The Glasshouse Mountains Tour began at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. It comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains National Landscape. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the Reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which will delight with its tranquillity and beauty.
Take a relaxing walk along our rainforest tracks from 7am to 6pm (Gold Coin donation appreciated). Entry to the new after hours rainforest track is located on the right at the bike racks in front of the Rainforest Discovery Centre.
Dine at the Mountain View Cafe
There’s no better view than the view from Mountain View Cafe. Enjoy a hot or cold beverage and delightful food along with a mind-exloding view of the Glasshouse Mountains.
The site has unofficially been dubbed as the most photographed paddock on the Sunshine Coast, particularly when it comes to Maleny weddings! Hundreds of photographers add this to their Glasshouse Mountains Tour.
It’s beautiful view over the Glass House Mountains and solitary tree (believed to be a sour cherry and somewhere between 60 and 100 years old) seems to be a magnet for the adventurous or romantic at heart.
The caveat of us sharing these details is that you MUST respect the owners of this beautiful property. One Tree Hill is private property and the site is actually a paddock on a working farm, which celebrated its 100th year in 2017, with the first Woods family members arriving in 1917. Professional photographers who wish to enter the property pay a fee of $50 and this goes to local charities in the region. To date over $40,000 has been raised.
Between 308 & 349 Mountain View Road, Maleny. If visiting Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve drive further down Mountain View Road southwards in the direction of Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World; you will see One Tree Hill on your left.
It’s sad to think that an arson attack occurred here only a few months ago, yet the efforts of the owners to rebuild has been immense.
We talked with Sara Bucher, co-owner about the purchase of their dairy farm in Obi Obi along with the effects of deregulation of milk prices and how it has affected many dairy farmers in the region. Hats off to Maleny Cheese Factory for producing not only their own milk but also supporting Maleny Dairies and a handful of other local dairy producers.
Maleny Cheese Boutique Cheeses has been operating its boutique cheese and yoghurt factory in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny since 2004. They have grown to become a well known brand around Queensland and Australia. The rolling green hills of the Maleny area has been a dairying region for over 115 years, and they are a trusted source of natural dairy products of excellence.
Their handmade range of cow and buffalo milk cheese boasts a high quality finish and authentic flavour. Their yoghurt range includes an award-winning Greek-Gourmet-style yoghurt as well as delicious tub-set Swiss-style yoghurt.
Go and taste the cheese and yoghurt at Maleny Cheese Cafe on the Maleny-to-Montville Road. Their online shop allows the convenience of ordering and picking-up or allowing for delivery direct to your door.
Bush Camps nearby
We took a drive to Gardners Falls. This concluded our Glasshouse Mountains Tour. It is just past Spicers Tamarind Retreat at the end of Obi Lane South. Once you hit the car park walk to your right for about 500m and you’ll see the falls. We spoke to some SEQ Water Testers who told us the water temp was a chilly 12 degrees but Gardners Falls always rates well in their water quality tests each month.
This is great given that just upstream a few hundred metres is a Sewerage Treatment Plant.
Like many I thought “ugh”, then they told me they have to test their output daily which means that the water is very clean by the time it enters Obi Obi Creek. Gardners Falls is the highest waterfall in our region and the gravity-fed water filters into Baroon Pocket Dam and eventually makes its way into our drinking water.
Why not book out next weekend and do the Booloumba Creek trail.