ATTRACTIONS and WHAT TO DO
Mapleton 500 metres up the road. Historic Mapleton hotel is good for a pub steak. The IGA and petrol station opens 6am-8pm, 7 days a week including public holidays.
Montville Village 8kms or 8 minutes drive along the edge of the mountain, with views to the sea. Looks like an olde worlde English village with lots of boutiques, art galleries, cafes and craft shops. Quite busy and touristy.
Maleny Where the locals shop, a 1920s streetscape of interesting and eclectic shops: including Colin James' award winning ice cream, specialty cheese and café, the most wonderful old fashioned bookshop called Rosetta, a large IGA for groceries, galleries and on Sunday mornings go to the RSL Hall for local homemade cakes, preserves, fruit & veg plus crafts and second hand goods.
Kenilworth A leisurely hour's round trip inland (Mapleton, Kenilworth, Witta, Maleny, Montville, Flaxton, Mapleton) past dairies, rolling green pastures and rivers. Visit the Cheese Factory and Lasting Impressions Art Gallery at Kenilworth. The 1930s un-renovated pub at Kenilworth is a step back in time and good for a pub lunch.Australia Zoo Legacy of the legendary Steve Irwin. 30 minute's drive from the house on the way to Brisbane. Allow the best part of a day to see it all.
Ginger Factory More suited for kids under 10yrs old - an extensive complex showing ginger production, little puff 'n billy train, café and plant shop -- at Yandina.
Yandina Growers' Market Saturday at Yandina oval -- this is what a real market looks like, with lots of healthy cheap plants, prepared food, fruit & veg plus second hand items. It is 20 minutes down the mountain to Nambour and turn left onto the old highway.
Glasshouse Mountains These amazing volcanic peaks rise abruptly from the coastal plain. They have inspired artists like Charles Blackman and Laurence Daws. Glass House Mts: 20 minutes drive from the house to Mountain View Rd via Montville.
Cotton Tree Good for families with a big park, shady trees, flat water and Olympic pool. Take-away fish & chips from The Boat Shed, right on the Maroochy River.
Mooloolaba Drive to Montville and turn left onto the Hunchie Rd -- at the Old Hall in the middle of the village. Charming drive through the pretty rural villages of Wombie and Palmwoods. Fabulous surf beaches plus fresh seafood markets and The Yacht Club for lunch. Visit Underwater World at Maroochydore.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland The Great Walk provides for easy to difficult walks of short or long duration, through spectacular mountains and valleys to waterfalls and rivers.
Gardeners Falls 400 metre walk over rocks to an old fashioned swimming hole. Take your togs.
You are spoilt for choice! Best bet is to go to Tripadvisor for candid reviews, however some of our favourites are:
The Long Apron at Spicers Clovelly Estate, Montville This is upmarket dining at a lovely estate and the restaurant has won some top awards. Charming, casual and a bit special.
Rick's Garage & Diner, Palmwood Funky bar plus casual diner specialising in burgers, sliders, mussels and ribs. Often inhabited by people driving 50s cars and they do service cars in their garage. Live entertainment on occasions - slightly 'off the wall' and a lot of fun.
Flame Hill Winery, Montville Surprisingly good vineyard restaurant, overlooking the vines. Do a wine tasting before sitting down - best for lunch to get the atmosphere.
Spirit House, Yandina This place is famous and you must book. Modern Thai food in a rainforest setting on a lagoon. Great cooking school too with classes nearly every day.
The Boat Shed, Cotton Tree beach A 30 minute leisurely drive via Nambour, through cane fields brings you to the mouth of the Maroochy River and one of our all time favourites. A very simple place with open veranda and great seafood - the position almost on the river is unique, and the kids can play on the sand whilst you have lunch.
Wild Rocket at Misty's, Montville Now also a microbrewery - good mod Oz food, nice atmosphere.
Bella Cucina, Montville Good traditional Italian food that gets great wraps from the locals.
Secrets on the Lake, Montville A 10 minute drive inland from Montville to Lake Baroom, this is quite an eccentric complex of restaurant and accommodation, and people love it. Best for lunch.
King Ludwigs, Maleny Overlooking the iconic Glasshouse Mts, reserve King Ludwigs for a hearty Winter's lunch. Obviously very German!
Woodford Folk Festival One of Australia's most famous festivals, 5 days from Boxing Day to New Years Eve.
Maleny Wood Expo May each year, with wood artisans, landcare, farm forestry and local food.
Nambour Garden Expo Early July each year - huge with excellent gardening talks, plant displays and sales.
Gympie Muster August each year, bring your wellies and a big hat. Country music and rodeo.
Real Food Festival Every September, food vans, cooking demonstrations that highlight locally grown food.