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An easy day-trip to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

05 Jan 2018

If you haven’t already experienced the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, then you are in for a treat. Enjoy the beauty of green, undulating hills rolling into quirky and eclectic villages that are a buzz with award-winning cafes, restaurants and bars for you to tantalize your tastebuds. Follow bushwalks through ancient rainforest, leading to phenomenal views of the Glasshouse Mountains, explore family owned farms and vineyards and get lost in the magic of the Sunshine Cost Hinterland for a day.


Duration: 1 Day | Mode of Transport: Car and foot  | Degree of Difficulty: 1/5


  • Culture
  • Markets
  • Bushwalk
  • Scenic views
  • Food and drinks



Maleny is about hour and a half north of Brisbane city, located in the stunning Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Maleny is known for its stunningly green, undulating countryside. The landscape is dotted with cows, interspersed with pockets of remnant rainforest, and offset by breathtaking birds-eye views of the Glass House Mountains, creating an exceptionally pretty holiday destination. Maleny has a charming village, with the gentle Obi Obi Creek winding around it, where you can spot the occasional platypus if you’re lucky. Life revolves around vibrant Maple Street. With its organic cafes, eclectic fashion boutiques, brilliant bookstores and historic hotel it is your first stop on your day-trip to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. There’s a thriving art scene here, with contemporary art galleries and artist’s co-operatives, bodyworkers offering a range of delicious healing therapies.

If you are heading along on a Sunday, stop off at the Maleny Sunday Markets at the RSL Hall, on Bunya Street from 8am to 2pm. Delight your senses with a variety of stalls offering special hand made arts and crafts, as well as delicious food stalls, antiques, jewellery, massages and so much more.

Stop off in Maleny for a delicious breakfast and enjoy people watching as you sip on a 5-star coffee.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

After breakfast, take the short drive from Maleny to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and immerse yourself in the ancient rainforest. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is surrounded by lush national parks that provide wonderful walking tracks for easy day walks to over night Great Walks, with waterfalls and waterholes to relax next to or cool down after your bushwalking adventure.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises of 55-hectares of National Estate listed subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the Reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which promises to delight with its tranquillity and beauty. Step back in time in their Rainforests Through Time display at

the Discovery Centre, take a relaxing walk along their rainforest tracks, have a picnic or barbecue, or relax at the Cafe.

On your way to Montville, take the short drive back to Maleny, and visit Maleny Food Co. for one of their award-winning gelati’s or sorbet’s. There is a huge selection to choose from and the friendly staff are happy to recommend some of the best-selling flavours. If you are thinking of more of a savoury option, then spend some extra time explore their amazing fromagerie, with over 250+ types of cheese you are guaranteed to walk out with a smile on your face and a wheel in hand.



Your next village to visit is Montville. 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. Don’t miss the thriving village with its quaint European architecture and unique character. Some might say Montville is the creative soul of the region with a myriad of art galleries, pottery studios, craft cottages, gift and antique shops, specialty shops and more. A Montville day-trip is a hinterland experience imbued with complete quality, fusing wonderful cultural pursuits with spectacular natural wonders.

After stopping for lunch in Montville, make the short drive to Flame Hill Vineyard for a wine tasting. Or enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at their on-site restaurant, offering a delicious paddock-to-plate experience. Become part of the estate’s journey when you experience the 100% estate-grown and hand-picked wines, locally-sourced and seasonal menu and wonderful views of exquisite hinterland countryside.

There is so much to see and do in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, with farm tours and visit to the Maleny Botanic Garden, this is just a sample of some amazing adventures you can experience, but sometimes you need a weekend getaway to enjoy it all. Explore our range of itineraries here.