Tucked away among the deciduous and coniferous trees of Australia’s oldest plantation forest, Maple and Pine has planted its roots in regional South Australia’s Bundaleer North.
Complete with fairy lights and window-laden walls, the sleek new function space is now open and ready to host weddings, birthday parties, and functions in its secluded location. The grand opening will take place on Sunday, July 18, with Premier Steven Marshall officially unveiling the new space, but the venue has already hosted some corporate events and yoga retreats.
Maple and Pine has both indoor and outdoor seating areas, with a well-manicured lawn perfect for outdoor games and dining out front. The main function room has an adjoining deck that stretches out along the building, and guests can choose to hire them together or separately. With the outdoor area included in the booked space, 300 people can comfortably attend any function at Maple and Pine; Otherwise, there’s an indoor seated capacity of 150 and standing capacity of 220 without COVID-19 restrictions.
The facility comes equipped with a bar and commercial kitchen, but it’s designed to be self-catered, meaning you’re able to hire your own floristry, photography, catering, event styling, entertainment and more. However, Maple and Pine has a list of local businesses, suppliers, and accommodation to recommend if desired.
The new, foliage-encircled venue is not only a place for events, but it’s also the crown jewel of the Bundaleer community. Through financial and service donations, the surrounding community has provided more than $500,000 to Maple and Pine’s build. The community-driven function space is run by a local not-for-profit board, the Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association (BFCAA), which acts as the caretaker of the 22 ha Bundaleer Forest Reserve.
“We’re happy to create a community space for locals to gather together and celebrate events in a place that is special to a lot of people,” BFCAA volunteer Mel Kitschke says.
“It has a special, community-driven purpose, run as a business to generate funds to keep the recreational areas of Australia’s oldest forestry plantation open to the public.”
Bundaleer is located where the Clare Valley Wine region meets the Remarkable Southern Flinders. Kitschke, and surely many others in the area, are delighted to have Maple and Pine as a new flagship of their region.
“It is great to have this attraction in this special place for our community to enjoy and to share with visitors,” she says.
Find Maple and Pine at 45 Springs Road, Bundaleer North.