LOOKS LIKE THE WHOLE COMPLEX IS NOW AN ENGLISH PUB.....will investigate. 2013
Flaxton, Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Le Relais Bressan is open
First you have the restaurant Le Relais Bressan. If you enjoy true provincial French cuisine you will be delighted with the food. We had the three course special of the day.
Be careful in summer not to choose a table close to the glass windows.
Open for lunch and dinner
There is also a mini-museum on site with French classic cars.
I have been told that this wonderful Le Jardin part of the complex has closed and has moved or is moving to Maleny
Now on the other side of the carpark you will find Le Jardin Cafe.Homemade cakes & light meals in a relaxed garden setting or inside. The French pastries are delicious.
Check out their Spoken Word and Poetry nights (+61 7 54457077)
There were gifts and a small display when we were there....and now A Garden Centre to delight you
Open Thurs-Sun 9-4.30
340 Flaxton Dve
The complex is often closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
If you do (stop when you see the pig) you will have arrived af Flaxton Barn.
Now I first went to the Barn many years ago and took my eldest grandson. We sat in the verandah cafe and enjoyed afternoon tea together (you will get some home cooking here) and then hurried in to see the model trains. Sadly the model rail has now gone
Of course I wanted to stop and look at the gifts and the range of antiques on display. And he wanted the trains.
Oh what about the pig?...Well I went back for a photo today actually (2011) and the Barn was closed... and the pig was not there..but there is a PIG...in stone or whatever outside when the barn is open....he was in an old truck the other day...the pig that is.... Today I went back....there is now a photo of the pig 2012!
Usually closed Wednesday...but maybe Tuesday as well.
This cute little place, Elements Montville, has only been open since early 2010 so you may not have found it yet. And it is between Mapleton / Flaxton and Montville so do not get lost...find the road to Kondalilla Falls that everyone knows.
And you will be surprised...a gorgeous little spot....full of surprises. And beautiful views.
Besides a cup of tea (and they boast 50 speciality teas) and some yummy food you will be delighted with the array of gifts...and there are some very colourful paintings which might 'take your eye'
And I always love a couch....and I am not disappointed....and soft music playing...
And Sarah the owner and the staff are exceptionally pleasant and obliging.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon teas..... 6 days a week from 8am – 4..ish...just check in the quieter months for days and times. (I think they may have Tuesdays off)
Now there is an extra element of surprise to delight you... Little Beauty Body and Wellness....a little facial....a little massage....a little makeup...and more
Close to Mapleton Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
For a special dining experience as well as a 'cuppa'
Well I have told you about three places now to stop and enjoy a cup of coffee and some food have I not? all at Flaxton (including 'the elements' on the way to the falls)
Now Flaxton Gardens is not only open for Morning Tea, Lunch, High Tea, but also for Dinner & Events .....a nice place to go for dinner at night.
Choose between relaxed al fresco dining on the terrace, an intimate table on the veranda or dine within the restaurant. The terrace menu and the set daily menu are both available at night.
Blow...this one should have been in restaurants...sorry but I have now decided to leave the review here with a lead in from the correct place...OK?
OPEN 7 DAYS: Sunday-Thursday 9am-4pm | Friday & Saturday 9am-9pm
One of the nice things to do is to take the scenic drive from Mapleton to Maleny. You pass through many little towns on the way...Flaxton, Montville, Maleny....each little place has its own delights.
One such delight are the beautiful falls at Kondalilla(just turn off before you reach Montville). On the way you will pass litttle stalls...one quite close sells local honey.
And great places to eat such as Flaxton Gardens and Flaxton Barn are there to tempt you. And on the way to The Falls 'elemdnts of Montville' is not to be missed for food , gifts, and a superb view
You will be stunned by the views looking over to the coast as you do this drive..
Well you will enjoy the old fashioned style of the pub..you can sit on the verandah or else inside. Have a look at the verandah Christmas 2011.
Quite nice meals are served...not gourmet but OK for a pub.
There are one or two gaming machines. Sometimes you even have a win.
The tavern is open
Sunday 11am - 7pm
Once you are in Mapleton especially if you choose to stay there you will enjoy a little drive along to Flaxton. Of course everyone goes for the scenic walk to Kondalilla Falls
And Flaxton Gardens is a most enjoyable venue for a dinner booking.
You can do a little shopping here as well...arts and crafts...and enjoy a devonshire tea.
It is quite delightful to stroll around Mapleton itself and if you follow your nose you will find a couple of short cuts. And then you are ready for coffee and maybe cake.
Have a look at the photo and you will love the look of the upstairs section.
The coffee is delicious and you can enjoy morning tea or lunch.
If the full Scenic Drive 22 is too long, then try the shorter version, which is just as nice.
This begins in the town of Mapleton. Follow the signs that say to Kenilworth and the Obi Obi Valley. You may want to stop at Mapleton Falls on your way, these are just outside of Mapleton.
The Obi Obi road, is a divided road for part of the way.
Heading down it towards Kenilworth, the road is STEEP, NARROW, WINDY, AND TO BE DRIVEN WITH CARE.
The views are good, and it is worth the drive, probably the driver won't be able to enjoy the views.
On reaching Kenilworth, you can then decide to either head to Conondale or Belli.
Mapleton is nowhere near as touristy as Montville.
It still is nice though, has a good Tavern, fish and chip shop, cafe, coffee shop, antique shop, second hand book shop, chocolate shop, pizza and pasta restaurant. Further along Post Office Road is a leadlight workshop. Petrol is available at the BP Garage.
From 1915 through until 1944, it was served by a 2ft (610mm) gauge tramway which ran nearly 18 kilometres from Nambour. It was worked by two Shay locomotives.
There are public toilets in the park between the Tavern and the school and also at the Lilyponds play park
The Lilyponds is a very nice large park.
There are free BBQ's, childrens play park and covered seating areas. The area next to Fish Tales Seafood Cafe is home to the Mapleton Market which are held four times a year in March, June, September and December.
It was very popular at lunch time, with the Hotel doing a roaring business. We had lunch, then had a browse at the gifts infront of the shops.
It is the second highest town on the Blackall Ranges and is 10 minutes from Nambour, 25 minutes from Maleny and 30 minutes from Maroochydore.
Distance from Brisbane 113kms.
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.
Mapleton is a pleasant place to begin your visit to The Hinterland. You will find a little cluster of shops to delight you. First have a really nice cup of coffee while enjoying the view.Then explore the corner shop...find a cute little gift. Then there is the antique shop...will keep you busy for a while.
Of course the Tavern is just across the road if you prefer a cool drink.
And the view will take your breath away.
The Lilyponds area was originally a swamp and is now a beautiful community park. Such a peaceful place to relax or let the children play. And 'yes' there is a playground.
You will enjoy walking the boardwalk across the water to the quaint shelter. Nice spot for a photo.
The Lilyponds is just a few steps along from the 'corner shops' where you can enjoy a coffee or a delicious meal. Or browse in the antique shop for that special something.
These falls are on Pencil Creek in Mapleton Falls National Park. They are long drop falls, cascading 120 metres over an escarpment.
The falls, now have a nice lookout, but unfortunately, you can't see much of them, as the N/pk has let the Trees and Bush grow high and block the view. Every time we have visited, the view is blocked more & more, so disapppointing!
From the carpark, it is only a short walk to Mapleton Falls lookout (wheelchair access to toilet and lookout). There is a nice panoramic view of the rainforest valley and Obi Obi Valley, so all is not lost! You may see peregrine falcons - in early spring they roost on the edges of the falls.
From the open, grassy picnic area, the Wompoo circuit winds through eucalypts and rainforest. Listen for the fruit-dove's calls, and frogs near the causeway pool.
Located about 3/4's the way up the range to Mapleton, this lookout gives good views over the countryside and to the Sunshine coast beaches.
The lookout has picnic tables for your convenience.
I could see Cargo ships, Yachts and the Sunshine Coast High Rise.
Great views, and worth the stop.
FROM MAPLETON YOU FOLLOW THE RANGE ROAD TO MONTVILLE AND MALENY, A VERY SCENIC DRIVE