Montville is Maleny’s sister town, and the more shopping orientated of the two, with its main street lined with all sorts of different shops and businesses focussed towards the steady stream of tourists that visit from Brisbane and the Coast on the weekends. Located on the range overlooking the Sunshine Coast, it was predominantly a logging and then farming community, becoming known as a popular tourist metropolis in the early 1900’s.
With its small village charm the town is appreciated for its many different architectural styles representing Tudor, Irish, English, Bavarian, and Swiss. On weekends and during holiday periods the town is abuzz with activity, with visitors from all over coming to enjoy the many different sights and sounds of the town.
The town of Flaxton is situated between Montville and Mapleton along the Blackall Range Tourist Drive which is a popular tourist attraction for people visiting the area.
The Kondalilla Falls is located within the Kondalilla National Park, the turn off of which can be found along the main road between Montville and Flaxton. Home to over 107 bird species and the rare Pouched Frog, it was first discovered by William Skene who found it on his property while searching for cattle, and named it Bon Accord. He gave it to the Queensland Government in the 50’s, who renamed it Kondalilla which means ‘running water’ in Aboriginal language. The area is a popular tourist attraction with its walking tracks, picnic areas and swimming holes.
Food and Wine
With loads of dining options in Montville and its surrounds there is no shortage of places to enjoy a delicious meal with a nice bottle of wine. From fine bistro dining, to cafes and restaurants the range of different tastes is abundant in the Montville area. The area boasts several vineyards to visit, taste and purchase a bottle of local wine to accompany your meal. Its boutique sweet shops are a treat with locals and visitors with handmade chocolates a delightful way to top off any meal.
The thing Montville does best is shopping. The town caters specifically to tourists who want to shop and with its streets lined from top to bottom with shops offering everything from Indian fabrics to cuckoo clocks it is a place where you could easily while away the whole day wandering through the town exploring the many colourful wares on offer. A place where local designers offer their unique clothing designs, while boutique liquors entice you to try something a little bit different, it’s a great place to pick up a gift or simply treat yourself to something special.
The towns of Montville and Flaxton offer a diverse range of different accommodation options suited to any budget. Cabins, motels and inns provide home grown hospitality for weary travellers passing through, while regular visitors make their annual pilgrimage for the luxury of lakeside dwellings. Once they have experienced the Hinterland and the breathtaking scenery of the Montville area they rarely stay away long.
Arts and Crafts
Woodcrafters and artists are drawn to the Hinterland and Montville is home to many art galleries and wood work showrooms displaying the fine workmanship of crafts folk from the area. The main street of Montville hosts several art galleries for those wishing to partake in some of the local culture, and there is always the opportunity to take something home as a souvenir.
Health and Beauty
Montville and Flaxton are home to some great hair and beauty boutiques which cater for all your skin, hair and beauty needs as well as for those needing assistance with preparing for their special day. A number of local holistic practitioners also offer massage and other services in the area.