Maleny

Maleny is a town in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland, in the Blackall Ranges, approximately 100 km north of Brisbane, near the amazingly unique volcanic Glass House Mountains. Its population is about 5,000 people. Known as a very alternative centre for many years, it still retains much of its original identity as a country town in a dairy farming district. Maleny is an arts and craft hotbed and is home to many nationally recognised artists and art galleries. It is also a centre for eco tourism and cooperative enterprises. Nearby Montville is a tourist attaction in its own right.

Understand

Maleny is a mixture of elements. You will encounter both old-time hippies and salt-of-the-earth farmers, newly arrived urban professionals and long-time locals. However, there's still relatively little 'multi-culturalism' of the kind that you'll find in Brisbane or Noosa.

History

No-one seems to know the exact name of the Aboriginal people who were living in the Maleny area before the arrival of Europeans. They have been called the Bonyi Bonyi, Gubbi Gubbi or Kabi Kabi, and they gathered the area's famous bunya nuts. In their time the whole Maleny area, indeed the whole Blackall Ranges, was covered with rainforest.

The German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt first visited the area around the 1840s, after which it was settled by timber industry workers. (Maleny's streets are still named after types of trees.) The first selection of land at the present site of Maleny was made by one Isaac Burgess in 1878. Dairy and beef cattle were the next important industry, encouraged by Maleny's (usually) good rainfall and rich soil.

The origin of the town's name remains a mystery. One guess is that it's a misspelt version of Malleny in Scotland.

Get in

The easiest way into Maleny is by road via the town of Landsborough, from either south or north.

By car

From Brisbane go over the Gateway Bridge and through the toll leading north onto the Bruce Highway. Follow the signs to the Sunshine Coast. After 10 km take the Glass House Mountains exit on the left (look for the big brown sign mentioning Beerburrum, Maleny and Landsborough). Then watch for the signs for Maleny as you transit Landsborough and begin the climb up a steep road into the Blackall Ranges towards Maleny, Montville and Mapleton. Be aware that the Sunshine Coast is a popular weekend getaway for Brisbanites, so expect a slightly longer drive in this direction on a Friday afternoon. You will also have to pay the toll on the Gateway Bridge as you leave south Brisbane.

By bus

Glasshouse Country Coaches run from the Landsborough railway station up to Maleny. ☎ +61 7 5496 9249. Alternatively travel from Nambour to Landsborough via Maleny, or Nambour to Maleny directly.

By train

The nearest train station is at Landsborough . Queensland Rail (QR) ☎ 13 16 17. One can also stop at Nambour.

By air

The nearest and most convenient airport (about a 35 min drive from Maleny) is the Sunshine Coast Airport (IATA: MCY), it is sometimes called Maroochydore Airport. at Marcoola, near Maroochydore. ☎ +61 7 5453 1500.

The next closest airport is Brisbane International Airport (IATA: BNE)) . ☎ +61 7 3406 3000. To drive from Brisbane International airport to the centre of Maleny takes around 1.5 hr.

Get around

Maleny is spread out over a fairly large area. You'll need a car to enjoy your stay here.

See

National parks and recreation areas

Do

Buy

The main street of Maleny, Maple Street, has a number of interesting shops and galleries.

Spas, beauty salons, retreats, massage and alternative health providers

Buy food

Eat

Maple Street has a considerable number of interesting restaurants and cafes. (Vegetarians are well catered for in this area.)

Drink

Stay

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Cope

Media

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