The Hinterland

If you seek a special kind of holiday, one that connects you deeply with the naturally rejuvenating power of nature, you will find pure calm and complete contentment awaiting you in the hinterland. As you stroll the quaint laneways of the shopping village of Montville, browsing fashion boutiques and galleries, or hike through the glowing jade green forests of Maleny to Mapleton and across the Mary Valley to the Conondale Ranges, you will feel your body and soul infused with fresh energy.

Venture across the Blackall Range to arty Maleny, where you can nurture your whole being with every kind of healing therapy, chill out in organic cafes, and visit an eclectic variety of art galleries and home studios, before continuing into the open country spaces of Witta or Kenilworth. Visit the mysterious Glass House Mountains and learn about the ancient Aboriginal legend of Mount Beerwah, Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Coonowrin, visit Ewen Maddock Dam recreation area in the Mooloolah Valley or stop into the historic Landsborough Museum and learn about the region’s early pioneers.

Venture off the Range and into Woombye, the Sunshine Coast’s first major settlement near Nambour’s Big Pineapple, now the site of a thriving farmers’ market. Or splash out with a stunning Asian meal at the renowned Spirit House Restaurant, in Yandina. When the urge for serenity and introspection arises, visit the Chenrezig Institute for Buddhist Studies, at Eudlo, a little piece of Tibet tucked away inside the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast rainforest.

Here, in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, you can choose your own pace, with the time and space you truly desire.


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Flaxton Gardens


Flaxton is a leafy little village between Montville and Mapleton. Its eastern side is blessed with spectacular sweeping views that take the eye soaring off the Blackall Range and down to the ocean’s horizon — early risers, prepare yourselves for a stunning sunrise. Flaxton’s western side is blanketed with the verdant subtropical rainforest of Kondalilla Falls National Park, where you can enjoy hikes of varying intensities and spend hours swimming in the refreshingly deep, cold waterhole.

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Glasshouse Mountains

Glass House Mountains

The Glass House Mountains are 16 volcanic crags that rise up dramatically from the surrounding landscape of eucalypts and pineapple plantations, their aura of mystique making them one of Australia’s most fascinating landmarks.

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There’s a special magic about Maleny that will cast a lingering spell over you when you visit. Stunningly green, undulating dairy country dotted with cows, is interspersed with pockets of remnant rainforest, and offset by breathtaking birds-eye views of the Glass House Mountains, creating an exceptionally pretty holiday destination.

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Considered a thriving rural community and home to number of points of interest for visitors. Small quirky shops and cafes dot the street between government buildings and the town is also home to a number of events. The renown Queensland Garden Expo, the Sunshine Coast show, the South Queensland Caravan, Camping and fishing Expo and nearby Big Pineapple Music Festival are some the events that Nambour host.

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Montville shares elements of its surrounding hinterland villages, like Maleny and Mapleton, but has a character all its own, with its quaint European architecture. First settled in 1887, it has grown into a thriving shopping village with a wonderful array of quality art galleries, stylish cafes and restaurants, gift shops and beautiful fashion stores, set in the picturesque surroundings of a shady tree-lined street with incredible views all the way down to the coast.

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Walks and Trails


Mapleton is a small and sweet hinterland village with soaring views stretching across the coastal plains and down to the ocean on one side, and dense subtropical rainforest blanketing the other. In Mapleton Forest Reserve and Mapleton Falls National Park, you’ll feel lost inside a land before time, as you walk among lush piccabeen palm groves, grandiose bunya pines and tall blackbutt forests. This is a true paradise for hikers, mountain bikers and birdwatchers.

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You’ll fall in love with Kenilworth’s rustic country charm, sweeping Mary Valley views and its timeless rural landscape dotted with dairy farms, olive groves and vineyards. Kenilworth’s first store opened in 1922, and the town still retains much of its 1920s charm, but with some modern highlights, like the famous cheese factory, a brilliant contemporary art gallery and a popular and well-equipped playground. For a peak into the past, the delightful Living History Museum features an old-fashioned schoolroom and other displays dealing with the area’s history.

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Yandina is a town in a time warp — but in a good way! Whether you’re holidaying in Yandina or just visiting for a day, you’ll find the place relaxed and the people friendly. One of the oldest towns on the Sunshine Coast, Yandina is famous for its pub, the Ginger Factory and its sleepy little subtropical town centre full of heritage-listed buildings.

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Zoo Sanctuaries and Aquariums


Beerwah has two major attractions that have really put it on the map for international visitors: one is Mount Beerwah, the largest of the Glass House Mountains, and the other is Australia Zoo, made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.

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  • Beerburrum
  • Bridges
  • Bald Knob
  • Beerwah
  • Belli Park
  • Burnside
  • Coes Creek
  • Conondale
  • Coochin Creek
  • Coolabine
  • Cooloolabin
  • Crohamhurst
  • Curramore
  • Diamond Valley
  • Diddillibah
  • Dulong
  • Elaman Creek
  • Eudlo
  • Flaxton
  • Gheerulla
  • Glass House Mountains
  • Glenview
  • Harper Creek
  • Highworth
  • Hunchy
  • Ilkley
  • Image Flat
  • Kenilworth
  • Kiamba
  • Kidaman Creek
  • Kiel Mountain
  • Kin Kin
  • Kulangoor
  • Kuluin
  • Kureelpa
  • Landers Shoot
  • Landsborough
  • Maleny
  • Mapleton
  • Montville
  • Mooloolah Valley
  • Mount Mellum
  • Nambour
  • North Arm
  • North Maleny
  • Obi Obi
  • Palmview
  • Palmwoods
  • Parklands
  • Peachester
  • Perwillowen
  • Reesville
  • Ridgewood
  • Rosemount
  • Towen Mountain
  • Valdora
  • West Woombye
  • Witta
  • Woombye
  • Wootha
  • Yandina
  • Yandina Creek
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