The Charm of Montville, Australia

DSC00404Montville, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland of Australia, remains unseen by most but always charms visitors one way or another. If it isn’t the astonishing views down the mountains to the coast, it’s the shopping strip of the main street.


It is an area of hand made things, from local artists or unusual corners of the globe. And shops that specialize in surprising things like puzzles or fudge making or Irish paraphernalia, along with unusual samples of regular items such as clothes, ornaments, jewellery, pottery, and so on…


But it isn’t just the content of the shops that is special, it is also the gardens surrounding them.




And incredible attention to details, like these bins with bunya nut tops placed everywhere.


Not to mention the beautiful local wild life tiles in the paving.


There are also many beverages to choose from.


And a good place to find them is the  pub at the top of the hill with its “husband creche” for those who’ve had their fill of the view, the shops and the gardens.


Sunrise at Montville, Australia

DSC00425Montville is a tiny, little known town on the top of the Blackall Ranges in the Sunshine Coast hinterland an hour north of Brisbane, Australia. Few stay for more than an afternoon, taking in the charming shops and the incredible views of the coast.


However, if you can stay over night it is well worth getting up early and enjoying the sunrise over the east coast of Australia.






“Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing moment of birth.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Nashville to Gympie

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Gympie is a country town in rural Australia in the state of Queensland. It owes its existence to James Nash who found gold there in 1867. A mining shanty popped up around the mine, originally by the name of Nashville, but it was renamed Gympie the following year after the aboriginal word for a local stinging tree.


Museum Harley Sign

There are not many tourist attractions. The local museum, which is mainly about gold mining and a collection of slice- of-life, had some other interesting items such as the 1942 Harley Davidson above and circular playing cards below.

museum - playing cards

Next door to the museum is a lovely park with much bird life, including black swans, a type of bird native to the other side of Australia.


The biggest local event is the Gympie Muster which is a country music festival held in August.


Within the fence

DSC00154“Travel does not exist without home….If we never return to the place we started, we would just be wandering, lost. Home is a reflecting surface, a place to measure our growth and enrich us after being infused with the outside world.”
― Josh GatesDestination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter

Lamp & Olive

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
― Maya AngelouAll God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes

We are two Australian girls with a car, a camera and a desire to explore. This page is about our home.