5 must do's on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
The Sunshine Coast is known for its long unspoilt beaches, white sand, moderate climate and stunning natural beauty. What many travellers do not know is that just behind the coastline lies an unexplored gem. A magical area dotted with wooded valleys, quaint villages and breathtaking views. Welcome to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Here’s our top five must do Hinterland experiences during your Oceans Mooloolaba stay.
1. Bushwalking the Sunshine Coast hinterland
From the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk to small treks overlooking cascading waterfalls, the Hinterland will inspire the hiker in you. Offering a range of options suited to a variety of fitness levels, choose from challenging climbs like the Mt Tibrogargan summit climb to more relaxing half hour strolls like the Mary Cairncross park circuit. On our list of must do would be; Kondalilla Falls walk, a half day hike that takes in beautiful ancient eucalyptus forest and plunging waterfalls. Head to Mapleton on sunset and experience Mapleton Falls in the afternoon glow or the old school ‘Fig Tree’ walk behind Maleny, to name a few. Lose yourself in nature and take in lungfuls of fresh air surrounded by a myriad of wildlife in a place like no other. See where else to walk - here.
2. Picnic in the hills
With scenic views and plenty of parklands the Sunshine Coast hinterland serves as a picturesque and unparalleled backdrop to a picnic lunch. Grab some fresh made local produce, unroll the picnic rug and take in the clear blue skies with that someone special… sounds romantic right? For an amazing picnic check out the Obi boardwalk at Maleny, the Lilypond’s behind Montville, anywhere along Lake Baroon and Mapleton Park.
3. Mapleton, Montville, Maleny
The three towns of Mapleton, Montville and Maleny are dotted along the Blackall Range. There are plenty of towns scattered throughout the hinterland but if you’re pressed for time, these three are a must. Starting at Mapleton you become fully aware that you’ve discovered something special, with generous sweeping views that take in Noosa and all the way past Bribie Island. Mapleton is a great place to start your day out, there’s a beautiful old pub, a stunning park and the impressive Mapleton Falls. Keep heading south along the range and you’ll soon discover Montville. Home to boutique shopping, more impressive views and the very special Lilly Pond park, the perfect place to take a stroll with the family or keep the kids the entertained whilst your partner is shopping. Maleny is the last stop for many travellers visiting the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Known for it’s thriving dairy industry the township is alive with colourful characters, boutique food producers and some of the best coffee the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Our advice would be to spend a half day at Maleny walking up the main street, buy a rare book and great brew from Rosetta Books, a special locally made treat at the IGA and read the first chapter down at the Obi Boardwalk entrant as you listen to the stream flowing over the shallow rocks. Perfect!
4. Fine Dining and catching the view
If you’re looking for a luxury experience to match your Oceans Mooloolaba Luxury stay then a fine dining experience in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is a must. Whether it’s the tantalising taste experience of Spirit House at Yandina, the richly indulgent decadence of the Long Apron or something more relaxed at Pomodoras on Obi. After a relaxing meal out take in the cool night air and stop in at a lookout before heading down the range. Seeing the lights of the Sunshine Coast twinkling in the distance and the milky way stretching overhead is worth the trip alone.
5. Leisure drives through the country
A short 25-minute drive from your Oceans Mooloolaba apartment will see you at the base of the Blackall Ranges and the gateway to the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The countryside is an experience in itself and one of the best ways to take in the view is by driving. As the saying goes, “All roads lead to Rome,” so it is with the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The quickest way from Oceans Mooloolaba will see you drive through the village of Palmwoods, but other routes will take you through Eudlo, known for the Chenrezig village Buddhist monastery or through Landsborough near the famous Australia Zoo. Whichever way you arrive from we suggest you wind down the window, breath in the fresh air and stop regularly to make the most of the moment.
If you haven’t caught on yet, we’re secretly in love with the hinterland. When you stay with us at Oceans Mooloolaba we recommend you head to the hills for a day and explore this lesser frequented gem. Thinking of taking in the fresh air of the Sunshine Coast hinterland? Get in touch with Oceans Mooloolaba today!
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