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.
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.
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.
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.