Bardon’s Fairy House Continues to Invite and Beguile

In 1950, Russian artist and architect Grigori Mekhonoshin, added magic to Bardon when he decided to build what would subsequently become Bardon’s Fairy House.

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Built after World War II and originally intended for his daughter, the house took a long time to finish because Mekhonoshin struggled to find available materials for the construction of the house in post-war Bardon. Because of its unique structure and layout, the locals soon started calling it the Fairy House.

Enchanté

Walking along the busy McGregor Terrace, visitors will only be able to see the apex of the attic, an odd sight to behold at street level. Several unique sculptures stand like silent sentinels outside, tickling your curiosity to look further inwards.

As you approach, you will discover that the house has three levels. Inside, the house has picturesque views of the hills from all levels.

Phoito credit: Flickr
Photo credit: Flickr

The upper-level, built in the style of a loft, has a trap door with a ladder, providing access to the room below. Aside from that, it has its own access to an outside walk bridge.

The middle level has a massive main bedroom complete with a study-cum-sitting area, with amazing outside views that can make the weary feel happy in just a snap. It has its own bathroom and another external access.

Photo credit: 2012 the foto fanatic / Your Brisbane
Photo credit: 2012 the foto fanatic / Your Brisbane

The kitchen, the third bedroom, and the living area are all located on the lower level that flows out onto the covered deck. Trees in the backyard provide a quiet, shady spot to meditate and feel close to nature.

The garage may look like a normal garage, but it is actually the upper level of a separate structure, with another room that’s perfect for guests, and a full bathroom. Its whimsical decor, or an outside entrance where one shouldn’t be, all contribute to the magical appeal of the place.

Fairy House As Private Residence

Unfortunately, tourists and locals who wish to further see the inside of the home will be disappointed, as it is now a private residence.

It wasn’t always that way, though. In 2008, the house was almost demolished, along with 27 other properties along MacGregor Terrace, as part of the State Government’s proposal to improve the street. Fortunately, the issues were resolved and the property remains standing, ready to cast its magic upon unsuspecting passers-by, and keeping them spellbound long enough for them to appreciate the enchantments of Bardon’s one and only Fairy House.

Winter School Holiday 2018 Activities For Teens & Kids In Bardon & Nearby Suburbs

Keep your kids and teens busy during the winter school holidays. Bardon and nearby suburbs have great activities lined up where your children can participate in!

2Ballerinas

If you have teens who want to learn ballet, this is the perfect place to enrol them. The studio teaches adults from 16-80. They offer introductory classes as well as advanced workshops.

For the full list of their schedule, click here.

Address: 195 Kennedy Tce, St Bernards Studios at the corner of Kennedy Tce and Lizzie St, Bardon, Brisbane QLD 4065

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

The planetarium has plenty of shows that you can take your kids to during the winter holidays.
From aliens to exploring the dark universe, your kids will definitely love it.

For the full schedule, you can click here.

Address: Mount Coot Tha Rd, Toowong QLD 4066, Australia

Speak Up Studio

If you have a child who loves the theatre or who simply just loves acting, Speak Up Studio offers a number of workshops.

Short and Sweet Prep-Grade 4 – This workshop runs for three hours each day and is suited for the little learners.
Little Experts (Grade 3- Grade 8) – This workshop is more advanced that will hone the skills of your children whilst having fun!
Born To Perform (Grade 3 – Grade 8) – This is their musical production and play extravaganza that will really teach your students to perform better on stage!

For the schedule and workshop prices, you can click here.

Address: 110 Windsor Rd, Red Hill QLD 4059, Australia

Go Deeper Into Mt Coot-tha Forest Through The Simpsons Falls Track

Go on a scenic walk through the Simpsons Falls track, which kicks off at the picnic area that will take you deep into the Mt Coot-tha forest. During the late winter and spring, beautiful surroundings are even more expected due to the abundance of wildflowers along the path.

If you’re up for some adventure, you definitely should try the Simpsons Falls track as you will be taking on rock obstacles that both challenging and fun. The 2.8km trail is one of the most popular walking trails in west Brisbane. If coming from Bardon, the track begins at the picnic area. From the track, you will be led to the Eugenia Trail which leads to the falls.

Walk a bit further and you will get to the Eugenia Circuit which is thick with eucalypt woodland and vine forest just across the falls. The beauty of nature doesn’t stop here. Take a few more steps and this will lead you to the Simpson Falls viewing deck. A wonderful view awaits on top of a natural haven that sets contrast to the concrete jungle that you will see here.

Whether you’re looking for a way to just disconnect or do some walking as part of your exercise, the Simpsons Falls track is definitely something that is worth a go.

Bushwalking Guidelines

The Brisbane City Council continues to maintain and preserve 9,500 hectares of bushland and wetland reserves for the animals, plants, and for the entire community to enjoy. The council also wants your bushwalking to be a safe and an enjoyable experience hence their guidelines that must always be taken into consideration:

  • Don’t go alone
  • Wear a hat
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Always bring water
  • Make someone know where you’re going
  • Exercise caution on tracks
  • Always take a track map or you can also download the map here
  • Always carry your mobile phone with you

Happy walking!

Great Food At The Bardon Bowls Club For The First Half Of June

A variety of dishes is coming at the Bardon Bowls Club this month. So, if you’re looking for great eats around the area, you might want to drop by.

That BBQ Joint

(8 June – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Photo credit: That BBQ Joint / Facebook

If you’re hungry for American BBQ, and other delicious smoked meats, you won’t want to miss this food truck. They’ll be parked at the bowls club to serve you three hours of tender, smoked, and juicy meat that will keep you full the rest of the night. Don’t forget to try their 12-hour smoked beef brisket!

How We Rolls

(9 June – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

The perfect stop on a weekend night if you’re up for some delicious rolls stuffed with juicy cuts of meat. You might want to try the newest addition to their menu – the Smoked Fish rolls.

Rolls Pho Mi

(10 June – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Photo credit: Rolls Pho Mi / Facebook

End the weekend with some tasty and authentic Vietnamese street food! Cap off your Sunday with the whole fam whilst you enjoy pho and banh mi!

Na Meche Place

(16 June – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

In the mood for some empanadas? This food truck will take care of your Venezuelan street food cravings. Try their national dish, the Pabellón Criollo and Colombian. For first timers, the Bandeja Paisa is also highly recommended!

Rolling Stone Pizza

(17 June – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Before you plop on the grass at the club, make sure that you have a slice (or a box) of pizza with you to make the whole experience worthwhile. They offer pizza sizes from nine to 11 inches and they are all cooked over wood fire!

Address: 69 Bowman Parade, Bardon QLD 4065

Taneka Kovchenko Announces Retirement From Diving Ahead of Commonwealth Games

A rare mum and daughter team would have been present at the Commonwealth Games diving events. Little Ducks Childcare Community’s manager in Bardon, Michelle Kovchenko would be tallying up the scores manually, whilst her daughter Taneka competes at the Gold Coast Games. However, a sudden turn of events forced Taneka to retire from her diving career after 14 years due to health reasons.

Taneka took to her Instagram account to announce her retirement due to her safety. She narrated that since the end of last year, she had been feeling chronic headaches and neck pain. It was only recently that she had herself checked and found out that she has a health condition and a dive gone wrong could turn her into a ventilated quadriplegic.

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Pt.1 This past week I’ve had to make one of the hardest decisions of my career so far and I would like to firstly say thank you to medical professionals at SASI for being so diligent throughout this process because without them life could have be a lot worse. Yesterday I announced I am having to retire from diving due to my safety. Since the end of last year I have had chronic headaches and a lot of pain in my neck. We decided it was time to get it check out last month so I had a few scans done, not thinking much off it. From the first scan we found I have a fairly common genetic formation where my scull formed before my brain finished growing which seemed to pose no immediate problems but my Doctor wanted to send me to the neurologist as this can sometimes cause a build up of fluid in the spinal cord. I had a few more scans done in flexion and extension of my neck which found my neck is hyper flexible and my c1 and c2 are compressing my spinal cord and the bottom of my brain when in these positions. The neurologist and Doctors where very clear that if a dive was to go wrong that the result would be being a ventilated quadriplegic. This was a super scary moment. I thought of every scenario to try and continue diving till at-least the end of this season however the risks highly out weighed the options of continuing to dive and sadly had to make the heart breaking decision to stop diving. I have had an amazing 14 years diving chasing my dream of representing Australia. I am great full for every experience and opportunity I have been given. I am leaving the sport as an athlete proud of my accomplishments and with so many life skills. I have learnt so much from this sport including courage, determination, inner strength, persistence, confidence, self belief, to aspire, support and empathize with teammates even if it’s a primarily individual sport. This may be the end of my diving career but I’m not going to be a stranger to the sport, I’m still in love with it.

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Not taking any more chances, Taneka decided to retire for her health and safety. She thanked her supporters and the people who have been there for her throughout her athletic career in her two-part Instagram posts.

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Pt. 2 I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has played a roll in making my years in diving such memorable ones from the highest of highs to the heart breaking lows, it’s all been worth it. To my teammates off to the Gold Coast for comm games thank you for the support and inspiration not only through this week but also over the years. I love you all and I wish you all the best next week I’ll be cheering you all on 💪🇦🇺 To my coach Michel Larouche I am beyond grateful for being able to be guided by you these past 3 and a half almost 4 yrs my longest standing coach to this day. I thank you for pushing me to my limits and beyond. I’ve learnt by pushing the limits it enables us to change, learn and improve our selves. Thank you to @sa_sports_institute for everything the support and guidance you have given me over the past three and half years has been amazing in and out of the pool. You are all like family to me and I now truly have a soft spot for SA ❤️ @divingaus thank you for your support over the years these past few have been beyond my wildest dreams and I’ll be forever great full for the opportunities given to me to represent Australia in diving. Last but not least thank you too my family for everything I love you all so much and am internally grateful for your love and support ❤️ over the many years. I am sad that this chapter is closing but excited for what might be around the corner. No matter what I know one thing will never change I’ll always strive to be my best and continue chasing my dreams.

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In March, Taneka and Melissa Wu competed at the Diving World Series in Beijing, China where they won bronze with 299.46 points.

Taneka has been diving since she was eight and has been competing since she was 12. She relocated to Adelaide after she acquired a scholarship and a Canadian coach.

The Commonwealth Games was supposed to mark Taneka’s debut into the international multi-sport event along with Matthew Barnard and Matthew Carter.

Lewin Street Store In Bardon Has Just Become The Perfect Weekend Stop

The only cafe on Lewin Street in Bardon has just expanded its products. You can still get your Allpress Roasters coffee at the Lewin Street Store, but prepare to do more than that.

A Touch Of Greenery

Green thumbs out there will appreciate that the cafe and general store is now offering plants. Now, you get to select from a wide selection of plants that are up for purchase.

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Lewin Street Store / Facebook

This makes it the perfect weekend spot — coffee, good food, and your plant needs.

Live plants have become a trend. Whether indoors or outdoors, these plants just give more life to any area. The good news is that Lewin Street Store carries plants that require low maintenance. So, if you’re new to the “plant world,” no worries, you’ll get the right plants for newbies like you here.

Everything’s Fresh

Some 40 years ago, it was a local butcher shop that turned into the house of a spiritual healer. Now owned by Michelle and Jess, Lewin Street Store aims to provide warm hospitality and local produce not just for the locals but for other people in nearby suburbs who come by.

The cafe also gets its supplies straight from locals. A gentleman who lives nearby brings fresh honey from his beehives, while two ladies bring fresh basil and kale.

There is also a group of special ED students who pick and bring vegetables to the store through the help of a market program.

Brunch, Anyone?

The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. They offer basic food selection such as their fruit salad and a selection of toasts. These may look simple but they taste superb and they are the perfect meals to help you power through the day.

Settle in with a good beverage. They offer Allpress coffee and Barambah Organics milk, which are a perfect combination. Pait it up with organic bread from Leavain, or choose from delicious treats such as muffins, ice creams and banana loaf with hand-churned butter.

On weekends, enjoy some pastries from Crust & Co.

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Lewin Street Store / Facebook

The store is not just about coffee and pastries. It also serves as a mini-convenience store with heaps of stuff that you can find, such as toothbrushes, olive oil, Vegemite and much more.

Address: 109 Lewin St.

Celebrate Easter with Free Movies in the Park in Bardon

Celebrate Easter with the whole family and enjoy a free movie from the Brisbane City Council in Bardon.

On 24 March, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., bring the whole family with you for Movies in the Park and other fun activities at the Jubilee Park.

To commemorate Easter, there will be a special visit by the Easter Bunny and Alice in Wonderland.

Kids will also enjoy the rides at the park such as the tea cup and the bouncy castles. There are also fun activities like the mini golf and face-painting.

Food will be available from Cafe Cartel. Expect a selection of milkshakes and desserts such as cakes, muffins and slices. They also have gourmet fish and chips. Their mini pancakes served with an assortment of toppings are something that you shouldn’t miss.

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The Bardon Lions Club will also be there to offer some good sausage. Sausages are prices at $2.50 whilst drinks are at $1.50 each.

The Lions Club’s presence at the event is to help raise funds for the community. The club is dedicated to make a community a better place to live, work and grow.

The rides and other fun activities will begin at 4:00 p.m., whilst the movie, Despicable Me 3, will start at 6:30 p.m.

Photo credit: The Movie Database

Movies In the Park is the council’s initiative to provide free entertainment to the local community. Every month, free movies are held in various parks and local libraries in Brisbane.

Free movie schedule can be found here.

A Revamped Bardon Community Market Is Coming

On 18 February, a bigger Bardon Community Market will be available for the locals. The last Bardon Community Market took place in December last year. This year, the market will be under new management and will showcase new stalls.

What’s going to make it bigger and better is that some stallholders from the now defunct The Gap Farmers Market will be joining the 30 vendors at this community market.

Sara Ashmore-Smith, who runs the farmers market in The Gap, said she handpicked two of the best coffee people and a good breakfast stall from the previous market, The Stanthorpe apples and the butcher from The Gap markets will also be there.

Make sure that you drop by Parrydise stall for that delicious antipasto platter. They have tasty duck eggs, duck egg pasta, marinated Olives, feta and Backas small goods.

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For those looking for a sugar fix, don’t miss out on J’Adore Les Crepes.

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Delicious coffee and farm fresh breakfast from Amalua farm will be here as well. Feast on delicious omelettes and breakfast wraps!

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The new Bardon Markets will be held every Sunday from 6:00 a.m. You will find it at the corner of Baroona and Rainworth Roads, next to Norm Buchan Park.

Beans on the Green in Bardon Keeps the Community Closer Than Ever

Just beside the Bardon Bowls Club, what looks like a tin shed will capture your attention. This shed is actually a cafe called Beans on the Green, which is a local favourite. Locals are very much invested in the community here, which makes this place a great spot for everybody to get together a couple of times a week.

The cafe was established in 2012. Boasting of a green and lime exterior with a relaxed indie vibe will lure you in. Vintage pieces adorn the inside of the cafe.

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There is indoor and outdoor seating. The seats outside has overhead fans and potted plants for cooling during the hot summer days. If you want to soak in some vitamin D, you can sit on the seats further away on the synthetic grass with outdoor umbrellas.

This is also a great place for you to bring your kids; not only does it have a wide green space but it also has many toys to keep them entertained.

Bring your pups with you as well! You can sit down on the grass with a blanket whilst your pups run around or socialise with other pups.

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When it comes to their food, their menu is pretty simple offering some sandwiches and biscuits. Of course, most of the people who come here grabs a cup of joe – they serve Establishment coffee.

Just by the side of the cafe, you will notice mortals that are hand-painted, making the cafe a standout. This is also a perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos.

Photo credit: Beans on the Green / Facebook

Address: 69 Bowman Parade

Cheese & Wine Tasting Night in Bardon

If you love cheese and wine, then you shouldn’t miss the Cheese and Wine Tasting Night happening on 23rd November at the Woodblock Cheese in Bardon.

The event will start at 6:00 p.m. and it’s not just about indulging yourself in delicious cheese and rich wines, but you will also learn more about cheese. There are four varieties of cheese and wines that you are going to taste, so make sure that you’re ready for some booze in your system.

You will also have the chance to talk to the cheesemaker as well as the people from Cush & Cush. At the end of the night, you can purchase cheese and wine products at a discounted price.

This is a great place to spend your Thursday night! If interested, you can book and pay here.