Maleny and Surrounds

The beautiful region of Maleny is positioned within the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast and is the perfect destination for a car rental holiday. Located approximately 100 kilometres from Queensland's capital, Brisbane, Maleny is ideal for a weekend escape for two or a fun-filled family holiday.

Most people are attracted to this area because of its close proximity to the Glasshouse Mountains. This glorious mountain range is enshrined in a picturesque setting of green landscapes, rolling hills and beautiful vistas.

Maleny itself is a small town situated within the Blackall Ranges. It overlooks the stunning beaches of the Sunshine Coast and offers unsurpassed views of the Glasshouse Mountains. It is a town surrounded by lush and untouched rainforests, which are simply begging to be explored.

The town is regarded as a centre for arts and crafts, and is home to many nationally recognised artists and galleries. It is perfect for visitors who love to browse old antique shops and absorb local art, and those who are happy to spend a day just soaking up the unique atmosphere an art-oriented town like this offers.

The areas surrounding Maleny are perhaps just as intriguing as the town itself. Montville and Mapleton are very similar to Maleny and are popular with tourists visiting the area. Art and craft shops and galleries dominate these town strips, with Al Fresco cafes and restaurants filling up the remainder of the main streets

Both of these towns are ideal for romantic escapes with quaint Bed & Breakfasts found around every corner, offering stunning mountain views and a relaxing atmosphere.

For those keen to explore nature, the Conondale National Park will provide the perfect excuse to get outdoors. Located in the rugged Conondale Range, this park boasts lush rainforests, tall Eucalypt forests, plantation forests, pumping waterfalls, freshwater creeks and remarkable scenery

Several walking tracks are available for those wishing to explore this diverse environment. These tracks will expose hikers to a unique array of wildlife, while also leading to breathtaking waterfalls and inspiring gorges.

Those seeking a change in scenery simply cannot pass up the opportunity to visit the town of Landsborough. Steeped in history, this town is also the perfect gateway to attractions such as the Big Kart Track and Australia Zoo. If you are travelling with children, these attractions simply cannot be missed and will be the undeniable highlight for all those young at heart.

The fantastic thing about Maleny and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is that it really is just a stone's throw away from incredible beaches. One of the best coastal destinations here is Caloundra. Home to some of the best beaches on the coast, Caloundra is at the centre of everything offering endless family attractions, world-class restaurants, impressive shopping facilities, and best of all, sun-drenched, pristine beaches. For fun and relaxation in the sun, there really is no better destination than Caloundra.

Maleny and its surrounding areas are the perfect destination for a car hire holiday all year round. With so much to see and do, you will never find yourself without an amazing day ahead of you.

So what are you waiting for? Hire a car and start planning your Sunshine Coast Hinterland holiday today!

Christine Barton

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