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Local in the Know: Matilda from The African Cottage

What is your favourite time of year on the coast and why?
Most certainly autumn! I love the crispness in the air after the stifling humidity of summer, and the promise of cold winter nights in front of a log fire.

What do you do to relax on the Sunshine Coast? 
Go to lunch with friends at one of the many fantastic restaurants we have here. To name a few – Reserve and Pommodoras in Maleny, The Boatshed in Maroochydore, Flaxton Gardens and Le Promenade in Caloundra.

When friends and family come and stay, what do you recommend for them to do during their stay on the Sunshine Coast? 
Go to lunch at Reserve or Pomodoras, Maleny, or Flaxton Gardens and enjoy a walk on Sunshine or Peregian Beach. Relax at one of the many little coffee shops in Duke Street at Sunshine Beach or browse the lovely shops of Maleny. Cruise on the Noosa River in your own pontoon boat with BBQ, go for a walk in Noosa National Park, climb Mount Tibrogargan, become a child and have fun at Aussie World or indulge your senses at Noosa or Yandina Markets.

What is the your favourite aspect about living on the coast? 
It is relaxed and there is a real community spirit where I live in Maleny. People care about each other. And we don’t have the stresses of city life!

What is your idea of a perfect day spent on the Sunshine Coast from dawn to dusk? 
Go for a walk on the beach. Enjoy a healthy breakfast sitting in the beautiful sunshine. Stroll down Hastings Street in Noosa or Maple Street in Maleny for a bit of retail therapy. Have a long, relaxing lunch with some crisp chardonnay, preferably overlooking the ocean. Enjoy a nanna nap. Go for a walk on the beach, followed by a coffee, reading the newspapers. Sit quietly with a sunset drink. Have a massage! Enjoy a fabulous dinner that I cooked myself, with more chardonnay! Watch a bit of TV, then go to bed with a good book.

What do guests love about your cottages? 
The cottages and the surrounding gardens have a fantastic energy to them. Sitting underneath a 500-year-old fig tree, is also quite relaxing.
Describe your cottages in five words:
 Unique, different, African inspired, relaxing.
Provide us with a word picture of your cottages: Cosy comfort.
What makes your cottages special? 
Guests can totally unwind, without having to leave their cottage. Relax in front of a log fire, enjoy a traditional South African dinner by candlelight, have a relaxing massage – all in the comfort of their cottage.

The African Cottage

943 Maleny-Montville Road, Maleny, QLD 4552

P: 5435 2445
F: 5435 2445


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BEST BEACH: Sunshine Beach
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BEST EATERY: Difficult choice! Reserve at Maleny
BEST PARK: On the river at Noosaville
BEST MILKSHAKE SPOT: Colin James Fine Foods, Maleny
BEST ICE CREAMERY:  Colin James Fine Foods, Maleny
BEST FISH & CHIP SHOP: Sunshine Beach Fish & Chips
BEST SURF CLUB: Alexandra Headland
BEST DRIVE: Blackall Range Tourist Drive