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There are so many wonderful things to see in this charming town - you won't want to miss any of them! To make it easy to discover Maleny's highlights and hidden gems, please download the Maleny Trail map and set your own pace on a self-guided walking tour.

The walk starts from the Maleny Showground and takes you on a relaxing stroll where you'll discover postcard-perfect outlooks from numerous viewing platforms, enchanting "Peace in the Trees" sculptures, the inspirational Poetry Sculpture Trail and the Cloud Walk Pathway. If you're lucky, you may even see a platypus in the Obi Obi Creek.

The 6.7km walk is lined with more than 18,000 trees and native plants making it an ideal way to unwind and reconnect with nature. There are plenty of seats along the way if you need to catch your breath, as well as numerous picnic spots and BBQ areas. 

The Maleny Trail is a fabulous way to explore one of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland's most delightful towns and we thank Trip Tick Tourism for providing this map. 

Baroon Pocket Dam is a picturesque lake tucked away between Montville and Maleny. The dam offers a range of fantastic recreational facilities and you could easily spend the whole day exploring the shores and waterways. There are picnic tables, free barbecues and playgrounds for the kids, making it the ideal spot for a get together with family or friends. Take a dip in the calm waters, kayak the lake and its tributaries or simply cast your rod and wait for the Australian Bass to bite. The shoreline with its abundant wildlife, including koalas and kangaroos, is a paradise for bushwalkers and nature lovers. Hike through open forest ridges, cross bridges and boardwalks over tree-lined streams to Baroon Lookout, and take in the stunning views of the Obi Obi Gorge, Baroon Pocket Dam and its catchment.

Leave your vehicle in the car park on the banks of the Obi Obi Creek and take a short, level walk downstream to Gardners Falls, a hidden gem in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. You’ll pass a number of shallow rock pools which are ideal for smaller children who just want to splash about. Follow the bubbling waters downstream where the pools increase in size and enjoy a freshwater swim in the largest pool underneath the falls. These delightful waters are bounded by a grassy verge and backed by native forest making it the ideal spot for a hinterland picnic or a post-swim snooze under a giant water gum.

Once you’ve tasted the raw goods, head to Maleny Cheese, where you'll see the cheesemakers in action and enjoy tastings in the café and shop. You can also purchase outstanding hard and soft cheeses, along with products from the award-winning yoghurt range. Make time to pop into Maleny Food Co and indulge yourself in the fromagerie, featuring more than 200 cheeses from Australia and around the world.

Explore this beautiful walking track that leads from Kondalilla Falls down the escarpment into a lush rainforested valley then climbs up the ridge again to return.

From the Kondalilla Falls car park, walk 100-metres downhill (with steps) to a large grassed picnic area with barbecues, picnic tables and toilets. Laze over a picnic then set out for a scenic walk.

Follow the Picnic Creek circuit down the escarpment, past rock pools and a lookout with views of Kondalilla Falls. Walk through rainforest to the base of the waterfall and continue back up the ridge. Look for emergent bunya pines with their distinctive symmetrical dome shapes, dense stands of piccabeen palms and intriguing shapes of pink ash, Alphitonia petriei.

What goes down must come back up! There are over 100 stairs on the Kondalilla Falls circuit so you need to be reasonably fit. Always allow enough time to finish your walk in daylight hours.

Camp in open eucalypt forest along the banks of Little Yabba Creek—this picturesque spot is perfect for a family getaway. You can enjoy a dip in the creek, take a relaxing bushwalk, or hike, or mountain bike ride up Mount Allan where you will be rewarded with magnificent 360 degree views. Horses are welcome on this shared trail, and can be accommodated overnight in the nearby horse paddock.

At night, grab a torch and spotlight for red-necked pademelons, yellow-bellied gliders and possums before toasting marshmallows around the fire. Looking for a real adventure? You can access the Conondale Range Great Walk from here (or you can walk the entire Great Walk from the Booloumba Creek day-use area in Conondale National Park). This really is a must to include on your to do list whilst visiting the hinterland - seclusion, serenity and stunning scenery, what more could you want?

Meander through some of the most exquisite gardens in Queensland featuring a panorama of waterfalls, ponds and colourful plantings, idyllic rainforest surroundings and views of the spectacular Glass House Mountains at Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World. Bring a picnic to enjoy by one of the many lakes or lounge under a tree with a good book and soak up the peace and serenity. Devonshire cream teas are available to paying garden visitors as well as those who aren’t up to a walk on the day but need a treat in a beautiful setting. Make time to visit the aviary and enjoy a fascinating presentation on the colourful native and exotic birds who are very likely to land on your shoulder.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is 55 acres of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the Reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life. There are several tranquil walking tracks, boardwalks and viewing platforms where you can soak up the natural beauty and read information about various species. There's also an education centre and a number of picnic tables that offer breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains for your picnic or barbecue. Listen to the striking call of the catbird and imagine yourself back in time as you walk through this stunning patch of remnant rainforest. It's a wonderful place to take the kids for an adventure - or the perfect spot for a quiet, romantic stroll. 

With rich pastures, a warm climate, a perfect balance between sun and rainfall, the Sunshine Coast has been one of the country’s most renowned dairy producers since cattle were first introduced to the region. Proof of the pudding, or perhaps the yoghurt, is Maleny Dairies which has kept the flag flying with its high quality output, and this year won an award for producing Australia's best full cream milk. A visit to Maleny Dairies will not only prove that milk comes from cows (not cartons) but that it tastes so good! The milk, yoghurt and ice cream can be tasted and bought at the farm shop. You can also join a farm tour, ride a tractor and see the cows milked at 3 pm. Speaking from experience, this is a great family day out, filled with fun and excitement for the kiddies, and educational too!

The Sunshine Coast Hintlerland is a creative hub and you’ll discover quality art galleries and studios featuring works from established and emerging artists. Art on Cairncross is a fine art gallery displaying original art by artists from the Sunshine Coast and from around Australia. As well as very collectable paintings, you can purchase glass, porcelain, bronze and ceramics as well as jewellery and unique gifts. Visit the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Art Trail for more information. The local markets held each Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm also have an eclectic range of locally produced arts and crafts, antiques and collectables and handcrafted jewellery. 

The Booloumba Falls walk showcases the park's stunning surrounds and a wonderful variety of wildlife.

You'll be immersed in the natural beauty of this remarkable, sprawling expanse as you walk through tall open forest and discover Booloumba Creek's cascades, waterfalls and rock pools. Marvel at The Breadknife, an impressive rock formation that marks the junction of Peters and Booloumba creeks, and cool off in the refreshing mountain water with a swim at the base of the falls.

Allow two hours for this three kilometre return walk. The Booloumba Falls walk follows a well-defined track and requires average fitness levels.

Booloumba Creek has multiple day use area's as well as a camp ground with well appointed facilities, a great experience.

The Conondale Range has been rightly described as the 'hidden treasure' of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. A short journey from the coast brings you in contact with cool and beautiful forests as far as the eye can see. The Conondales are the largest patch of subtropical rainforest and associated eucalypt forest remaining on the Sunshine Coast.

This range is the most westerly part of the Sunshine Coast hinterland and part of the Great Dividing Range.

Some 1620 km2 of the Conondale Range is classified as an Important Bird Area because it supports an isolated population of the endangered eastern bristlebird, which was only discovered in the 1980s. It is also home large populations of the black-breasted button-quail, pale-yellow robin, paradise riflebird, regent bowerbird, green catbird and Australian logrunner.

The extinct gastric-brooding frog and endangered Fleay's barred frog are two frog species endemic to the Conondale Range and parts of nearby regions.

The recently-opened Conondale Range Great Walk now provides an excellent way for walkers to experience at first hand, the rugged and varied beauty of the area. The forests contain many hundreds of different plants, birds and animals that depend on this ecosystem for survival. It is literally the last stand for many of our endangered species - some of which are absolutely unique in the world, making this a special place indeed. Truly a delightful way to pass the time for nature lovers and bird watchers alike.