Sunshine Coast Arts and Crafts Drive

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While most visitors instantly identify the Sunshine Coast with her bedazzling beaches, away from the surf and sand there's also a thriving artistic bent to this destination. And it starts at the Noosa Regional Gallery at Tewantin before winding to Queensland, and indeed Australia's biggest and best arts and crafts markets at Eumundi. From there, head to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland hills of Montville and then on to Buderim, to satisfy your creative urge.

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24 Hours
Distance
78 Kilometres

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The Noosa Regional Gallery is located in the suburb of Tewantin and presents a changing exhibition program which features leading local and national artists. The professional curators and education staff develop and deliver a range of exhibitions and public programs exploring the unique culture and character of the Sunshine Coast.

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They say food is an aphrodisiac and visitors are spoilt for choice at the Eumundi Markets, home to more than 500 stalls nestled under towering heritage-listed fig trees. Staged each Saturday and Wednesday, this is a great place to start your romantic journey and also Australia's art, craft and produce market. You will discover original artworks, sculptures, and furniture, handmade toys, home wares, and skincare, cutting edge fashion and jewellery by local designers, as well as fresh local produce. Just a stone's throw away is a stunning visual display of glass art at the Tina Cooper Gallery. Hot glass-blowing creations and unique sculptures sit alongside works from leading local artists.

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Considered by some as the "creative soul" of the Sunshine Coast, wind your way west and up towards Montville. The Montville Art Gallery is home to paintings and sculptures by established and up-and-coming Australian artists.

Geordie Lane, located on the corner of Montville and Benecke Roads at nearby Maleny, showcases an impressive array of china and porcelain cups, vases, bowls, dishes and teapots. It's set off beautifully by the tea room's menu which features freshly made scones, shortbreads, coffee, and old-fashioned leaf tea served in fine china cups. Meander through Maleny, in particular the antiques shops lining the main drag through town. Maleny Country Antiques houses antique furniture textiles, jewellery, and vintage wares.

Head on towards Buderim where Buderim Craft Cottage is the epicentre of stellar artistic creations for locals and visitors. The Cottage houses the Atrium Gallery which showcases work by Craft Cottage members with displays featuring paintings, silverwork and fabric art.

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Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children

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Silver City Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Silver City is a great dive site where divers can explore a network of caves, a maze of bommies and a sheer wall of coral. Located on the western side of Osprey Reef, Silver City is often a good place to encounter silvertip sharks, but far more common are the whitetip reef sharks and grey reef sharks.

Southern Small Detached Reef Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Southern Small Detached Reef, 80 kilometres North of Lockhart River in Far North Queensland, is a remote but stunning reef. Sitting so far off the coast, the walls of the reef drop to over 100 metres, with the deep waters inviting lots of larger marine life such as turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, pelagic fish and occasional manta rays.

Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL)

Laura, Cook Area
Free Entry
Journey through golden sandstone hills and sweeping grasslands, boat along scenic coastal estuaries and vast river systems, and delight in flower-sprinkled lagoons and shady waterholes. Relish superb fishing, secluded camping, brilliant birdwatching and stunning photography.

Great Detached Reef

Lockhart, Cook Area
Free Entry
Situated north of Cooktown, close to the Queensland cape, Great Detached Reef is a large complex of several reefs sitting on an old fossil mountain range. With roughly 46 kilometres of edge, wall diving is spectacular here, with steep cliffs dropping down to over 400 metres and small caves scattered across the reef walls.

North Horn Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
The most legendary dive site at Osprey Reef is the amazing North Horn. Located at the northern tip of the reef, this site features a sloping coral shelf in depths from 12 metres to 40 metres, and walls dropping into one kilometre.

Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL)

Cooktown, Cook Area
Free Entry
Rugged yet beautiful, Cape Melville National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land) features the rocky headlands of Cape Melville, impressive granite boulders of the Melville Range, sandy beaches of Bathurst Bay, sandstone escarpments and inland dunes.

Tijou Reef

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
Free Entry
Located off Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef is Tijou Reef, home to many different dive sites, particularly the coral gardens on the inner side and wonderful wall dives on its outer eastern side.

Tijou Reef Dive Site

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
Tijou Reef is located at the southern end of the Far Northern Reefs, so is often the first or last dive site explored on an expedition to this remote area. The sheltered western side of Tijou Reef is dotted with coral bommies and coral gardens that offer wonderful diving in depths to 30 metres.
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