As you make your way up the winding roads of the Blackall Range to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, there’s a little a taste of what lies ahead by the roadside.
Stalls piled up with mangoes, jars of honey and organic fruit and veg are dotted along the way – an assortment of ramshackle honesty boxes the preferred way to pay.
From farmgate tours to factory tastings and café-restaurant cuisine, you’ll get an under-the-hood experience from the hilltops, learning from some of the leading growers, makers and brewers in Australia.
Here we've rounded up some of the best farm to fork experiences to make sure you experience the best of Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Good Harvest Organic Farm, Woombye
Strap in, your epic day out with Creative Tours’, Farm to Fork experience of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland begins with life’s finest nectar, coffee, where you’ll get behind the scenes insights into the complexities of coffee making.
Having worked up a healthy appetite at two farm tours, your day only gets better with lunch at a local brewery and restaurant Brouhaha, featuring produce from the previous stops and a brewery tour.
The day concludes soaking up the sunset from one of the best views of the glasshouse mountains and a wonder through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Here you can tune into the sights and sounds of the soothing rainforest and hundreds of bird species.
Maleny Cheese, Maleny
Taking a drive up the range for a day exploring? Maleny Cheese is a most-stop spot to sample award-winning cheeses.
Take your picnic to the next level of greatness with a beautiful oozey triple cream brie or stock up with a selection of club cheddars for a cheese platter at home.
With a massive range of cheeses and yoghurts, all made from local happy hinterland cow’s milk, your tastebuds will thank you for dropping by!
Whether crispy mountain top mushies, Mooloolaba prawns or Wagyu beef burgers are your thing, you’ll feel the level of attention and care where local ingredients are made to shine on the plate.
In true circular economy style, Brouhaha’s leftover grains from the brewing process are sent to the Wagyu farmer to feed the cattle too. Nice!
Imagine sitting at a long table at the top of one of the hinterland’s green rolling hills, under a string of lights with 190 fellow diners and friends? Ahhh the serenity…
People, Plates and Places will transform your view of dining with their hugely popular paddock-to-plate five or six course dining experiences in ‘secret locations’ proving a sell-out every time.
With only local produce, local drinks, local chefs and local locations, what are you waiting for? They’ve discovered the secret sauce and it’s tasty! Check out what’s on.
Flame Hill Vineyard, Montville, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Arriving at Flame Hill Vineyard is a feast for the eyes with its undulating vine covered hills, gardens and blossoming flame trees all beaconing you to take your time and stay for a while.
With its own well-stocked veggie garden and only locally sourced produce, the team at Flame Hill are determined to take you on a heart-warming culinary experience with flavour to the max.
Paired with their lovingly, hand-produced whites and reds, it’s mission complete really. Prepare to indulge.
With lush rolling, green hills rolling up to meet you, it’s easy to see why the guernsey girls cows of Maleny Dairies look so happy and well.
On a farm and factory tour here, you’ll not only get the chance to meet calves and full-grown cows, but also the farms’ emus, before learning the magic behind making their milk products in the factory.
Don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities to taste their famous milks, yoghurts, custards and ice-creams.
Spicers Clovelly Estate, Montville, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
For more than 18 years, The Tamarind’s head chef Daniel Jarrett has been transforming the best raw ingredients into award-winning cuisine that people are queuing up for.
Dubbed ‘modern Asian with a Thai heart’The Tamarind’s tasting menu brings Daniel and his teams’ bold flavours to the plate among a retreat-like rainforest setting.
With dishes ranging from sashimi or seared duck to baked tofu and sweet potato noodles on the vegetarian menu, The Tamarind’s five course signature tasting menu will take you on a culinary journey you and your friends will be raving about for years.
If escaping to France for the night (or day..) is more your thing, make a reservation at the Tamarind’s sister restaurant The Long Apron, a multi award-winning restaurant serving refined French cuisine in a picture perfect countryside setting.
Here, Head Chef Birse and his team will take you on gastronomic journey, exemplifying local produce with culinary creativity and his take on classics like locally sourced beef tartare and chicken liver parfait.
Planning a romantic day out in the Hinterland? Make it ultra-memorable with a five-star gourmet picnic hamper for two packed with slow graze style foods like carefully crafted charcuterie and cheese, pickles and the chef’s selection of sweets.
Cows at Kenilworth Dairy
Getting to Kenilworth Dairies is almost as delightful as the dairy itself. With winding roads through green undulating pastures, sweeping bends and massive gumtrees at every turn, this is a quintessential Hinterland tourist drive.
Meet the happy cows of this historical dairy and take your time sampling handcrafted cheeses from traditional recipes, plus yoghurts, ice creams and mousses. Udderly sensational!
Inspired by the Argentinian barbecue culture of Asado, prepare to be mesmerised while watching your meal be prepared hanging over the open fire.
Terra Firma brings the fire to you for an unforgettable dining experience where you can interact with the chefs and bask in the delicious aromas of foods like smoked salmon made on the log or six-hour smoked, hung pineapple baked in honey. Do you feel your mouth watering yet?!