Exploring the Blackall Range

  • Art and Craft Trail

    Hinterland Art and Craft .

    The Art and Craft Trail in the Sunshine Coast hinterland region has long had a reputation for fine art. There is something for all tastes set amidst stunning scenery, with great rainforest walks, quaint townships to stroll through, and wonderful restaurants to dine at.

    The wealth of exceptional artists gives rise to many great galleries providing for a range of tastes and budgets. Artworks include oil and water colour paintings, and extend into bronze, sandstone and marble sculptures; porcelain and hand blown glass; silk and textiles; jewellery, wood, photography and much more. There really is something to capture every imagination.

    The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Art Gallery Trail and Map can be downloaded from ….. www.hinterlandtourism.com.au and will provide you with a wonderful guide for experiencing the magic and creativity of the hinterland region.

  • Great Walk

    Montville to Mapleton .

    Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk

    Just north of Brisbane, the Blackall Range is one of the most dramatic terrains in Queensland. Enjoy spectacular views of rolling mountains and valleys to the West and the Pacific ocean to the East. The 58km Sunshine Coast Great Walk crosses the Maleny-Mapleton Plateau and the Blackall Range. View the tumbling cascades of Kondalilla Falls, cool off by a rainforest rock pool or experience the meandering Obi Obi Gorge, carved by water over millions of years. Be enthralled by the ever changing scenery as you traverse this dramatic terrain, over a number of days. You’ll discover a pristine environment with refreshing water holes, dense rainforest, an abundance of birdlife, and breathtaking views and scenery.

    To download more information on the great walks go to:www.montvillegetaways.com.au/walks/

  • Hinterland Food Trail

    Maleny to Mapleton .

    Hinterland Food Trail

    The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a culinary hub, with an abundance of restaurants, cafes and eateries catering to a wide range of tastes and styles. From raw food vegan to degustation menus … the choice is yours!

    Vegetarian and vegan cafes are popular in Maleny at lunchtime, and for a casual experience the Upfront Club is also open some nights, where you may be treated to live music as you wile away your evening.

    Between Maleny and Mapleton you’ll fine German, Thai, Indian, Chinese, Italian, French, African and Seafood cuisine choices, as well as modern contemporary and pub style food.

    Finbar’s Irish Bar offers live music, guinness and gourmet woodfire pizza, with an Irish session on every Sunday, where musicians from all over the hinterland come to play traditional Irish music.

    Gourmet produce also abound, with locally made cheeses, condiments, ice-creams, chocolates, and sweets available across the hinterland.

  • Out and About

    Maleny to Mapleton .

    Out and About

    Whether for a special occasion, a restful few days away, or an afternoon drive along a pristine lush mountain range, getting out and about in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, is a great way to enjoy this picturesque area all year round.

    In summer the hinterland is blessed with cooling breezes, cascading waterfalls, refreshing rockpools, and shady rainforests … perfect for that invigorating bushwalk.

    In winter, a romantic stay on the range gives you the opportunity to delight in the crisp evenings with your roaring log fire and warming spa bath.

    You can easily wile away the hours in the many quaint and unique retails outlets that frequently display the creative talents of our locals … or enjoy a long lunch at one of the hinterland’s many cafes or restaurants. While you’re on the range, why not take the opportunity to sample award-winning cheeses and ice-creams, or enjoy a drop or two of local wine … there’s definitely something for everyone!

  • Walking Trails and Swimming Holes

    Maleny to Mapleton .

    If you enjoy the great outdoors, walking trails & swimming holes abound … the Blackall Range has something for every one … from 1 km rainforest board walks, to 10 km hikes and more. Enjoy the spectacular scenery, ever changing foliage, and wonderful bird life … as well as taking a dip in one of the cascading rainforest rock pools, where crisp fresh running water provides a much welcome respite from the heat in the summer months … it’s a great refresher before your journey home!

    Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Gardner’s Falls, Lake Baroon Lookout, Kondalilla Falls, and Mapleton Falls are some of the popular walking trails between Maleny and Mapleton, all providing something different. If you bring your swimmers; a camera; a picnic lunch; and copious amounts of water, you’ll be well prepared to enjoy your day, however it evolves.

  • Wineries

    Maleny to Montville .


    For those who enjoy a glass of wine, the hinterland has a couple of wineries, where one can enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

    Flame Hill Winery, Western Avenue, Montville
    Flame Hill Montville Vineyard and Kurrajong Lyra Vineyard conspire to provide a spectrum of estate grown wines in their Cellar Door and dining facilities.

    The romance of wine is the ardent, emotional attachment between the land, the season, and the people, that despite common adversity, the passion and dedication collaborate positively, much like the romance of life. The variable seasons keep the romance challenging but exciting … sound familiar?

    Each grape variety, like each one of us, possesses its own individual romance – some more – some less – some feminine – some masculine – so ladies, take care it is someone you love if you stroll down under the big Camphor Laurel tree at Flame Hill – the Verdelho wines are all around you whispering “Go on and kiss him” – you won’t be able to resist the romance of the wine.

    The Flame Hill Deck has become synonomous with fine dining, strictly boutique, seating some fifty patrons and driven by an ambitious kitchen team – the epicurean options vary – the quality persists.

    Maleny Mountain Wines
    If you enjoy a drop of wine, why not take the time to visit Maleny Mountain Winery. They have a large range of wines in their unique 8 metre high wine barrel showroom. Whatever your flavour, they have a wine to suit your palate. Their range includes reds, whites, fortified 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.

    Maleny Mountain Winery is open 7 days a week, from 10:00am to 5.00pm for wine tastings and sales. They also offer cheese and antipasto platters, along with coffee and desserts.

    Located on the way into Maleny the barrel cellar door is hard to miss. There’s also a range of local artworks and products to enjoy.