Nestled in the heart of the Blackall Range, filled with pockets of sub-tropical rainforest and a bustling village centre that looks like it’s been ripped straight from a romantic movie, Maleny is THE place to be this winter.
Picnic at Maleny Cheese, Maleny
From tummy-warming culinary delights and misty morning adventures in nature, to art experiences and cosy nights curled up by the fire, we’ve rounded up 10 must-do activities in Maleny this winter. So rug up, dig out your calendar and get planning.
Throw on a cosy jumper, fill a basket with baked goods and a flask with warming tea for a picnic at the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Sprawled over 110 acres, awash with greenery, breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains, exotic plants in a rainbow of vibrant hues and a variety of birds, this fairytale-like spot is perfect for a sunny winter’s day in the hinterland.
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
Perched on the edge of Obi Obi Creek, surrounded by subtropical rainforest, park yourself at one of the high tables at Brouhaha Brewery for a tasting paddle of their award-winning craft drops. Whilst sipping their sours and ales, fill up on their tasty, seasonal menu full of drool-worthy eats like wagyu beef burgers, sweet and sour pork belly and strawberry rhubarb panna cotta.
Cold winter days and gourmet cheese platters are a match made in culinary heaven. Fortunately Maleny is stocking some of the best dairy delights in Queensland. Start out at Maleny Cheese where you can catch the crew in action as they whip up crumbly cheddar, creamy brie and tangy feta. Over at Maleny Dairies you can bottle feed the adorable calves, pet the farmyard animals and taste your way through their range of milks, yoghurts and custards. Round out your indulgent day by stocking up at Maleny Food Co. where you can shop more than 300 types of local and international cheese, gelato and pastries - perfect for snacking on later by the fire.
Maleny Dairies. Credit: TEQ
Any golfer worth their putter will know that Queensland winters were made for days spent on the green. With crisp sunny weather, swing your club at the Maleny Golf Club. Bounded by the beautiful Obi Obi Creek and wetlands, this 18 hole public golf course is one of the prettiest you’ll ever play at.
Shake off any winter blues with a day of indulgence in Maleny. At Lillypilly’s Cottages and Day Spa disconnect from everyday life and recharge your batteries with one of their dreamy hot stone massages in tranquil surrounds. Even better - if you’re too blissed out to leave, you can stay the night at one of their luxury cottages. Over at Spa Anise at Spicers Tamarind Retreat book in for the Lime Caviar Revival Ritual and thank us later.
Spa Spicers Tamarind
Nothing will warm you up quicker than chucking on your hiking boots and exploring Maleny’s rugged outdoors. Get your calf burn on with a hike through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. The lush 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest, which overlooks the Glass House Mountains, is awash with a labyrinth of greenery-strewn walking tracks. And for something seriously magical, park your car on the banks of Obi Obi Creek and follow the babbling stream to Gardners Falls. While it’s too cold for a dip at this time of year, it’s the perfect spot to sun worship with a good book or picnic.
No matter the season, it’s always a good idea to have a sweet treat but there is something oh so special about tucking into creamy chocolates when it’s cold out. At the Maleny Chocolate Co. all of their decadent bites are hand made on site. Devour slabs of honeycomb and boxes of artisan chocolate, or get your hands dirty with a chocolate tempering class or chocolate truffle making class.
Maleny is brimming with incredible art and local talent - perfect for perusing on a cold winter’s day. Start at Art on Cairncross, the fine art gallery showcases original works by artists from the Sunshine Coast and all around Australia. There’s also glass sculptures, porcelain, bronze and ceramics. Wander down the road and you’ll stumble across Maleny Art Direct, Peace Of Green Gallery and the Ben Messina Landscapes Gallery.
Maleny Lane on Maple Street, Maleny
While Maleny is known for its lush greenery, their foodie scene is just as appealing. Start your day with a caffeine hit and tasty brekky at Monica’s Cafe. For a trip to Germany, no passport required, head to King Ludwig's Restaurant and Bavarian Bar where you’ll warm your belly with pretzels, bratwurst, apple strudel and German beers. Finally, treat yourself to the chef’s tasting menu at The Tamarind - the duck breast with pumpkin yuzu purée is a game-changer.
One day in Maleny is never enough, so treat yourself to a relaxing overnight stay at the village’s brand new luxury retreat - Maleny Lodge. From the same crew who brought us the Loea Hotel in Maroochydore, this stunning escape is housed in a restored heritage building from 1905. Soak away your troubles in the roll top bath or heated magnesium pool, get cosy with a glass of wine in the plush king size beds, and go for a stroll amongst the sprawling manicured gardens and native woodland.