The Buderim bucket list
Must-do experiences on the mountain
WHAT do you get when you combine a tight-knit community rich in history, surrounded by beautiful gardens and towering trees, just 10 minutes from the beach all while living in the fresh air on top of a mountain?
One of the Sunshine Coast’s most admired communities, Buderim.
Whether you are a resident or visitor, here’s a bucket list of things to do to experience Buderim in all its glory.
BECOME A HISTORY BUFF
Ever wondered how Buderim residents lived 100 years ago? Step back in time at The Pioneer Cottage. This cottage was built around 1882 of pit-sawn cedar and beech by J.K. Burnett. The main street of Buderim, Burnett St, is named in his honour.
Now a museum, this house is a living piece of history. Walk through furnished rooms of the 1800s and discover historic displays of Buderim’s memorabilia.
The Pioneer Cottage is located at 5 Ballinger Cres, Buderim, and is open Monday to Saturday, 11am–3pm. Entry is $5 for adults and $1 for children. Phone 07 5450 1966 for further details.
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
Ditch shopping centre mayhem and stroll along Buderim Village for a relaxing retail experience. Lined with boutiques galore for him and her as well as specialty gift shops, op shops and book stores, lucky for shoppers there’s also a big selection of cafes/restaurants to refuel.
INDULGE IN A MEAT PIE
Fancy some true-blue Aussie tucker? Tuck into a juicy meat pie from Beefy’s on King St, Buderim. These pies really are fit for a king (and queen). Take it to go and cross the road to enjoy your meat-filled pastry goodness at the beautiful Wirreanda Park. Beefy’s Buderim is open Monday to Friday from 5.30am–5.30pm, Saturdays 5.30am–3.30pm and Sundays 7am–2pm. Bon ap-pie-tit.
Less than a kilometre from Buderim Village is a 45ha secluded oasis of rainforest intertwined with waterways leading to the main event, a spectacular waterfall. Serenity Falls, or as many refer to it as Buderim Falls, will make you feel thousands of kilometres away from civilisation, however in reality you are so close. Park at Harrys Lane, off Lindsay Rd, to start the walking trail towards the waterfall. It starts with an elevated wooden board walk before turning to a rugged trail wandering through bushland. The sound of gushing water becomes louder as you approach the spectacle that is Serenity Falls.
Home to many weddings, special events and corporate functions, Harry’s on Buderim is a must-do fine-dining experience on the Sunshine Coast. Serving up modern Australian cuisine in a 120-year-old homestead, get cosy in the elegant fire room or soak up the rainforest views while enjoying the seasonal flavours of local, quality ingredients.
NATURE’S FINEST: Buderim Forest Park is in the heart of Buderim and it only takes a few minutes’ walk to see Serenity Falls.
Loren Maher from Beefy’s Pies at Buderim inspects the quality of one of their beef pies, which contain much more meat than your average pie.