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Maleny Visitor Guide

07 Aug 2017

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.

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.

But it’s not just the naturally refreshing views and mountain air that enrich your soul — it’s also the artistic and eco-conscious community. 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. Lick a delectable gourmet Hazelnut Roche ice-cream from the award-winning Maleny Food Co as you browse the interesting array of village stores. If you like a drop of the amber, make time to visit brewpub Brouhaha Brewery for craft beer and cider - they also do a fabulous Sunday roast. 

There’s a thriving art scene here, with contemporary art galleries such as Art on Cairncross and artist’s co-operatives and bodyworkers offering a range of delicious healing therapies. Take a scenic drive, with your camera at the ready! Breathe in the invigorating air from the remnant rainforest trees at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, meander through Maleny Botanic Gardens, let the tension melt away with a visit to Spa Anise at Spicers Tamarind, have an afternoon dip at Gardners Falls, or kayak across the smooth waters of beautiful Baroon Pocket Dam in the rosy glow of the late afternoon.

Maleny accommodation makes the most of its beautiful surrounds. Choose from exclusive retreats, set amidst the lush rainforest near Gardners Falls, or family-friendly billings, with panoramic views of the Glass House Mountains. And there’s a delightful selection of country cottages and cosy B&Bs, each imbued with its own unique character and offering complete peace and privacy.

The Wood Expo in May brings thousands to Maleny Showgrounds for a weekend celebration of sustainable timber and the Maleny Agricultural Show is a hit with the kids in May. The Arts Connect Inc. Open Studios event offers a rare opportunity to watch artists working in their home studios, and for a truly local event, the annual Christmas Carnivale sees the main street closed for a festive evening of rides, market stalls and live music.


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