Montville is a small village in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. With just 900 permanent residents, it is a little treasure hidden away in the Blackall Mountain Range offering tourists a different experience to the nearby beaches.
Wine Tasting at Flame Hill
So close to The Avenue, this friendly vineyard serves an amazing Sunday brunch, which diners can enjoy on a wide deck while watching the chickens and guinea fowl feeding among the vines.
Flame Hill also offers a range of wine tasting experiences, particularly for groups. Visitors can taste several different wines, or choose just one or two glasses to savour. There’s a cheese and wine experience available too.
Flame Hill Vineyard is located at 249 Western Ave, Montville.
Call 0754785920 to book a visit.
The Art Gallery Trail
The Hinterland is one of Australia’s creative centres, with many independent galleries to choose from. Visitors can take a tour of the area’s galleries and studios, starting in Montville and taking in Maleny and Mapleton along the way.
Staying with the gallery theme, visitors to Montville should make the effort to visit this secluded resort. As well as hidden tree houses and cabins, the site offers a range of galleries and gift shops to browse in before enjoying healthy, home-cooked food in the cafe. Secrets on the Lake is listed in “1,000 Places to Visit Before You Die”.
The resort is located at 207 Narrows Road, Montville.
Call 0754785888 for more details.
Kondalilla National Park
Tourists can really explore the Hinterland’s natural environment by visiting this stunning park, which is only 2 km from The Avenue. Its 1,591 hectares of land features a 90-metre high waterfall, as well as the opportunity to see more than 100 species of birds and several endangered animals and plants. There are two hiking trails, an easy 1.7 km walk or a more challenging walk of 4.7 km.
Call 0754785544 for more details.
Yes, it’s all about the timepieces here! Montville’s Clockshop is home to Australia’s biggest collection of German cuckoo clocks and Black Forest clocks. It also sells a range of Bavarian handicrafts so, even if you’re not into clocks, there will be something here that catches your eye.
The shop is located at 194 Main Street, Montville. Call 0754429409 for details.
Things to Do in the Hinterland
The Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland is a hidden gem in Australia’s crown. The region is around one hour north of Brisbane and around half an hour from the coast itself, but its high elevation – 450 metres on average – gives it a cooler climate that makes a refreshing change from the lower areas.
The charming towns of Montville and Maleny can be found in the Hinterland, full of artists and craftspeople of all kinds, as well as innovative and artisanal food and drink producers.
This dairy has been in operation since 2000. As well as producing delicious cheeses and yoghurts, it welcomes visitors so that they can see how these products are made, from start to finish. After witnessing the transformations, and maybe even feeding a calf, visitors can stock up on produce to enjoy at home.
Maleny Dairies is located at 70 McCarthy Road, Maleny. Call 0754942392 for more details or to book a tour.
Great Bush Walks
The Hinterland region is famous for its huge variety of bush walks and keen (and even not-so-keen) ramblers will be sure to find one that suits their interests and ability. Forest trails in the Glass House Mountains range from 5 km to 20 km, while the Mooloolah River trail takes walkers through eucalyptus groves. The Kondalilla National Park is a must-see (Refer above), with a couple of easy treks, or wetland enthusiasts can visit Noosa National Park and Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary.
Just 25 minutes from The Avenue is the world-famous Australia Zoo, where visitors can meet the late Steve Irwin’s favourite critters and even become a zookeeper for a day. Australia Zoo is located at 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah 4519. Call 0754362000 to book.
This man-made lake was built in 1988 on Obi Obi Creek and provides water for the nearby towns of Maroochydore and Caloundra. Only 2 km from the Avenue, Lake Baroon is a popular fishing and picnic destination. Visitors will also find swimming and boating areas on the lake, and wildlife lovers may spot a koala or two. The lake’s facilities are open from 6.00am to 6.00pm daily.
For Foodies, the Hinterland offers a diverse range of exciting eateries to tempt every palate. Three local restaurants were named in the recent Sunday Mail “Top 100 Food Experiences”: The Long Apron, Spicers Clovelly Estate (Best Restaurants); Flame Hill Vineyard (Best Breakfasts – See above) and Elements at Montville (Food Destinations).