Things to do in Maleny
Experience the township of Maleny, nestled in the rolling green highlands of the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Famous for its cool climate, green rolling hills, arts culture, prize winning dairy farms and cheese producers, sub-tropical rainforests walks and stunning panoramic lookouts, Maleny is located 1 hour north of Brisbane, a short drive to Montville and Mapleton and a mere 30mins west from the beaches of Caloundra and north to Mooloolaba and Noosa. The Guesthouse accommodation is within easy reach of all of the best that the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
Your stay is close to the centre of town, The guest house is just 300 meters easy walk to the Maleny Hotel. the supermarket and and all the delightful cafes and shops of Maleny. You will not find anywhere closer than this. From this highly convenient location you can enjoy all that Maleny has to offer from hand made ice cream and cheese, wineries, yoga, meditation, massage, live music, and country hospitality.
If you’re a food lover looking for weekend getaway, Maleny has a bustling high street full of cafes and restaurants featuring local and organic produce. Excellent restaurants include the Spicers Tamarind for One Chef Hat award winning Thai, Shotgun Espresso for the best cafe in town for coffee and breakfast, innovative Australian café Sarah's Unplugged, Pomodoro's with an emphasis on modern Australian cuisine and Capriccio's for the best pizza in town!
For art lovers, the Maleny is home to a thriving art scene with numerous galleries in the region including Maple St, Cairncross corner and the Montville township.
For the adventurers, Maleny and surrounds is home to some of the most scenic walks in the region. You can start with a short walk at the Cairncross reserve and build your way up to the The 58km Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk that winds through sections of the Maleny Forest Reserve, Kondalilla National Park and Mapleton Falls National Park.
For Maps or more information the Maleny Visitor Information Centre is located on Maple street in the heart of Maleny.
A little history
Maleny was formerly a logging town, but by the 1920s had became a dairy and cattle town. From the 1970’s it has attracted musicians, artists and artisans and was the birthplace of the Maleny Folk Festival that grew to become the world renowned Woodford Folk Festival. In recent times Maleny has also become well known as a health retreat, nature along with becoming a major wedding destination. There is a local Sunday market at Maleny RSL with Eumundi, Yandina and Witta markets nearby on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Maleny Dairies (award winning milk), the Maleny Cheese Factory (award winning cheeses), Maleny Gourmet (gelato and sorbet), Maleny Coffee (coffee beans and ground coffee), Maleny Wagyu (beef) and Brouhaha Brewery (beer) are famous local producers.
Maleny is just over one hour easy drive from Brisbane airport; the Landsborough train station is a fifteen minute drive down the Blackall Range. Incredible beaches stretch along the Sunshine Coast from Caloundra to Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, about 30 - 40 minutes away, plus there is bushwalking, whale-watching, gliding, snorkeling and surfing, and of course world class restaurants.
After the turquoise sunset fades to dusk, the regions restaurant scene lights up. For a quick bite try a pizza from Jens Wood fired pizza or Sukhothai at Cairncross corner. If you’re looking for something more substantial Maleny has a few award winning restaurants to enjoy. King Ludwigs german restaurant is a long time regional institution while one chef hat awarded Spicers Tamarind is a thai restaurant in a class of its own.
The Maple Street shopping precinct provides something to interest every shopper. The town is home to a variety of Antique stores, Specialty gift shops like Giddy & Grace or Maleny Additions, Bookstores like Maleny Book Store (pictured) and Rosetta Books, Creative Clothing Stores like The Industree and Rather Bazaar, Markets at the RSL and Witta School and popup shops down Market Lane.
Maple street is home to numerous cafes, restaurants, breweries, Ice-creameries, markets and food stalls. Start your day with a coffee from one of the high street cafes, grab a bite to eat from the food stalls in Maleny Lane and finish your day with a locally brewed ale. Markets are held weekly in the Maleny RSL with a farmers market held on the third Saturday of each month at the Old Witta School grounds.
Arts, Music & Entertainment
Maleny has a proud arts and music history stretching back to the days of the Maleny Folk Festival (the original home of Woodford Folk Festival). Nowadays venues like Maleny Lane, Finbars, Club Acoustic at the RSL and the annual Maleny Music Festival play host to national and international artists and the region’s live up and coming acts. For art lovers, Maple street is home to numerous art galleries like MAD Gallery and collectives like Piece Of Green showcasing some of the best work of the region.
In recent years, Maleny has grown into one of Australia’s primary wedding destinations. Its evergreen rolling hills and spectacular sunset views guarantee wedding photographs capture those special moments with incredible natural settings. The Guesthouse is located within a 5 minute drive from all of Maleny’s top-tier wedding venues making it an excellent choice for your wedding accommodation.
A natural Wonderland
For adventurers, Maleny and surrounds is home to some of the most scenic walks in the region. You can start with a short walk at the Mary Cairncross Reserve and build your way up to the the 58 km Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk that winds through sections of the Maleny Forest Reserve, Kondalilla National Park and Mapleton Falls National Park.