Day trip – Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Amazing views, wineries, bakeries, cafes, cheese makers, fudge shops. Not to mention the waterfalls, creeks and lakes.

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is only an hour and a half from Brisbane by car. A great place to visit if you want a day away from the beach/the city. If you are visiting Brisbane then this is one of the places I recommend.

The towns of Montville and Maleny, and the surrounding National Park are my favourite in the area. I made the drive up there with a friend last week.

We did a little bit of everything, but it’s the kind of place where you can just relax by a waterfall or at a restaurant with a hillside view. For those who love bushwalking, this is the place.

There is the Great Walk. If you do it in full, bring a tent because it takes a few days (58Kms in full). However, there are also numerous circuits of different lengths, depending on your abilities.



If you aren’t feeling energetic then stop for a beverage at “The Edge” restaurant in Montville. So named because it is on the edge of the mountain with the view towards the ocean:


You can go for a stroll through this beautiful little town, visiting boutique shops. For wonderful scones with tea/coffee you can try the Poet’s cafe in the middle of town:


If you are not worried about your waistline then stop in at Fudgyboombahs. They will cater for all of your fudge eating needs.

There are plenty of affordable cafes with quality food for anyone on a budget. We opted to splash out on our lunch and attended the Flame Hill Winery.



The atmosphere and surrounding views make it my favourite place for lunch in the area. The menu changes every season, and the menu will match the best wines for your choice of dish.



You might as well do some wine tasting while you are there.

We attempted a swim at Obi Obi creek, which is part of the Kondalilla National Park:

To get there you can follow the signs to Lake Baroon, directing you to turn left just before reaching the township of Montville (that is also the same turn to take for the Flame Hill winery).

Unfortunately for us, there had not been enough rain so the creek was not flowing with enough water to make it nice for swimming:



The sound of Cicadas in this place was intense! Combined with the heat, it was a reminder that we were definitely in Australia.

Our second attempt at a swim was more successful. We drove to the other end of the National Park to Kondalilla Falls. It was a slightly longer walk to the rockpool, but even with no waterfall flowing it was still swimable. Kids/teenagers were jumping from the higher rocks and swinging from the rope swing:



If you want to know what I mean about the waterfall not flowing, here is a photo of what it looked like:

But when I went there two years ago, it looked like this:

Because it was more humid, I also became acquainted with a leech. I am glad that did not happen again.

Before you go home, don’t forget to stop at the cheese factory.

You will find this place on the road between Montville and Maleny. If you like cheese this is also a good place for lunch.

For anyone wanting to visit The famous Australia Zoo, that is on the main road when you make your way up to Montville/Maleny (if coming from Brisbane). Instead of taking the drive twice, I would recommend staying overnight. Australia Zoo requires a full day.

It is also a good stop over if you are travelling between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Whenever I get interstate or overseas visitors, we usually spend a day in the hinterland.

For a guide to Montville click here
For information about Maleny click here
About the Great Walk click here
About the Flame Hill Vineyard click here
About The Edge Restaurant click here
About the cheese factory click here

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