Exploring Maleny

Maleny Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Discover the beauty and magic of Maleny with a long list of things to do and see in this beautiful region of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

The picturesque and laid-back town is located high in the Blackall Range, and is well known for it’s scenic spots, as well as dairy country.

Visitors can enjoy browsing the many arts and craft galleries, dining at a wide choice of cafes and restaurants or just sitting back and taking in the stunning scenery.

Absorb panoramic views of the Glass House Mountains, partake in some bushwalking or bird-spotting, or hit the walking trails that lead through the lush rainforests of the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

Keen walkers can take on The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk, 58km winding through the Blackall Range – maps are available from the visitor information centre.

For those who want to soak up some culture, there’s a thriving art scene here, with contemporary art galleries and artist’s co-operatives.

Maple Street is the main hub of the town and boasts great organic cafes, eclectic fashion boutiques, bookstores and more.

A few suggestions for your visit to Maleny on the Sunshine Coast:
*Maleny Botanic Gardens and Birdworld – 233 Maleny Stanley River Road, Maleny
*Maleny Cheese – 1 Clifford Street, Maleny
*Maleny Dairies – 70 McCarthy’s Road, Maleny
*Brouhaha Brewery – 6/39 Coral Street, Maleny
*Maleny Handicraft Markets (Sunday’s from 8am to 2pm) – 23 Maple Street, Maley

Pictured: ‘One Tree Hill’ in Maleny is a popular spot for wedding photos!

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Noosa Fishing & Crab Tours

Noosa Tours and Attractions Queensland

Coming to Noosa? Don’t let this opportunity get away from you …

Join a Noosa Fishing & Crab tour for a great day out on the water at one of Queensland’s most pristine fishing spots.

These calm water fishing tours provide you the opportunity to fish for bream, whiting, trivially and more.  Plus, go crabbing for blue swimmer and mud crabs!  You’ll also get a crab tasting with fresh crab cooked onboard.

Enjoy the waterways, spotting native bird life. Then feast of a lunch that includes rolls, muffins, biscuits and beverages.

All equipment is supplied including rods, reels, bait, tackle and ice. You’ll also have access to all weather jackets and a shade canopy.

The tours start at $89 for adults and $59 for kids. A popular option with families, kids under 4 years are free.

For bookings and all the details please visit Noosa Fishing & Crab Tours.

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*image courtesy of Experience Oz

Top 10 Things To Do in Noosa


There is a reason that holidaymakers flock to Noosa all year round and it isn’t just because of Noosa’s beautiful beaches, river and national parks or its fantastic shopping and dining options. Noosa has that kind of relaxed chilled out vibe that is contagious. Once you stay here a few days you will want to keep coming back for more and more!

Here are the top 10 things to do in Noosa:

1. Hike the trails in the Noosa National Park.

Explore kilometres of walking tracks of all grades and see a wide range of different vegetation, from rain forest through to areas of coastal bush with iconic Pandanus and Banksia in the Noosa National Park. Follow the coastal path stopping at the Boiling Pot a short distance into the park. There are great views here back towards Noosa and to the right the first beach in the park Tea Tree Bay. Proceed along the coastal track to Tea Tree Bay and do a bit of Koala spotting in the trees behind the beach. The coastal path terminates at Hell’s Gate with majestic views over Alexandria Bay.

2. Chill out on Noosa Main Beach.

The north facing Main Beach is a step off Hastings Street and is one of the most popular beaches in Noosa.This beach is the best option for families or those who are not confident in the surf, as it has gentle waves and is patrolled by surf lifesavers. This is also the best place to take a surf lesson if you’re a beginner, with moderate waves and safe for swimming all year round.

3. Swim, SUP, Kayak, fish or cruise on the Noosa River.

There are plenty of rental places along the Noosa River where you can either hire a Standup Paddleboard (SUP), a Kayak or a small boat. Cruise or paddle down the scenic river enjoying the sights of waterbirds and marine life that call the river home. Or just sit back and relax on the sandy shores under the shade of the treelined esplanade that fringes the river.

4. Browse the shops, grab a coffee or gelato and amble down Hastings Street.

Get the Hastings Street vibe and roam from the beach to one of the cafes for some refreshment or browse some of the trendy boutiques, art galleries and giftware shops that Noosa is renowned for. Hastings Street is the perfect place to find a shady spot and just sit back to people watch or when the sun goes down meet up with friends for drinks and a meal. There are plenty of al fresco dining options for a beer or afternoon cocktail. Plus there is a wide selection of shops, boutiques and galleries to browse.

5. Jump aboard a boat tour.

There are a number of boat tours that take you on a cruise on the Noosa River, Beaches and Canals. You can select from the hop on hop off Noosa River Ferry, experience the glamour and excitement of a bygone era and feel like movie stars on board a gorgeous 1940’s style mahogany speed boat, the thrill of a jet boat on an awesome 500 hp high performance ocean ride or a Sunset Cruise on the Noosa M.V. Queen.

6.  Get amongst nature on a nature and wildlife tour

Noosa has some of the most pristine unspoilt nature reserves. Try exploring the Noosa Bushland by All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or quad bike, a Noosa Everglades discovery cruise or a Noosa Fishing and Crab adventure or a Whale Watching Cruise in season.

7.  Seek adventure on a day trip to one of Noosa’s hidden treasures.

Take a day trip to the magnificent Fraser Island to see the very best of World Heritage-listed Island – from fresh-water lakes to tall ancient rainforests and via strikingly coloured sand cliffs. Experience a Taste of the Hinterland tour that will take you through the beautiful Noosa Hinterland and up to the hills around Montville, Maleny and Mapleton. Jump aboard Noosa North Shore Car Ferry from Tewantin to take you to Noosa North Shore. From here you can drive through Cooloola Recreation Area along the long stretches of white sand, dunes and spectacular coastline, all the way to Double Island Point, the gateway to Fraser Island.

8. Shop for fresh produce at the Markets in and around Noosa.

Browse the Noosa Marina Markets with art, craft and local produce in an idyllic setting on the deck overlooking the Noosa River on every Sunday morning.  The Noosa Farmers Market, on Sundays at The Noosa Australian Football Club on Weyba Road, Noosaville between 7am and 12pm where they showcase some of the finest and freshest produce in the region. Otherwise take a drive out to the impressive Eumundi Markets every Wednesday and Saturday.

9. Learn to surf, windsurf or kitesurf.

Noosa is the ideal spot to learn how to surf with its gentle waves on Main Beach and at Noosa Spit. Select from a couple of the renowned Surf Schools in Noosa such as Go Ride A Wave Noosa or Merrick’s Learn To Surf Noosa.  For the more adventurous try kitesurfing with Adventure Sports Kitesurf Noosa.

10. Take a cooking class.

Cooking Classes are suitable for everyone, home cooks to qualified chefs and those who are rarely found in the kitchen but are keen to learn more. The Cooking School Noosa is a perfect experience to share with friends or attend by yourself. Also there is a hands-on Spirit House cooking class at Yandina which is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and have an enjoyable day out which includes lunch/dinner and wine.



Fraser Island 4WD Tour


See the world’s largest sand island in all its beauty and nature’s wonders on a Fraser Island 4WD Day Tour.

Departing from Noosa, you’ll make your way over to Fraser Island for a full day of exploration and fun on the beach. The days activities not only include a ride in a purpose built four-wheel-drive along the beautiful sandy beaches of Fraser Island, but also you will see:

  • Teewah & Rainbow Beach coloured sands
  • Seventy Five Mile Beach
  • Morning Tea
  • Freshwater Lake McKenzie
  • Rainforest walk through the Pile Valley
  • A delicious Picnic Lunch

Fraser Island is an island paradise brimming with natural wonders, freshwater lakes, rainforest, extensive sand dunes, native animals and a magnificent stretch of ocean beach.

This full day trip costs $179 Adults and $125 Children.

For bookings see Experience Oz

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A Day Trip to the Glass House Mountains


glass-house-mountainsTake a drive south of Noosa and discover the scenically abundant Sunshine Coast Hinterland and the Glasshouse Mountains. Just over 87 kms south west of Noosa the scenery will unfold before your eyes as you drive into a series of 14 mountains, including Mt Tibrogargan, Mt Beerwah Mt Coonowrin and Wild Horse Mountain.

There are a series of walking trails with scenic lookouts such as the Glass House Mountains Lookout Circuit, Trachyte Circuit and Wild Horse Mountains Track. Or for the adrenalin junkies there are rock climbing adventures at Mt Tibrogargan and Mt Ngungun.

Otherwise just enjoy the drive as the roads take you through strawberry, pineapple and macadamia nut farms and little townships dotted throughout the region with majestic views of the mountains through your windscreen.

You can download a walking trails map here http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/glass-house-mountains/pdf/ghmtns-walks-routes-map.pdf

Or a driving map here http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/glass-house-mountains/pdf/glasshouse-mtns-maps.pdf

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Romance on the Sunshine Coast


The Sunshine Coast is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway with kilometres of beautiful beaches, the natural beauty of National Parks, the scenic Sunshine Coast Hinterland and a splendid selection of restaurants and bars with views to die for.

If you are stuck for romantic ideas here is a little inspiration:

Beach Horse Riding

A private one hour beach horse riding tour or better still a marriage proposal horse ride which can include champagne and strawberries on request. See Equathon Horse Riding

Gondola Cruise at Sunset

Perfect for pre-dinner drinks on your way to your favourite waterfront restaurant or just cruising with your sweetheart, soaking up the sights and sounds of Noosa’s beautiful waterways. See Gondolas of Noosa

Bohemian Inspired Tepee Picnic

The Getaway Pantry provide the perfect luxurious setting and a great selection of picnic hampers, gourmet food and champagne options and you bring the love! For more details visit Getaway Pantry

Noosa Cruising Restaurant

Take in the magnificent sights of Noosa whilst cruising down the Noosa River enjoying fine dining on a sunset dinner cruise. For bookings visit Noosa Cruising Restaurant

Noosa Heads Fine Dining

Wine and dine your loved one! Noosa Heads offers a wide array of fine dining with world class restaurants at spectacular locations on Noosa Beachfront or Noosa River. See Noosa Secret Destinations Dining Out Page for more information.

Sunshine Coast Wineries

Take a romantic drive to the Sunshine Coast stunning wine region that features boutique wineries and vineyards producing premium award winning wine. You can Choose from:

His and Her’s Spa Day

Stephanie’s Ocean Spa offers the Geisha Spa Suite designed for the romantic spa experience. The Geisha Spa suite offers you a luxuriously appointed private couples retreat. Immerse yourself in the warm, soothing air injected hydro massage bath, designed to capture the essence of Noosa’s natural surrounds.

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Noosa Everglades Cruise


Venture along the pristine waterways of the Noosa River, learning about the various swamplands, mangroves, sand banks and other natural features along the way on a Noosa Everglades Cruise.

The Noosa Everglades cruises take you on a journey both past and through a varied environment made up of lovely beaches, majestic headlands, forested dunes, multi-coloured cliffs, and the many deep and dark waterways that comprise much of the Great Sandy National Park’s Cooloola Section.

You’ll board a comfortable sightseeing vessel and cruise the calm waters and take in the broad array of pretty scenery and numerous forms of water birds and other avian life.

Choose from a pair of available cruise itineraries – one in the afternoon and another that includes a fresh and tasty Aussie-style barbecue lunch – and then prepare to soak in this remarkable wilderness.

The cruise costs $79 for an Afternoon Cruise or $110 for the BBQ Lunch Cruise. Book this relaxed and scenic cruise online with Experience Oz

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Get The Hastings Street Vibe


A trip to Noosa would not be complete without a stroll down Hastings Street. Get the Hastings Street vibe and roam from the beach to one of the cafes for some refreshment or browse some of the trendy boutiques, art galleries and giftware shops that Noosa is renowned for.

Hastings Street is the perfect place to find a shady spot and just sit back to people watch or when the sun goes down meet up with friends for drinks and a meal. There are plenty of al fresco dining options for a beer or afternoon cocktail. Fine dining is extremely popular in Hastings Street because of the glowing reputation a number of award-winning restaurants are earning for the town.

For serious shoppers and casual window-shoppers alike, Hastings Street shops are likely to please everyone. There is a great mixture of affordable swimwear and the latest fashions available in one store, whilst the next offers exclusive brands and one-off pieces by local and national designers.

Grab your Australian souvenir or trinkets to remind you of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast from one of the souvenir shops along the strip. If you’re an appreciator of art, there are many local artists’ works to choose from at shops bursting with large, colourful canvases and intricate sculptures.

The pace is gentle and the atmosphere relaxed in the infamous Hastings Street!

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Sun, Sea & Surf @ Sun Pad


If sun, sea, surf and luxury are what you are after for a Noosa Holiday, then Noosa Secret Destination’s newly listed gorgeous holiday home, Sun Pad will fill all criteria.

Let’s tick off the boxes:

This stylish 2 storey beach house combines Slim Aarons style Hollywood 60’s glamour with beach side living at its most luxurious. Perched high above Sunrise Beach means unobstructed 180 degree beach views are yours to enjoy with your morning lattes. Grab a book from the library and head to the beach via a rainforest boardwalk 50 mtrs from your doorstep…. or put your feet up around the pool and watch the dolphins frolic in the waves from any 1 of the 3 decks on offer.

Situated 6kms from Hastings Street or 3kms from Sunshine Beach, where restaurants abound, Sun Pad offers the best in luxury holiday home rentals.

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School Holidays in Noosa


Keeping the kids entertained over the school holidays during your stay in Noosa can be as easy as enrolling them in one of the great School Holiday Activity Programs offered.

1. Noosa Leisure Centre

The Noosa Leisure Centre offers a wide range of sporting, community and children’s activities. It is the perfect venue to keep fit and healthy with lots of group fitness class options and team sports. Activities range from Indoor Rock Climbing, Badminton, Netball, Basketball, Futsal, Volleyball to Table Tennis.

They are located 9 Wallace Drive, Eumundi Road, Noosaville. For a program of activities visit Noosa Liesure Centre

2.  Apex Camps Mudjimba

When: 12 December 2016 to 22 January 2017

Where: Apex Camps, 171 Nojoor Road, Twin Waters

Apex Camp’s four hectare site at Twin Waters offers the perfect Camp atmosphere. There is an array of activities to ensure children keep fit and healthy – beach, land, rocks and ropes, water, challenges and initiatives. This school holiday camp even has a purpose-built twelve metre climbing and abseiling tower.

Cost: From just $20 per person for one session to $70 per person for a full day (including lunch)

For more informationa and a program of activities see Apex Camps

3.  Coolum Surfing School

Safe Surfing Program is a 5 level certificate program which is available seven days a week and all year round, it can include DVD and video presentations, work sheets and can cater to improve all levels of surfing abilities from absolute beginners through to advanced.

They also run School camp activities including Surf Awareness Presentations, Body Surfing, Body Boarding Lessons, Learn to Surf Lessons through to 3 to 5 day Surf Camps that includes tours of surf board factory, pro surf talks and surf board design talks.

Meet the Coolum Surfing School Truck at Tickle Park, Coolum Beach or visit their website for more information.

4. Youthsail

Noosa Yacht an Rowing Club’s school holiday program starts on Monday 12 December with instruction on the water for different ages.

Cost:  Youthsail ($55 per day) and Tackers for 6-12yrs ($365 for 5 days).

For bookings phone 07 5440 7407 or see nyrc.com.au

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