Sunshine Coast a sweet slice of foodie paradise

By Michael Turtle
Updated March 18 2021 - 1:29am, first published January 29 2021 - 5:00am
Part of the tasting menu at hatted restaurant The Long Apron at Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville

The Big Pineapple still rises ripely just off the Bruce Highway as it cuts up the Sunshine Coast. Since it opened in 1971, the large fibreglass fruit has stood as a symbol of the fertile lands that flow from the hinterland down to the beaches in this part of South East Queensland. But there's something more complex to the symbolism these days. The pineapple is currently closed to visitors and the tourism infrastructure around it is empty and silent, pending a new development. The message isn't spoken but it's understood - the Sunshine Coast doesn't need a tacky roadside monument for visitors to know this is a land of fresh food aplenty.

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