Albany Creek – Maleny – Montville – Mapleton – Eumundi
Feeling so fortunate to be able to travel in Queensland with Peter …my partner, driver, excellent cook, navigator and travel companion. ,
We are journeying up to Mackay this time, so hope to be away about five weeks. Our lovely house-sitters are taking good care of the house and dogs Whoopie and Mac back in Albany Creek. And, from photos received already, they’re both adapting well to life without their devoted owner, Peter.
At this time of year of course the weather is going to be a lot warmer the further north we travel, so our packing is a little different from carrying heavy winter gear (though we do include a warmer layer just in case!!)
First stop was Maleny, a Sunshine Coast hinterland town, situated on the Obi Obi Creek in the Blackall Ranges, 80 km north of central Brisbane and 25 km inland from Caloundra.
A little bit of history
The area around Maleny was originally populated by the Nalbo and the Dallambara—two aboriginal tribes of the Gubbi Gubbi language group. The area was known for its bunya feasts, which happened every three years when the giant bunya tree was in fruit.
A great place to camp is at the Maleny Showgrounds , where, for the nominal sum of $22 – we appreciated the very reasonable and nice, clean amenities.
Peter’s friend Bucky joined us in the evening for a delicious Indian curry at Daawat Restaurant.
The Maleny Trail
There are some beautiful walks in Maleny, which is a very picturesque little town. From the Showgrounds begins the Maleny Trail, a leisurely walk along Obi Obi Creek from the boardwalk in town to the Golf Club and back, that passes the sculptured ‘Peace in the Trees’, ‘5th Light Horse Regiment Beersheba Museum’, ‘Platypus Viewing Area’, ‘Southern Wetlands’ and historical buildings of the once ‘Fairview Dairy Farm’, which takes you into the town through gorgeous shady trees alongside the creek. And if you’re lucky you might spy a platypus or two in the creek, though unfortunately I didn’t get to view any of these rather whimsical creatures.
The ‘Peace in the Trees’ Sculptural Walk features various, obviously cherished pieces of sculpture lovingly carved by local artists to remind us of the value of slowing down, living life more mindfully etc.
We drove north along the Blackall Range from Maleny to Montville, another ‘hinterland gem’ which boasts many attractions such as the Kondalilla National Park. We have been to Montville before, so didn’t stop for long this time, but I can highly recommend spending some time here exploring its many interesting shops, cafes and art galleries.
Following the roller-coaster road along the edge of the range escarpment, we arrived at the Mapleton Hotel behind Nambour just in time to be first in line for the brand new menu and the best view table in the house overlooking the Sunshine Coast. (Actually the view was tastier than the tucker!)
Eumundi was next on the scenic route, home of the famous Eumundi Markets, touted as ‘the biggest and the best artisan market in Australia’, open Wednesdays and Saturdays rain hail or shine. If you’re into markets, it’s a fantastic place to visit. This was a Tuesday, so no markets but we did drop in to see Paul and Melody at The Real Macual, leather tailors who made Peter’s roo skin vest.
So onward we go with our next destinations Noosa and Maryborough ….
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