Taste the Wine
Maleny Mountain wines is a family owned business set in the cutest building on your left as you reach the top of the Range.
Their wine range includes reds, whites, fortifieds and dessert wines. There are many sweet and dry choices available for you to taste and take home with you. You are guaranteed to find a wine that you'll enjoy.
You can buy on line as well.
And group bookings are available.
They are open 7 days a week, from 9:30 am to 5 pm for wine tastings and sales. special events
Lunches are available on weekends, with teas, coffees, desserts and cheese platters available every day of the week
- Wine Tasting
Visit Crystal Waters Eco Village
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.
- Road Trip
Wander along Maple Street
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.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Visit Landsborough via Mt Mellum
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.
- Road Trip
Swim with the Waterfalls
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.
- Budget Travel
Listen to Irish Music
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)
Bush Walking. The Great Walk.
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
- Hiking and Walking
An Old Pub in Maleny
Yes Maleny has a pub...all of these little towns do...and each pub has its charms. This one is said to be the hub of Maleny. There is a Garden Restaurant ...entertaiment...and very pleasant surrounds.
You are close to everything at the pub...just a short walk up the road to the shops, the library, and lots of alternative eating places.
TREE FROG GALLERY at MALENY
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.
- Arts and Culture
Baroon Dam, located at the end of a scenic drive from Maleny, is a nice place for a picnic on a hot summer's day.
It is the main water supply for Caloundra and Maroochydore.
Water sports are allowed, and "Reflections of Lake Baroon" have a wide range of water craft available for hire throughout the year.
Swimming, fishing, sailing, paddle boat and canoeing are all allowed on the lake.
Regattas also feature in the annual calendar of events.
The Dam wall and spillway is accessed from Western Avenue at the southern entrance to Montville. The lakeside picnic area has barbecues, toilets, and a playground, AND viewing platforms, barbecues and toilets are near the spillway.
There is also a Kiosk.
A 2.4km walking circuit leads from the car park below the spillway into the Obi Obi Gorge along a cool rainforest trail.
Deep in the valley behind the dam wall at Lake Baroon is Obi Obi National Park. The Obi Obi Creek flows from headwaters south west of Maleny through the township and into Lake Baroon. It continues its journey over waterfalls and rapids into the Mary River near Kenilworth.
- Water Sports
- Sailing and Boating
Maleny Cheese is a small cheese making factory/shop near the TREE FROG GALLERY, which is on the Maleny - Montville Road.
We pulled up in the car-park and went inside for a look. As it was a public holiday, there wasn’t any cheese being made, but usually you can stand at the glass window’s and watch the art of cheese making in process. The Cheese maker is Markus Bucher who learnt the art of making cheese in Switzerland.
On the shop’s counter are quite a few basket’s full of sample’s of cheese to taste. They certainly tasted different to the varieties found in the local supermarket, very nice, so much, that we bought some of the vintage cheddar.
A Café with a verandah for enjoying a cuppa, and some very different souvenirs, like packets of Roasted Broad Beans which have been salted, [$6 in 2010] and some other different nuts could be bought here.
Toilets are located at the shop.
OPEN DAILY - 7 Days - 9 - 5PM
Where traditional swiss cheese is made from fresh Maleny milk!
- Food and Dining
GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS & MARY CAIRNCROSS PARK
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises 52 hectares of National Estate listed subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains.
It is a remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range.
The forest, has over 2 kilometres of walking tracks, boardwalks and viewing platforms within the Reserve.
In addition to this there is an...........
Education Centre with rainforest interpretive displays
Picnic tables and barbeques (gas supplied)
Children's playground and open recreation space suitable for ball games
Toilets, including disabled toilets
Kiosk with cafe and souvenirs plus public shelter area
Breathtaking views of the Glasshouse Mountains
LOCATED NOT FAR FROM MALENY
- National/State Park
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Hiking and Walking
GARDNERS FALLS @ MALENY
Gardners Falls are signposted as you leave Maleny heading back to Brisbane. Only a short drive in, these were very popular too, the car park was full, and cars were parked on the road edges.
Only a 300metre walk along an easy flat path beside a running creek which had cascading small waterfalls. Located on the opposite bank was rainforest. There was a slightly larger waterfall before the main one which wasn’t huge, and then the main waterfall, the water was rushing over it with much force into a deep pool. People were swimming and jumping in from the rocks, everybody seemed to be having a great time.
This would be a really nice spot on a hot day Not all areas were deep, some were quite shallow, and would be fun for the littlies
- Water Sports
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip
KNOB LOOKOUT NEAR MALENY
We were doing a scenic drive around Maleny, when we saw a Rocky outcrop standing out on its own! A road led to what was called "The Knob"
This is a proper lookout, and has a covered shelter in the centre of a roundabout. The views are excellent, once again of the Glass house Mountains, and then over the valleys and the town of Maleny.
- Road Trip
BLACKALL RANGE TOURIST DRIVE 
You really must do this drive if you have the chance.
At Landsborough, take the Maleny Road to the southern edge of the Blackall Range.
As you pass through the outskirts of Maleny, there are outstanding views of the Sunshine Coast from the many lookouts. I do hope it is not too hazy for you to enjoy these wonderful views!
Potteries, art and craft galleries are found along the drive
On the outskirts of Maleny, follow the signs to Mary Cairncross Park, where you can enjoy a rainforest walk. [ see other tip] From here, there are fabulous views of the Glasshouse Mountains.
Continue on this road to Reesville and the Howells Knob Lookout. This lookout has magnificent 360 degree views and should not be missed. [see other tip]
Complete the circuit by driving into the rural town of Maleny and browse the shops, or stop for an icecream like we did before continuing along the range road to Montville. Remember to stop at all the lookouts for wonderful views......Balmoral Rest Lookout, Crawfords Lookout, Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton before heading to Nambour.
Just look for the Brown tourist signs that shows you the route.
- Road Trip