Towns

Towns

TOWNS – On the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland provides a spectacular backdrop to any type of holiday, especially a self-drive adventure. Explore the open roads and take in the stunning views of lush green valleys and magnificent mountains, through to the glorious Pacific Ocean.

Discover the ancient volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains, walk through the lush rainforests, take in the breathtaking scenery – lose yourself in the natural beauty and serenity of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Pack a picnic with delicious local goodies and discover picturesque waterfalls and scenic lookouts from Flaxton,  MapletonMaleny and Montville, through to the Glass House Mountains and Kenilworth.

Or enjoy true hospitality at charming and elegant cafés or award-winning restaurants with postcard-perfect views. Along the way, explore the unique shops and discover the thriving art trail with unique galleries and studios showcasing local artists and their original works.

Explore the heritage village of Yandina and visit the Ginger Factory and Nutworks, or visit the iconic Big Pineapple at Nambour.

  • Beerwah

    Beerwah village is one of the larger towns dotted throughout the Glass House Mountains area, and offers a down-to-earth atmosphere with all the facilities you might need for a comfortable stay on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

  • Conondale

    Kenilworth is the next town along the Maleny-Kenilworth road about 20 minutes drive from Conondale, and about 50 km from the coast.

  • Eudlo

    The Eudlo area makes a lovely drive through the country side, situated in the valley below the Blackall Range, on the coastal side.  A stones throw from the Big Pineapple, and Nambour, it is a luscious green hilly area, and a gateway to the coast. A great area to sit in a café with a good book as you watch the world go by.

  • Flaxton

    Montville has a true village charm. You will find a pleasant blend of Tudor, Irish and English cottages of log or stone, Swiss and Bavarian chalets, an old mill water-wheel, colonial and old Queenslanders and of course, one of the most spectacular and panoramic views over a coastal plain you could find in Australia.

  • Glasshouse Mountains

    The township of Glasshouse, sits amidst the majestic popular tourist destination, the Glasshouse Mountains, located in the traditional lands of the Aboriginal Gubbi Gubbi people. Named by explorer Captain Cook in 1770, on his epic voyage north on his ship The Endeavour, the Glasshouse Mountains are said to have reminded him of glass furnace houses back home in Yorkshire. The Glass House Mountains consist of eleven mountains known in Aboriginal language as ‘daki comon’ meaning ‘stone standing up’.

  • Kenilworth

    Kenilworth is the next town along the Maleny-Kenilworth road about 20 minutes drive from Conondale, and about 50 km from the coast. The Aboriginal name Hinka Booma is all but a memory with the town renamed ‘Kenilworth’ after the title of a book that was being read at the time by the wife of the first cattle farmer in the area, Richard Smith. The major industry in the town has remained cattle farming, although it does boast the popular Kenilworth Cheese Factory.

  • Landsborough

    Landsborough is a small town located north of the Glasshouse Mountains and 5 minutes from the Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. You will find quaint shops and a museum housing the social and cultural history of the area. There’s a local pub which is a bit of a tourist attraction.

  • Maleny

    This unique rural community is perched high above the Sunshine Coast with amazing views to the Glasshouse Mountains in south-east Queensland. Locals say the rolling green hills, deep pockets of rain forest and spectacular views in all directions cast a spell over Maleny. But that’s only part of the story. Come unravel the mystery for yourself.

  • Mapleton

    The area is renowned for its forests, walks and views. The Mapleton Falls have a sheer drop of 120m, and the viewing platform opens up a magnificent vista of the Mary Valley. Mapleton Falls National park is home to rare native flora and fauna with walks through breathtaking eucalypt forest and rainforest.

  • Montville

    Montville has a true village charm. You will find a pleasant blend of Tudor, Irish and English cottages of log or stone, Swiss and Bavarian chalets, an old mill water-wheel, colonial and old Queenslanders and of course, one of the most spectacular and panoramic views over a coastal plain you could find in Australia.

  • Mooloolah Valley

    The Mooloolah Valley area is a lovely drive through the country side, situated in the valley below the Blackall Range, on the coastal side. A great area to sit in a café with a good book as you watch the world go by.

  • Nambour

    Nambour is a flourishing town on the edge of the mountains that make up the Sunshine Coast Hinterland but is also so close to the famous Sunshine Coast beaches.  Like so many of the towns in this remarkable area, Nambour has a great ‘sense of community’.

  • Palmwoods

    The Palmwoods, Eudlo and Mooloolah area make a lovely drive through the country side, situated in the valley below the Blackall Range, on the coastal side. The small town now known as Palmwoods (named after the Piccabeen Palms that grow in the area) was originally called Merriman Flats and is at the Northern end of the valley.

  • Woombye

    Woombye is located on the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland.  The name is derived from words from the local Aboriginal language – a place (wumbai) of black snake or (wambai) black myrtle or axe handle made from black myrtle. The relaxed and social lifestyle is complemented with the famous pub, the bowls club, and the local tennis courts. Woombye is home to one of the longest established soccer clubs on the Sunshine Coast, the Woombye Snakes and is also the location of a tourist icon The Big Pineapple.