Welcome to Lucy's collection of ideas and adventures designed to inspire others to get off the couch and explore our local environment.
Published October 13th 2013
Update March 12th 2017
This venue is permanently closed and no longer trading.
The best spot to stop on the Bruce Highway
The kids were whining in the back seat, the dog was panting on the floor and the driver needed a well deserved break, so we followed the nearest exit off The Bruce Highway and discovered Glenview Gardens.
Initially attracted by the Devonshire Tea sign, we were soon converted further by the fully fenced, designated dog resting area, complete with kennels and play equipment (for dogs only). They have appropriately called this the "Pooches Patch".
Willy Wagtails - an excellent children's playground
As we wandered around the shady rainforest theme garden together, the kids noticed fountains, fairies, gnomes hidden amongst the ferns and best of all - a well appointed kid's playground called "Willy Wagtails". They bounced and hid in the cubby house and explored all the toys while we relaxed in the gardens. We also noticed a "tweens" lounge area called "Kool Kookaburras" complete with Wii games, books and DVDs. How very thoughtful.
There are plenty of outdoor and indoor tables at Glenview Gardens where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They specialise in Devonshire Teas ($12), offering date, pumpkin, sultana or plain with home made jam and cream with a wide selection of tea or coffee, which I highly recommend.
On weekends there is a $20 "all you can eat" buffet breakfast and a great pizza/pasta/rib menu in the evenings. They also have onsite boutique accommodation and facilities for weddings and other functions, including a tropical pool and spa. It really is a relaxing and peaceful place to explore and rejuvenate before heading back into the busy highway traffic.
So, next time you're driving to the Sunshine coast, why not stop in for a break at Glenview Gardens? The kids and the dogs will thank you for it and you'll all arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and still smiling.