Maleny is known for its stunningly green, undulating countryside. The landscape is dotted with dairy cows, interspersed with pockets of remnant sub-tropical 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 uninterrupted views, mountain air and waterfalls that entice visitors, it’s the artistic and eco-conscious community that make Maleny truly special.

Here life revolves around Maleny’s vibrant Maple Street, with its organic cafes, eclectic fashion boutiques, brilliant bookstores and historic hotel. There’s a thriving art scene here, with contemporary art galleries and artist’s co-operatives.

The region is also synonymous with some of the best dairy and cheese products in Australia. Must-visits include Maleny Dairies, Maleny Cheese and Maleny Food Co, where local dairy is used to make a delicious range of gelato.

But it’s not just dairy putting Maleny on the map, but beer. Brouhaha Brewery offers a core range and seasonal selection of craft brews and works together with local producers on their delicious dining menu.

In Maleny, scenic rainforest walks, lakes and waterfalls are never far away. Enjoy spectacular views from Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World, before journeying to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. The reserve encompasses 55 hectares of sub-tropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains, a Discovery Centre and Mountain View Café. For a cooling dip, Gardners Falls is a hidden gem just waiting to be explored.

Finish the day at one of the town’s luxury accommodation providers, with a selection of luxury lodges and relaxed resorts on offer to suit all tastes and budgets.

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