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    More wine to taste

    by al2401 Written Sep 29, 2012

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    Mason's Wines - Montville
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    In the main street of Montville you will find the outlet for Mason's wines. The wines are sourced from the Granite Belt near Stanthorpe and the display a good variety of cool climate wines. There is a great vintage port made from Shiraz grapes.

    Their poster features Bacchus in amongst bottles of wine - that guy sure has questions to answer!

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    Montville

    by al2401 Written Aug 26, 2012

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    Montville was established in the 1880' as a timber getting town. The population grew enough for a school to be established in 1896. The only contact with the coast was by the 'Razorback' road, then a rough track. The road to Palmwoods opened in 1929 connecting Montville with the coast.

    Montville was a popular mountain resort from about 1920 and as the roads improved became equally popular as a day trip from Brisbane and the coast.

    The little timber town is now a thriving tourist centre with many boutiques and restaurants.

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    Kondalilla Falls

    by al2401 Written Aug 26, 2012

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    Top Kondalilla Falls and swimming hole
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    The falls are a result of the Skene Creek falling 90m and the Aboriginal name translated means 'rushing waters'.

    There are two parts of the falls with the most visited being the top section where the swimming hole is. This location is very popular in summer. The edge of the waterhole is undercut in most places so there is no easing into the cold mountain water.

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    Kondalilla National Park

    by al2401 Written Aug 26, 2012

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    Kondalilla National Park is located 100km north of Brisbane and near Montville in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It is named after the spectacular Kondlilla Falls

    The falls are a result of the Skene Creek falling 90m and the Aboriginal name translated means 'rushing waters'.

    There are two main walks. The Picnic Creek walk is a round trip of 2.4km and classified as Class 2 (Australian classifications) - an easy, reasonably level walk for all fitness levels. The main or Rock Pools walk takes you to the top of the falls and the swimming hole where there is a small part of the falls. This walk is 3.2km and Class 3 - a well defined track with most steep inclines treated as stairs. Caution is needed in exposed areas especially after heavy rain.

    There is no wheelchair access and the slope from the carpark to the entrance of the NP is quite steep.

    Unfortunately, last time I visited the main track was closed due to wet conditions. I will have to go back. I got back in 2012 and enjoyed the walk to the top falls and swimming hole but the track to the bottom of the main falls is still closed.

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    Baroon Pocket Dam - Montville

    by al2401 Written Aug 26, 2012

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    The Baroon Packet Dam was completed in 1989. The resulting 380 hectare lake is the water supply most of the south of the Sunshine Coast. The Dam wall is approached from Montville, along Western avenue and there is a large picnic area with barbecues and public facilties. Another picnic area located on the other side of the lake is accessed via Maleny.

    Activities allowed on the lake include swimming, fishing and boating. There are also various walking tracks leading from the dam.

    Warning - your picnic may be the target of the local Kookaburras. They love barbecues - especially sausages!

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    Mapleton

    by al2401 Written Aug 26, 2012

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    Mapleton is the northernmost town on the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. It was first settled in 1888. It is a small township and much less touristy than the other range towns.

    The two main features of Mapleton are the Mapleton Falls National Park and the Mapleton Pub.

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    Mapleton Falls

    by al2401 Written Aug 26, 2012

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    The Mapleton Falls Lookout is easily accessed even by wheelchairs. From here you can get a gret view of the falls and out over the lush Obi Obi valley.

    The falls are formed when the waters of Pencil Creek fall 120m into the valley. There is also a walk through the rainforest.

    Tracks to the bottom of the falls are dangerous and are often closed.

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    Maleny

    by al2401 Written Aug 26, 2012

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    Maleny is a small town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland about 90km north of Brisbane. Its situation on the Blackall Range gives the advantage of spectacular views east out over the coast to the Pacific Ocean and south towards the Glass House Mountains. West is the superb farming area of Connondale and Kenilworth. It is 450 m above sea level which means quite chilly winters and milder summers than down on the coast.

    The area around Maleny was first documented by the explorer Ludwig Leichardt (1844) and the area was settled in the era of the Gympie gold rush in 1867. Township was proclaimed in 1891. The area prospered from timber and a butter factory was opened in 1904.

    The charm of Maleny belongs in the many shops and galleries, the comfortable B & B's and other accommodation. It is central for trips to the Glass House Mountains, Kenilworth Cheese Factory and the other range towns of Montville and Mapleton.

    One of the most popular things to do is to walk through the rainforest in Mary Cairncross Park.

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    Barefoot Bowling at the Maleny Bowls Club

    by al2401 Written Aug 26, 2012

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    This is a great activity for all ages offered by many lawn bowls clubs in Australia. It is good for their revenue and bare feet don't hurt the greens.

    Most clubs also cater for groups providing buffets or BBQ meals. Also being clubs alcoholic drinks are cheaper than pubs.

    Maleny Bowls Club provided a fantastic late BBQ breakfast for about 50 of us after my niece's wedding in 2010. After the meal the club members who did the cooking then became our teachers for the bowling. They stayed with us the whole morning and were enthusiastic in helping us have fun.

    Even though lawn bowls is losing its tag of an older persons game the guys were really keen to drum up new members for the club. What a shame all of us were from out of town.

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    Glass House Mountains

    by al2401 Written Aug 26, 2012

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    Glass House Mountains National Park has an area of 2,117 hectares and starts about 70 km north of Brisbane. It is a flat plain featuring cores of extinct volcanoes, the outer rock having been eroded away. The park was established in 1994 and extended in 2010.

    The Glass House Mountains were named by Captain James Cook in 1770 as he sailed up the coast. The mountains can be seen from quite a distance out to sea and the shapes reminded him of glass kilns.

    The highest peak is Beerwah at 555m, while the most recognisable are Coonowrin (or Crookneck) 377m and Tibrogargan 364m (also 2nd & 3rd highest)

    Walking tracks allow access to the summit of some of the peaks but you need to check with the National Parks on accessibility. Climbing the mountains can be extremely dangerous and many people have had to be rescued. There have also been fatalities.

    The park covers a diverse range of habitiats from heath to open forest with some rainforest patches.

    The Glass House Mountains are best viewed from Mary Cairncross Park - Maleny

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    Mary Cairncross Park

    by al2401 Written Aug 26, 2012

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    Tangle in the rainforest - Mary Cairncross Park
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    Mary Cairncross Park is a conservation reserve in the hinterland of Queensland's Sunshine Coast - approximately 100km north of Brisbane. It is located in Maleny, on the edge of the range, overlooking the famous Glass House Mountains. The immediate area is mountain subtropical rainforest.

    The Glass House Mountains, actually weathered plugs of extinct volcanoes, were named by Captain James Cook in 1770. The individual forms were named by several explorers in the years up to 1853.

    The land for the reserve was given to the local govenrment authority in 1941 by the Thynne sisers and named after their mother, Mary Thynne (née Cairncross, born in 1848). The reserve is said to be one of the best remaining subtropical rainforest in Australia.

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    Gardners Falls

    by al2401 Written Sep 20, 2012

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    Gardners Falls are on the Obi Obi Creek near Maleny. Although the falls are not high the spot is very picturesque and is lovely for picnics. They are about 300m along a paved walkway and have a number of picnic tables. The pool at the bottom of the falls is a popular swimming place.

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    Wine tasting in Maleny

    by al2401 Written Sep 20, 2012

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    Maleny Mountain Wines
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    Even though the grapes are not grown locally there is a Maleny Mountain label with quite a good selection of wines. There is a cafe on site and a selection of wine lover's paraphernalia. For $5 you can try 5 different wines and if you buy this fee is refunded.

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    Cheese tasting

    by al2401 Written Sep 20, 2012

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    The Maleny Cheese Factory has a wonderful range of European stlye cheese - all locally produced (except the Gorgonzola which is imported). It was opened in 2004 by a family who, though they originated in Switzerland, had travelled world wide. They source their milk from a select herd of cows that are not fed silage. There are also products using milk from sheep, goats and water buffalo.

    Due to health and safety regulations there are no tours but you may view the production floor from the cafe and tasting area above.

    The range of cheese is impressive - cheddar, fetta, brie, camembert, swiss style and gouda as well as goats and water buffalo; there are also cheeses sourced from other states in Australia. Try the butter and yoghurts as well.

    The cheese tasting is free and there are amny and varied cheeses for sale.

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    Baroon Pocket Dam - Maleny

    by al2401 Written Sep 20, 2012

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    A common phrase around Maleny - "Down the Pocket". It means down to the Baroon Pocket Dam. This 380 hectare lake is the major water supply for the south of the Sunshine Coast and was completed in 1989.

    There are two access points to Lake Baroon. The dam wall can be accessed from Montville via Western Avenue. There is a large picnic area with barbeques and public facilites. The picnis area at Maleny also has an established boat ramp and is the home of the Lake Baroon Sailing Club.

    Activities allowed on the lake include swimming, fishing and boating. There are also various walking tracks leading from the dam.

    Warning - your picnic may be the target of the local Kookaburras. They love barbecues - especially sausages!

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