I live in Queensland, do a lot of travelling with my husband and family and enjoy writing in my spare time. Jac.
Published June 25th 2013
A 7.30 start and a quick stop to grab a cup of coffee for the road, we head off north along the Bruce Highway, turning off along Steve Irwin Way for our day trip to Kenilworth in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Turning off at Landsborough, about a 40 minute drive from the north side of Brisbane, Queensland, we venture up along the Maleny Range, through the little township of Conondale on the Mary River, and then take the turnoff along Sunday Creek Road. The beautiful, familiar sounds of the whip and bell birds are a certain reminder that we haven't far to go. Before long we arrive at the 'day use area' of the Charlie Moorland camping ground, on the banks of Little Yabba Creek, in the Imbil State Forest.
Although a few barbecues are available, we chose to bring along our small gas stove to enjoy a late breakfast/lunch consisting of eggs, bacon, toast and lovely cups of hot tea and coffee, all of this while surrounded by the beautiful Imbil State Forest. It's almost a certainty, when you are sitting there amongst the flora and fauna, you will be privileged to enjoying the company of a goanna, scrub turkey or two.
After our delicious 'brunch', we set out for a leisurely stroll along one of the many walking tracks, one leading down to Little Yabba Creek, the beautiful little watering hole just perfect for a cool dip in summer. There is something special about this place, whether it's the birdlife, the distinct earthy smell of the lantana, the cooler temperatures or the calming atmosphere we seem to experience in a rainforest setting.
A couple of hours spent at Charlie Moreland campground, and we head back the way we came to spend some time in the Kenilworth township, where we partake of free cheese and yoghurt tasting at the Kenilworth Cheese Factory. We couldn't go home without buying a lovely block of our favourite cheese.
Walking up through the town, there is an interesting op shop full of all the usual paraphernalia, but also an unusual array of hippy clothing, bringing back the feel of the 60s and 70s era. After an hour or so spent strolling up and down the street, looking in the various gift shops, it's time to head for home. We keep an eye open for the lovely fresh farmers' produce available at the little roadside stalls and even stop to pick our own punnet of strawberries at a strawberry farm. Pineapples are another favourite. They don't get much sweeter than straight from the farms around Glasshouse Mountains.
Overall it's been a wonderful and relaxing day out and we look forward to our next trip, which more than likely, will be a camping trip, which will enable us to spend a few days making the most of the wonderful experiences Kenilworth and its' surrounds have to offer.