Mapleton to Maleny (or vice versa...Sunshine Coast).
You will appreciate that these hinterland towns are really quite close together by car and as will soon learn 'doable' as a very interesting hike.
This is a wonderful walk/hike of 58 km and I have only done a part of it I can assure you (riding horses more my style)
The beauty of this walk, besides the natural beauty of the bush and waterfalls ,is that you can divide it up into sections...
Mapleton Forest Reserve to Kondalilla...then on to Baroon Pocket Dam...next section from there to Gardner's Falls Maleny.
Once at Gardner's falls, Maleny, have a dip to cool off in the clear sparkling water near the large waterfall.
Do look at this website or call in at the Maleny Visitor Information Centre for details
You can see this walk can be extended even furtherat the Mapleton end
Bet to look at a map and then enquire about the section/sections you prefer.
See also The Great Noosa Trail Walk
Finbar's Irish bar is the place to go....particularly Sunday afternoon somehere between 4.30pm and 7pm, especially if you are Irish. Why on our last visit (2011) even our Irish companion said it was just like being in Ireland. Members of the band group come and go...sometimes there is a sing-a-long...seems quite inpromptu. and the music is traditional Irish...there was a "Danny Boy" but it is not an "Irish eyes are smiling " night
We called in last night 2013 and being a Saturday there was a band....and very enjoyable it was too with a mix of music.(no disco)
Recent refurbishments have added more space and a wood-fired pizza oven and eatery to the establishment, making it perfect venue. Our Irish friend recently introduced us to Finbars...how come it took us so long?
Lunch Fr-Su 12-2, Dinner Th-Su 5.30-7.30
My suggestion is you plan an overnight stay...so you can enjoy the Guinness
Finbars is also the venue for the Celtic Winter School.."celtic music for the top of the range" Their program includes daytime workshops and a few brisk tunes at night as well as a Friday night concert.
The website is for the workshop. Usually held in winter.
Finbars has a new owner Kerry...(his grandmother came from County Kerry) and very hospitable he is too...2013)
The Blackall Range runs behind the Sunshine Coast parallel to the ocean. Starting with Maleny in the south a road travels along the ridge, linking Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton and showing spectacular views over the Sunshine Coast.
A drive up the range is a very popular outing for residents and tourist alike.
Activities are varied. There are three main parks with walking tracks through subtropical rainforest and sclerophyll forest - Mary Cairncross Park, Kondalilla National Park and Mapleton Falls National Park.
Shops, galleries and restaurants can be found in all of the range towns and there are wineries at Maleny and Montville. There are also many Bed & Breakfasts and small hotel accommodation. There is even a reception centre on the east side of the range which caters mainly for weddings and offers amazing views.
On the western side of the range are the towns of Kenilworth and Connondale. This is rich dairy country and Kenilworth is famous for its cheese.
Along with the Bunya Mountains the Blackall Range is the only area where the Bunya Pine is found naturally. The area was first established by timber getters after the Red Cedar which grows in the rainforest.
Scott Alexander's Mountain View Day Lily Nursery is a fantastic place to buy plants - Day Lilies, Clivias, Hippeastrums and many more.
Day Lilies came in so many varieties and colours and to see the farm in a blaze of colour in spring is fantastic. Scott sells his plants world wide. His main business is done online. Just imagine - your own little piece of Maleny!
All the photos in this tip have been taken in my garden.
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 is a large outdoor beer garden.
In 2004 Boxsells Livestock Saleyards shut down and the site was soon built on by a supermarket chain.
The people of Maleny wished to recognise the part the company had lpayed in teh history of the town - built maily on dairy.
This sculptue by Janna Pameijer was unvieled in December 2009. Built od steel the 5 cows represent the dairy industry of and the hills of the area are reflected in the smooth flowing lines of the sculpture.
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 picnic 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!
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.
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.
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.
Gardner's Falls, Maleny, Queensland...photo courtesy web-site
A lovely little spot to picnic or swim is found on the outskirts of Maleny. Great for families as there is a more shallow place to swim near to the entry or more depth up near the large water fall.
You will love the clear bubbling stream found amongst shady trees. Great for a picnic, a swim, or a long relaxing walk.
The Great Walk starts here or you can enjoy a shorter stroll.
Just before you turn in to Gardner's Lane there is a restaurant and cabins as well.
From Maleny to Landsborough, Queensland. Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
So if you are staying in Maleny in one of the delightful 'hidden away' spots you might feel like a visit to another little country town just down the road a piece.
Of course from Landsborough you can drive on to Australia Zoo or Caloundra...or wherever...plenty of choice.
But I am wondering if you would enjoy a detour through Mt Mellum. You can make a round trip by taking the road nearer Maleny and leaving by the lower road closer to Landsborough.
There actually is a caravan park there which is pet friendly...good to know.
Maple Streey, Maleny, Queensland.
Maple street is a pleasant street ...wide and still lined with trees in many places.
From the moment you drive into the town itself...the pub on your right and a park on your left (coming from the Coast side) you will be drawn to look at the shops in Maple Street. (Do not bother with the supermarket that interfered with the platypus population)
To be honest I believe Maleny has lost some of its better shops over the last few years but there are still some delights.
Heaps of places to eat... The Upfront Club, Cappriccio's Italian Restaurant....Colin James Fine Food, Maleny (ice cream and cheeses) to name a few.
Rosetta Books...where you can browse and a dress shop...some hippy clothes and some not.
A pleasant afternoon and especially on a Sunday you could move on to Finbarsfor a pizza and Irish Music.
Conondale, Queensland. 26K from Maleny about 1 1/2 hours drive north of Brisbane..
It is quite a place! 650 acres of bushland.....
It is a few years since we made the trip to Crystal Waters but I have living evidence of our journey growing in our garden.
Our most excing find was Taro...a special Taro grown for the leaves... not the usual one where you grow mainly for the corm.
We cook the leaves...the NEW ones lightly...something as you would cook spinach.
Wealso brought home 2 other plants for eating and Stevia for a sweetener.....
And these days there is a market on the 1st Saturday of the month. For 2012 it will begin in February.
And they are on Facebook
Have a look here if you want to know about the services available such as Feng Shui, Wildlife Management, Violin Tuition. Unbelievable what is on offer....
Accommodation is available. There is an Eco Caravan Park, B&B's, and Retreats...some private inhabitants may be involved with backpackers.
If you want to visit it is suggested you need to book a guided tour.
Contact by way of website. Click here for details
Crystal Waters Community Co-operative Ltd.
Crystal Waters Village
65 Kilcoy Lane
Conondale, Qld, 4552
Special note:At the entrance to Crystal Waters, Tete Park is a great place to relax, play, and swim at any time.
We have visited this gallery several times, each time there is different work to see. What we liked the best, and was unusual, was the work made out of old car & motorbike parks, exceptionally well done by a James Corbett.
The piece I liked the best, was the Gorilla (see photo) he looked so life like. He had just been sold and was waiting to be shipped to America, where he was going to be a talking piece in the foyer of a business. I'm sure he would be that! In the racing car photo, there is a driver leaning over to get around the corner!
So much detail in these pieces.