Photograph: Nature’s Image.
Photograph: Nature’s Image.
Mapleton is one of the best places to base yourself when visiting the magnificent Sunshine Coast Hinterland. We are only 10 minutes from the Bruce highway via Nambour and less than 30 minutes from Maroochydore, yet as soon as you arrive you’d swear we are a world away from the hustle and bustle of the coast.
Mapleton is a quiet, quaint little village perched high on the edge of the Blackall range and offers spectacular views from Caloundra to Noosa and beyond. The pace is slow and relaxed and everything, including the local pub, restaurants, cafes and supermarket is within easy walking distance of Lilyponds.
If you like bushwalking, there are a number of fantastic national parks close by, each offering their own unique experience. From a low impact 1.5km rainforest walk at Mapleton Falls, to a refreshing swim in the rock pools at Kondalilla Falls or a 40km trek on the “Great Walk”, there is sure to be a walk to suit you.
A visit to Montville is a must. Only 10 minutes away this popular little village is a shopper’s delight with a superb range of gifts and ‘must have’ items. Explore the Cuckoo clocks at the clock shop and visit the lolly shop and watch the lolly making process up close. Once the shopping is over have a coffee or lunch at “The Edge” and take in the spectacular views over the sunshine coast and glasshouse mountains.
A bit further along the scenic rim road is the town of Maleny which offers an excellent mixture of sights and sounds. Maleny is a great place to discover unique, handmade treasures and soak up the strong artisian atmosphere. Make sure you have a gelato from Colin James Fine Foods!
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is well worth a visit. You can stroll through the reserve, which also has a wheelchair friendly walk, learn all about the plants and trees from the large interpretative centre and then relax and enjoy the views over the Glasshouse Mountains.
A visit to Kenilworth rounds out a very memorable hinterland experience. Sample some wonderful cheeses from the Kenilworth Cheese Factory followed by a cold beer at the pub. There a great park for the kids and an excellent art gallery full of up and coming local artists. From Kenilworth you can make you way back to Mapleton which is only 20km away.
Mapleton Tavern – Views from the Hinterland to the Coast
Mapleton Falls – Short walks through tall open forest and rainforest
Kondalilla Falls – Where Skene Creek drops 90m into a rainforest valley
Montville Main Street – A beautiful village perched on the Blackall Range
Candy Addictions – Live candy making demonstrations
The Chapel – A piece of art in the heart of Montville.
“Beautiful Gardens – My young daughter and I stayed for a couple of night in the bunk cabin settings,. I could not fault it, the cabin amenities and family room all spotlessly clean. Our linen and pillows of good quality and the gardens are just lovely. A great modern children’s playground is in a minutes walk. We stayed in the off peak time and the pool was all ours to use and the setting serene and peaceful. Thank you and we will be back”.
“Friendly and helpful – We found this to be a very friendly site, both with the management and residence. We were in a camper van and was given a newly laid pitch which was level and spacious. The facilities were modern and clean, the barbeque area was spotless and well equipped. The camp kitchen also had a lounge area which was comfortable and was Hardy for using the free WiFi, just watching the TV or just chatting to fellow campers. Quite site, pretty gardens and a duck with character. Recommended”.
“Well run establishment – This is well run small friendly caravan/cabin park where you do not have to pay for a lot of bells and whistles that you do not need or want. It come as no surprise to learn that the parks is managed by resident owners; the standard of maintenance makes that obvious. The frogs flowers and birds are a bonus”.
“Friendly Service – We stayed in a cabin at Lilyponds Holiday Park that was nicely decorated, comfortable and most importantly, very clean. The owners were very helpful and went out of their way to make our family stay enjoyable. The rates are affordable too”.