Monday, 18 November 2013

TRAVEL: Maleny and Montville part 2

Travel post: Our 1 year anniversary, spent in Maleny/Montville in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

It is safe to say we had the most amazing weekend ever in Maleny and Montville.



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We booked into a beautiful B&B called Roseville House and it was completely gorgeous. The room was decorated beautifully, the ensuite had toiletries, there was air con, a TV (we didn't watch it all weekend), mini fridge with water + milk, tea/coffee facilities, a jar of biscuits and some complimentary port to drink.
Our room had a lovely view of the valley and the front garden. Breakfast was AMAZING - best scrambled eggs of my life! As well as cooked breakfast options there was also a mini-buffet set out with fruits, yogurt, toast, cereals and drinks (juice, water, tea/coffee).
The owners are a lovely couple who made a point of remembering our names and striking up conversation with us.
And my personal favourite - the resident cat called Coco!

Below: the view from our verandah

Maleny and Montville are both gorgeous little townships up in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The drive up is quite short but very sweet - rolling hills, cows grazing in fields, little Queenslander houses, the odd pub..
Along the way there are plenty of great views down to the coast and inland, overlooking Lake Baroon.

As for Maleny itself- we were less than impressed. We both preferred Montville for its gentle sloping hill, pretty and interesting shop exteriors and just the general feel of the place. Maleny was less picturesque, more busy and just generally didn't have a "special" feel to it.
Close to Maleny are the Botanic Gardens, Mary Caincross Reserve and Maleny Dairy. Montville is close to Kondalilla falls and smaller townships like Flaxton and Mapleton, which has its own falls.

Above: a view from one of the look-out points in Maleny, you can see the Glasshouse mountains.

We spent an awesome morning walking around the Mary Caincross Reserve (gold coin donation). The view across the road was great and the walk itself was interesting - we saw a wild wallaby and a huge strangler fig tree. It was advised that the walk would take about an hour however we found it didn't take us that long. There was a fun dinosaur display inside the Mary Caincross centre along with a collection of butterflies.

Above: View from the Mary Caincross Reserve. Sadly, it was over cast during the majority of the weekend

Next we headed up to Kondalilla falls; there are a few different walks to do, we went down to the rock pools and then the water falls look out - please note: there are quite a few stairs to walk up/down!
The falls are lovely and it is clearly a very popular spot for BBQs and swimming.


Above: the falls and the view into the valley

Lunch was in a fun English style pub. Trent tried his first taste of Speckled Hen... it didn't go down too well...

Heading back to Montville, we got caught in a hail storm. Luckily, we were in the car but unluckily - the car got damaged.  I've never seen hail like it-
Above: a perfectly round ball of hail that we found in the back of Trent's ute

Above: after the hail storm the Hinterland was engulfed in a misty/cloud that made it difficult to drive safely.


Montville:
The next day we had a chilled morning in Montville wandering around the various shops, including:
- A German cuckoo clock shop
- Two different fudge shops
- a shop that makes its own rock candy
- alpaca wool shop
- Italian gift shop
- Nut shop
- Home decoration shop
- Irish and Scottish gift shop
- Australian gift shop
And my absolute favourite
- THE CHRISTMAS SHOP ! (No photos unfortunately).
The shops are along both sides of the road that gently slopes uphill. Dotted along, between the shops, are various cafes and restaurants. There are a couple of galleries plus some amazing views.

Above: on the Montville main street is this cool water wheel

Overall, I would strongly recommend a weekend up in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland - stay in either Montville or Maleny (or about half way between like we did). I would have liked to visit the Dairy if there was time but the walks we did and the lovely morning spent wandering around Montville made for a great weekend.

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