The little ye ol’ historical village of Buderim has always been renowned for its lush rainforest-vibes and sky-high homes with spectacular coastal views. But we won’t lie, this ritzy suburb — as swanky as its residents think it is — has somewhat been referred to as being a little behind the times.
Well, the “retirement village on the hill” is no longer. Buderim has had a serious shot of the hipster booster, and with the suburb’s own five-star eco resort now on the horizon it’s seems times are a changing’ on the mountain.
This place is a head turner if you’re not used to seeing rad stuff in Buderim. Rue Bourbon is a shipping container turned coffee shop perched on the edge of one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean. Inspired by French-influenced New Orleans, the flavours here are synonymous with the American south. Coffee? Views? Want to be seen? It’s all here.
Buderim Village Park
That central grassy viewing spot, next to the Coffee Club, is now one of the best green spaces on the Coast, landscaped with BBQ areas and even an open-air stage for live music. This favoured family or couple’s picnic spot showcases unbelievable views of our natural coastline. Be sure to BYO picnic blankets, cheese platters, and maybe a cheeky bottle of plonk.
Buderim Forest Waterfall Walk
No wonder it can take 20 minutes to drive from one side of Buderim to the other, because inside this wonderous suburb is a hidden 45ha oasis, hidden on its northern side. With a whole natural world of tall trees, ferns, babbling waterfalls, cascades and bird calls, it’s no wonder people breathe better in Buderim. Not a fan of getting dirty? The beautiful boardwalk will keep your shoes squeaky clean.
Harry’s On Buderim
After you’ve explored the next door Buderim Falls warm up by the fireplace at this iconic fine dining restaurant which offers modern Australian cuisine in the inspiring surrounds of a charming 120-year-old homestead. Their two hatted chef, Stuart Bell, creates his menu using the freshest local produce and ingredients. The veranda offers guests a true outdoor Queensland experience with views over the open parklands and rainforest. Trying to impress someone? Bring them here.
John Kyle Espresso
There's a slick new coffee joint that's just opened in Buderim and we love everything about it. From the guys who converted retro coffee haunt, The Birds and the Beans Espresso Bar, from Vandy's Garage to a fave coffee lounge, this newbie is definitely a look in. Their specialty coffee is hand blended focusing on premium grade coffees that have been ethically sourced. The interior is modern and clean with that whiff of new-school Buderim luxury. We love John Kyle and so will you!
OK it’s not TECHNICALLY Buderim, but just outside its parameters is a beautiful lilly pilly hedge maze which (if you squint your eyes) will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into the 80s cult movie classic Labyrinth. There’s even a Harry Potter quiz, mini golf area and tea house serving delicious Devonshire teas, fine espressos and yummy food. The maze is even open at night and BYO drinks are allowed for special occasions. Woah!
Maroochy Bushland Sculpture Garden
While you’re on the Tanawha side of the hill, this tranquil sculpture garden will have you omming and chanting your way back to your car. The mixture of man-made art and nature brings a sense of peace and connection with the natural world. The sculpture gardens are the perfect spot for meandering, picnicking, relaxing and day dreaming. Ahhh…
The Buderim southsiders know where the coffee’s at on this side of the hill and it’s right here at The Hamptons. Cold? Don’t worry the blankets are already out on the chairs to keep you toasty warm. And with speciality cakes like the chocolate hazelnut cake and gooey salted chocolate brownies, these guys know how to warm up your bellies in the chilly months.
You’d be forgiven if you thought you were in New Farm when you stumble across this gem wedged in the suburb’s heart centre of the Woolies retail precinct. Mint is a fresh foodies’ paradise. Think eye-boggling salads, bliss balls, and health shakes galore. Oh, and good coffee. But that’s a given.
When it’s a corker of a day — winter blue skies and the sun is shining bright — the Buderim Tavern is the perfect spot for a few arvo bevvies. Like a rose? Sit outside with your bestie or lover and share a bottle with the cheese platter, while soaking up that killer view. It’s winter relaxing at its best.
The Shak Organic Cafe
Yet another little hidden gem in Buderim. This is the place you’ll want to consider for your brunch bucket list. We went and tasted their Buddha bowl recently, and it became a fast fave of ours. The sourdough waffles are also a must-try for those wanting something a little sweeter. There’s ample indoor and outdoor seating if you want to sit down and people watch in little old Buderim town for a while.
Image credit: Amy Higg for The Urban List