Maleny View

View of the The Glass House Mountains from McCarthy's Lookout


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. When you first drive into the town, it is very scenic and rural, with magnificent views over the Sunshine Coast hinterland. As you drive through the main street of the town, you can’t help but feel the cultural vibe of this buzzing community, which is a well-known hub for artisans and musicians and those seeking an alternative lifestyle.


Artisan Market

Artisan Food Market in the main street of the Maleny township


There is no shortage of things to do in Maleny, with a sophisticated choice of cafés and restaurants, a well stocked, fresh-produce supermarket; as well as markets and playgrounds to keep you entertained. The town is also pet friendly, with dog water bowls at nearly every shop or café!


Australian Zoo

Maleny Cheese Café


Maleny is also 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!


The town also provides the perfect base to explore the nearby hinterland including the iconic Glass House Mountains. Enjoy hinterland picnics, bushwalking, rock-climbing and so much more. You can also experience some of the artistic culture of Maleny first-hand by participating in an “Introduction to Art” workshop, while you’re there. Visit the Maleny visitor information centre for more information.


Australia Zoo


For a change of scenery, the beach is never far away with a relatively short 20 minute drive to Maroochydore, as well as Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo being only a 15 minute drive.


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.