If you’re looking for a unique Sunshine Coast getaway in Queensland, a wonderful place to stay is the quaint and scenic town of Maleny, which is located 90 kilometres north of Brisbane on the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. With much of the Sunshine Coast being beaches, sun and swimming, this inland town provides a uniquely different experience.

 

Here we show you how this charming and delightful dairy country is a must-visit.

 

1. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

 

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

 

Soak up the natural beauty of subtropical rainforest that overlooks the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains. There are walking tracks, boardwalks and viewing platforms perfect for taking in the stunning views and experience life under the rainforest canopy. There are also campsites if you wish to sleep under the stars on a longer trek.

 

 

 

2. Maleny Botanic Gardens and Birdworld

 

Maleny Botanic Gardens

 

Meander through some of the most beautiful gardens in Queensland featuring a panorama of waterfalls, ponds and colourful plants, lush rainforest surroundings and breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains. You can go on a picnic by one of the lakes and simply relax in the magnificent rainforest setting. Don’t forget to visit the aviary which houses over 300 birds.

 

3. Maleny Cheese

 

 Maleny Cheese

 

Head to the famous Maleny Cheese and Maleny Dairies and see for yourself how dairy products are made. Maleny is home to Maleny Cheese and the Maleny Dairies, which means you have an abundance of award-winning local cheese, ice-cream, dairy and other produce to enjoy throughout your stay. Imagine indulging in a delicious cheese platter back home in your nearby holiday cottage!

 

4. Maleny Village Artisan Food Market

 

Maleny Village Artisan Food Market

 

Buy homemade goodness direct from the artisans at the Maleny Village Artisan Food Market. From chocolate sauce and candies to spices, olives, free-range eggs, chutneys, dressings and freshly baked goods, the market provides a delicious experience for all.

 

5. Arts and Crafts

 

Arts and Crafts

 

Browse through different art galleries that feature works from established and emerging artists. Maleny is home to some of the hinterlands most creative and innovative artists and craftspeople. With a range of different creations from the woodwork, to beads and musical instruments, the town is always abuzz with art shows or creative endeavours.

 

 

 

6. Gardner Falls

 

Gardner Falls 

 

Take a short walk downstream to Gardner Falls, a hidden gem in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Pass a number of shallow rock pools until you reach the largest pool underneath the falls. With a grassy verge and lush landscape, it also makes an ideal spot for a picnic.

 

7. Australia Zoo

 

Australia Zoo

 

Visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo for the ultimate wildlife destination. With over 1,200 animals and stacks of shows daily, you’ll get your action and adventure in one epic place! Get hands-on with cuddly koalas, waddling wombats, slithering snakes and cute kangaroos. Join snakes, free-flight birds and saltwater crocs, live in the world-famous Crocoseum in the daily Wildlife Warriors show.

 

8. Kondalilla National Park

 

Kondalilla National Park

 

Located on the Blackall Ranges, the magnificent Kondalilla National Park boasts verdant forest, adjacent mountain ranges and several walking tracks the most challenging of which is the Kondalilla Falls Circuit. Discover scenic views over the waterfall, and enjoy rock pools and freshwater creeks along the park's walking tracks. Relax in the day-use area which is ideal for picnics.

 

9. McCarthy’s Lookout

 

McCarthy’s Lookout

 

This lookout sports one of the best views of the Glasshouse Mountains, spectacular in any weather and well worth stopping by.

 

10. Local Cafés and Restaurants

 

Local Cafes

 

Visit local cafés and experience the wide range of food that is on offer in the region. From fine dining to grabbing a quick bite, there are plenty of eateries available. You can also stop in Maleny Mountain Wines to sample a range of reds, whites, fortified and dessert wines from Australia and around the world.

 

 

For a different and exciting Sunshine Coast Experience, a stay in Maleny will not disappoint. Plan your visit so that you can take your time to feel and indulge in the culture, produce and scenery this wonderful town has to offer.

 

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