Nature

Nature

The Sunshine Coast hinterland is a nature lover’s paradise with its diversity of flora and fauna. Pristine, sub tropical rainforests, are easily accessible, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy towering trees and sparkling waterfalls, along with an abundance of native plants and wildlife on one of the many well maintained nature trails and walks.

The gentle Obi Obi boardwalk in Maleny is both  wheelchair accessible and pram friendly,  providing a calm and tranquil experience for all, and even the chance to see the elusive platypus early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The beautiful Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve offers spectacular views of the ancient volcanic outcrops that make up the awe-inspiring iconic Glasshouse Mountains, as well as an interpretive centre that gives a deeper understanding of the complex wet sclerophyll environment that provides home for many of Australia’s unique birds and wildlife. Keen walkers can experience firsthand life under the rainforest canopy on one of the many safe walks, complete with clean eco sensitive campsites for those wishing to sleep under the stars on a longer trek. The area is home to many unique Australian species; animals such as koalas, platypus and kangaroos; birdlife including whipbirds, kookaburras and wedge tailed eagles; and of course ancient rainforest trees and plants.

The perfect place to spend a few days with your walking boots and binoculars, discovering the lush green paradise that is the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Walking Maps

Walks of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Baroon Lookout.pdf
Berganns Walk.pdf
Fig Tree Walk.pdf
Gardners Falls.pdf
SunshineCoast Hinterland Walks Locations.pdf
Kondalilla.pdf
Linda Garrett.pdf
Mapleton Falls.pdf
Mary Cairncross.pdf
Obi Boardwalk.pdf

  • Belles at Montville

    THE PERFECT HINTERLAND RETREAT! Belles at Montville is situated in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and offers a relaxing break from busy lifestyles at unbeatable prices. Set on 3.7 acres of land, Belles at Montville has two spacious private cottages and one studio apartment. It is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Enjoy the spectacular views from your own private cottage, complete with covered deck, spa and fire place. Belles at Montville is only a 1 hour drive from the northern outskirts of Brisbane, and 40 minutes from the Sunshine Coast. It feels like another world! Belles at Montville is the perfect destination for your honeymoon, babymoon, birthday, anniversary or romantic getaway. Belles at Montville caters for more than just couples; if you are looking for somewhere special for Mum & Daughter time, a girls’ escape, an uninterrupted break, or simply an excuse for a short holiday, Belles at Montville will ensure that your time away is memorable.

  • Lyola Pavilions in the Forest

    Nature lovers in search of a secluded, luxurious escape will find it here at Lyola Pavilions in the Forest. The two architect-designed pavilions, ‘Hide’ and ‘Seek’, are perched high on ‘Policeman’s Spur’, a ridge that overlooks the green patchwork of Conondale Valley. Slide open the floor-to-ceiling windows and smell the aroma of eucalyptus rising from the gum leaves in the surrounding forest; listen for the gurgle of your private creek with its cool swimming holes in a clearing in the forest below. You’re unlikely to meet anyone else here, apart from a goanna crackling through the bush or resting on a tree trunk, a koala, or one of the many beautiful, hinterland birds that call to one another among the trees. Inside the pavilions there is one spacious room, and a separate spa bathroom. ‘Seek’ has a bright, energising ambience, decorated with quieter tones for contrast. It has a Queen-size bed, a wood-burning heater, a day bed and two specially comfortable chairs in the lounge area. ‘Hide’ is more subdued, and painted in tranquil earthy tones. The bathroom features stone tiles and a sunken bath with views to the forest when you roll the wall away. Host, Jane Kennedy, provides luxurious touches such as fragrant handmade soaps, ylang ylang bubble bath, silky rose-geranium scented moisturiser, lavender oil, candles, fluffy robes and gorgeous bed linen, cushions and throws. She also stocks the kitchens with essentials that take the hard work out of self catering. Complimentary wine, a cheese platter and provisions […]

  • McCarthy Lake House Maleny- Short Term Holiday House

    Situated in the wedding triangle on the McCarthy Road, house and room bookings available The house has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Additional beds also available. Maximum capacity 12 guests Ideal for wedding guests due to close proximity to venues including Tiffanys (1km) , Maleny Manor and  Little White Wedding Chapel. The expansive gardens and lakes host abundant wildlife. The position of the property provides serenity and privacy as well as fun times with the swimming pool and flood lit BBQ area. The outside fire pit proves very popular with House bookings especially Groom and Groomsmen bookings. Individual rooms and last minute one night stays also available.  

  • The Falls Montville

    Six luxury, secluded, sub-tropical rainforest cottages. Perfect for romantic weekends, anniversaries, birthdays, proposals, work breaks, honeymoons, wedding guest couples & elopements. And our superb Queenslander Manor House: – for corporate retreats, team development, bridal groups, wedding guests, families & groups of couples travelling together. The Falls Montville is located 3km North of the charming mountain village of Montville in the picturesque Sunshine Coast Hinterland… and just 400 metres from the entrance to Kondalilla National Park. Leave the world behind and relax in the warm glow of a crackling wood fire in winter or the comfort of air conditioning in summer. Luxuriate in a bubbling spa or savour a hearty country breakfast on your private veranda. It’s all yours to enjoy…. From individual couples to groups of up to 20… guests, The Falls Montville awaits. QLD Tourism Hall of Fame. Service and experience excellence. 24 hour reception. Daily housekeeping. Ranked very high on Tripadvisor.

  • The Spotted Chook Ferme Auberge and Amelies

    The Spotted Chook and Amelies, is a gorgeous french inspired guest house. The rooms and cottage are painted in colours of the south of France. The views across the valley are breath taking. Fireplaces for winter and air-con for summer. Breakfast is included daily, french continental. Cooked breakfast is also available. Boutique weddings and functions are also catered for with numbers up to 40. The cottage is self contained with a french feel. Spa on the deck and bbq . The king bed is hand made . The views from Amelies are wonderful. Black cockatoos fly past and other birds can be seen singing away. Each of the other guest rooms are painted and themed in different colours, each one has an individual feel. Breakfast is included and is croissants, muffins, yoghurt, fruit, homemade granola and something savoury. This is all included, but if you are after a cooked option then there is also a menu. We also offer dinner on selected nights. This is a set menu designed around you and is BYO. Wander across from the spotted chook and discover the  creek and  rain forest. We have access to 70 acres of family nature refuge. The bird life, fauna and views are worth the walk. The property also has horses and cows. We can organize horse riding lessons as well as rides. We also have another house that we rent out. There is a link to this from our web site The spotted Chook is just 1.8 k’s […]

  • The Great Walk – Lake Baroon to Kondalilla

    The section of the track from Lake Baroon to Kondalilla Falls is around 10km, and a convenient finishing point for those not wanting to complete the full walk. Or, of course, a good start point for those wishing to head the opposite direction.
    The walk is graded a Level 2 difficulty by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, which also suggests allocating between five and seven hours to complete the one-way journey. However, as a male of moderate fitness, I was able to complete the walk comfortably, including various stops to take photo graphs, in an easy three hours.
    In total, the Great Walk stretches 58km, from Lake Baroon to Kondalilla Falls at Flaxton and, then, from Flaxton to Mapleton Falls National Park, and the national park itself as the fourth piece of the puzzle.
    Thankfully, that considerable bucket list walk is broken up into those four sections. Each one is do-able in one day – most are between 10 and 15km, which, at average walking pace, means three to five hours of walking.
    The Lake Baroon to Kondallilla Falls walk is characterised by good pathways, good signage, mostly shielded from the sun by the rainforest canopy.
    At times, the path can be a little muddy, mossy and slippery, and there are stretches or gradual inclines and declines that do get the heart moderately racing. Of course, there is no need to rush, and, any time that the walk becomes a little strenuous is a good time to have a rest and grab a mouthful of water
    The walk, as expected, has the wide variety of natural features like waterways and small waterfalls, birdlife, unusual plants, including fungi and lichen, but, in my observation, does include some of these huge buttressed rainforest trees that seem to have vanished from most other shorter common walks.
    There are also those runners who complete the 10km track before turning back to do it all again for a solid 20km training session.
    Much of the track has no mobile phone coverage so it’s a good idea to switch the phone to airplane mode for the walk, to avoid suffering a flat battery as the phone continues searching for the non-existent signal.
    So, if you get the chance, consider giving the legs a good stretch and the heart a comfortable workout along one of the sections of the hinterland’s Great Walk.