South of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Hinterland’s Blackall Range is characterised by the charming villages of Mapleton, Montville and Maleny. The streets are peppered with boutiques and art galleries, craft shops and exquisite restaurants.
They are the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy the fresh mountain air, stunning views, followed by a stop in one of the many tea houses and cafes.
In the 1920s, Maleny, located high on the Blackall Range, transformed from a timber town to one focused on dairy and fruit agriculture, and is now known for its “hippie/greenie culture” as the town is home to many artists, musicians and craftspeople.
There are countless activities for couples on holiday, such as shopping, arts and crafts fairs or a picnic in the Mary Cairncross Reserve overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains. Stroll along Obi Obi Creek or visit Gardeners Falls and enjoy the beautiful swimming holes.
Sister town to Maleny and more of a shopping destination, Montville has that small village charm that makes it an appealing choice for couples looking for a relaxing getaway with great boutiques and stores to wander amongst.
Those looking for more of an adventure can escape to the Kondalilla National Park, where there are many hiking trails, picnic places and swimming holes. You’ll likely spot several of the 107 bird species that call this park home, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot the rare Pouched Frog.
The last little Hinterland village along the Northern end of the Blackall Range, Mapleton, has a natural beauty that attracts and enchants couples looking for a short break or honeymoon destination.
With 180 degree panoramic vistas of the Sunshine coast paired with wondrous forests and the amazing Mapleton Falls National Park, this quaint town makes for a great place for you both to throw down a blanket and enjoy the breathtaking atmosphere in each other’s arms.
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Planning a trip to Maleny, Mapleton and Montville? Consider one of these romantic accommodations.
The private cottages in Montville that make up At Remingtons B&B offer some of the most gorgeous panoramic views of the ocean, all from the privacy of your cabin tucked away in the tree-tops. Explore the cafes, wineries and waterfalls, then return to your cottage and indulge in the spa bath, log fire, candles and downy bathrobes.
Perhaps the perfect place for a romantic getaway, Secrets on the Lake has ten individually themed, secluded treehouses lavishly designed with beautiful artwork, spa baths, private balconies and stunning lake views. Couples can wander around the rainforest boardwalks, hidden paths and loveseats. Their award-winning accommodation and restaurant will provide you and your partner with an unforgettable experience.
Nestled deep in the forested hillside, Taman Sari Private Pavilions are a fabulous choice for couples in search of a restorative holiday. Their private pavilions are a sumptuous sanctuary, with enchanting valley views. Take a stroll through the Asian-inspired garden as dusk as the Bali lanterns light your way and return to a log fire and a glass of wine on your deck.
Located in the heart of the Montville treetops, The Narrow Escape is composed of six delightful cottages surrounded by lush rainforest. Invigorate your senses and revitalise the romance with a romantic weekend or honeymoon here, enjoy gourmet food hampers and relax in your hammock with the sounds of the birds and bubbling creek all around you.