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Exploring the Sunshine Coast art gallery trail

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An art gallery crawl may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think Sunshine Coast, but as anyone that’s scored sweet Eumundi Markets swag will know, there’s plenty of creative talent thriving off all that fresh coastal air.

From hinterland hideouts Maleny and Montville, to the beachy vibes of Caloundra and up the coast to Buderim, Eumundi and Noosa, the Sunshine Coast art gallery trail is for culture vultures who like their art gallery fix served with a generous side of local.

Embrace your inner art critic and hit the road to see these must-do Sunshine Coast art galleries.  

Buderim

Buderim is an underrated star in the lineup of Sunshine Coast’s hinterland hotspots. Sitting hillside behind Maroochydore, check out Burnett Avenue for a bite to eat, or chase some waterfalls in Buderim Forest before (or after) you get an art fix at Art Nuvo.

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Serenity Falls, Buderim

Art Nuvo
25 Gloucester Rd, Buderim
P: +61 7 5456 2445
Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm

Inside a once-decrepit old Queenslander, sits Art Nuvo, a sleek gallery that’s home to a carefully curated collection of local, original artworks. Batik, ceramics and sculpture sit alongside paintings and limited edition prints for purchase.

Montville

Montville’s reputation as a cute mountain getaway is undeniable, but it also holds the honour of having one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest concentration of art galleries, all within walking distance of each other.

Throw in plenty of more-ish cafes (hit up local icon Poet’s Cafe for daily treats) and a delightful village vibe, and you’ll find it hard to head to the next stop.

The Secret Gallery
207 Narrows Road, Montville
P: +61 7 5478 5888
Open Mon-Sun 7am-7pm

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The Secret Gallery via website

Hungry for art with a view? The Secret Gallery’s views over the rainforest and Lake Baroon are almost more of a drawcard than the art inside, which has been curated from local artists and artisans.

If you’re just straight out hungry, grab some sustenance from the Secrets on the Lake cafe before continuing your art odyssey.

Illume Creations
Shop 4 Mayfield
127-133 Main Street, Montville
P: +61 7 5478 5440
Open Mon-Sun 10am-4.15pm

Glass isn’t just for windows at Illume Creations, a specialist gallery showcasing the talents of local glass artist Tina Cooper. Colourful and extra delicate, pick up a nice vase, platter, or a unique piece of jewellery and handblown glass decorations to add to your art collection.

Nature’s Image Photography
162 Main Street, Montville
P: +61 7 5442 9564
Open Mon-Sun 10am-5pm

Wildlife and nature photographer Andrew Goodall uses light to do his painting, capturing breathtaking images of the Sunshine Coast’s best natural assets. The stunning results are hanging serenely on the walls of the Nature’s Image gallery, open to public daily.

Check out the selection of framed and unframed photos hanging throughout the space before getting your mitts on bookmarks, postcards and greeting cards.

Montville Art Gallery
138 Main Street, Montville
P: +61 7 5442 9211
Open Mon-Sun 10am-5pm

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Richard Bogusz, Montville Art Gallery via Hinterland Times

A dynamic line-up of emerging and established Australian artists, and a different feature artist every month, mean there’s never a dull moment at the Montville Art Gallery.

Artworks adorn every spot of the old Queenslander’s walls, spilling out onto the shady verandahs and wooing art lovers from the Sunshine Coast, and all over the world.

Main Street Art Gallery
167 Main Street, Montville
P: +61 7 5478 5050
Open Thu-Sun 11am-4pm

Main Street Art Gallery is Montville’s champion of contemporary and eclectic pieces made by predominantly local artists. Dealing in sculptures, painting, photography, prints and ceramics, there’s a high chance you’ll luck upon something you love.

Maleny

The artsy fraternal twin to Montville, Maleny‘s delights keep coming; wineries, a cheese factory, and more walks than you have active wear, you can kill a day or a week at this mountain-top escape.

Art on Cairncross
3 Panorama Place
Cairncross Corner, Maleny
P: +61 7 5429 6404
Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

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Art on Cairncross via Visit Sunshine Coast

A collaboration between two of the Sunshine Coast hinterland’s gallery powerhouses, Art on Cairncross has been going strong for 21 years. Filled with a huge range of fine art pieces including paintings, ceramics, and sculptures, the gallery highlights the work being produced by the Sunshine Coast’s best emerging and established artists.

Ben Messina Photography
3/41 Maple Street, Maleny
P: +61 418 786 476
Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

Local snapper Ben Messina has been stalking both local and national landscapes in the name of beautiful photographs since he was 10. He opened his fourth, and largest, gallery on Maple Street in Maleny in 2014 which features his best work from the city to the sea, and all the landscapes in between.

Peace of Green Gallery
38 Maple Street
P: +61 7 5499 9311
Open Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm

Peace of Green Gallery is a Sunshine Coast artist collective where you’ll find a different artist manning the desk every day. They’ll be only too happy to tell you a story about the work in the gallery; there’s art from a selection of Maleny’s finest artists to make your own, or just admire.

David Linton Gallery
14 Maple Street, Maleny
P: +61 7 5429 6831
Open Mon-Sun 10am-4pm

A tree’s life is never done at the workshop and showroom of Maleny timber artist, David Linton, who gathers and salvages timber to make heirloom furniture, chopping boards and bookmarks plus commission pieces. The gallery is also home to the work of other local woodturners and artists.

Gary Myer’s Gallery
30 Maple Street, Maleny
P: +61 427 526 965
Open Mon-Sun 10am-4pm

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“My View from Maleny” from the LOST series via Gary Myers

Australian landscapes get the technicolour treatment at Gary Myer’s eponymous gallery where all original prints are available for purchase and framing.

Kenilworth

Head west from Maleny through Conondale to Kenilworth, a quaint country town on the banks of the Mary River. It’s all gouda (and plenty of other types of cheese and yoghurt) at Kenilworth Country Foods, so stop in to see a working cheese factory in action (and then, eat all the cheese) before some serious art snooping.

Lasting Impressions Gallery
6 Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth
P: +61 7 5446 0422
Open Mon-Sun 10am-4pm

Established in the mid-1980s, Lasting Impressions is the town’s only gallery but that doesn’t mean it’s rested on its laurels. Over the last 30 years, both local and national artists have exhibited their work on the Queenslander’s walls but internationally acclaimed wildlife artist, Greg Postle, has exhibited solely at Lasting Impressions since 1987.

Eumundi & Noosa

Home to the famed markets of the same name, Eumundi is a ‘can’t-miss’ whether you’re an art buff or not. Escape the well-worn tourist path and head to the township’s main strip to see how the locals do it.

Eumundi’s coastal cousin, Noosa, may have more than its fair share of sun, surf and beautiful beach walks but its art galleries are worth exploring too.

Red Desert Gallery
1 Gridley Street, Eumundi
P: +61 414 504 360
Open Wed-Sun 10am-4.30pm

Red Desert Gallery is one of Australia’s best galleries for Aboriginal fine art, specialising in the work of the elders of Central and Western Desert regions.

Eumundi Art Space
1 Gridley Street, Eumundi
P: +61 7 5442 7654
Open Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm

Neighbour and collaborator Eumundi Art Space also deals in contemporary art and showcases a small, exclusive selection of local artists’ work Wednesday to Sunday or by appointment.

Noosa Regional Art Gallery
9 Pelican Street, Tewantin
P: +61 7 5329 6145
Open Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10-3pm

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Noosa Regional Gallery via FB

Overlooking the river in Tewantin, Noosa Regional Gallery is home to the beating art heart of Noosa. An initiative of the Noosa Council, this gallery supports local artists and artisans through exhibitions, and its well-stocked shop, plus holds regular programs, workshops and events for children and adults.

Hearts and Minds Art
1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
and
Noosa Marina, Parkyn Court, Tewantin
P: +61 418 108 299
Open Mon-Sun 9am-5pm

Borrowing from the old war adage, Hearts and Minds wins visitors over with a light and breezy gallery brimming with contemporary art, furniture, sculpture and jewellery. With two locations (Tewantin and Hastings Street) open daily, it’s pretty hard to pass up a purchase in this art trove.

Caloundra, Palmview and Sippy Downs

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USC Art Gallery via website

Opals Down Under
11 Ballantyne Court, Palmview
P: +61 7 5494 5400
Open Mon-Sun 9am-5pm

Australia’s most famous gem is on glittering display at Opals Down Under in Palmview, and they sell jewellery and unset opals seven days a week.

Caloundra Regional Gallery
22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra
P: +61 7 5420 8299
Open Wed-Sun 10-4pm

Once you’ve done the trinket splurge, head to Caloundra’s Regional Art Gallery to check out the ever-changing exhibition from local and international artists.

University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery
90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
P: +61 7 5459 4645
Open Mon-Sat 10-4pm

Then scoot up the motorway to the Sunshine Coast’s academic seat of knowledge, Sunshine Coast University Art Gallery, where there are regular exhibitions, workshops and lectures to take part in.

Which of the Sunshine Coast’s art galleries have you been to? Any we’ve missed?