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Maleny
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Maleny which includes tranquil scenes, landscape views and farmland

This small, vibrant arts community in the Sunshine Coast hinterland offers spectacular mountain scenery, great food and boutique shopping.

Maleny is a small artistic community in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. One of its biggest draws is the incredible view offered from lookouts all throughout town. Gaze across rolling green pastures and out to the incredible Glasshouse Mountains. Wineries, dairies and nice restaurants bring foodies to the region, while the vibrant arts and crafts scene means there is good shopping. Locals are known for their laid-back attitudes and alternative lifestyles.

Maleny lies on the Blackall Range west of Caloundra in one of the wettest areas in Queensland. Before it became a well-known dairy-farming region, the area around Maleny supported verdant rainforests and huge old trees. Much of the land was cleared in the 1800s, with the town established in 1891. There are still dairy farms today, although the main industry is tourism. Visit the Maleny Cheese Factory to sample and buy local cheeses. Tour the Maleny Dairies Monday to Saturday and enjoy a cup of tea and buy fresh milk and yoghurt.

Restaurants and cafés throughout town showcase the best local produce. Choose from a café serving sandwiches and cakes to a three-course meal at a fine-dining restaurant.

Buy locally made arts and crafts at the markets held at the Maleny RSL every Sunday. Many boutiques and galleries throughout town also stock work produced by the artists who live in and around Maleny.

Get active in the hills surrounding the town. Walk on trails through the Mary Cairncross Reserve, which protects a large area of rainforest just south of Maleny. Peer through the trees at views across the mountain range towards the Glasshouse Mountains. The Obi Obi Creek runs through Maleny and has waterfalls and swimming holes. Swim in the natural pool at the base of nearby Gardner’s Falls. You can find maps and directions at the Maleny Visitor Information Centre in the middle of town.

Maleny is 450 metres (1,476 feet) above sea level. It’s a 1-hour drive from Brisbane airport and about a 30-minute trip from Caloundra. There is free parking throughout town. You’ll need a car to enjoy the surrounding region, which has many wineries, scenic lookouts and eco-resorts.

Tranquil Park Maleny
Tranquil Park Maleny
3 out of 5
483 Mountain View Road, Maleny, QLD
Free cancellation
The price is AU$135 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Glasshouse Mountains National Park, Maleny Botanic Gardens and Maleny Dairies. Mary Cairncross ...
4.2/5Very Good! (199 reviews)
"Nice room with Beautiful Views. Very friendly and helpful staff."

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2021

Tranquil Park Maleny
Maleny Hotel
Maleny Hotel
3 out of 5
6- Bunya Street, Maleny, QLD
The price is AU$100 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Situated in Maleny, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Maleny Dairies and within 3 miles (5 km) of Glasshouse Mountains National Park and Maleny Botanic Gardens. ...
3.8/5Good! (80 reviews)
"We liked the front deck and courtyard. Easy accessibility. But no lighting on deck for night time dinning on deck"

Reviewed on 1 Feb. 2021

Maleny Hotel
The Guesthouse
The Guesthouse
4 out of 5
1334 Landsborough Maleny Rd, Maleny, QLD
The price is AU$159 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Situated in Maleny, this guesthouse is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Maleny Dairies and within 3 miles (5 km) of Glasshouse Mountains National Park and Manduka Cooperative ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 27 Apr. 2021

The Guesthouse
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Maleny Bramasole On Mountain View
Maleny Bramasole On Mountain View
634 Mountain View Road, Maleny, QLD
This family-friendly Maleny holiday home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Maleny Botanic Gardens, Wootha Valley Nature Refuge and Glasshouse Mountains National Park. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Perfect home, perfect location
"Clean and well appointed, we loved our stay and even in the rain there was so much to do and enough space for two families (and even dogs!)."

Reviewed on 13 Apr. 2021

Maleny Bramasole On Mountain View
Hillview Cottage - Relax With the View
Hillview Cottage - Relax With the View
61 Bridge Creek Rd, Maleny, QLD
Situated in Maleny, this cottage is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Maleny Dairies and within 3 miles (5 km) of Glasshouse Mountains National Park and Maleny Botanic Gardens. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Lovely Location
"Felt relaxed in this quiet and beautiful place. Lots of great places for coffee etc. Enjoyed walking in the rainforest nearby. Locals were friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Hillview Cottage - Relax With the View
Bridge Cottage Maleny
Bridge Cottage Maleny
61 Bridge Creek Rd, Maleny, QLD
Situated in Maleny, this cottage is within 3 miles (5 km) of Manduka Cooperative Nature Refuge, Maleny Dairies and Maleny Botanic Gardens. Neil Holloway Reesville ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Away from it all
"Everything you need to spend some time away from it all"

Reviewed on 11 Apr. 2021

Bridge Cottage Maleny
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Maddie

5 Jan. 2020

Maleny was full of tourists and locals however I found it very relaxing and am now planning to go back soon. I loved that there were so many rainforest walks to do and all only a few minutes drive from the main shopping village.

5/5 - Excellent

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2 Dec. 2019

Maleny is a lovely town with a wide variety of local art craft and superb eateries - well worth a visit. There are also many things to do close to town and some wonderful drives and stunning views.

5/5 - Excellent

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20 Nov. 2019

Maleny is beautiful and quiet

4/5 - Good

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20 Oct. 2019

Went to winery for lunch and the food was amazing.

5/5 - Excellent

Ian

11 Oct. 2019

We were there for a wedding - it’s a charming rural place with stylish clothes shops and lovely cafes. As a bonus the owners connected us with a dear friend from my childhood. Absolutely magic!

4/5 - Good

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29 Sep. 2019

Love visiting Maleny all year round. We love exploring all the little shops and the produce around the area that is on offer.

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