Stuck in the office dreaming of a getaway to the mountains? Stop wishing and head out to the hinterland of Maleny!
Words: Jas Rawlinson
One of the wonderful things about living in Brisbane, is that it doesn’t take long to escape the city. In just over an hour you can find yourself standing at the foot of the majestic Glasshouse mountains, or if you travel a little further up the road, walking through the rolling hinterlands of Maleny and sampling the finest delicacies.
With a population of less than 3000 residents, Maleny is considered a hive of creativity and socially conscious locals; a surprisingly diverse town with a rich cultural reputation. Although the town was officially settled in the 1900s, it was originally inhabited by the Nalbo and Dallambara peoples of the Gubbi Gubbi nation, and was known for its magnificent Bunya trees. Sadly, these trees were destroyed by white settlers to make way for dairy farming – a decision that deeply affected and devastated the local indigenous peoples. Each year the community hosts a Bunya festival, where indigenous and non-indigenous community can come together in remembrance.
Today, Maleny is well renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, outstanding food and wine, perfect wedding locations, and cute bed and breakfasts. Located around 85 minutes from Brisbane, or 35 from Caloundra, it’s also the birthplace of the Woodford Folk Festival!
Maleny Botanic Gardens
Set within 110 acres of lush rainforest overlooking the Glasshouse mountains, the Maleny Botanic Gardens are 14 acres of magic! Best experienced at leisure, it’s recommended you take the time to walk around the whole property; discovering the beautiful wildlife and natural beauty. You can also take a tour of the Aviary, where grand Macaw’s, brightly coloured finches and a variety of beautiful birds playfully interact and sit comfortably on your shoulder. With lakes, waterfalls, breathtaking flowers and stunning views, it’s surprising that the gardens haven’t been named a world wonder!
Open 9am – 4.30pm
Where: 233 Maleny-Stanley River Road (cnr Mountain View Road) Ph. (07) 5408 4110
Lake Baroon Pocket Dam
Nestled in a hollow at the bottom of Maleny’s countryside, the gorgeous Lake Baroon sits amongst rolling hills and thick forest. With the gentle ripple of the water, the company of a plump little kookaburra and the gentle sway of the trees, Lake Baroon is the perfect place to unwind. Enjoy a picnic by the water, fish from one of the ancient stumps, or push out in the boat for some exploration!
Where: End of Narrows Rd, North Maleny QLD
Maleny Mountain Wines
If you appreciate good quality wine, make sure you drop by the Maleny Mountain Winery! With red, white, fortified and dessert wine, their expert staff can find something to compliment your individual taste. They can also cater for group tastings and functions/christmas parties!
Where: 787 Landsborough Maleny Road, Maleny
P: 07 5429 6300
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Voted the number one attraction in Maleny, the 55 hectare Scenic Reserve is an amazing ecological island filled with incredible species of flora and fauna. Make your way quietly through the forest and you may be lucky enough to see pademelons, spiny crayfish, beautiful frogmouths, or even some endangered and rare species such as the Coxen’s Fig Parrot and the Grey Goshae.
Where: 148 Mountain View Road, Maleny
Cocorico Hand-Made Chocolate
One taste of Cocorico’s chocolates and you’ll never look at that Cadbury block the same way again! Provoke discovered this little shop when our Editorial Assistant Emma and her Fiance found a heavenly sample of chocolatey delights in their Maleny B&B. With the taste of rich madagascan chocolate and fruity undertones on their lips, they set off to find the shop! Lovingly and expertly made by Sebastien Clerc, Australia’s Youngest chocolatier, Cocorico’s chocolates are to die for! Tip: Be sure to try their Raspberry or Lavender flavours!
Where: 344 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton, Queensland 4560
P: 0434 633 768
Maleny Cheese Cafe & Cheesery
Producing the finest cheese and yoghurt products, Maleny Cheese Cafe & Cheesery are a staple location for both locals and visitors to the region. With more awards than you could poke a stick at – including the prestigious Australian Grand Dairy Award – the factory produce 19 cheeses and 12 yoghurt products. Ensuring they use only the freshest milk from local farmers, the Cafe/Cheesery have been wowing their customers since 2004. Drop in to try some of the finest dairy produce yourself, or take a tasting tour.
Where: 1 Clifford Street, Maleny 4552
P: 07 5494 2207
Key Restaurant Maleny
A magnificent fusion of African, Caribbean and Moroccan flavours, Key Restaurant is the number one venue for dining out in Maleny! With their delectable menu (featuring dishes such as Honey and Ginger marinated prawns, South African style Lamb Sosatie, and spicy Ghanaian soups), unique atmosphere and fantastic service, it’s no surprise that people have travelled up to an hour just to eat here!
Where: Cairncross Corner, 10 Mountain view Rd, Maleny
P: 07 5429 6536
Top places to stay!
Sometimes it’s nice to spoil yourself and experience something new, and that’s exactly what Maleny’s African Cottages encourage! Choose from three different cottages, each featuring three spacious bedrooms (catering for up to nine guests), a fully-equipped kitchen and a private BBQ area. Listen to uplifting African music, enjoy an aromatherapy massage in your cottage, or slip into a warm bath overlooking the gorgeous 500 year old fig tree out back. Kids will be delighted to find that there’s even a secret cubby house hidden inside a cupboard! Conveniently, the cottages are only 20 minutes from the zoo, and are just across the road from the Maleny Cheese Cafe. To book, call Matilda or head to malenyqueensland.com/africancottage
Where: 943 Maleny-Montville Road, Maleny
P: 07 5435 2445
A delightful and historic little venue, the lodge features a roaring log fireplace, tranquil gardens, a swimming pool and full complimentary breakfast. Relax and unwind! Rates start at $159 for one night.
Where: 58 Maple Street, Maleny QLD
P: 07 5494 2370
Oozing romance and relaxation, the Roseville House is perfect for a getaway weekend or special event. Featuring bright, open spaces with charming touches such as fragrant flowers, fluffy bathrobes, and afternoon tea served on arrival, this B&B is a favourite amongst visitors. Located at Balmoral Lookout between Maleny and Montville, the Roseville House has incredible views the ocean, as well as the rich valleys and mountains.
Where: 640 Maleny Montville Road, Maleny
P: 07 5494 3411