
  • Senior school history students can excavate an Egyptian tomb or Roman dig site while learning how to set up a grid, excavate, record and assess the artefacts found
  • Find unique treasures at the Abbey Museum Brisbane Shop. Our historical jewellery Collection offers hand-crafted designs created by the Museum or based on originals in other institutions. We also offer illuminated calligraphy, coasters, T-shirts, spoons, games and replicas for children, ceramics, greeting cards and postcards

If you want things to do near Brisbane our school holiday program, regular immersive historical banquets and award winning Abbey Museum Medieval Festival provide your Brisbane, or Sunshine Coast family with a truly unique educational experience.

The Abbey Museum’s vision is to change people’s lives for the better, through stories created from our collection.

The Abbey Museum aspires to be a leading museum by:

  • Preserving its collections in accordance with best practice principles
  • Promoting an impartial view of world history
  • Providing quality cultural and educational experiences

We do this through:

  • Preserving, displaying, interpreting and acquiring objects that tell the human story from prehistory to the 19th century
  • Conducting a broad range of quality public programs that engage visitors of all ages
  • Maintaining a vibrant volunteer program providing ongoing training and up-skilling, rewarding opportunities and recognition for participation
  • Financing the Museum’s ongoing development and sustainability
  • Sustaining our status as an accredited, award-winning museum with recognised charity status

 We believe in:

  • Responsible custodianship of the Abbey Museum collections entrusted to our care
  • Scientific and professional objectivity in our work
  • Promotion of ethical cultural values and the recognition of multiple world views
  • Respect for cultural diversity and in particular, acknowledgement of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia and Indigenous peoples worldwide
  • Legally and ethically obtained acquisitions
  • Excellence in all we do

The Abbey Medieval Festival:

Each Winter the Abbey Museum hosts its famous Abbey Medieval Festival attended by thousands of visitors, performers and re-enactors from Australia and abroad.

The Festival begins with an authentic and entertaining Medieval Banquet and culminates with the two day highlight event – the Abbey Medieval Tournament.

The Tournament thrills with spectacles of jousting, mock combats, music, archery, dancing and medieval markets.

For more information visit:

Museum admission:

Adults             $8.80
Pensioners    $6.00
Children         $5.00 (over 4 and under 16)
Family            $19.80 (2 adults / up to 4 children)
Groups           $5.50 per person (minimum of 15 people)

Click to open the brochures:

Abby Museum Brochure Front & Page

The Glasshouse Mountains

When you Come-on-Up to Maleny and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
you will find plenty to see and do.  

Recently various local tourism bodies, information centre representatives and local businesses gathered at the Glasshouse Mountains Information Centre for a Network meeting.  It was an exciting night and there was a lot of talk of how everyone can help each other promote this beautiful part of the world.

The Maleny Visitor Information Centre representatives were very impressed with the new Information Centre at the Glasshouse Mountains.  If you haven’t seen it yet – it is certainly worth stopping to check it out.  Obviously they have a lot of information about the Glasshouse Mountains (more about that below), however we particularly liked the large touch screen where you can see views of various ‘Look-outs’ – so if you prefer – you can see spectacular views without leaving the centre.

This is a unique part of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Just to give you a teaser of what you can expect when you visit, have a look at this video by ‘Glasshouse Country’ :

If you want to know more about the Glasshouse Mountains themselves then check out these videos.  They are the result of the researcher Ivon Northage from the Glasshouse Visitor Information Centre and Haines Video Productions.

You can view the THE GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS TALKS videos on their ‘Celebrate Glasshouse Country’ YouTube channel – click here:

 There is so much to do and see in the Glasshouse Country and the
Sunshine Coast Hinterland you should not only ‘Come-on-Up’
but also plan a stay-over and have a really good look around.

#maleny  #glasshousemountains  #malenymagic

Textile Art

Textile Art.

Every 3rd Tuesdays and 2nd Thursdays of the month, starting from 9:00am.
Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Maleny-Stanley River Rd, Maleny QLD 4552.

Maleny Arts & Crafts Group, 3rd Tuesdays & 2nd Thursdays at 9 am, Maleny Showgrounds.

#maleny #malenyinfocentre

Crocodile Rockin’ – Elton John Vintage Classics – Fundraiser

Crocodile Rockin – Elton John vintage classics – Saturday 7th May at the Maleny RSL Hall.   This is a fundraising event to get the 2016 Maleny Music Festival rolling.  

Doors open 6 pm – meals available and a licensed bar.  Early bird Tickets $20 online at Click here to buy Early Bird Tickets at $20 – Cost at the door will be $25.

Dress up in your best 770’s Glam Rock gear!  Prizes galore – best EJ glasses – EJ trivia quiz – raffle!

Come along for a great night & know that all funds raised go to helping our not-for-profit festival.

The Maleny Music Weekend 2016 – A spring Festival at the Maleny Showgrounds,  will be held on Friday 25th, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August 2016.  Keep up to date through their website:  Maleny Music Weekend website.

A fun filled night featuring fabulous Maleny and Sunshine Coast musos performing Elton John vintage classics: Rob Longstaff, Kelly Cork, Brian Martin, Lee Hardisty, Kit Cotter, Noel Gardner & Joe Lynch.  The Master of Ceremonies for the night will be local comic Clayton Storey.



Keeping Maple Street Parking Free for Customers

Message from the Maleny Commerce re Maple Street Parking – to Maple Street Businesses.


Please keep Maple Street Parking Free for Customers. 

Maple Street is the busiest street in town and every spot is crucial in driving dollars into our town and not off down the coast where a park may be easier to find.

We do have plenty of parking on Maple, but if business owners or their staff, use these valuable spaces for the day, then Maleny loses out.

There are car parks available on Bicentenary Lane, Coral Street, Willow Lane and onsite parking areas.

Maple Street is a 2 hour maximum parking zone, but when staff and owners of businesses use Maple Street Parking for themselves for the day, that’s one less spot a customer can use.

For example if a parking spot is used by customers for on average half an hour, then one parking spot taken by staff or owners is going to lose up to 17 customers over an 8.5 hour day!  This drives business out of town.  So make it your priority for Customer Only Parking on Maple Street.

“Customer Only Parking on Maple Street is Good for Business”


Please Review Maleny Visitor Information Centre

We need your Review! How well do we promote Maleny/Sunshine Coast Hinterland! Click here – scroll down (bottom left), find WRITE A REVIEW.

We promote all things for Maleny and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland – both in our shop in the main street of Maleny but also through our website – as well as social media – Find us on Facebook MalenyInfoCentre – Twitter Maleny_MVIC as well as our Blog.

This allows people all around the world to access information on Where to Stay, Where to Eat, Thing’s to Do, Local Businesses including Weddings and Wellbeing.  To keep us at the top of the first page on Google the Maleny Visitor Information Centre needs your help – we need your comments on Google Reviews.

So to help, please click -> Go to Google, scroll down – bottom left to Write a Review – add stars and text and enter.  It is simple – only takes a minute and your help will be much appreciated, especially those coming to our magnificent area.


#maleny  #malenyinfocentre #malenymagic  #sunshinecoasthinterland

Familiarisation – Maleny Info Centre September 2015

Time for another Maleny Visitor Information Centre Familiarisation.  A group of more than 30 volunteers set off early in our bus on a bright and sunny day.

Sandy Creek Organic Farm

Our first stop was the Sandy Creek Organic Farm, where we had a very interesting talk by Les Nicholls.  This is a most impressive undertaking where 86 acres are farmed with the help of 3 creeks and a dam, all of which are used for irrigation.  An unusual method of farming is applied – a row of vegetables or fruit, then a fallow row, then another row of vegetables.  This apparently helps to conserve the soil and also means that heavy rain does not adversely affect the plants.  There are buffer zones around the borders for protection, and charcoal (brought in from far western Queensland)  degrades very slowly and aids the soil.

Sandy Creek sells about half its produce at an organic market in Brisbane every Sunday.  In addition, regular customers in Maleny order boxes of vegetables and collect them from a set point.  The farm grows a huge variety of produce including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, peas and tomatoes in winter and cucumber, corn, lettuce, Chinese greens, okra in summer.  They hold regular Open Days and have a staff of three full-time persons plus a varying number of WWOOFers (willing workers on organic farms) depending on needs.  The next Open Day is on Saturday 10th October, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Sandy Creek Organic Farm website.  A most interesting stop, this, and one that most of the volunteers were not aware of.  Amazing what our area turns up?


Glasshouse Mountains Lookout

We then proceeded to the Glasshouse Mountains Lookout for morning tea, and even our large group could not demolish the huge number of plates of food that were provided by several volunteers!  We really did not need lunch later in the day after this, but this did not seem to stop us.  Glasshouse Mountains Lookout Circuit website.


Bankfoot House

Bankfoot House on Old Gympie Road at Glasshouse was our next stop, an amazing home built originally in 1868 by members of the Grigor family to service people heading to the Gympie gold fields in the late 1860s.   It was built straight on to the earth on logs but was fairly rapidly eaten by white ants and had to be re-built in 1878 with an extension.  This was dismantled in the 1930s and re-built again, but the core of the current house dates back to 1878.  In the late 1800s it became the “lunch stop” for Cobb & Co coaches between Brisbane and Gympie, which in those days was a two-day trip.  Horses were changed here and the original through-trip fare of three pounds would have been quite a lot of money so long ago.  The Grigor family also dealt in timber and the house has been occupied by three generations of the same family.  It was purchased by the Caloundra City Council in 2004 and is the oldest surviving building in the Glasshouse Mountains area.  The name Bankfoot was taken from a small town in Scotland.  Bankfoot House website.


Glasshouse Mountains Camping Ground

Across the road from Bankfoot House is the Glasshouse Mountain Camp Ground and Steve, the owner, showed us around his huge shed where he is planning to build a 120-seat theatre as well as copies of old Cobb & Co coaches based on original plans that he managed to get hold of.  He has one of only six of the original coaches left outside museums and which was built in 1915.  This model used 7 horses and did the Brisbane-Bankfoot House  trip in 6 hours.  He claims to accommodate an average of 300 people at his camp ground and says the funds for coach-building come from the income from campers.  Glasshouse Mountains Camping Ground website.


Glasshouse Mountains Visitor Information Centre

At the Glasshouse Mountains Visitor Information Centre we were given a talk about this centre and how it operates.  Apparently 80% of visitors calling here are international, so it handles a very different type of caller to our own Maleny centre.


Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

The Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo was an absolute eye-opener, and seeing what goes on there was extremely interesting.  There are four vets employed, there is an operating theatre, a treatment room, an intensive care unit.  The zoo runs a rescue service for injured wild animals, and they will collect if necessary if people are not able to bring animals to them.  The hospital was first opened in 2004, then in 2008 it moved in to a new purpose-built building – sadly this was after Steve Irwin had died, so he was never able to see his dream come to fruition.  Since it opened, it has treated over 58,000 animals, about 7,000 a year.  It currently costs about $ 2.4 million a year to operate and is funded by income from the zoo and also by corporate and individual donations.  Wildlife Hospital website.


Twinnies Pelican & Seabird Rescue

Last call for the day was Twinnies Pelican & Seabird Rescue centre which tries to rescue and rehabilitate injured birds – mostly water and sea birds, although there are other birds there as well.  It is run on a family-owned basis at a cost of $ 85,000 to $ 95,000 a year.  Any member of the public can ring up and call in to see what is being done there for a small donation.  Twinnies is holding a Charity Golf Tee-Off and Auction at Glenview Gold Course on Sunday 27th September from 12 noon to raise more funds for their work with birds.  Twinnies website.