As soon as you pull up in town, you’ll open the car door and feel the ‘laxed alternative vibe ringing in the air. This is no place to rush. Amble up and down the main street and see what takes your fancy. Indulge in the creativity on display in the galleries, browse the unique boutiques full of local designs, and poke your way around the quaint little gift shops. Expect this to take longer than you think despite the quaint little strip of activity, for you will no doubt be drawn into one of the charming cafes or restaurants lining the street. For some cheese and wine straight from the source, take a scenic drive to Settlers Rise Vineyard and the Maleny Cheese Factory. The Maleny Dairies is also open on weekends for fresh milk, custard and yoghurt straight from the farm.
With such a spectacular location at the heights of rolling green farmlands and set near the winding Obi Obi Creek, Maleny’s most obvious attraction is its natural beauty. Get your best pics at the lookouts just outside of town – where artists are known to sit painting at their easels for hours. To get closer to nature, explore the lush subtropical rainforest of the Mary Cairncross Reserve, which overlooks the Glasshouse Mountains in the distance. Rather swim than walk? Check out the popular Baroon Pocket Dam or the trickling rockpools and swimming holes of Gardners Falls.
Just 30 minutes from the spectacular beaches of Caloundra and the whole Sunshine Coast strip, Maleny will make you feel like you’re a whole world away. Just over an hour from Brisbane, Maleny is the perfect escape that doesn’t take all day to get to. Now that’s what we call a holiday! Choose between our Maleny accommodation, from retreats to villas and B&Bs and start unwinding before you even leave home.
Hotels in Maleny start at AU$118 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.