Half an hour inland, the Blackall Range forms a stunning backdrop to the popular Sunshine Coast’s beaches. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is home to a number of quaint mountain villages, which offer a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the coastal lowlands. A day trip through these communities will help reconnect you with the naturally rejuvenating power of nature.
Originally a timber-cutting and dairying area, Maleny is now a tourist mecca, known as an alternative lifestyle community. As well as being on the Hinterland tourist drive, Maleny attracts daytrippers from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast who are attracted to the various stores, art galleries and specialty shops. Whilst timber-cutting has all but ceased, dairying is still a large part of this rural area.
Just north of Maleny is the township of Montville. Montville was predominantly a logging then farming community, until a tourism boom which commenced during the 1970s. The town is now a popular short break tourist destination for the people of Brisbane, and is famous for its parks and walks. Popular attractions include galleries, restaurants, wineries, clock shop, cheese factories, and craft and clothing shops.
Once you’re ready to venture off the Range, head into Woombye, the Sunshine Coast’s first major settlement now the site of a thriving farmers’ market and annual music festival. Visit the famous Big Pineapple in Nambour with the kids, or splash out with a stunning Asian meal at the renowned Spirit House Restaurant, in Yandina. If the urge for serenity and introspection arises, visit the Chenrezig Institute for Buddhist Studies, at Eudlo, a little piece of Tibet tucked away inside the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast rainforest.
Walk through the lush rainforests, take in the breathtaking scenery, lose yourself in the natural beauty and serenity of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb one of the ancient volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains, or simply drive up to the Glass House Mountains lookout to take it all in.
There’s something on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland for everyone!