The Strangler Cairn, Conondale National Park


In the rugged Conondale Range, this park features luxuriant rainforests, tall eucalypt forests, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and spectacular scenery.  The diverse forests provide homes for a wonderful variety of wildlife including more than 120 species of birds and many mammals. The threatened but seldom-seen yellow-bellied glider lives in the open forest. Some rare and threatened species are found in the Conondale and Blackall ranges, including the cascade tree-frog and plumed frog-mouth. The 56 km Conondale Range Great […]

The Channel 9 Today Show came to town


Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) in conjunction with Hinterland Tourism Sunshine Coast (HTSC) secured Channel 9’s TODAY Show to broadcast national weather crosses from the Hinterland.  Stevie Jacobs and the weather team were at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny on Saturday 28th and in the Main Street of Montville on Sunday 29th October 2017 from 6 am to 8:45 am.  As you can see a good time was had by all!  

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Crystal Waters Markets


THE FIRST things noticed about market day at the Crystal Waters community is just how many people attend the so-called remote location on market day; the second is the beautiful overarching canopy provided by the huge shade trees at the market site. The markets are held on the first Saturday of each month, providing the range of usual market fare, but with an organic and natural edge – clothing, health products, tasty food, organic fruit and vegetables, coffee outlets, and even organic ice cream. Musicians play at the open mic on the Community Deck, there’s a playground […]

130 Year Old Train Tunnel Bushwalk


130 Year Old Train Tunnel Bushwalk – For more information click here By Richard Bruinsma An interesting work of historic engineering is on hand for bushwalkers on the main track at Dularcha National Park at Mooloolah. It emerges through the trees along the mostly-flat bush walk, a simple-but interesting man-made attraction that one can imagine would have been quite the laborious engineering feat some 150 years ago.The centre piece of the 3 km walk is a […]

Breathtaking Kondalilla Falls


Breathtaking Kondalilla Falls A visit to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland would not be complete without visiting the spectacular Kondalilla Falls which is located inside the Kondalilla National Park near Montville. Kondalilla National Park is 327 hectares of land featuring hiking tracks, spectacular mountain views, unspoilt rainforest and the breathtaking waterfall, where Skene Creek plummets 90 meters into a rainforest valley below. Kondalilla is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’ and describes the park’s waterfall during […]

Sunshine Coast Hinterland; Come On Up is a free independent tabloid publication published bimonthly and distributed throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales showcasing the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The best person to ask information about an area is a local. Sunshine Coast Hinterland; Come On Up is produced by locals in partnership with the peak tourism organisation Hinterland Tourism and is jam packed with facts, useful information, local stories and stunning images of the region. A pull out regional map, driving and walking maps as well as special itineraries help visitors to see and experience the best in the Hinterland. Seven sections feature where to eat, what’s on, where to stay as well as what to see and experience. Information and maps in this publication are also available on line at www. hinterlandtoruism.com.au. So Come On Up, we look forward to see you soon.

Pick Your Own Strawberries 

There is nothing better than a day in the sunshine picking fresh ripe strawberries then eating them of course! Strawberry Fields is located at Palmview on the Sunshine Coast, a beautiful working farm where you can spend hours picking your own strawberries before enjoying a bite to eat at the Strawberry Fields Farm Cafe. Try the homemade ice cream, choc dipped gourmet strawberries, parfaits, pancakes and so much more. It is the perfect day out for […]

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Digital Skills Event coming to the Hinterland

A discounted DIGITAL SKILLS EVENT is coming to Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland on 14 September, 2017 at the Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street starting at 12:30 pm for a 1 pm start.  Ends at 4:30 pm (duration 3.5 hours). We are excited to be delivering a heavily discounted workshop in the Hinterland soon, in collaboration with Sunshine Coast Council as part of their Level Up program. The workshop has been specifically designed with […]

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Flaxton to Mapleton bushwalk

Looking for a “beautiful challenge”?? Try the Flaxton to Mapleton bushwalk By Richard Bruinsma The bushwalk between Kondalilla Falls at Flaxton and the Mapleton Falls National Park could be described as the most challenging and also the most beautiful of all four sections of the Sunshine Coast hinterland’s Great Walk. This section of the Great Walk extends around 10.6 kilometres in total, which includes around 3.5km along mainly bitumen and concrete roadways and footpaths at […]

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Falls Farm helping create unique restaurant menus

IMAGINE an organic vegetable, fruit and herb farm that hosts visits from south east Queensland’s best chefs, who then return to their restaurants and create menus based on what they have tasted and seen. The Falls Farm at Mapleton, not far from the Mapleton Falls National Park, is doing just that. In the process it’s becoming a key player in a wave that’s sweeping through the blue ribbon restaurant sector – the variety, quality and flavours of the produce and herbs available is dictating the meals that are created. “I think that’s where these sorts […]

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…Of Trains and Cane and Places to Stay

WHEN YOU survey today the sheer depth of quality accommodation across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland it is fascinating to realize that it all started with a failed sugar cane enterprise! Let me take you back to about 1903. The sugar mill in Nambour had extended the train/tram line out to Dulong with a view of growing cane throughout this area. To transport the cane back to the mill for processing they purchased their first steam driven Shay locomotive in 1904, the “Dulong”. Shay locomotives are not of the effeminate Thomas the Tank Engine lineage. The […]

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Number One Destination In Australia

Number One Destination In Australia In the words of a very successful politician, “Vote early, and vote often”. While I’m not sure that the Australian Electoral Commission may endorse this, I can say that it definitely works in tourism. The online booking website, Trivago, has just released its ranking of accommodation destinations in Australia. And the winner is… Montville! Here’s their list of the top 10 Australian destinations for accommodation, along with their user reviews […]

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