Sunshine Coast Hinterland


Discover The Allure Of The Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Maleny, Montville, Mapleton and Kenilworth make up the charming Hinterland not to be missed amongst the lush green rolling countryside and fresh air of the hinterlands

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

If you’re all about panoramic views, eccentric cafes, much-lauded restaurants, artists, local producers, ANCIENT VOLCANIC PEAKS, PICTURESQUE WATERFALLS, wineries and outstanding accommodation options – the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is for you.

A relaxed full-day road trip with Coast to Hinterland Tours allows you to explore the open roads and take in the stunning views of Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The lush green valleys that pass through quaint mountain villages and the spectacular views of the coastal lowlands are sure to capture your heart.

Here’s a small sample of Sunshine Coast Hinterland things to do when you are here.

Places to explore in Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Lift Art Gallery

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A visit to Sunshine Coast Hinterland is incomplete without a visit to one of its beautiful galleries.

Visit the ever-inspiring Lift in Sunshine Coast, which is a combination of gallery, café, concert venue and sound spa! This is a place in Sunshine Coast Hinterland where enlightened locals visit to hang out.

You can get creative or indulge in one of the many holistic therapies on offer, such as Lift’s famous sound therapy treatment.

Lift’s Discovery Centre focuses on light and sound artefacts you can try out yourself. Both national and local artists feature their work in this gallery, which is a hidden gem in Sunshine Coast.

And there are usually concerts playing or tutorials from various holistic health techniques to experience (bookings essential).

Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World


Maleny Botanic Garden and Bird World is one of the most exquisite garden in Queensland. Located in the small town of Melany, this botanic garden and bird world features many native and exotic bird species apart from a variety of flora and fauna and picturesque waterfalls overlooking the Glass house mountains.

Spread over a stunning 5-hectare dreamscape, this botanic garden in Sunshine Coast Hinterland capitalizes on views of the Glass House Mountains.

It is also one of Australia’s most revered private gardens – the vision of one passionate gardener, Frank Schipp.

Maleny Food Co

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Located on the beautiful surrounds of Maleny in Sunshine Coast Hinterland is the Maleny Food Co. Their signature gelato and sorbet made of local produce is something worth relishing.

Their gourmet cheese, delicious range of food and coffee is something to savour when you are in Sunshine Coast

Flame Hill Vineyard

Flame Hill Vineyard and Restaurant | Montville QLD

Now it’s time to sit surrounded by mountains, looking out to the beach with a wine in hand at Flame Hill vineyard in Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

This Montville winery, produces the most sumptuous wines on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, with their Shiraz and Verdelho being to die for!

All their wines and food are produced from their own farm and vines, with environmental and ethical consciousness being as crucial to Flame Hill as taste.

The Deck Restaurant, housed within a contemporary Queenslander, features a la carte fare where you can eat seasonal produce matched to estate-grown wines of Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Secrets Cafe

Are you keen on a super-special dining experience in magical surroundings? Secrets Cafe is situated in the rainforest on the shores of Lake Baroon. The cafe has been crafted with exquisite carvings and attention to detail.

Fresh produce abounds, and chef Mathew Law works his magic to produce sumptuous meals. Indulge in Secrets Red Duck Curry or Bouillabaisse, a traditional tomato-based Seafood Stew and enjoy a leisurely meal.

Glass house mountains

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The Glass House mountains in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a mountain range with 11 peaks. Beautiful walking tracks and food joints make the Glass House Mountains an ideal place for a day trip or picnic.

Mt Ngungun is relatively easy to walk and looks stunning during sunrise and sunset. Visit the Glass house mountains and enjoy its scenic beauty while in Sunshine Coast.

Colin James Fine Food

Secrets on the Lake - Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour

Foodies don’t want to miss this! Colin James Fine Food in Maleny is an essential stop on any foodies’ tour of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Whether it’s artisan ice cream, amazing cheese or gelato and sorbet created using the famous local milk and fruit, we know you won’t be leaving without wanting to sample more than a few of these renowned local produce while in Sunshine Coast.

Nature walk

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Take in the bracing mountain air and stunning vistas of Sunshine Coast hinterland with a nature walk. There’s something for every fitness level in this picturesque region.

You can opt for the six mountains in 24 hours. “Footsteps of Flinders” hike to the 58km Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk all the way down to a gentle stroll through the sub-tropical rainforest.

You can learn about the local inhabitants at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and get among the stunning Sunshine Coast Hinterland landscape at your own pace!

With rosy cheeks, lungs full of fresh air, and bags full of local produce and boutique wines, you’ll head back all the better for having explored the Sunshine Coast hinterland’s rural riches with Coast to Hinterland Tours.

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