While the Sunshine Coast is normally synonymous with a romantic beach getaway, it's also the perfect location for couples wanting a mountain escape. (The Sunshine Coast really is the best of both worlds!)
Here's our plan for spending 48 hours in the Blackall Ranges.
You've driven up the mountains and through the sleepy town of Landsborough, now it's time to call it a night in Maleny. This cute and quaint town was once a timber town, but then became known for its incredible local produce – naturally, it's the best place for a romantic dinner for two. Couples can enjoy a range of cuisines in Maleny, but why not go for a luxury feast? Try the Terrace of Maleny, renowned for its seafood dishes using the best local produce, and its panoramic views over the Sunshine Coast. After dinner, return to your accommodation (we recommend Spicers Clovelly Estate for an opulent mountain stay) and snuggle in for the night.
Spend a couple of hours exploring Maleny in the morning light. There's a chilled-out, hippy atmosphere to this town, as the many artisans in the area can attest to! Check out the cafes and gift shops, filled with hand-crafted local gems. Bookstores are also another must – many an author calls Maleny home, and you both may just stumble across your favourite writer as you peruse the shelves. Before you hit the road again, stop off at the Maleny Dairies for a mid-morning tour (and maybe pick up some delicious dairy for the drive).
Move onto Montville, and get close to nature. The Kondalilla National Park, home to the Kondalilla Falls, is full of over 107 bird species and the rare Pouched Frog. Take a romantic and leisurely stroll, hand-in-hand with your partner, along the designated walking tracks to find this incredible site – if you're brave, you can even take a dip in the swimming hole! After this, head back to town to grab a much-deserved massage for two. Try Casa Di Natura, in nearby Flaxton. This luxury day spa is tucked into the mountains on 8 acres of rainforest and bushland, and offers a 'Beloved Spa Experience' for couples – a romantic and indulgent way to share your love with one another!
Your last day in the Blackall Ranges, and where better to spend it than Mapleton? This is the last hinterland town along the northern end of the Blackall range, and is the perfect place for some R&R before heading back to your busy lives. Look out over the stunning views of the coast while breathing in the fresh mountain air, and relax with a romantic picnic at the Lilyponds park tucked behind Mapleton's shops. You can spend some more quality time with one another while wandering around the Mapleton Falls and Obi Obi Valley, two famous sights in the Blackall Region.
Quaint country towns in a stunning mountain range – it's secluded romance, perfect for a weekend getaway for two.