Good morning bliss seekers, I'm going to take you on a walk through a beautiful sub tropical garden today. You may be surprised to know that my family and I do actually venture away from the ocean sometimes and that there is more to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast then it's stunning beaches.
The unique vibe that many feel whilst on the Sunshine Coast can be attributed to the beauty and the close proximity of nature and the environment. National parks are found all over the coast and stretch to the waters edge as I have previously mentioned here and here. Less then a 30 minute drive west of the coast we have the glorious hinterland area. A lush green paradise with its diverse flora and fauna and pristine sub tropical rain forests. When the weather and the water temperature cools ever so slightly through winter, we often turn to the hinterland for some nature bliss. Dotted through out the hinterland are some charming historical villages (which I will be posting about over the next few winter months) rich with skilled artisans, vibrant businesses and people who are passionate about their community and the environment.
Just on the edge of the hinterland area is one of our favourite gardens to visit. It is actually located at The Ginger Factory. Where you can discover everything there is to know about ginger on this nine hectare site. On our visits, we have seen how ginger is grown, harvested and turned into the most delicious range of ginger products. The real treat though is the amazing and stunning sub tropical gardens full of ornamental ginger to meander through. I especially love the fact that you don't pay an entry fee to the grounds, you only pay for the tours you choose to join. A win for the family entertainment budget!
The restored 100 year old cane train that circles the grounds with it's very own and very cute station adds a little bit of nostalgia. Even the kids bring their camera's whenever we visit the factory gardens as there is so much beauty to behold. We always end up spending more time than we think we will on our visits as it it such a blissful and serene environment to be amongst. I took all of these photos last week end, which for us here in Australia was the beginning of winter. Can you believe how luscious and green it is? Another reason I love living on the Sunny Coast, it is green all year round. I will have to take more photos for you in January when the ginger plants are in full bloom and are ever so magnificent.
So there you have it, a sample of Hinterland bliss from the Sunshine Coast. I hope your Friday is wonderful and your weekend is even better.
Sending you much bliss, Heather xx
All photos by Heather W.
All photos by Heather W.