The Region

Maleny is a small town located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland region of Queensland, Australia. It is situated approximately 90 kilometers north of Brisbane and 35 kilometers west of the coastal town of Caloundra.

The town is known for its beautiful natural surroundings, including lush rainforests, waterfalls, and rolling hills. It has a population of around 3,000 people and is home to a vibrant arts community, with numerous galleries and studios showcasing the work of local artists.

Maleny also has a strong focus on sustainability and organic farming, with many local businesses and farmers markets offering organic produce and eco-friendly products. It is also a popular destination for tourists, with plenty of accommodation options, cafes, and restaurants to choose from.

The town is also well-known for its annual Wood Expo, which showcases the work of local woodworkers and attracts visitors from all over the country. Additionally, Maleny is located close to popular tourist attractions such as the Glass House Mountains and Australia Zoo, making it an ideal base for exploring the wider Sunshine Coast region.

Cool things to do:

  1. Explore the Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World, a stunning 14-acre garden featuring thousands of plant species and a range of exotic birds. Just five minutes down the road from Top of the World.
  2. Visit the Maleny Dairy and learn about the process of milk production, and taste some delicious locally made cheeses, yoghurts, and ice creams.
  3. Take a scenic drive up to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, a stunning nature reserve with breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains.
  4. Enjoy a relaxing picnic at Gardner’s Falls, a hidden gem nestled in the lush rainforest near Maleny.
  5. Visit the nearby town of Montville, known for its charming boutique shops, art galleries, and cafes.
  6. Take a hike on one of the many scenic walking trails in the area, such as the Mary River Walk or the Great Walk.
  7. Visit Maleny Dairies Cheese Factory and watch the cheesemakers in action. Sample some of their cheeses and enjoy a coffee at their cafe.
  8. Take a hot air balloon ride over the picturesque Maleny countryside for a truly unforgettable experience.
  9. Enjoy a round of golf at the Maleny Golf Club, set in the stunning Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
  10. Attend a local farmers’ market and sample some of the delicious local produce, including fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and meats.