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A steep road climbs from the coast to Maleny, at the southern end of the Blackall Range. The surrounding area is lush dairy country, although farmland is increasingly being sold for residential development. The town's peaceful community lifestyle and picturesque position, with views to the coast and Glass House Mountains, make it popular with artists.

Visitor Information

25 Maple St; (07) 5499 9033

Nearby national parks

  • Kondalilla National Park

    Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’, is an apt name for this national park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland,...more

  • Glass House Mountains National Park

    On the coastal plain north of Brisbane sits a collection of dramatic sheer-sided volcanic peaks that rise up out of verdant green forests...more

  • Noosa National Park

    The natural delights of Noosa National Park include spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife and wildflowers. Rocky headlands protect quiet...more

Nearby towns

  • Landsborough

    Landsborough is just north of the magnificent Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It was named after the explorer...more

  • Nambour

    Nambour is a large, unpretentious service town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Development began in the 1860s and sugar has been the main...more

  • Kenilworth

    West of the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is Kenilworth. This charming town is known for its handcrafted cheeses and...more

In Town

Arts and crafts galleries: excellent quality galleries throughout town.


Kondalilla National Park This park has scenic walks, subtropical rainforest and the spectacular Kondalilla Falls. The 4.6 km return Falls Circuit track passes rockpools to the falls, which drop 90 m; (07) 5494 3983; 21 km N via Montville.

Mary Cairncross Park: this beautiful park was donated to the community in 1941 as protected rainforest after the fierce logging days of the early 1900s. Walk through the rainforest to see superb panoramic views; 7 km SE.

Baroon Pocket Dam: popular spot for fishing and boating. Follow the boardwalks through rainforest; North Maleny Rd; 8 km N.

Montville: main street lined with cafes, giftshops, potteries and art and craft galleries. The town also has a growing wine industry; 16 km NE.

Flaxton: charming tiny village surrounded by avocado orchards. Visit the local craft stores, public gardens, and miniature English village (housed in Allo Allo French Tearoom); 19 km NE.

Flaxton Barn: antiques store with local food and wine; 21 km N via Flaxton.

Maleny–Blackall Range Tourist Drive: this 28 km scenic drive is one of the best in south-east Queensland. Drive north-east from Maleny through to Mapleton, stopping off at museums, antique shops, fruit stalls and tearooms along the way, as well as taking in spectacular views. The drive can be extended to Nambour.

Fishing spots near town

Mooloolaba 29 km

It’s 6am on the Mooloolaba waterfront behind Kawana Waters Hotel. The temperature is mild enough to be wearing shorts and a shirt. All is quiet amid the moored boats except for the eager anglers sitting around the... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Pelican Waters Golf Club 25 km

It took 54 years for his dream to be realised, but when Pelican Waters Golf Club finally opened for play in 2000, not even the visionary behind the original idea could have imagined it would turn out as good as it... Find out more

Twin Waters Golf Club 28 km

By the end of the 1980s, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast had a handful of good member clubs. In the ’90s, as the region became home to Australia’s fastest growing population, more golf courses and more... Find out more

Palmer Coolum Resort 33 km

Resort courses are sometimes labelled, perhaps unfairly, as all being similar to one another: wide fairways, big undulating greens, large bunker schemes, the obligatory drinks cart. Some might even say a round of golf... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Terrace of Maleny

This mountain-top restaurant has won many regional awards for its menu that specialises in fresh Queensland seafood. Ask about accommodation, dinner, lunch and breakfast packages, staying at the cottages next door. There... Find out more

Le Relais Bressan

Snails on the menu, along with baby rabbit, fresh pâté, crêpes suzette – if not for the bush views, you’d believe you were in rural France, thanks to the charm and talents of owner/chefs... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Sunshine Coast Brewery 21 km

Queensland’s longest-running microbrewery has been operating from an industrial estate on the outskirts of Maroochydore since 1998. It was established by Jim Robinson and Queensland craft-beer pioneer Graham Howard... Find out more

Campsites around town

Coochin Creek camping and day-use area 16 km

A great find for those who enjoy fishing and boating, this flat and grassy site beside Coochin Creek is on Roys Rd, 3 km upstream from the Pumiceton Passage. Access is 9 km east of Beerwah and 4 km east of the Bruce Hwy.... Find out more

Gheerulla camping area 22 km

The Gheerulla creekside camping area is 8 km north-east of Kenilworth, accessed 6 km north-east of Kenilworth along the Eumundi–Kenilworth Rd (4WD only). It is illegal to collect firewood from the forest, so bring... Find out more

Booloumba Creek no. 4 camping area 24 km

Booloumba Creek’s no. 4 campground is suitable for campervans, caravans and trailers. To get here, go through Maleny and follow the signs to Kenilworth; the turn-off to Booloumba is about 13 km past Conondale.... Find out more

Booloumba Creek no. 3 camping area 24 km

Much like site no. 1, no. 3 offers secluded tent camping in a rainforest setting. No caravans or camper trailers are permitted. To get here, go through Maleny and follow the signs to Kenilworth; the turn-off to Booloumba... Find out more

Booloumba Creek no. 1 camping area 24 km

This area offers secluded camping in a rainforest setting, ideal for tents but not for caravans or trailers, which are not permitted here. To reach it, go through Maleny and follow the signs to Kenilworth. You’ll... Find out more

Charlie Moreland camping area 24 km

This sizeable campground is suitable for large groups and is accessible by caravans, trailers and campervans. You’ll need to bring your own firewood and use existing fire sites. Treat or boil water before drinking.... Find out more

Ocean Beach camping area 31 km

Bribie’s biggest camping area, the 64 sites are set behind sand dunes and reached via defined tracks. Access is 4WD only from the Eighth Ave carpark off North St, Woorim, but you’ll need to check tide times... Find out more

Archer camping area 32 km

Camp in open woodland near a creek at this lovely grassy site just 1 km from the Rasmussen Rd entry to the northern section of the park. It can be accessed by car from Rasmussen Rd, but if you are entering via Mt Mee and... Find out more

Mission Point camping area (boat-based camping) 33 km

Accessible only by boat from Pumicestone Passage, there are 12 numbered sites at Mission Point, along with toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces; bring your own drinking water and firewood. Mission Point is north of... Find out more

Poverty Creek camping area 35 km

Poverty Creek campsite is a popular family area, with 12 numbered sites and a group camping area suitable for camper trailers. Bring your own drinking water and firewood. Access is via White Patch Espl (navigable by 4WD... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Ocean View Caravan Park 9 km

High above the coastal plain with views to the sea, this park is being improved and further developed. Situated midway between Maleny and Landsborough, it is well located for those exploring the hinterland. Bookings are... Find out more

BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort 18 km

This award-winning park is set on over 19 ha of parkland. There is a large pool, tennis court, squash court, minigolf and a licensed restaurant. The Bruce Highway is close by and the Sunshine Coast beaches are just 15... Find out more

Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Park 23 km

Set in a subtropical treed area, close to the picturesque Glass House Mountains, this park has all the basic requirements and is well located for those wanting to spend some time at Australia Zoo. Bookings are required... Find out more

Big4 Maroochy Palms Holiday Village 25 km

Across the road from the Maroochy River, this very good quality park has much to offer. Book in here and enjoy the facilities, including the kids club, tennis court and pool, or relax and enjoy a cappuccino from the park... Find out more

Cotton Tree Holiday Park 28 km

Located along the waters edge at the mouth of the Maroochy River, this large council park has more than 400 tourist sites. It has a selection of eateries and shops immediately opposite the park entrance and is within... Find out more

Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park 29 km

This park is split over two locations. The main section is in Parkyn Parade, while the smaller section is at Mooloolaba Beach. We think the beachside section has the best outlook of any park in Australia: it overlooks... Find out more

Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park 29 km

This is a popular beachside park adjoining a busy patrolled swimming beach. The park is across the road from a small shopping strip and a few minutes from the centre of Caloundra. For us, this is a great beachside base... Find out more

Mudjimba Beach Caravan Park 29 km

A quality council-operated establishment, this is a neat and well-laid out park in a quieter area just a short stroll from the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more

Coolum Beach Caravan Park 35 km

This is a popular beachfront holiday park just across the road from the centre of Coolum. Walk to the shops and restaurants, swim at the patrolled beach or soak up the sunshine, or do all three! Bookings are required in... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bendles Cottages

There are five pretty self-contained cottages here, all with verandahs, double spas and wood fires in a cottage garden setting with rural views. Breakfasts are served in your cottage, and you can enjoy a massage by prior... Find out more

Eyrie Escape

This 13-hectare property has its own rainforest, and mountain and coastal views. You can stay in one of three very private and well-equipped suites served by resort-style facilities including a bar and wine cellar,... Find out more

The Frog House

Four interesting triangular-shaped rooms have been built here to maximise the location’s spectacular mountain and coastal views. All rooms have king beds and ensuites, and the honeymoon suite has the most... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Glass House Mountains Eco-Lodge 20 km

The simple, down-market rooms here include the use of old train carriages for a communal kitchen and group area. An old church has also been recycled, and all greywater and blackwater is used on site to irrigate the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Landsborough park area 19 km

T/O 83km N of Brisbane (L) or 85km S of Gympie (R)

Under shady trees 500m off the highway via the Landsborough exit.

Coochin Creek camping area 24 km

T/O 95km S of Gympie (L)

In a bush setting in Beerburrum State Forest. Located 5km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Bells Creek and Roys rds. For southbound only. Bookings required.

What's on around town

Handcraft Markets: Community Centre, Maple St; Sun.

Chainsaw to Fine Furniture Expo: May.

Spring Fair and Flower Show: Sept.

Scarecrow Festival: Sept.

Fine Art Show: Sept.

Festival of Colour: Oct.

Christmas Show: Nov.

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