Things To Do

Discover The Region

Waterfalls, expansive ranges, pristine bushland and one of Australia’s healthiest populations of koalas — Maleny has a lot to offer each and every traveller.

Combining this with a rich history, the Sunshine Coast hinterland is filled with opportunities for new experiences.

The Township of Maleny

The heart of dairy country, this picturesque region is renowned for its stunning backdrops, scenic drives, and beautiful, nature-immersed experiences. Around 85km and a beautifully scenic drive north from Brisbane, Maleny sits within the Blackall Range, interspersed with rainforests and natural waterfalls.  And of course, its artisan foods, local and organic produce, and wineries — which match this beautiful landscape perfectly.

Looking for that cultural experience? Browse art galleries, pick up amazing hand-crafted goods from local boutiques, or local produce from one of the quaint stores adorning Maple Street.

Welcome to Dairy Country

With rich pastures, a warm climate, and the perfect balance between sun and rainfall, the Sunshine Coast has long been one of the country’s most renowned dairy producers. Jump on a farm tour and watch the farmers in action. Or, book in a cheese tasting for a glimpse of what the region is known for. Finish up with lunch or an ice cream at Maleny Food Co, where you can take home all your favourite cheeses from their in-store fromagerie.

Travellers can find a selection of the region’s finest cheeses and dairy products at Kenilworth Dairy, Maleny Cheese, Maleny Chocolate Factory, Maleny Dairies, and Maleny Food Co.

Food, Glorious Food

If you’re a food lover looking for a weekend getaway, Maleny has a bustling high street full of cafes and restaurants featuring local and organic produce. Maple 3 Cafe is the townships staple, check out their specials board for those homestyle favourites and their counter cases for all your classics. If breakfast is your main affair, head to Shotgun Espresso for the best coffee around then head over the road to Monica’s for an epic all day breakfast. 

If you're after something a little different, visit Spicers Tamarind for One Chef Hat award-winning Thai, or check out innovative cafes like Sarah's Unplugged or Pomodoro's with an emphasis on modern Australian cuisine.

Brews & Views

Does the thought of a chilled glass filled with amber nectar get you all excited? Then Brouhaha Microbrewery should be on top of your list. Chow down on the Wagyu burger or graze away with the Ploughman’s Platter made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Fancy yourself more of a wine aficionado? Stop in at Maleny Mountain Wines or Flamehill Vineyard Montville to sample a range of reds, whites, fortified and dessert wines from Australia and around the world.

Take a Hike

For adventurers, Maleny and surrounds are home to some of the most scenic walks in the region. Known for its picturesque landscapes, natural waterfalls and numerous trailheads, there are so many magical spots to check out on your next visit to the hinterland, so lace up, pack the trail mix and plenty of water and get out and explore. 

Below are some of our favourite walking trails throughout the region. Some other highlights include Mt Ngungun, Booloumba Falls and Gheerulla Falls.

Park in the car park on the banks of Obi Obi Creek and take a short walk downstream to Gardners Falls. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing, freshwater swim or leap from the nearby rope swing. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it near the beautiful, bustling falls.

These mountains are an incredible collection of 11 different ranges. Perfect for hiking, wandering up, and simply taking in the views, these peaks cater to hikers, climbers, and abseilers as much as the casual trail walker.

A jaw-dropping 55 acres of subtropical rainforest overlooking the stunning Glass House Mountain range. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve offers a diverse range of plant and animal species. Walk one of the tranquil tracks or gaze out of one of the reserve’s lookouts.

Lake Baroon, or the Baroon Pocket Dam is a stunning lake tucked away between Montville and Maleny. It offers facilities like picnic tables and BBQs for perfect days spent by the lake’s shore. Or, you can hire a kayak and spend some time on the water.

Nestled in the Kondalilla National Park is Kondalilla Falls. It’s a beautiful waterfall sitting at 90 metres tall before flowing through the Obi Obi Valley. There are a few different walks travellers can take to the falls and an amazing swimming hole where you can swim through pristine nature.

An extraordinary 120 metres tall, the amazing Mapleton Falls fall from Pencil Creek. Explorers can spot the falls from a raised platform, just 10 metres from the car park. Or, you can take a scenic walk through the rainforest and bustling birdlife to the falls.

Arts, Music & Entertainment

Maleny has a rich history in arts and music, with the Maleny Folk Festival being the predecessor of the Woodford Folk Festival. Today, venues like Maleny Lane, Finbars, Club Acoustic at the RSL and the annual Maleny Music Festival keep that spirit alive. These venues regularly host local, national, and international acts. Maple Street plays home to a number of art galleries including MAD Gallery and Ben Messina Photography as well as Peace of Green, a collective showcasing local artists.

Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World

Meander through some gorgeous gardens featuring a panorama of waterfalls, ponds and colourful plantings. Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World is perfectly placed in idyllic rainforest surroundings which boast views of the spectacular Glass House Mountains. Take a moment to visit the aviary and appreciate all the colourful, native and exotic birds.

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