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!more
The Maleny Pub is over 100 years old. Originally a watering hole for timber getters, bullock drivers and farmers it is now an up to date centre for quality dining and great entertainment.The original hotel had a lot of detail made from Silky Oak - this has been preserved while the interior has been revamped to include a modern bistro and bar. There...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
At the back of Montville along Western Avenue is a winery called Flame Hill. It is a family owned vineyard and produces estate grown wines. Some grape varieties are grown on site and others at family owned vineyards in other parts of South East Quensland especially Stanthorpe.You can taste three wines - three red or three white - for free; for a...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
Kondalilla National Park is located 100km north of Brisbane and near Montville in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It is named after the spectacular Kondlilla FallsThe 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The winery 'cellar door' and restaurant are in a converted 'Old Queenslander' style house with wide verandahs and a spectacular view. We decided to combine lunch with some wine tasting during our day out on the Blackall Range.After the tasting - so we knew what to order - we were shown to our table. Our order was taken promptly and the wine...more
Mapleton Tavern is known for it great food. It offers a range of food from standard pub food like burgers, fish and chips and bangers and mash to gourmet burgers and Asian & Continental style. The steaks are cook according to taste - Medium rare is medium rare.Being a pub there is no table service and you order meals at the counter and return to...more
There are many places for a picnic around Montville - usually in or near the forest. Be wary of your food as there are a number of local animals or birds that think it's theirs for the taking. Kookaburras love hot dogs - especially the sausage; but they will even eat the bun!
Goanna lizards may not seem fast but give them a chance and they will go for most things.
The secret is to just be still and the wildlife will come and go in peace.
Thanks to tropicrd for the goanna pic!