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While the Sunshine Coast is perhaps best known for its world-class coastline and truly stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore inland in this part of Queensland. And the charming town of Montville is the perfect base for an outdoor adventure in the subtropics.
In fact, Montville might just be one of the most scenic places you’ll find on the Sunshine Coast. Located on the Blackall Range, the town was once known by the admittedly cooler name of Razorback, but was changed following, among other things, a town meeting. Nonetheless, the quaint hamlet is a superb location for your next out-of-town getaway. The town itself is home to excellent restaurants, cafes, shops and galleries, and is just a stone’s throw away from impressive scenic promenades and swimming pools. Where to start? We’ve teamed up with Wild Turkey to put together a list of our favorite ways to enjoy the great outdoors in and around Montville.
UPDATE: Due to damage from recent extreme weather in South East Queensland, some locations mentioned may be closed or operating differently. Check the websites for the latest updates before visiting.
EXPLORE KONDALILLA NATIONAL PARK
Montville is perhaps best known for its proximity to the idyllic Kondalilla National Park. One of the best ways to take in the epic scenery here is via the Kondalilla Falls Circuit. The slightly challenging but rewarding four-kilometer walking trail takes you from the eponymous waterfall through a verdant valley of lush rainforest to a cool rock pool at the top of the falls, before leading you to the bottom of the valley where you will get the best view of the falls. The ascent is a bit challenging, but you’ll be rewarded with encounters with stunning native flora like bunya pines, piccabean palms, and pink ash.
STAY A NIGHT IN THE SUNSHINE COAST BACKCOUNTRY
While there are plenty of cute Airbnbs and outback cottages in this part of the Sunshine Coast, the area is also perfect for camping. Located along the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk is Flaxton Walker Camp, which offers a series of campsites dotted with a towering forest of eucalyptus and ash trees with an undergrowth of ferns. The site is only accessible by a 16-kilometre walk, but we assure you it’s well worth it – you’ll be rewarded with truly majestic surroundings and be woken up by the chirping of birds as the sun rises.
If you feel like bringing the 4×4, the nearby Hunchy Hills Bush Camp is located on a former banana and pineapple plantation less than a five-minute drive from the center of Montville. It offers a superbly secluded setting, with each of the three sites featuring a fire pit and log seating.
SWIMMING, KAYAK OR PICNIC AT BAROON POCKET DAM
The Sunshine Coast may be an area synonymous with great beaches, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that it also has beautiful inland waters. Enter Baroon Pocket Dam, a scenic lake between Montville and the nearby town of Maleny that offers beautiful picnic areas, swimming, fishing, as well as plenty of local wildlife. We recommend renting a kayak for a few hours to explore the lake and its many surrounding tributaries.
GO-KART ON AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST COMMERCIAL TRACK
Okay, you might be a bit past the bushwalking stage, so you’ll be glad to know that the town so close to Landsborough is home to Australia’s largest commercial go-kart track. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, looking for something to distract the brooding teenager in the family, or just want to have a good time, the aptly titled Big Kart Track is sure to be a hit.
The 1.2 kilometer track features a series of wide looping turns as well as some serious hairpins, which you can tackle in a cart capable of reaching speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour. The track is open seven days a week so you can live out your Formula 1 dreams, at much more manageable speeds. Night and wet weather sessions are also offered for more experienced drivers.
EXPLORE MARY CAIRNCROSS SCENIC RESERVE
Back to walking, but that’s only because there are so many awesome places to discover while you make those steps count. The stunning Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is as scenic as its name suggests and is home to 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the stunning scenery of the Glass House Mountains.
The reserve offers a number of hiking trails and guided tours that will allow you to get up close to the enchanting surroundings, while the Rainforest Discovery Center is where you can learn about the diverse life that makes up the ecosystem of this beautiful forest via a bunch of cool multi-sensory educational exhibits. While you’re on the go, keep your eyes peeled for local bird watching – the park is home to almost 150 different species.
GO TO LUXURY CAMPING AND SLEEP UNDER THE STARS
You’ve probably heard of glamping, but Starry Nights Luxury Camping takes things to a whole new level. Set in the bucolic backcountry beside the waters of gently flowing Petrie Creek, these lush grounds are home to 75 square meter handmade tents, each set on a raised platform of reclaimed and polished barn wood. Inside there are hand-carved stone basins, a roaring fireplace, hot running water for showers and lavish baths in the clawfoot tub, fully equipped kitchenette, flush toilet water and king-size beds with organic linens. Settle among eucalyptus trees and rolling hills and enjoy a decadent evening under the stars.
Learn more about Wild Turkey’s Discovery Series on the website.
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Posted on March 25, 2022 by