Maleny is a town rich in natural beauty and wonder, set amidst the winding Obi Obi Creek, the largest sub catchment area of the Mary River, and the rolling green hills of the dairy farms and paddocks. Perched high upon the Blackall Range, there are several lookouts on the outskirts of the town that look out over the Glasshouse Mountains, showcasing its breathtaking natural beauty.
The Mary Cairncross Reserve conservation park captures the best of both worlds, on one side overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains, and inside, an area of 530,000 metres of lush suptropical rainforest. The park, created to preserve the natural flora and fauna of Maleny, was donated to the local council by the three Thynne sisters who named it after their mother, Mary Thynne (nee Cairncross). It is a popular place for locals and tourists to spend their weekends picnicking and enjoying the natural beauty of the park.
The Baroon Pocket Dam is a popular destination for picnickers, canoeing groups and those wishing to swim, while Gardners Falls has trickling rockpools, swimming holes and a rope swing for the more adventurous sorts.
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 Policemans 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. Youre 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 […]