The Pioneer Cottage is a small museum within one of the oldest surviving houses in Buderim. Built around 1882, the
heritage listed Pioneer Cottage was built for John Kerle Burnett and his family, sometimes called the JK Burnett residence.
Pioneer cottage started with four rooms off a central hallway, a parlour and bedroom at the front and dining room and bedroom at the rear.
The building has been updated a little, such as the original shingled roof has been replaced with a corrugated roof to save on maintenance costs and the stumps and verandah have been replaced.
The verandah originally surrounded the cottage completely, however, parts of the back verandah were closed in for the kitchen and make additional rooms.
Another change to the cottage was to add a couple of rooms in the roof space. These rooms were added with the stairs placed in the hallway. The hallway is very narrow as a result, as is the stairs.
The cottage was to be knocked down for a new home to be built. The owner was allowed to build a new home next to the cottage where she still resides. The cottage was donated to be used as a museum.
The rooms are set out more or less as they would have been used, like the kitchen, bedrooms, sitting room, etc. The displays are very well done, showing relevant artefacts without over presenting.
Many museums have displays with countless items handed to them. Pioneer Cottage add items that contribute to the display, giving the rooms a more authentic feel. I mentioned to one of the volunteers that it is one of the better museum displays I have seen and she said they have won an award for the displays.
Outside the cottage is a slab hut shed with various tools, such as picks, forks, shovels, and the all important coffee grinder.
To get there:
If heading north on Bruce Hwy, take the Buderim exit (Exit 194) onto the Sunshine Mwy. Take the exit off the Sunshine Mwy for Buderim onto Tanawha Tourist
If heading south on Bruce Hwy, take the Forest Glen exit (Exit 200) onto Mons Rd. After about 500m, turn left at the lights towards Buderim to continue on Mons Rd. Continue on Mons Rd for 4.4km, becoming William St, and turn left onto Burnett St. Follow Burnett St 1.2km into Buderim, and turn left at the roundabout into Ballinger Rd with the brown sign for Pioneer Cottage. After 100m turn right into Ballinger Cres with another brown sign for Pioneer Cottage. The cottage is less than 50m on the left.
If on Sunshine Mwy around Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, take the Buderim exit onto Mooloolaba Rd and head towards Buderim. Follow Mooloolaba Rd for 3.1 km to a roundabout and continue straight ahead onto King St. Continue on King St into Buderim and turn left at the roundabout into Ballinger Rd with the brown sign for Pioneer Cottage. After 100m turn right into Ballinger Cres with another brown sign for Pioneer Cottage. The cottage is less than 50m on the left.
Cost: Adult $5.00, Child $1.00
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-3pm
Wheelchair accessible: No