Friday, 29 August 2014

Pomona - A Mountain of Antiques and Collectables

Mount Cooroora

Sammy and Jane at C & J Antiques 
C & J Antiques and Restoration 
C & J Antiques and Restoration

Clive restoring an antique chair
C & J Antiques and Restoration 
C & J Antiques and Restoration

C & J Antiques and Restoration

Pomona Majestic Theatre 
Pomona Majestic Theatre

Pomona Majestic Theatre 
Hollyhock Cottage 
Hollyhock Cottage

Hollyhock Cottage  
Hollyhock Cottage

Hollyhock Cottage

Hollyhock Cottage

Hollyhock Cottage 
Hollyhock Cottage

Hollyhock Cottage

Mid - life Crisis

The Flower Room 
The Flower Room

The Flower Room

Noosa Shire Museum

Station Place

Pomona Railway Station Gallery

Pomona Railway Station Gallery

Pomona Railway Station Gallery

Pomona Railway Station Gallery
Pomona Railway Station Gallery

Chutney Lane
Chutney Lane


Out the Back Antiques
Saffron Namaste 

A Touch of the Past 
A Touch of the Past

A Touch of the Past 
A Touch of the Past 
Pomona Hotel
Pomona


Pomona here on the Sunshine Coast in the hinterland of Noosa has a special place in my heart. I spent some time volunteering here and got to know many of the locals personally.  I have climbed Mount Cooroora many times ( annual home of the King of the Mountain festival) and loved attending the markets.

Pomona is a small country town at the foot of the mountain and has community of a mix of country folk and alternative lovers.  I decided to visit and photograph some of my favourite places so you can get an idea of what is in store for you in a day visit to the town.

Most visitors enter Pomona from Yurol Forest Road, as you round the bend to your left onto Hill Street you will have a wonderful view of the mountain ahead of you.

Keep an eye out for a sign on your left out the front of a house. When Clive and Jane are home they open and their garage and shed to the public with their antiques, collectables and restored furniture. You will know they are open when the sign is out! You might even be lucky enough to be able to say hi to their pet cockatoo - Sammy! Clive has been restoring antique furniture for over 20 years and has a great reputation for his work. Jane and Clive also hold the popular antiques and collectables fair in town at the Memorial Hall  annually when the Pomona King of the Mountain festival is on.

As you go go down the hill around the bend directly on your right ( Factory Street) around the corner is the famous Majestic - Silent Movie Theatre, a heritage listed site.  I have blogged a little about this theatre before here. I usually park across the road and walk from here up to the other hidden surprise shops.

Rockin Relics Antiques Barn ( the big red shed) wasn't open the day I visited but is well work a look for antiques and collectables. A little further up is Hollyhock Cottage , a cute little cottage jam packed with a beautiful array of plants and gifts.  Keep walking up closer to the orange building with the cafe/bakery and you will see a little lane way with some quaint little shops and cafes. What is in these little stores changes from time to time. At the moment the florist with collectables and gifts had some interesting things. The Noosa Shire Museum is a little further up.

Get back into your car to cross the railway line into the heart of the town. If you turn left at the roundabout there is plenty of parking spaces up here and you can walk to everything easily. I like to start up near the Pomona Hotel, across the road is Station Place. Station Place is home to a little Landcare building and the Pomona Railway Station Gallery.

Pomona Railway Station Gallery consists of the old railway station buildings turned into a lovely garden and art gallery. Here you can also find local information. It's well worth having a look around and chat to the friendly volunteers.

Take some time to stroll around the shops in town, there are three op shops if thrifting is your thing. You also have another antique shop down 'Chutney Lane' as well as a recommended cafe down the same lane.

One of the friendliest cafes in town is Touch of the Past who not only serve up home made meals, they also stock antiques, collectables and gifts with a bit of an old fashioned, shabby chic feel.   Not only great service, but old fashioned prices. I had a sandwich with a coke and it cost me the huge sum of $5.50 all up, all served on vintage crockery. It was a great excuse to then have some home made cheese cake to finish off! It felt like I was visiting older relatives more than being in a cafe.

There are more than enough shops, eateries and op shops in Pomona to satisfy you. Once you are done you may want to tackle Mount Coorora ( or perhaps just admire her from afar!)

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