The Road Ahead : June July 2008
JUN/JLY 08 29 STORY CAROLE HORNE PHOTOS MARK DEADMAN C ooler days stoke the desire to pack up the winter woollies and head for spots where blazing ? res and cosy bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) beckon. In Queensland’s south-east, the villages of the Blackall Range, Springbrook and Lamington Plateau are popular options, but have you considered Buderim as a mountain retreat? This thriving little town, known for lush gardens and sweeping views to the sea, sits atop a 7 km plateau, tucked in behind Caloundra and Mooloolaba. It’s just over an hour’s drive north of Brisbane, making it a great day trip destination or weekend getaway. A visit to the Pioneer Cottage, in Ballinger Crescent, is a good place to get your historical bearings. The National Trust-listed home is headquarters to Buderim’s Historical Society and houses a museum of relics from the area’s early settlers. You’ll learn that Buderim of the late 1800s and early 1900s was dotted with sugar cane, banana and ginger farms. The lofty location made getting produce down the mountain an arduous journey by bullock dray. In 1914, a tramway was built between Buderim and Palmwoods, close to the Landsborough rail head. The line, which was really a narrow gauge railway, operated until 1935. The original track is gone but the Historic Buderim Tramway Walk, off Telco Road, traces part of the route down the mountain. The path weaves through tall timbered forest and it’s a favourite haunt of Neil McGarvie, from the Buderim- Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Society. “It’s the transport link that made Buderim,” Mr McGarvie said. “As well as taking produce, people would come up from Brisbane on the main line to Palmwoods and then go on the tram, sitting on fruit boxes and planks on the back of ? at-top wagons, to stay in boarding houses in Buderim.” One of two steam engines which worked the line is being restored and will eventually go on display. Recreating the past has been elegantly achieved at Buderim White House Manor – a ? ve-star B&B which has been ushered into Tourism Queensland’s Hall of Fame. The manor is a tasteful reproduction of an 1890s’ Victorian Queenslander, with four-poster beds, gourmet breakfasts and open log ? res. Its lovely garden – a blend of cottage colour and tropical foliage – adjoins Buderim Rainforest Walk, an elevated boardwalk that follows a mountain stream. Hoof it all the way and you’ll come to Harry’s. This historic timber house was built in the late 1800s by the aptly named Harry Board, a carpenter and cedar-cutter. As a nod to its original owner, the building is now home to Harry’s on Buderim, a ? ne dining restaurant. History isn’t Buderim’s only drawcard. How about nine or 18 holes at picturesque Headland Golf Club? The mountain-side course has welcomed golfers for half a century. It’s also a wildlife reserve where kangaroos graze the fairways at dusk. Another pleasant distraction for players is the panoramic ocean view, which is best seen from the 18th green. Brisbane on the main line to Palmwoods and then go on the tram, sitting on fruit boxes and planks on the back of ? at-top Holiday haven Enjoy a mountain experience close to the ocean. travel & leisure SEE IT ON SEVEN Join Chris Parsons from Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender as he explores Buderim on Saturday, July 5, at 5.30pm. GET THERE WITH RACQ Plan your driving holiday with the RACQ trip planner, at racq.com. You can see RACQ’s travel tips on The Great South East and Queensland Weekender programs.
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