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by Di Hill (subscribe)
I love writing, taking photos, travelling and enjoying life. I have a BA of Adult and Vocational Teaching and a Master of Arts (Writing). My business card says Writer, Traveller, Camera Addict, and Bamboo Fan www.dihill.com.au
Published June 25th 2019
Under the Skin
How many times have you driven north, past the Caloundra turn off, and seen the huge skins on display along the fence on the left? How often have you said, "I must visit that place one day"? And then one day you do. When you sight the signs or the skins on the fence line turn left and follow on to The Skin Thing.

The Skin Thing, fur, skins, Akubra, Ugg,
Outside The Skin Thing


On a trip north to Carters Ridge, I did stop at The Skin Thing, and discovered a world of skins that was quite remarkable. Apart from the huge animal skins having over the fence, each day put on display by a staff member weather permitting.

The Skin Thing, fur, skins, Akubra, Ugg,
Photos from The Skin Thing


Inside the building, it is packed to the rafters of the skin and furs of a range of animals. The selection is quite amazing! They are piled high in the centre of the store. On the side walls, there are many truly Australian products including Ugg boots and Akubra hats. There is also a range of coats.

There are so many items created with the skins, from rugs to mats, to seat covers and more.



It's a wonderland of the coats of animals from cattle, kangaroo, and other animals from overseas.

The Skin Thing, fur, skins, Akubra, Ugg,
At The Skin Thing


Many of the cow hides are imported from Brazil, which has very high quality hides to use as rugs. There is more information about these products at the website here. Some of these cow hides have printed patterns on them.

The Skin Thing, fur, skins, Akubra, Ugg,
Skinny Things


On the counter I found this lovely dog. It did look real from a distance!



The Skin Thing is open 7 days a week all year round, and the staff are familiar with people explaining how they have passed many times and kept saying, "One day I must go to The Skin Thing." I wasn't the first and won't be the last, but I did find it a fascinating experience.

If you are not able to visit they have a great Online store on their website. Check it out here.

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Why? To see or purchase various animal skins
When: Open 7 days a week
Phone: (07) 5494 5248
Where: 15 Ballantyne Ct, Glenview QLD 4553
Cost: Varies
Your Comment
I frequently drive past this but haven't been in. It's good to know what they sell. Thanks Di.
by Amanda I (score: 2|819) 160 days ago
Do, I actually live in Caloundra when I am not trekking the rest if the country and so, I will put a visit to the Skin Thing next time I am home. Thanks. Christine
by chris (score: 0|2) 154 days ago
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